Rockford Symphony Orchestra

Iranian-Canadian-American composer Kamyar Mohajer says he draws on his multicultural background for inspiration. An example of that blend of traditions will be premiered at this weekend's concert by the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. But even as he balances those influences, he also has to balance composing with a career in Silicon Valley.

Mohajer was born in Iran in 1976. He says that’s where his interest in music began.

Kristin Chenoweth has dabbled in almost every form of musical entertainment, from gospel and county as a youngster to musical theatre in college and opera performance in graduate school.

She also has proved her acting chops onstage and in movies and television, picking up a number of awards along the way.

Now Chenoweth is criss-crossing the country on a tour she’s lovingly dubbed “the tour that does not end.” She admits she’s actually quite happy visiting the various locales – one of which is Wednesday evening in Rockford.

Steven Larsen
Rockford Symphony Orchestra

The Illinois Council of Orchestras has named Rockford Symphony Orchestra Music Director Steven Larsen its 2016 Conductor of the Year in the professional orchestra category, and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra Professional Orchestra of the Year for 2016.

Larsen also received the award in 1999 and 2006.  The ESO had previously won in its category in 1988, 1999 and 2005.  

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The Rockford Symphony Orchestra announced the lineup for its next season Tuesday.  The RSO’s executive director is Julie Thomas.  She’s excited about a special concert, and a special guest performer, added to the 2016-2017 season.

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 The Rockford Symphony Orchestra opens its 2014-2015 Classics Concert season this Saturday evening at the Coronado Theater in downtown Rockford.