Court Street United Methodist Church (map & directions) 215 N Court St Rockford, Illinois 61103-6802
Our award-winning Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra and Music Director Stephen Squires will join with soprano Jonita Lattimore, baritone Robert Sims, and a massed choir of singers from the Mendelssohn Chorale, Rock Valley Children's Choir, and Belvidere High School Choir, to present the world premiereof British Academy Award-winning composer Donald Fraser'schoral and orchestral song cycle "Songs of the World!"
The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center commissioned "Songs of the World" from British Academy Award-winning composer Donald Fraser, who was born in England and now lives and works in the greater Rockford area. Based on folk music from different countries, the piece celebrates the commonality of human experiences everywhere - birth, innocence, war, peace, love, and death - and ends with a triumphant "Hymn to Life."
The Adult Starr of Excellence Award will be presented to the winner during intermission. Click here for more info about this award.
Participants in the 2012 Chandler Starr Miller Youth Scholarship Competition will also be honored during intermission. Click here for more info about the competition.
Season subscribers, join us for a post-concert reception at the historic Emerson House, 420 North Main Street in Rockford!
Generously sponsored by the Judith and John Graff Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and Wipfli LLP. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Rockford Area Arts Council which receives support from the City of Rockford, the Illinois Arts Council and its members.
Conducting sensation Scott Speck of the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra leads the CPO in Beethoven'sSymphony No. 7 and the Fidelio Overture. CPO Principal Tuba Rex Martin performs Vaughan-Williams Tuba Concerto. Lyric Opera Concertmaster Robert Hanford performs Camille St. Saëns'Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.
Michael Mulcahy, Peter Ellefson, Randall Hawes, and Timothy Higgins, trombone
A performance featuring Bienen School trombone studio instructors. Michael Mulcahy is principal trombone of the Grand Teton Music Festival as well as a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and Summit Brass. Peter Ellefson regularly records and performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Randall Hawes is bass trombonist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Timothy Higgins has performed and recorded with the Milwaukee, Virginia, and Chicago Symphony Orchestras as well as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Washington National Opera, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Samuel Scheidt, arr. Ken Kugler, Canzon a 4 Johann Schein, Padouana in D Giovanni Gabrieli, Sonata XX in G Ludwig van Beethoven, Three Equali WoO 30 J.S. Bach, arr. Ben Mansted, Concerto in D Minor after Vivaldi, BWV 569 Henri Tomasi, Etre ou ne pas Etre (Monologue d'Hamlet) Walter Ross, Trombone Quartet Dmitri Shostakovich, arr. Otmar Gaiswinkeler, Preludes Op. 34 Igno Luis, Jazz Waltzes
Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students.