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.