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Dorothy Paige-Turner and Joel Ross

Jazz at Starr Center

September 19, 2021
3:00 PM

Two of Rockford’s popular Jazz musicians and multi-RAMI award winners Dorothy Paige-Turner and Joel Ross will present a program of their inimitable jazz stylings for voice and keyboard as part of the Jazz at Starr Center Series. Enjoy a delightful afternoon featuring jazz classics, standards, and hits from the Great American Songbook, stage, and screen.

Admission:
$15 At the door / $10 In Advance / $6 Student

Venue:
MPAC Starr Center
415 North Church Street, Rockford, IL 61103

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Avalon String Quartet - October

Mainstage

October 8, 2021
7:30 PM

During the 2021-2022 season the Avalon String
Quartet will conclude the Beethoven cycle that was interrupted by the pandemic, as well as perform some fascinating newly rediscovered Chicago compositions from the first half of the 20th century, written by Florence Price and Leo Sowerby.

Admission:
$25 At the door / $20 In Advance / $6 Student

Venue:
MPAC Starr Center
415 North Church Street, Rockford, IL 61103

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Jayne Latva & Michèle Lekas

Music on Monday

October 18, 2021
5:30 PM

Join RSO concertmaster Michele Lekas and RSO keyboardist Jayne Latva as they perform sonatas
by Johann Sebastian Bach. These engaging masterworks for violin and harpsichord are not often heard in concert. Discover a world of baroque music
making in these extraordinary pieces!

Admission:
$15 At the door / $10 In Advance / $6 Student

Venue:
MPAC Starr Center
415 North Church Street, Rockford, IL 61103

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Kenneth Drake

Mainstage

October 29, 2021
7:30 PM

Kenneth Drake, an early proponent of playing classic repertoire on historical instruments, will perform an All-Beethoven Recital on his John Lyon fortepiano which replicates those used by Mozart and Beethoven. Unlike the modern piano, the fortepiano with its singing, bell-like quality is much more intimate in sound. Hence, Beethoven’s contemporaries’ comments that his music “transcends the instrument.”

Admission:
$25 At the door / $20 In Advance / $6 Student

Venue:
MPAC Starr Center
415 North Church Street, Rockford, IL 61103

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Joel Baer Big Band

Jazz at Starr Center

November 7, 2021
3:00 PM

The Joel Baer Big Band is a 17-piece jazz orchestra led by drummer Joel Baer. The band is dedicated to carrying on the tradition of American big band music in the style of Duke Ellington and Count Basie and features some of the best players in the Northern Illinois / Southern Wisconsin region.

Admission:
$15 At the door / $10 In Advance / $6 Student

Venue:
MPAC Starr Center
415 North Church Street, Rockford, IL 61103

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Emily Hurd

Charlotte's Web

November 12, 2021
7:30 PM

Emily Hurd is a prolific songwriter, best known for her clear voice, bold lyrics, and clever rhymes. Her songwriting style combines soul, country, folk, and blues.

Admission:
$25 At the door / $20 In Advance / $6 Student

Venue:
MPAC Starr Center
415 North Church Street, Rockford, IL 61103

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Andy Strong

Music on Monday

November 29, 2021
5:30 PM

Rockford resident and piano enthusiast, Andy received formal classical training in his youth from Mrs. Harriet Haedrich, who made him study Beethoven and Liszt when all he really wanted to do was play Bach. He currently enjoys interpreting the music of dance forms from Gavottes to Fox Trots and Courantes to Charlestons.

Admission:
$15 At the door / $10 In Advance / $6 Student

Venue:
MPAC Starr Center
415 North Church Street, Rockford, IL 61103

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Pangelic Duo

Mainstage

December 10, 2021
7:30 PM

The Pangelic Duo offers audiences a fresh and exciting blend of sonorities rarely heard in the world of music. Steelpan virtuoso Liam Teague and harpist Faye Seeman step outside conventional boundaries, playing original compositions, jazz standards and classics. Together the spectrum of resonances created by these stellar musicians leaves listeners asking for more.

Admission:
$25 At the door / $20 In Advance / $6 Student

Venue:
MPAC Starr Center
415 North Church Street, Rockford, IL 61103

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Malandrino

Jazz at Starr Center

January 23, 2022
3:00 PM

Inspired by a trip to Rio in 2016, Malandrino plays the relentlessly driving sambas of Ary Barroso and Luiz Bonfá, the aloof and breezy bossa nova of Tom Jobim and João Gilberto, and rounds it all out with hard charging Latin jazz standards from Chick Corea, Sonny Rollins, and Horace Silver.

Admission:
$15 At the door / $10 In Advance / $6 Student

Venue:
MPAC Starr Center
415 North Church Street, Rockford, IL 61103

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David Eisenreich

Music on Monday

February 7, 2022
5:30 PM

Originally from Pittsburgh, percussionist David Eisenreich has made Chicago his home, working as a freelance performer and educator. Enjoy an evening of Music on Monday - experience the unique sound of the marimba.

Admission:
$15 At the door / $10 In Advance / $6 Student

Venue:
MPAC Starr Center
415 North Church Street, Rockford, IL 61103

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Avalon String Quartet - February

Mainstage

February 18, 2022
7:30 PM

During the 2021-2022 season the Avalon String
Quartet will conclude the Beethoven cycle that was interrupted by the pandemic, as well as perform some fascinating newly rediscovered Chicago compositions from the first half of the 20th century, written by Florence Price and Leo Sowerby.

Admission:
$25 At the door / $20 In Advance / $6 Student

Venue:
MPAC Starr Center
415 North Church Street, Rockford, IL 61103

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Maxwell Street Klezmer Band

Charlotte's Web

March 20, 2022
3:00 PM

From the Yiddish Theater to American Big Band, from the Shtetl to the Symphonic, the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band will delight you with favorites like “Bei Mir Bistu Sheyn.” Under the direction of Music Director and Violinist Alex Koffman, classical sophistication meets theatrical fun in a performance filled with soul, and humor.

Admission:
$25 At the door / $20 In Advance / $6 Student

Venue:
Temple Beth-El
1203 Comanche Drive, Rockford, IL 61107

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NIU Gamelan Ensemble

Charlotte's Web

April 8, 2022
7:30 PM

The NIU Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Alex Yoffe is a student performance group from the School of Music and Center for Southeast Asian Studies at NIU. Gamelan, a percussion- dominated genre, is the traditional ensemble music of Indonesia. An integral part of the country’s culture, gamelan often accompanies religious rituals and other important ceremonies. A pre-concert demonstration of the instruments will be provided by the members of Gamelan.

Admission:
$25 At the door / $20 In Advance / $6 Student

Venue:
MPAC Starr Center
415 North Church Street, Rockford, IL 61103

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Avalon String Quartet - April

Mainstage

April 29, 2022
7:30 PM

During the 2021-2022 season the Avalon String
Quartet will conclude the Beethoven cycle that was interrupted by the pandemic, as well as perform some fascinating newly rediscovered Chicago compositions from the first half of the 20th century, written by Florence Price and Leo Sowerby.

Admission:
$25 At the door / $20 In Advance / $6 Student

Venue:
MPAC Starr Center
415 North Church Street, Rockford, IL 61103

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Camerata Emanon

Mainstage

May 6, 2022
7:30 PM

Camerata Emanon Singers perform
Of Moon and Stars - A musical celebration of
the warmth, wisdom, and wonder of our celestial nighttime companions, a source of inspiration for musical and poetic artists throughout the ages.

Admission:
$25 At the door / $20 In Advance / $6 Student

Venue:
MPAC Starr Center
415 North Church Street, Rockford, IL 61103

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Ubiquitous Accordion

Mainstage

May 20, 2022
7:30 PM

Mike Alongi, Stas Venglevski, James Cox, Tom Marken and Ken Stein will present a concert illustrating the versatility of the accordion. The performance will include transcriptions of classical works, music from different ethnic traditions that feature the accordion, contemporary compositions, and jazz.

Admission:
$25 At the door / $20 In Advance / $6 Student

Venue:
MPAC Starr Center
415 North Church Street, Rockford, IL 61103

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