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Nanette Felix

Music on Main

September 21, 2020
5:30 PM

“I’m looking forward to surprising my audience with some of MY personal favorites, from a wide variety of genres for the Music on Main Series this September! Hope to see y’all there!”

Admission:
$10 in Advance / $15 at the Door / $6 Student

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

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Stephen Williamson

Mainstage

October 4, 2020
3:00 PM

After his highly-acclaimed clarinet program for MPAC in the fall of 2018, Mr. Williamson, principal clarinet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, returns to MPAC's Mainstage Series. This program will feature Mr. Williamson in performance with fellow CSO members: Robert Chen, violin; Stephanie Jeong, violin; Wei-Ting Kuo, viola; and John Sharp, cello.

Admission:
$20 in Advance / $25 at the Door / $6 Student

Venue:
Court Street United Methodist Church
215 North Court Street, Rockford, IL 61103

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Cole Brandt

Charlotte's Web

October 16, 2020
7:30 PM

A graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Jazz Studies, Cole currently works out of Madison and Chicago. He performs an eclectic variety of music (some of his own compositions) including Pop, Rock, Jazz and Electronic Dance.

Admission:
$20 in Advance / $25 at the Door / $6 Student

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

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Malandrino

Jazz at Starr Center

November 1, 2020
3:00 PM

Malandrino plays the great bossa novas and sambas of the past decades, e.g. classics by Jobim, Barroso, Bonfa, Byrd, as well as Corea, Rollins, Silver.

Admission:
$10 in Advance / $15 at the Door / $6 Student

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

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Avalon String Quartet - November

Mainstage

November 22, 2020
3:00 PM
(Lecture at 2:00 PM)

Ten years ago, MPAC collaborated with the Avalon String Quartet in a mini-series consisting of all sixteen of Beethoven’s String Quartets. During the intervening years, the Quartet has continuously been a part of the MPAC Mainstage Series. In honor of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Avalon reprises the playing of all the Master’s Quartets through the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Mainstage seasons.

Pre-Concert Lecture at 2:00 PM with Dr. David Patterson

Admission:
$20 in Advance / $25 at the Door / $6 Student

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

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Camerata Emanon

Mainstage

December 11, 2020
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:
$20 in Advance / $25 at the Door / $6 Student

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

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David Newman

Music on Main

December 14, 2020
5:30 PM

Listed in Who’s Who of American Keyboard Artists, pianist David Newman has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad for over thirty years. To celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday, David will perform a special program he has designed to commemorate the occasion.

Admission:
$10 in Advance / $15 at the Door / $6 Student

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

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Avalon String Quartet - January

Mainstage

January 31, 2021
3:00 PM
(Lecture at 2:00 PM)

Ten years ago, MPAC collaborated with the Avalon String Quartet in a mini-series consisting of all sixteen of Beethoven’s String Quartets. During the intervening years, the Quartet has continuously been a part of the MPAC Mainstage Series. In honor of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Avalon reprises the playing of all the Master’s Quartets through the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Mainstage seasons.

Pre-Concert Lecture at 2:00 PM with Dr. David Patterson

Admission:
$20 in Advance / $25 at the Door / $6 Student

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

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Dorothy Paige Turner & Joel Ross

Jazz at Starr Center

February 7, 2021
3:00 PM

Two of Rockford’s popular Jazz musicians and multi-RAMI 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.

Admission:
$10 in Advance / $15 at the Door / $6 Student

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

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Beethoven Collaboration

Mainstage

February 26, 2021
7:30 PM
(Lecture at 6:30 PM)

Beethoven was an innovative composer whose works span the transition from the Classical to the Romantic Eras. This collaborative concert features area musicians performing works from Beethoven’s early and late periods.

Pre-Concert Lecture at 6:30 PM with Dr. David Patterson

Admission:
$20 in Advance / $25 at the Door / $6 Student

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

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Jayne Latva & Michèle Lekas

Music on Main

March 15, 2021
5:30 PM

Keyboard specialist, Jayne Latva, and RSO concertmaster, Michèle Lekas, appreciate the opportunities to collaborate on Baroque and Classical compositions. Their Music on Main program will focus on music of the Baroque Era for violin and keyboard.

Admission:
$10 in Advance / $15 at the Door / $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 21, 2021
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:
$20 in Advance / $25 at the Door / $6 Student

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

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Frosted Impressions Quartet

Jazz at Starr Center

April 11, 2021
3:00 PM

This new ensemble will present an exploration of jazz genres from “straight ahead” to bop and fusion.

Admission:
$10 in Advance / $15 at the Door / $6 Student

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

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Kenneth Drake

Mainstage

April 16, 2021
7:30 PM

Kenneth Drake was an early exponent of playing classic repertoire on early pianos. Professor emeritus in the University of Illinois School of Music, he is the author of The Beethoven Sonatas as He Played and Taught Them and The Beethoven Sonatas and the Creative Experience.

Admission:
$20 in Advance / $25 at the Door / $6 Student

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

General Admission

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Avalon String Quartet - May

Mainstage

May 2, 2021
3:00 PM
(Lecture at 2:00 PM)

Ten years ago, MPAC collaborated with the Avalon String Quartet in a mini-series consisting of all sixteen of Beethoven’s String Quartets. During the intervening years, the Quartet has continuously been a part of the MPAC Mainstage Series. In honor of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Avalon reprises the playing of all the Master’s Quartets through the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Mainstage seasons.

Pre-Concert Lecture at 2:00 PM with Dr. Brian Hart

Admission:
$20 in Advance / $25 at the Door / $6 Student

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

General Admission

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R. Wesley Carr

Charlotte's Web

May 14, 2021
7:30 PM

2019 National Mandolin championship winner, R. Wesley Carr is a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in bluegrass and acoustic jazz. He has studied with jazz and classical guitar professor Fareed Haque at Northern Illinois University and five time Grammy winner, mandolin player Adam Steffey.

Admission:
$20 in Advance / $25 at the Door / $6 Student

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

General Admission

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