New Horizons






Saturday, September 24

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Coronado Performing Arts Center

314 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61101

(815) 968-0595

Coronado Performing Arts Center



Radu Paponiu, conductor

Shaw Entr’acte

Ravel Tzigane

Monti Czardas (arr. Yang)

The Animals House of the Rising Sun (arr. Yang)

The Beatles Blackbird (arr. Yang)

Charles Yang, violin and vocalist

Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88

About the Program

Folk music, improvisation, and birdsong are the three main themes of this program. Guest artist Charles Yang breaks the boundaries between musical genres in a most natural way. A recent quote in the Boston Globe stated that Charles "plays classical violin with the charisma of a Rockstar." His arrangements in this concert are fresh and inventive: the Czardas includes a blues solo and breakdown; in Blackbird the orchestra "improvises" in cells creating a rainforest like effect; and House of the Rising Sun has equally impressive solo vocals and violin parts happening at the same time. The concert culminates with Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony, a cheerful work built from Bohemian folk music and inspired by the tranquil landscapes of the composer’s native land.


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