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The Nutcracker Featuring the Rockford Dance Company ::

The Nutcracker Featuring the Rockford Dance Company Begins: Saturday December 06, 2014
Ends: Sunday December 07, 2014
Location: Coronado Performing Arts Center

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 The Rockford Symphony Orchestra and the Rockford Dance Company present two performances of the timeless holiday classic at the Coronado Performing Arts Center.  Delight in the magic of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, as Clara takes an enchanted journey filled with the beloved melodies and dance that have captivated audiences for more than a century. 

Performances:

Saturday, December 6, 2014  Time: 7:00 p.m. Tickets here

Sunday, December 7, 2014    Time: 3:00 p.m. Tickets here

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Unwrap the Season Holiday Concert ::

Unwrap the Season Holiday Concert Date: Friday December 12, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Coronado Performing Arts Center

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The Rockford Park District welcomes the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America who will perform a FREE holiday-themed concert titled "Unwrap the Season".

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concert starts at 7:00 p.m. and is estimated to last about 2 hours. Limit of 8 tickets per person, while supplies last.

The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America’s Concert Band is a group of 45 enlisted professional musicians who musically represent the professionalism and excellence found every day throughout the United States Air Force.  This diverse ensemble’s repertoire ranges from symphonic band masterworks and traditional marches, to modern compositions and jazz.

The family-friendly concert, which will include an audience sing along and visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, is presented by Associated Bank.

Coronado Cinema Series ::

Coronado Cinema Series Date: Saturday December 13, 2014
Time: 10:15 AM
Location: Coronado Performing Arts Center

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The Coronado Cinema Series presented by BMO Harris Bank will feature three holiday movies on Saturday, December 13th at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. The event is FREE and open to the public. The community was active in selecting the movies by participating in a voting contest presented by 97ZOK. Doors to the historic Coronado Theater will open at 10:15 a.m. and the holiday movie line-up includes the following movies:

11:00 a.m. - Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

1:00 p.m. - A Christmas Story

3:00 p.m. - Elf

Holiday organ music will be played by a representative from the Land of Lincoln Theater Organ Society (LOLTOS) in between shows. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the Coronado though outside food and beverage is not allowed. Individuals can stop in for just one movie or stay for all three.

The third date of the Coronado Cinema Series will be Saturday, March 21st. Details and movie selections for that date will be announced at a later date.

About Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Based on the 1957 book of the same name by Dr. Seuss, this American fantasy comedy film is based in the  city of Whoville where everyone celebrates Christmas with much happiness and joy, with the exception of the cynical and misanthropic Grinch who despises Christmas.

About A Christmas Story
In this 1980’s classic, Ralphie has to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s.

About Elf
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

Holiday Pops! with the Mendelssohn Chorale ::

Holiday Pops! with the Mendelssohn Chorale Date: Saturday December 20, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Coronado Performing Arts Center

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Celebrate the holiday season with Rockford’s biggest holiday music tradition! The Mendelssohn Chorale joins the RSO to bring you the best music of the season, from popular to traditional and sentimental. As always, the audience will join the RSO for the Christmas sing-a-long!

Performances

Saturday, December 20, 201   Time:    7:30 p.m. Tickets Here

Sunday, December 21, 2014   Time:    3:00 p.m. Tickets Here

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RSO Classics: The Genius of John Williams ::

RSO Classics: The Genius of John Williams Date: Saturday January 10, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Coronado Performing Arts Center

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The RSO pays tribute to one of America’s greatest composers – and certainly one of the greatest composers of film music ever! Over his six-decade career, Williams has scared the wits out of us (Jaws; Jurassic Park), made us weep (Schindler’s List; Saving Private Ryan), swashed our buckles (Indiana Jones), brought out the child in us (E.T.; Harry Potter) and made us all science fiction fans (Star Wars), all through the magical sounds of the symphony orchestra. 

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Guys and Dolls ::

Guys and Dolls Date: Tuesday January 20, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Coronado Performing Arts Center

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Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight “mission doll,” out to reform the evildoers of Times Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating craps game.

 

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RCCA: Tango Buenos Aires ::

RCCA: Tango Buenos Aires Date: Saturday February 07, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Coronado Performing Arts Center

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Tango Buenos Aires was created for the "Jazmines" festival at the famous Buenos Aires cabaret "Michelangelo" by renowned composer and tango director Osvaldo Requena. The company met with tremendous success and was immediately added to the season of the General San Martin Municipal Theatre.

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Brian Regan ::

Brian Regan Date: Thursday February 12, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Coronado Performing Arts Center

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 Comedian Brian Regan is bringing his 10-year non-stop tour to the Coronado Performing Arts Center on February 12th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 3rd at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, by visiting the Coronado Box Office, or by calling 815-968-0595. Tickets are $39.75 plus applicable fees.

The spring 2015 leg of Regan’s tour will visit 39 cities bringing him and his fans to some of the most beautiful theaters in North America.  Since 2005, Regan’s tour has visited close to 100 cities each year. Regan will be seen in the upcoming Chris Rock movie, Top Five, and he was nominated for a 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Concert Comic.  In February 2014, Regan performed two sold-out shows at the 12,500-seat EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, and in August of 2013, Regan sold out the legendary, 8600-seat Red Rocks Amphitheater outside of Denver.

With his first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in 1995, Regan solidified his place on the show and recently made his 26th appearance, the most of any comedian on the CBS show.  Occasionally venturing off the stand-up stage, Regan recently appeared in Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and he voiced the character of Weib Lunk for the 40th episode of The Looney Tunes Show titled, Spread Those Wings and Fly.

For more information on Brian Regan, visit www.brianregan.com

RSO Classics: Memories from Times of War featuring Amy Conn ::

RSO Classics: Memories from Times of War featuring Amy Conn Date: Saturday February 14, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Coronado Performing Arts Center

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 The Good Soldier Schweik is a satirical Czech anti-War novel recounting the adventures of a hapless soldier in World War I, who Czechs adopted as their national personification. Czech/American composer Kurka wrote a darkly comic opera on Schweik, using a jazzy orchestra of only winds, brass and percussion.   Acclaimed soprano Amy Conn makes her RSO debut in three contrasting works. John Philip Sousa wrote a simple but moving setting of J.D. McRae’s famous poem, “In Flanders Fields the Poppies Grow”, honoring the thousands of anonymous war victims buried there. Barber’s dramatic setting of text by William Agee hearkens back to a rural America as yet unscarred by World Wars. Glière’s unusual concerto, written shortly after World War II, offers a dazzling display of the coloratura voice. Ravel ostensibly wrote his Tombeau as a tribute to baroque composer François Couperin, but dedicated its movements to friends who had died in World War I.  

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Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour ::

Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour Date: Sunday February 15, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Coronado Performing Arts Center

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Renowned foodist and television personality Alton Brown today announced the return of Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour, on the heels of the successful inaugural run to 46 US cities.  Over 100,000 tickets were sold for the Food Network star’s show, featuring a pinch of comedy, talk show antics, a multimedia lecture, live music (he sings!) and a dash of "extreme" food experimentation (ponchos are provided for those in the first few rows), and of course...puppets.  Enthusiastic fans and critics have raved about the interactive component where Brown invites audience members on stage to serve as his assistant. 

Brown will bring Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour to Rockford’s CoronadoPerformingArtsCenter on Sunday, February 15, 2015. Tickets are on sale June 6 at 10AM and are available at the Coronado Performing Arts Center Box Office, Coronadopac.org, and Ticketmaster.com.

“We have combined science, music, food, and a few other things no one in his right mind would allow me to do on TV, into a two hour extravaganza that’s fun for the whole family,” says Brown.  He has been cultivating the show’s material for about a decade and wrote most of the musical numbers which all take a comedic look at food.

Brown, author of seven books including the James Beard award winning “I’m Just Here for the Food” and New York Times bestselling sequence “Good Eats,” has hosted numerous food series including “Iron Chef America.”  He currently serves as host on the game show “Cutthroat Kitchen” and as a mentor/judge on “Food Network Star,” which premiers its 10th season on June 1st.  Brown created, produced and hosted the Peabody award winning series “Good Eats” for 13 years on Food Network, which still can be seen on the Cooking Channel.

Those craving Brownian wit and wisdom from its truest source can find additional show and ticketing information at www.altonbrown.com.

 

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