2018-2019 Full Season Subscription

See everything MPAC has to offer this season! One ticket to every concert in every series:

8 Mainstage concerts:
9/14/2018 – 7:30 PM – Stephen Williamson
Stephen Williamson is the principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a faculty member of DePaul University. He was recently a featured soloist with the CSO under the baton of John Williams, recording his Oscar-nominated score for the film “Lincoln.”

11/4/2018,  2/17/2019,  5/12/2019 – 3:00 PM – Avalon String Quartet
The Avalon String Quartet returns for their eighth season on the MPAC stage. They will perform three concerts during our 18/19 season featuring works by MPAC’s namesake, Felix Mendelssohn. Each Avalon String Quartet performance will feature a pre-concert lecture, which will offer insights into the pieces to be performed.

11/30/2018 – 7:30 PM – Zachary Owen
Zachary Owen is an up-and-coming bass-baritone originally from Stillman Valley, Illinois. Zachary has performed with such companies as Glimmerglass Festival, Arizona Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and Opera Santa Barbara. He was also a national semifinalist at the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition.

2/1/2019 – 7:30 PM – Schubertiad
This MPAC collaborative production brings together some of the area’s finest musicians in celebration of Franz Schubert. Tenor Michael Day, the winner of the 2017 Guthrie Singer of Merit Award, will perform a selection of Schubert Lieder, and the concert will culminate with a performance of the famous “Trout” piano quintet.

3/1/2019 – 7:30 PM – Isthmus Brass Quintet
Under the direction of brass-icon John Stevens, and comprised of the finest professional brass players in the Midwest, the Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin’s premier brass ensemble. Named for a strip of land between the lakes of Mendota and Monona in Madison, the Isthmus Brass was established in 2009 as some of the most high profile brass players in the region looked for a way to collaborate and perform together.

4/12/2019 – 7:30 PM – David Kalhous
David Kalhous has gained recognition in Europe and the United States for his elegant musicianship, brilliant pianism, probing intelligence, and engaging programming. With wide-ranging repertoire spanning three centuries, he is equally at home with music of Scarlatti and Bach, Beethoven and Chopin, and Ligeti and Feldman.

3 Charlotte’s Web concerts:
10/19/2018 – 7:30 PM – John Lindhorst
John Lindhorst is the owner of Ukulele Station, America in Oregon, Illinois. He will present “The Ukulele – 100 Years of Smiles,” a history of the ukulele through song.

1/18/2019 – 7:30 PM – Tito Cevallos Trio
Following his acclaimed performance in last season’s Caminata: A Journey Through Latin America, Tito Cevallos, Jr. is returning in MPAC’s 2018-2019 season with his trio. Originally from Costa Rica, Tito will bring his authentic Latin American sound to the Charlotte’s Web series.

The Tito Cevallos Trio is generously sponsored by: Rockford Litho Center.

5/3/2019 – 7:30 PM – Northern Wind Trio
The Northern Wind Trio describe their style as a contemporary world music fusion where Mongolian throat singing is accompanied by guitar, assorted percussion instruments, hand pan and traditional Mongolian instruments. Through their amalgamation of musical ideas, Zac Economou, Tamir Hargana, and Aaron Marsala foster a unique and exhilarating intercultural dialogue and exchange.

The Charlotte’s Web series is generously sponsored by:


3 Music on Main concerts:
9/24/2018 – 5:30 PM – Apollo Trio
The Apollo Trio presents woodwind music for flute, clarinet, and bassoon. Composers for this eclectic trio include Mozart, Beethoven, Tomasi, Piston, and Chicago composers Robert Muczynski and Donald Draganski. The program includes some music written specifically for this instrumentation and some of the Apollo Trio’s own arrangements. Members of the trio play together in the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Madison Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and Milwaukee’s Skylight Theater. Scott Metlicka is the principal flute player of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.

12/10/2018 – 5:30 PM – Northern Illinois Bellchoir
The combined bell choirs of Cross and Crown Lutheran Church in Roscoe and Trinity Lutheran Church in Mount Morris will present a concert of sacred and secular holiday favorites.

3/11/2019 – 5:30 PM – Leah Zahn
Leah Zahn is a lifelong Rockford resident who teaches and performs in the Northern Illinois area. She teaches both Suzuki and traditional violin and viola lessons at the Music Academy in Rockford, and is concertmaster of the Rock Valley College and Community Orchestra. Leah earned her B.A. in Music from Northern Illinois University and is currently pursuing her M.M. in Violin Performance, also at NIU, where she studies with Marie Wang of the Avalon String Quartet.

Music on Main is generously sponsored by:


4 Jazz at Starr Center concerts:
10/14/2018 – 3:00 PM – The Antitones
The Antitones is a recently formed jazz-fusion band from Rockford, Illinois. Drawing from an eclectic variety of musical styles ranging from: hip-hop, blues, funk, swing, afro-cuban to jazz, this ten-piece group provides something to listen to for everyone in the audience.

12/2/2018 – 3:00 PM – Jazz for the Holidays
Tim Austin (drums) and Emily Austin (vocals) will present a selection of holiday classics with a jazz twist. They will be joined by Carl Cole on piano, Andrew Cole on bass, and vocalist, Diana Cole.

2/10/2019 – 3:00 PM – Jodi Beach
Jodi Beach is not simply a singer/pianist, she is a story teller. a theme weaver, a scrapbook of our lives in song. Her performances walk the listener through a gallery of fine works by the masters and let them linger in their grace. Elegant ballads, beautiful love songs, warm swaying Latin rhythms, hot stomping swings, all take the listener through a lifetime of memories in a matter of minutes.

5/19/2019 – 3:00 PM – Rockford Jazz Ensemble
Rockford’s newest big band will close Mendelssohn’s Jazz at Starr Center Series. The performance will include a variety of jazz standards and contemporary selections. They will be joined by a youth jazz band comprised of some of the best young musicians in the area.

Jazz at Starr Center is generously sponsored by:

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