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Rockford Symphony Orchestra Announces Winners of RSO Star Competition

Monday, March 14, 2011  
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ROCKFORD (WIFR) --
The Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) is pleased to announce the winners of the RSO Star: Who Will It Be? Competition.

Nine Stateline area competitors took the stage with the RSO on Saturday, March 12. The audience voted following their performances and the top three were announced live from the stage.

First Place: Emily Rogers of Rockford, IL
Second Place: Jordan Knapick of Machesney Park, IL
Third Place: James Edward Johnson of Rockford, IL

Emily Rogers will be the featured performer with the orchestra during the RSO’s ComEd Independence Day Spectacular at Starlight Theatre in July and received a $1,000 prize.

The RSO Star competition gave local amateur musicians the opportunity to perform at the Coronado Performing Arts Center with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. Following auditions in September 2010, thirteen semi-finalists were selected and then narrowed to eight finalists after a public vote on the RSO website. Online voters cast 22,500 votes to select the finalists.

In addition to performances by each of the finalists and works performed solely by the RSO, Measure 5 of the Music Academy of Rockford College gave a brief performance while the votes were tabulated. Dr. Kristoffer Tumilowicz of Dental Dimensions also surprised the audience with a rendition of "I’ve Got the World on a String.”

Visit www.rockfordsymphony.com for more information about the RSO Star competition and finalists.

RSO Star is part of the Rockford Health System Pops Series and is graciously sponsored by Nadi Creative Branding Group and Dental Dimensions.

This story appeared at http://www.wifr.com/news/headlines/Rockford_Symphony_Orchestra_Announces_Winners_of_RSO_Star_Competition_117944819.html?ref=819 on March 14, 2011.

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