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The Rockford Choral Union performs its annual tradition singing Handel's "Messiah."
Legacy of Messiah Performance Carries On

After 66 years, this dedicated group of singers is still gaining new voices and wowing ever-larger audiences. And, meet the dynamic woman who’s performed every year since the start.

John Mellencamp shares his classic rock tunes and some new favorites during his show at Rockford’s Coronado Performing Arts Center on Nov. 18.
Arts & Entertainment Events at a Glance

There’s so much to do in the Old Northwest Territory! Here’s a glimpse at what’s happening this fall.

Music Director Steven Larsen conducts a performance by the Rockford Symphony Orchestra at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford.
‘A Carnegie Hall in Every Town’

Our region is graced with many lovers of fine music, and there are ample opportunities to see live performances in classical and world music. Discover four such organizations.

Music by the Lake offers reserved seating under the covered Ferro Pavilion, as well as terrace seating (chairs provided) and lawn seating (BYO blankets/lawn chairs) for general admission. The venue attracts top artists, such as Michael Bolton, shown here in his 2009 performance.
Music by the Lake: Eleven Seasons Strong, and Still Growing

Broadway musicals and big-name acts are just part of the amazing lineup visitors will find at this outdoor concert venue. Meet the big-city personality behind the summer spectacular.

Leah Baskin, with the Rock Valley Children's Choir. (Dustin Waller photo)
Rock Valley Children’s Choir: Where Children Explore Their Talents

Discover a unique organization that helps local youngsters to unlock new talents and an appreciation for music.