Rockford Symphony Orchestra music director announces retirement after 30 years

ROCKFORD (WREX) — Rockford Symphony Orchestra music director Steven Larsen has announced that after 30 years leading the orchestra, he will retire at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Larsen was hired in 1991 to guide the RSO. Under his tenure, the RSO moved from the Midway Theatre to the Coronado Performing Arts Center, added a Pops series, and became the 2007 Illinois Orchestra of the Year.

“When I moved to Rockford in 1991, the RSO performed five concerts a year. Today we play three times that number, and the RSO has become the region’s premier performing arts organization. It is time for fresh, visionary leadership that can take the RSO to new levels. I love this orchestra; it can play almost anything of excellence usually reserved for major symphonies in large cities. I look forward to welcoming our next Maestro or Maestra!”

The RSO Board of Directors has assembled a search committee of community memberes, board members, and RSO musicians to lead the process of hiring a new music director.

Audrey Moon

Audrey Moon

Asst. News Director

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