The musical suite is an instrumental form which originally appeared in the late 14th century as a pairing of dance tunes. As it continued to grow in scope with the addition of more dances, the suite became an important musical form during the time of J.S. Bach (unaccompanied suite for cello played by Michael Beert). The suite fell out of style later in the 18th century but made a resurgence as a different form during the late 19th century. Several suites exist in the Jazz genre. This is exemplified by the “Toot” suite on this program. This program demonstrates the changes that occur in musical forms over the years.
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center
Directions: From I-90 and U.S. Business 20 (E. State St.), west on Business 20 to downtown Rockford, where it will become Jefferson St., one-way westbound. Turn right on IL 2, Wyman St., immediately after crossing the Rock River. After curving left, turn right on N. Main St. Mendelssohn Hall is on the northwest corner of S. Main St. and Park St.