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Subscribe Now to the RPO’s 2010-11 Season and Save on Your Tickets to the Joshua Bell Concert!

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Join us in the gloriously renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre for the 2010-11 Season! This promises to be one for the history books, as we celebrate our Maestro, Christopher Seaman, in his final season as the RPO's Music Director.

As a subscriber, you can purchase tickets to the special Joshua Bell concert now for up to 30% off. But you need to subscribe by April 23—after that, we will no longer offer any discounts for this concert.

And if you’re currently a subscriber and haven’t already renewed, please do so before April 23 to keep your choice of seats. After that date, we will make your seats available to new subscribers.

Plus, when you subscribe between now and April 23, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win an overnight trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake, courtesy of Carpe Diem Travel! (Click here for trip details.)

Read more about the upcoming season at www.rpo.org/2010-11. And to view the full calendar by series, click here for the PDF version


COMING IN APRIL:
RPO Plays WXXI’s #1 Most Popular Work with James Gaffigan Conducting

Beethoven’s Seventh

WXXI listeners voted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 as the most popular work in their "Classical 35 for 35" last December. Be there when brilliant young American guest conductor James Gaffigan returns to lead the RPO in this Beethoven masterpiece, as well as Debussy’s evocative Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. And Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein—winner of the 2010 Gilmore Artist Award—joins us for Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, nicknamed "The Age of Anxiety."

April 8 at 7:30 pm & April 10 at 8:00 pm, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Tickets start at $20. Call 454-2100, or use this link to buy tickets online


Family Concert Shows Kids How to Compose Music

Mr. Smith’s Composition

In the next orKIDStra Series concert, Mr. Smith's Composition will take you on a hilarious and educational journey into the mind of Mr. Smith as he composes. You’ll hear him consider whether to write a waltz or a march, a fast piece or a slow one, and along the way introduce children to different instruments and different styles of music. The audience even gets to choose the final ending!
 
Michael Butterman leads the RPO in this fun, interactive program, with Jay Stetzer narrating. Click here for an audio preview. The concert also includes music by Bizet, George Walker, and the RPO’s own Wesley Nance. Visit the RPO blog to hear what Michael has to say about the concert.

Sunday, April 11 at 2:00 pm at Performance Hall at Hochstein, 50 North Plymouth Avenue.

Tickets are $10 for children, $15 for adults. Call 454-2100, or use this link to buy tickets online


COMING SOON:
Pianist Misha Dichter Plays Rachmaninoff; South Pacific In Concert

Misha Dichter Plays Rachmaninoff

Beloved pianist Misha Dichter joins Christopher Seaman and the RPO for three concerts featuring Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. On Thursday, April 15 & Saturday, April 17, he performs a Philharmonics Series concert that also includes music by Corigliano, Schubert, and Elgar. Then on Sunday, April 18, he will be Christopher’s guest for the new Symphony 201 concert, exploring the fascinating concept of theme and variations.

South Pacific in concert
Kodak Hall will heat up Friday, April 23 & Saturday, April 24 when Jeff Tyzik leads the RPO in a full-length concert version of the hit Broadway musical South Pacific. We'll have some special soloists with us—selected by Doug LaBrecque, the show’s producer—as well as a 25-voice chorus to sing "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bali Ha'i," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," and more!

Use this link for more information about these and other upcoming concerts.


Special Offer from Eastman Opera Theatre for eNotes Subscribers

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Sample the world of opera with Eastman Opera Theatre’s Opera Gala. This performance includes fully staged and costumed scenes from seven popular operas, sung in their original languages, with English supertitles. The operas include: Ariadne auf Naxos (Richard Strauss), Don Giovanni (Mozart), Così fan tutte (Mozart), L’elisir d’Amore (Donizetti), Lakmé (Delibes), Der Rosenkavalier (Richard Strauss), and Manon (Massenet).

Friday, March 26 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 28 at 2:00 pm at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

You can save $3 off the regular ticket prices of $25, $20, and $15, just by being an RPO eNotes reader. Mention this special offer at the RPO Box Office in person at 108 East Avenue, or call 454-2100. For more information about the Opera Gala, use this link to visit the Eastman School of Music web site


Donate Items for Foodlink and Receive a Voucher for RPO Tickets

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For the second year in a row, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is joining the League of American Orchestras and Feeding America in "Orchestras Feeding America," a national initiative to collect food for those in need. The RPO will be working with Rochester's Foodlink to collect and distribute food items throughout the community.

Between now and April 10, anyone dropping off 10 non-perishable food items to the RPO Box Office (108 East Avenue) will be given a voucher for a pair of free tickets to a select RPO concert. Click here for a list of the most-needed food items. (Please, no glass jars or bottles.) Use this link for more information


The RPO's Social Media Links

You can keep up with upcoming events at the RPO in a number of different ways.

Visit the RPO blog, "The RPO and a Cup of Joe," for behind-the-scenes stories and photos.

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Looking Ahead

April 15 & 17: Misha Dichter Plays Rachmaninoff (Philharmonics Series) - Christopher Seaman, conductor; Misha Dichter, piano

April 18: Theme and Variations Featuring Misha Dichter (Symphony 201) - Christopher Seaman, conductor; Misha Dichter, piano

April 23 & 24: South Pacific In Concert (Pops Series) - Jeff Tyzik, conductor

April 29: Ravishing Rachmaninoff (Philharmonics Series) – Rossen Milanov, guest conductor; Douglas Prosser, trumpet (The Elaine P. Wilson Chair)
 
May 20 & 22: Season Finale – Verdi's Requiem (Philharmonics Series) - Christopher Seaman, conductor; Arianna Zukerman, soprano; Nancy Maultsby, mezzo-soprano; Scott Ramsay, tenor; Gustav Andreasson, bass; Rochester Oratorio Society, Eric Townell, director

Visit www.rpo.org for a complete calendar of upcoming events.


Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Christopher Seaman, Music Director
Jeff Tyzik, Principal Pops Conductor
Michael Butterman, Principal Conductor for Education and Outreach
The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair
Charles H. Owens, President & CEO

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