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


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 Christopher Seaman, in his final season as our 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 by April 23 to keep your choice of seats. After that date, we must release your seats for new subscribers.

As an extra incentive, 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 a list of all the concerts by series, use this link for the PDF version.

Note that the RPO offices are closed tomorrow for Good Friday, but you can subscribe online 24/7.

RPO Plays WXXI’s #1 Most Popular Work, with James Gaffigan Conducting


 Thursday, April 8 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 10 at 8:00 pm

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

WXXI listeners voted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 as the most popular work in their "Classical 35 for 35" last December. Be there next week 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 joins us for Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety," for piano and orchestra. In addition to being only the sixth musician ever honored with the Gilmore Artist Award, Gerstein has been described as having a masterful technique, musical curiosity, and probing interpretations in both classical and jazz. Click here to view a video of Gerstein at the piano.

James Gaffigan hosts the First Niagara Pre-Concert Chat beginning one hour before the concert. Click here to read the program notesUse this link for an audio preview.

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

The Philharmonics Series is sponsored by Eastman Kodak Company and Bausch & Lomb. Pre-Concert Chats sponsored by First Niagara. Concert sponsored by Nixon Peabody LLP.

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Family Concert Shows Kids How to Compose Music


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

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. Pre-concert activities related to composing begin at 1:00 pm.

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

The orKIDStra Series is sponsored by Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, with media support from Genesee Valley Parent.

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

Misha Dichter Plays

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 wonderful guest vocalists with us—selected by Doug LaBrecque, the show’s producer—as well as a 25-voice chorus for classics like "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.

RPO Musicians Honor Local Music Educators

Some of us are fortunate enough to have had a teacher who moved us in one way or another – a teacher who made an impact so profound that our lives are forever changed. To recognize these gifted, dedicated music educators, the RPO musicians have since 1988 honored local teachers with the annual RPO Musicians' Awards for Outstanding Music Educators.

This year’s awards go to:

  • Mary Jane Davidson, Choral (Greece Odyssey Academy, Greece, NY)
  • Cheryl Mancini Drake, Instrumental Music – Band (Canandaigua Middle School, Canandaigua, NY)
  • Jane Morale, Instrumental Music – Strings (Spry Middle School, Webster, NY)
  • Melissa Reed, Classroom Specialist (Village Elementary, Hilton, NY)

The winners will be recognized publicly at the Philharmonic Series concert on Thursday, April 15 during Music Educators’ Night at the RPO. Click here to learn about these outstanding music educators.

Now You Can Double the Impact of Your Gift to the RPO!

This season, we have made cost-cutting measures of $1 million across the board, including reductions totaling $520,000 to the salaries and benefits of our musicians and staff.

Inspired by this sacrifice, a group of anonymous and remarkable donors have pledged $520,000 in matching funds to the RPO. As part of our $1 Million Community Challenge, these commitments will match—dollar-for-dollar up to $520,000—contributions made to the 2009-2010 Annual Campaign between now and the end of our fiscal year on August 31.   
Donate now by clicking here, by mail at 108 East Avenue, Rochester NY 14604, or by calling (585) 454-7311 x238. 

NEXT WEEK: RPO Concert Broadcasts Begin on WXXI 91.5 FM


Beginning on Tuesday, April 6, WXXI will broadcast all 14 of the 2009-2010 Philharmonics Series concerts on Classical 91.5 FM. The program airs Tuesday evenings at 8:00 pm. In addition to great classical music, host and producer Brenda Tremblay offers insightful interviews with Music Director Christopher Seaman.

Next week's season opening concert features Beethoven’s Ninth with the Rochester Oratorio Society and Douglas Lowry’s Geo., commissioned by the RPO.

Click here to visit WXXI Online and listen to the broadcast live via the internet.

Donate Items for Foodlink and Receive a Voucher for RPO Tickets


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

Please note that the RPO offices will be closed on April 2 in honor of Good Friday. Tickets will still be available online at www.rpo.org.

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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