James Gaffigan Leads RPO in Popular Beethoven’s Seventh

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 this week when the brilliant young American guest conductor James Gaffigan returns to lead the RPO in this Beethoven masterpiece.

An up-and-coming conductor who recently was named to posts in Lucerne and the Netherlands, Gaffigan has been hailed as "a conductor of real promise, combining muscular energy with unabashed lyricism" (New York Observer). He hosts the First Niagara Pre-Concert Chat beginning one hour before the concert. Use this link to read James Gaffigan’s blog, or to follow him on Twitter.

You’ll also hear Debussy’s evocative Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Russian pianist—and Gilmore Award winner—Kirill Gerstein in Leonard Bernstein’s powerful Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety," for piano and orchestra. Click here for an audio preview.

Thursday, April 8 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, 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.

THIS SUNDAY: 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. Jay Stetzer plays the role of the composer, introducing 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 concert, which 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 this concert.

Sunday, April 11 at 2:00 pm; Performance Hall at Hochstein, 50 North Plymouth Avenue. Pre-concert activities begin at 1:00 pm.

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

NEXT WEEK: Pianist Misha Dichter Plays Rachmaninoff


Thursday, April 15 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 17 at 8:00 pm

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Beloved pianist Misha Dichter joins Christopher Seaman and the RPO for Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Rachmaninoff took the theme of one of Paganini’s dazzling solo violin pieces as the basis for his two dozen variations for piano and orchestra, ranging in style from march-like and heroic to whimsical and romantic.

Now in the fifth decade of an illustrious career, pianist Misha Dichter recently returned to performing full-time following surgery three years ago for Dupuytren’s contracture, an inherited condition that affected his right hand and threatened to end his career. Now fully recovered, last October he delivered "a rock-solid, brilliantly bold, and down-to-earth performance of some of the most difficult piano pieces in existence" (Boston Musical Intelligencer). Click here to read a recent interview with the San Francisco Classical Voice.

You will also hear John Corigliano’s Gazebo Dances, Schubert’s "Unfinished" Symphony, and Elgar’s In the South. Use this link for an audio preview.

Christopher Seaman hosts the First Niagara Pre-Concert Chat beginning one hour before the concert. On Thursday night, the winners of the annual RPO Musicians' Awards for Outstanding Music Educators will be recognized.

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. Media support from WBEE 92.5.


NEW Symphony 201 Concert Features Misha Dichter in Theme and Variations

Christopher Seaman
Sunday, April 18 at 2:00 pm
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Misha Dichter returns to the Kodak Hall stage on Sunday afternoon for the first-ever Symphony 201 concert. He will join Christopher Seaman to explore the fascinating concept of theme and variations, combining excerpts from Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with enlightening commentary. Then you will hear a full performance of the piece, and have a chance to ask your own questions at the end of the concert.

General admission tickets are $24. Call 454-2100, or use this link to buy tickets online.

Tickets Going Fast for South Pacific In Concert

South Pacific in concert

Kodak Hall will heat up Friday, April 23 & Saturday, April 24 at 8:00 pm 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. Enjoy such classics as "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bali Ha'i," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," and more!

The New York City-based lead actors all have starred in numerous Broadway and touring productions of South Pacific—and in fact the singer playing Emile de Becque is in the Broadway show right now, and will be coming to Rochester just for these performances.

Don’t miss out! Tickets start at $26. Call 454-2100, or use this link to buy tickets online.

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.

Next Tuesday on WXXI 91.5 FM

Tune in next Tuesday, April 13, at 8:00 pm to hear a rebroadcast of last fall's Philharmonics concert featuring violinist Vadim Gluzman in Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. Christopher Seaman also conducts works by Arvo Part and Vaughan Williams. Click here for more information.

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 at 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

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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 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 6 & 8: Berlioz Blockbuster (Philharmonics Series) – Andreas Delfs, guest conductor; Melissa Matson, viola

May 9: An Enchanting Tale: The Firebird (orKIDStra Series) - Michael Butterman, conductor (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair); Underground Railway Theatre, shadow puppetry

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.

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Christopher Seaman, Music Director
Jeff Tyzik, Principal Pops Conductor
Michael Butterman, Principal Conductor for Education and Outreach
The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair
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