THIS SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Pianist Misha Dichter Plays Rachmaninoff

Misha Dichter Plays Rachmaninoff

Beloved pianist Misha Dichter joins Christopher Seaman and the RPO for concerts featuring Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Saturday night, he performs it on a Philharmonics Series concert that also includes music by Corigliano, Schubert, and Elgar. Use this link for an audio preview. Christopher Seaman hosts the First Niagara Pre-Concert Chat beginning at 7:00 pm.

Saturday, April 17 at 8:00 pm; Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Tickets start at $20. Call 454-2100, or use this link to buy tickets online.

Then on Sunday, you can hear him as Christopher’s guest for the new Symphony 201 concert, exploring the fascinating concept of theme and variations with musical excerpts and enlightening commentary. You’ll also have a chance to ask your own questions at the end of the concert.

Sunday, April 18 at 2:00 pm; Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. General admission tickets are $24. Call 454-2100, or use this link to buy tickets online.

RPO Summer Season Includes Concerts at CMAC and Hochstein,
New Eastman School Collaboration, and More!


The RPO returns to CMAC in Canandaigua this summer for three concerts, with free lawn tickets available for kids 12 and under. On Friday, July 3, Michael Butterman leads Red, White, and Boom!, an all-American Independence Weekend program followed by fireworks. The Marcus Roberts Trio will perform its own jazz take on Gershwin’s Concerto in F. (Click here to watch a YouTube video of the trio with Seiji Ozawa and the Berlin Philharmonic.)

On Saturday, July 10, Jeff Tyzik and New York Voices perform music from The Swingin’ Sixties and Seventies. And on Saturday, July 24, we have the return of the uniquely talented (and swinging—literally!) cirque artists known as Cirque de la Symphonie, in a custom-designed program.

Building on the success of our classical programs last summer at Hochstein, we return to that popular venue with three Midsummer Classics concerts featuring Mozart (and more). In addition to Christopher Seaman’s farewell summer concert on July 14, we are fortunate to host two distinguished guest conductors—Arild Remmereit and Jahja Ling—on July 7 and August 4, respectively. Soloists include the RPO's own Juliana Athayde and Erik Behr, violinist Joan Kwuon, and pianist Jessie Chang. Further enhancing the concert experience each evening at Hochstein will be pre-concert chamber music and wine tastings.

We will be expanding our partnership with the Eastman School of Music this summer with a new public performance as part of the Eastman Summer Conducting Institute (July 22). And, for the first time ever, the RPO will perform in the finals round of the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition (August 7).


And you will hear the RPO in various locations around the region: the City of Rochester’s free downtown Independence Day Celebration (July 4), Ontario Beach Park (June 30), Temple B’rith Kodesh (July 8), SUNY Geneseo (July 9), and Frontier Field (July 16).

Tickets for all performances are on sale now at the RPO Box Office or buy your tickets online. Money-saving and flexible season ticket packages are also available. Use this link to view a full chronological calendar of summer events or visit www.rpo.org/summer.

The RPO Summer Series is sponsored by The Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation.

Concert Version of South Pacific Features Leading Broadway Actors


Friday, April 23 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 24 at 8:00 pm

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Jeff Tyzik leads the RPO in a full-length concert version of the hit Broadway musical South Pacific featuring all your favorite showstoppers. With scripted song introductions and an occasional costume piece, the concert includes the gorgeous "Some Enchanted Evening," the haunting "Bali Ha'i," the humorous "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," and more! Use this link for an audio preview.

We'll have some wonderful guest vocalists with us—hand-picked by Doug LaBrecque, the show’s producer. The New York City-based lead actors all have starred in numerous Broadway and touring productions of South Pacific. Click here to read all their bios.

In fact, the singer playing Emile de Becque is in the Broadway show right now, and will travel to Rochester from New York City just for these performances. The lead performers will be joined by a 25-voice chorus rehearsed by Harold McAulliffe, who also leads the RPO’s Gala Holiday Pops Festival Chorale.

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


The Pops Series is sponsored by Wegmans. Concert underwritten by Mrs. Dawn and Dr. Jacques Lipson. Concert sponsored by Paychex and Harter Secrest & Emery. Media support from WBEE 92.5 and 98.9 The Buzz.
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Subscribe to the RPO’s 2010-11 Season by April 23 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.

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. Click here to subscribe online 24/7.

Bulgarian Conductor Milanov Debuts with Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3

Guest conductor Rossen Milanov makes his RPO debut with Rachmaninoff’s ravishing Symphony No. 3 and the folk-inspired Variaciones concertantes by Ginastera. Plus, the RPO’s own Principal Trumpet Douglas Prosser is featured in Tomasi’s brilliant and technically demanding Trumpet Concerto.

April 29 and May 1, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Tickets start at $20. Call 454-2100, or use this link to buy tickets online.

NEW! Democrat and Chronicle Starts Rochester Arts Blog

The new Rochester Arts blog at www.democratandchronicle.com opens a window on all of the area’s arts and culture activities. You’ll find highlights of upcoming events to check out, as well as a community arts blog written by a number of area arts organizations. The RPO's blog is every Monday, with an occasional Sunday.

Stay connected with us through this new and informal D&C arts portal, and let us know what you think! Send an email to eNotes@rpo.org.

Next Tuesday on WXXI 91.5 FM

For a preview of one of this summer's guest conductors, tune in next Tuesday, April 20, at 8:00 pm to hear Arild Remmereit leading the RPO in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Haochen Zhang. The program also includes works by Shafer Mahoney and Prokofiev. Click here for more information.

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Looking Ahead

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 9: French Impressions (Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra) – David Harman, conductor

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

May 28 & 29: Benny Goodman & Artie Shaw – A Centennial Celebration (Pops Series) – Jeff Tyzik, conductor; Dave Bennett and his Quintet

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

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