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THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY:
Broadway Actors Featured in South Pacific

South Pacific in concert

There are a few seats left for this full-length concert version of the hit Broadway musical South Pacific. Jeff Tyzik leads the RPO in all your favorite showstoppers, including "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bali Ha'i," and "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair." Use this link for an audio preview.

The New York City-based lead actors all have starred in numerous Broadway and touring productions of South Pacific. 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. Click here to listen to interviews by local Broadway aficionado Robert Hammond with Jeff and with Doug LaBrecque, the concert’s producer.

Friday, April 23 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, April 24 at 8:00 pm; Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Tickets start at $32. Best choice of seating is for Friday night. 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.


Subscribe to the RPO’s 2010-11 Season by April 23 and
Save on 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 Christopher Seaman in his final season as our Music Director.

As a subscriber, you can purchase tickets now to the special Joshua Bell concert (March 20, 2011) 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.


NEXT WEEKEND: International Program Features Rachmaninoff Symphony, Conductor Debut, Tomasi Trumpet Concerto

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Thursday, April 29 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 1 at 8:00 pm

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Travel to Argentina, France, and Russia for the next RPO Philharmonics concert. Renowned Bulgarian conductor Rossen Milanov makes his RPO debut with Rachmaninoff’s ravishing Symphony No. 3 and the folk-inspired Variaciones concertantes by Alberto Ginastera.

The RPO’s own Principal Trumpet Douglas Prosser (The Elaine P. Wilson Chair) steps to the front of the stage for Henri Tomasi’s brilliant Trumpet Concerto. At times impressionistic, lyrical, and jazzy, the piece is technically demanding, and even calls for the soloist to use a range of trumpet mutes to vary the sound.

The RPO’s Krishna Thiagarajan hosts the First Niagara Pre-Concert Chat at 6:30 pm on Thursday and 7:00 pm on Saturday. Click here to read the program notes. Use 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 the Eastman Kodak Company and Bausch & Lomb. Pre-Concert Chats sponsored by First Niagara. Concert sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

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JUST ADDED! RPO and Community Choir Perform Gospel Concert at Kodak Hall

Jeff Tyzik

The sounds of orchestra and gospel voices will blend together to become one community in The Glory of Gospel on Sunday, May 30 at 7:00 pm at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Jeff Tyzik conducts a community gospel choir organized by Julius Dicks in Richard Smallwood's Total Praise, Jeff’s own gospel version of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, and more. Featured soloists include soprano Elena O’Connor and trumpeter Herb Smith.

Tickets will be sold under a "pay what you can" policy with a suggested minimum donation of $5 and general admission seating. Tickets may be purchased in advance in-person at the RPO Box Office or at the door one hour prior to the concert.

In partnership with the City of Rochester.


COMING SOON: Poetry Inspires Music by Berlioz and Schumann

Berlioz Blockbuster

The vivid, fanciful poetry of the English poet Lord Byron figures prominently in the upcoming Philharmonics concerts with guest conductor Andreas Delfs. Byron's words inspired Berlioz to write the romantic Harold in Italy, and also Schumann to compose his dramatic Overture to Manfred. The RPO’s own Principal Viola Melissa Matson steps to the front of the stage for a featured role in Berlioz’s blockbuster. The evening also includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 83.

Thursday, May 6 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, May 8 at 8:00 pm at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. First Niagara Pre-Concert Chat begins one hour before the concert.

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

The Philharmonics Series is sponsored by the Eastman Kodak Company and Bausch & Lomb. Pre-Concert Chats sponsored by First Niagara. Melissa Matson's appearance is made possible by the Katherine T. and Jon L. Schumacher Orchestra Musician Soloist Fund.


COMING SOON:
Shadow Puppetry Brings Enchanting Tale of The Firebird to Life

An Enchanting Tale - The Firebird

For the last orKIDStra family concert of the season, amazing, larger-than-life shadow puppetry from the Underground Railway Theater will bring to life the Russian fairy tale The Firebird, with music by Stravinsky.

Michael Butterman conducts the RPO in a program that also includes a suite from Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake, and The White Peacock by American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes.

Sunday, May 9 at 2:00 pm at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Kids’ tickets are $10. Call 454-2100, or use this link to purchase online.

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


Next Tuesday on WXXI 91.5 FM

Tune in next Tuesday, April 27, at 8:00 pm to hear guest conductor Hannu Lintu leading the RPO in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 and Cantus Arcticus by Rautivaara. And violinist Augustin Hadelich—who was such a hit that we’re bringing him back next season!—performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Click here 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. You can also subscribe to the RPO blog as an RSS feed to keep up with the latest RPO news.

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Looking Ahead

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

May 30: The Glory of Gospel (special concert) – Jeff Tyzik, conductor; Julius Dicks & Company, community choir; Elena O’Connor, soprano; Herbert Smith, trumpet

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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