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TONIGHT & SATURDAY:
International Program Features Rachmaninoff Symphony, Conductor Debut

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. 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.


NEXT WEDNESDAY:
RPO Launches New Young Professionals Group, RPOrocs

RPOrocs_logo_sm.jpgWe launch our new Young Professionals group—RPOrocs—with a kick-off event titled “Night of Fives” next Wednesday, May 5 at 5:00 pm at Edibles Restaurant. Included in the $5 admission is the opportunity to mix and mingle with young RPO musicians, and two-for-one drink specials. The event is open to all interested young professionals and no registration is required.

Whether you played French horn in junior high, listened to your sister practice violin in the next room, or think the score is the best part of a movie, join RPOrocs for fun, friends, and music. Click here for more information. Additional events will be posted on the RPOrocs Facebook page.


NEXT WEEK: Poetry Inspires Music by Berlioz and Schumann

Melissa MatsonThursday, May 6 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 8 at 8:00 pm

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

The vivid, fanciful poetry of the English poet Lord Byron features prominently in the upcoming Philharmonics concerts with guest conductor Andreas Delfs. His 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. Click here to read the program notes. Use this link for an audio preview.

Visit the RPO blog to read more about Melissa’s approach to playing a solo vs. leading the viola section. She’s also making two new dresses for her solo appearance—see the blog for photos!

The RPO’s Krishna Thiagarajan hosts the First Niagara Pre-Concert Chat at 6:30 pm on Thursday and 7:00 pm on Saturday. Plus, on Thursday night only, Casa Larga Vineyards will be offering a wine tasting of their Lilac Hill vintage in the lobby.

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.

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NEXT SUNDAY:
Shadow Puppetry Brings Enchanting Tale of The Firebird to Life

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Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

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. This is a breathtakingly beautiful story of friendship between a boy and the mythical bird, with three actors portraying all the characters while the RPO plays Stravinsky’s dramatic music.

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

Pre-concert activities begin at 1:00 pm in Room 120 at the Eastman School of Music and include craft activities for kids and their moms, in honor of Mother’s Day.

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

Special offer for eNotes subscribers: All moms and grandmothers get in FREE with purchase of a child’s ticket! Just mention this offer when ordering your tickets by phone, in person, or at the door.

The orKIDStra Family Series is sponsored by Wendy's Restaurants of Rochester with media support from Genesee Valley Parent.
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COMING SOON: Exciting Music from Verdi to Benny Goodman

The RPO wraps up the season with concerts spanning the centuries.

Season Finale: Verdi RequiemOn May 20 & 22, Christopher Seaman conducts the magnificent Verdi Requiem, with the 150 voices of the Rochester Oratorio Society and four wonderful soloists. Complimentary sweets from Hedonist Chocolates will be provided to all box seat ticket holders. Tickets start at $22. Call 454-2100, or use this link to purchase online.

Benny Goodman & Artie Shaw - A Centennial Celebration Then the next weekend, we’ll celebrate the centennial of jazz masters Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, May 28 & 29. Clarinetist Dave Bennett and his quintet join Jeff Tyzik and the RPO for classics from the swing era, including Airmail Special, Begin the Beguine, Stompin’ at the Savoy, Bugle Call Rag, and more. Tickets start at $22. Call 454-2100, or use this link to purchase online.

The Philharmonics Series is sponsored by the Eastman Kodak Company and Bausch & Lomb. Pre-Concert Chats sponsored by First Niagara. Media sponsor for Verdi Requiem is WHAM 1180.

The Pops Series is sponsored by Wegmans. Centennial Celebration is sponsored by First Niagara, with media support from WBEE 92.5, WCMF 96.5, and Jazz 90.1.


NEXT SUNDAY: Youth Orchestra Makes a French Impression

French ImpressionsSunday, May 9 at 3:00 pm
Hale Auditorium, Roberts Cultural Life Center, Roberts Wesleyan College

Just back from successful concerts in Montreal and Quebec City, the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra performs Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Gershwin’s An American in Paris, as well as music by Barber and Elgar. The concert will also feature RPYO Concerto Competition winners Hilary Garnish, soprano, and Ryan Yarmel, double bass. Click here for more information.


Tickets Now on Sale for Symphony Showhouse Special Events!

Showhouse_2010_art.jpgMay 22-June 13
The Cottages at Malvern Hills, Pittsford

For three weeks beginning May 22, you will have a chance to see the amazing creativity of 40 area designers. Symphony Showhouse 2010 features a "Duet of Cottages," with two newly constructed houses—the "Pops House" and the "Philharmonics House"—built by Ketmar Development Corporation. Local designers created each of the 54 rooms and spaces inspired by music from the RPO.

In addition to tours, there also will be a variety of ticketed and non-ticketed special events like the Opening Night Gala, plus Chef’s Nights, Build-a-Showhouse Family Play Day, Designer "Drop-in Talks," Jazz Night, and more. For more information, visit www.rposhowhouse.org. To buy tickets, please call (585) 454-2100.

Presenting Sponsor: MVP Health Care

Additional Support provided by Jay Advertising, AAA, Ketmar Development Corporation, Boylan Brown, Bergmann Associates, L&B Worldwide, Entercom, and Time Warner


Celebrate Your Summer with the RPO!

Cirque.jpgThe RPO’s summer season includes three concerts at CMAC (free lawn tickets available for kids 12 and under), a Midsummer Classics series at Hochstein, a new collaboration with the Eastman School of Music, and concerts in various locations around the region. Order your tickets today and save up to 40% when you purchase a subscription.

Visit www.rpo.org/summer for more information, or call 454-2100.

The RPO Summer Series is sponsored by The Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation. The RPO CMAC series is sponsored by Constellation Brands. Additional support from Hylan Enterprises, The Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation, Nixon Peabody, Monroe County, City of Rochester, Chanler Family Foundation, Deborah Ronnen and Sherman Levey, and City Newspaper.


Next Tuesday on WXXI 91.5 FM

Tune in next Tuesday, May 4, at 8:00 pm to hear New York City Opera star Adina Aaron in Samuel Barber's nostalgic Knoxville: Summer of 1915. And Christopher Seaman leads the RPO in music by Elgar, Barber, and Handel. Click here 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. 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 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

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

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

The Rochester Plaza Hotel is the RPO’s Official Lodging Partner.


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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