Hi everyone,

We have a really unique experience in store for you this weekend: our final orKIDStra concert of the season is bigger than ever, beginning with our venue, which will be the beautiful Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. We're performing there because of the special theatrical requirements of our production, which brings Stravinsky's Firebird to life in a stunning way, utilizing life-size shadow puppetry.

This production, which has been presented with many of the world's leading orchestras, melds sonic richness with visual brilliance and is a true feast for the senses sure to delight adults and enchant children of all ages. If you're inclined to learn more beforehand, our guest artists, Underground Railway Theater, have put together a guide with more information about shadow puppetry and the story of The Firebird. Use this link to view the PDF. In addition, we'll hear other "fowl" music including music from Swan Lake and Griffes' lovely tone poem, The White Peacock.

And before you head into summer, take a moment to subscribe to a terrific 2010-2011 season that will include a great adaptation of Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham, along with a new take on Prokofiev's classic called Peter vs. the Wolf, which adds a courtroom twist to the familiar tale. We'll also play music inspired by many of the great fairy tales of all time, and will celebrate the release of the RPO's new family-oriented CD (including Babar the Elephant, which was heard earlier this year) with a performance of the charming and witty A Family for Baby Grand. Plus, next season we’ll have a special family matinee of Bugs Bunny at the Symphony.

I have RPO musicians tell me all the time how much they love our family series because of the enthusiasm of our audiences full of wide-eyed young people. Sharing the magic of music and finding ways of igniting that spark of imagination in young minds is among the most gratifying work I can imagine. I know we all feel privileged to be part of something like this and thank you most sincerely for your support of the RPO's education and community engagement programs.

Have a great week and we'll look forward to seeing you on Sunday at the Eastman Theatre!

Take care,
Michael Butterman
Principal Conductor for Education and Outreach
(The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair)

THIS SUNDAY: The Firebird Features Shadow Puppets—and Moms Get in Free!


Sunday, May 9 at 2:00 pm
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 weeNotes readers: 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.

Symphony Showhouse Features Strong Museum Playroom, Family Play Day


This year’s Symphony Showhouse features a "duet of cottages" in Pittsford built by Ketmar Development. The "Philharmonics House" and the "Pops House" are being decorated by 40 area designers, including one room decorated by the Strong National Museum of Play.

Inspired by ABBA’s The Name of the Game (which the RPO performed in March), Strong’s talented exhibits team went to work, creating a whimsical room that features the 44 iconic toys inducted to date into the museum’s National Toy Hall of Fame. Funky furniture composed in part of skateboards, game pieces, marbles, and yo-yos create a visual sense of wonder the whole family will enjoy. The unexpected Slinky wall sconces, Scrabble wall mural (see picture above), Frisbee clock, and Monopoly art bring an additional dimension of fun. Guests are invited to join in a game of "I Spy" to identify how each of the 44 toys has been skillfully incorporated into the room’s design.

And plan now to attend Build-a-Showhouse Family Play Day on Saturday, June 5 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Buffalo cardboard artist Lou Iannone will create a room-sized cardboard "show house" and children can get involved by creating furnishings and accessories for the replica. There will also be an Instrument Petting Zoo, children’s activities, and access to a walking trail on the grounds. Use this link for more information. Tickets for the Family Play Day are $25 for a family of four. Call 454-2100 for tickets, or visit the RPO Box Office.

Symphony Showhouse runs May 22-June 13 with more than 50 rooms and spaces inspired by music from the RPO. Public tours are Tuesday-Sunday, and tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Visit www.rpo.showhouse.org for more information.

Coming Next Season ...

October 17: Green Eggs and Ham - Michael Butterman, conductor (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair); Narrator, TBD

January 8: Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony – created and conducted by George Daugherty

February 13: A Family for Baby Grand - Michael Butterman, conductor (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair), Narrator, TBD

April 3: Fairy Tales - Michael Butterman, conductor (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair)

May 22: Peter vs. The Wolf - Michael Butterman, conductor (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair)

Subscriptions are available now for next season’s concerts: click here for more information.

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

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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