TOMORROW & SATURDAY: Berlioz Blockbuster Provides Romantic Taste of Italy; Guest Conductor Andreas Delfs leads the RPO!

Berlioz Blockbuster 

Thursday, May 6 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 8 at 8:00 pm

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

A memorable stay in Italy—along with his love for the romantic works of Lord Byron—inspired Hector Berlioz to write his wild and passionate Harold in Italy, featuring the elegance of our Principal Viola, Melissa Matson, as soloist.

In addition, internationally acclaimed guest conductor Andreas Delfs conducts Schumann’s Overture to Manfred (also inspired by Byron) and Haydn’s delightful Symphony No. 83. Click here to read the program notes. Use this link for an audio preview.

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.

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

An Enchanting Tale - The Firebird 

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

In honor of Mother’s Day, all mothers and grandmothers will get in for free with the purchase of any child’s ticket* for this final orKIDStra family concert of the season!

You’ll delight in amazing, larger-than-life shadow puppetry from the Underground Railway Theater as it brings 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. Mothers and grandmothers are FREE* for this family concert only. 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.

* Not valid on prior purchases, cannot be combined with any other discounts, subject to availability.

RPO Notecards, Cookbook, and CDs Make Great Mother’s Day Gifts!


Treat your mom to the new RPO notecards—featuring ADDY Award-winning illustrations of instruments along with a wonderful tag line inspired by our performances. Inside, the cards are blank so that you can compose your own message. The set of eight notecards costs $12 (including tax) and is available online, at the RPO Box Office, and at RPO concerts in Kodak Hall.

Or, how about RPO Cooks!—a cookbook with 215 recipes from RPO musicians, staff, guest artists, and League members. This hardcover binder of culinary delights costs $20. You could also choose RPO CDs featuring music by Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and patriotic favorites. All of these items are available in person at the RPO Box Office, or click here to visit the online RPO Gift Shop.

COMING SOON: Emotional Verdi Requiem Concludes Philharmonics Season


On Thursday, May 20 and Saturday, May 22 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 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.

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

Showhouse Opens May 22 – Get Your Tickets Now to Opening Night Gala


May 22-June 13
The Cottages at Malvern Hills, Pittsford

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. Forty area designers created each of the 54 rooms and spaces inspired by music from the RPO. Visit the RPO blog to read how designer Darcy Paddock was inspired by Carmina Burana in her design for the laundry room.

And be the first to see the completed Symphony Showhouse 2010 at Opening Night Gala on Friday, May 21. Beginning at 5:30 pm, you’ll have a chance to tour the Showhouse and meet the designers. Watch as Maestro Christopher Seaman demonstrates how he makes his conducting batons at the Philharmonics House. And in the Pops House, see a demonstration of a computer composer's station, modeled after the one Jeff Tyzik uses to compose his music. Then, continue your evening at the newly renovated Nazareth College Arts Center to enjoy wine, grazing stations, music, and a silent auction. Click here for more information.

Public tours are Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm; and Fridays through Sundays from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. In addition to tours, there also will be a variety of special events, including Chef’s Nights, Build-a-Showhouse Family Play Day, Designer “Drop-in Talks,” Jazz Night, and more. For more information, visit www.rposhowhouse.org or call (585) 454-2100.

Presenting Sponsor: MVP Health Care

Special Events sponsor: The Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation

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

Celebrate the Swing Era with Music of Benny Goodman & Artie Shaw to Close Out the Pops Season!


On Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, we celebrate the centennial of jazz masters Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. Born just a year apart, these two legendary musicians were considered musical giants in a new world of "Swing" and "Big Band."

Clarinetist Dave Bennett and his quintet will join Jeff Tyzik and the RPO for classics like 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 Pops Series is sponsored by Wegmans. Concert sponsored by First Niagara and Marc and Ann Iacona, with media support from WBEE 92.5, WCMF 96.5, and Jazz 90.1.

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, with media support from Minority Reporter.

Next Tuesday on WXXI 91.5 FM

Tune in next Tuesday, May 11, at 8:00 pm to hear Christopher Seaman lead the RPO in the world premiere of Jeff Tyzik’s Timpani Concerto, featuring timpanist Charles Ross. The program also includes music by Brahms and Debussy. Click here for more information.

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Looking Ahead

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

July 3: Red, White, and Boom! (CMAC Summer Series) - Michael Butterman, conductor (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair)

July 7: Remmereit Returns with Beethoven’s Pastoral (Midsummer Classics at Hochstein) – Arild Remmereit, guest conductor; Joan Kwuon, violin

July 10: The Swingin’ Sixties and Seventies (CMAC Summer Series) – Jeff Tyzik, conductor; New York Voices

July 14: Mozart and Marriage (Midsummer Classics at Hochstein) - Christopher Seaman, conductor; Juliana Athayde, violin (The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair); Erik Behr, oboe (The Dr. Jacques M. Lipson Chair)

July 24: Cirque de la Symphonie! (CMAC Summer Series) – Jeff Tyzik, conductor

August 4: Jahja Ling Conducts Mozart & Dvorak (Midsummer Classics at Hochstein) – Jahja Ling, guest conductor; Jessie Chang, piano

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
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