Dramatic Verdi Requiem Concludes Philharmonics Season

Season Finale: Verdi Requiem 

Thursday, May 20 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 22 at 8:00 pm

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Christopher Seaman concludes the historic first Philharmonics season in Kodak Hall with the magnificent Verdi Requiem, featuring the Rochester Oratorio Society and four wonderful soloists: soprano Arianna Zukerman, mezzo-soprano Nancy Maultsby, tenor Scott Ramsay, and bass Gustav Andreasson. Don’t miss this dramatic, awe-inspiring musical experience!

Christopher Seaman hosts the First Niagara Pre-Concert Chat at 6:30 pm on Thursday and 7:00 pm on Saturday. Use this link for an audio preview.

Tickets start at $22. Complimentary sweets from Hedonist Chocolates will be provided to all box seat ticket holders. Call 454-2100, or use this link to purchase online.

And don’t forget—if you’re an RPO member and/or subscriber, you can take advantage of special offers from area restaurants by showing your RPO Patron Card. Visit www.rpo.org/menus to view special offers from One Restaurant, Tavern 58, Max of Eastman Place, Rosey’s Italian Café, Eros, and more. Many open early on Thursdays, so you can fit in dinner before the Pre-Concert Chat!

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.

THIS WEEK: Symphony Showhouse Opens Friday with Gala Event—
Your First Chance to Tour the Two Homes!

Photo: Ken Pamatat

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

Every room is a symphony! 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 designers have donated their services to transform the homes’ 54 rooms and spaces, with each room reflecting a designer’s unique style.

Artist's Retreat in Philharmonics House, design by Robin Muto

Visit the RPO blog
to read about how designers have incorporated a musical theme in their rooms. Click here for a video preview.

And be the first to see Showhouse at the Opening Night Gala on Friday, May 21. Beginning at 5:30 pm, you can tour 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 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. Noteworthy’s Boutique on site is the premiere place to shop for one-of-a-kind handcrafted items. In addition, the designer items in the rooms will be available for purchase.

Tour tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Click here to purchase online, or call the RPO Box Office at 454-2100. Advance tickets also available at Wegmans and all Rochester AAA branches.

In addition to tours, there also will be a variety of special events, including Opening Night, Chef’s Nights, Build-a-Showhouse Family Play Day, Designer “Drop-in Talks,” Wine & Jazz Night, Lights-out Party, and more. For more information, visit www.rposhowhouse.org or call (585) 454-2100.

All proceeds from the Symphony Showhouse support the RPO's Music Education & Outreach Programs.

Presenting Sponsor: MVP Health Care

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

Additional Support provided by Jay Advertising, Ketmar Development Corporation, AAA, Boylan Brown, Bergmann Associates, L&B Worldwide, Entercom, Time Warner, Xpedx, Current Service, Frontier, and Clark Moving and Storage.

Find RPO Banner in East End and Win Tickets to Summer Concert

Last week, Rochester’s East End was decorated with new street banners as part of a neighborhood project—a joint effort of the East End Business Association and Upper East/Alexander Association. The bold, colorful photos on the banners were taken by Walter Colley, and nearly 50 area businesses sponsored the banners. Click here to read more about the East End banner project.

Find the RPO banner (a hint in the photo at left), and you could win tickets to an RPO summer concert. Click on this link to send an email with the banner location, and you'll be entered into a drawing for a voucher good for two tickets to one of the RPO’s concerts this summer at either CMAC or Hochstein. Entries due by Monday, May 24. Please include your name and phone number with your submission.

And while you’re downtown—check out the new Benches on Parade. Use this link to see a Facebook photo of the bench outside the RPO.

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


Friday, May 28 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 29 at 8:00 pm

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

You’ll be tapping your toes as we celebrate the centennial of jazz masters Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. Tickets for Saturday night are nearly sold out—don't miss out on this evening of great music!

Born just a year apart, these two legendary musicians were considered musical giants of the Big Band era. A century later—but with an uncannily similar sensibility—26-year-old clarinetist Dave Bennett recreates their sound with classics like Airmail Special, Begin the Beguine, Stompin’ at the Savoy, and Bugle Call Rag. Use this link for an audio preview.

A musical prodigy, Bennett picked up the clarinet at age 10, and at age 12 was invited to sit in with the trumpet great Doc Cheatham at New York’s famous Sweet Basil jazz club. At 17, he was a special guest soloist with The Count Basie Orchestra, and has recorded with three of Benny Goodman’s famous band members—Bucky Pizzarelli, Peter Appleyard, and Dick Hyman—who all have endorsed Bennett as "the closest ever to Benny Goodman’s sound and style."

Bennett’s stage presence, knowledge about Benny Goodman, and penchant for wire rim glasses, spats, and double-breasted suits will transport you back in time. He will be joined for this concert by his quintet, featuring vocalist Carol McCartney, pianist Tad Weed, bassist Paul Keller, drummer Peter Siers, and guitarist Hugh Leal. Visit Dave Bennett’s web site and click on "videos" to watch a clip of him playing on Riverwalk Jazz.

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.

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Jeff Tyzik and Julius Dicks Bring Glory of Gospel Back to Kodak Hall


Sunday, May 30 at 7:00 pm
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

The sounds of orchestra and gospel voices return in The Glory of Gospel! Jeff Tyzik conducts this concert featuring a community gospel choir of approximately 30 singers from 10 area churches—all selected and directed by Julius Dicks, Music Director for Baber AME Church. (Dicks is pictured at left with choir singers at yesterday's City Hall press conference).

Together, choir and orchestra will perform Richard Smallwood's Total Praise and Jeff’s own gospel version of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus. The choir also will perform gospel selections without the orchestra.

In addition, soprano and Eastman alum Elena O’Connor will sing a medley of spirituals, and trumpeter Herb Smith (also an alumnus of Eastman School) will play W.C. Handy’s St. Louis Blues. The program also includes selections from Dvorak’s "New World" Symphony, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, and Jeff Tyzik’s Pleasant Valley Suite.

Tickets are "pay what you can" 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.
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This Memorial Day—RPO Honor CD on Sale for $15


HONOR: Portraits of America celebrates America's heritage and recognizes the service and sacrifice of generations of Armed Forces veterans. The CD features Jeff Tyzik’s Pleasant Valley Suite and Bravo! Colorado as well as traditional patriotic favorites including Armed Forces Medley, Stars and Stripes Forever, and The Star Spangled Banner.

For a limited time, you can buy the Honor CD for just $15 (reduced from the usual $20). Call the RPO Box Office at 454-2100, visit 108 East Avenue, or purchase at upcoming RPO concerts and at Symphony Showhouse.

The Honor CD is funded by a generous gift from Bank of America and individual donations.

Congratulations to Kenneth Grant!


This past Sunday, Kenneth Grant—RPO Principal Clarinet (The Robert J. Strasenburgh Chair) and Associate Professor of Clarinet at the Eastman School of Music—received the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching during Eastman’s commencement ceremonies at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.


Photo: J. Adam Fenster/University of Rochester

RPO joins Empire State Lyric Theatre for L’elisir d’amore


Saturday, June 5 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, June 6 at 2:00 pm

Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre

Empire State Lyric Theatre (ESLT) and the RPO will perform an elegant, in-concert production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love), with ESLT Artistic Director Raffaele Ponti conducting the 40-piece orchestra, cast of five professional singers, and a chorus of 12 local singers.

One of Donizetti’s most frequently performed operas, The Elixir of Love is a timeless, wistful look at love and longing, pathos and youthful exuberance. It’s the story of a bashful and naïve farm laborer who falls in love with the boss’s daughter, and buys a love potion from a traveling salesman, unaware that the "magic" elixir is only wine. Hilarity and drama ensue, and love triumphs in the end.

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

Next Tuesday on WXXI 91.5 FM

Tune in next Tuesday, May 25, at 8:00 pm to hear an all-Mozart concert, featuring pianist Orli Shaham in Piano Concerto No. 23. Christopher Seaman also leads the RPO in Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, and the overture to The Magic Flute. Click here for more information.

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Looking Ahead

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 at CMAC! (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.

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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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