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

Get yourself ready for next month’s Jazz Festival with this great evening of swing and big band music as we celebrate the centennial of jazz masters Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. Only a few seats remain for both Friday and Saturday’s concerts!

Born just a year apart, these two legendary musicians were considered musical giants of the Big Band era. A century later, 26-year-old clarinetist Dave Bennett—complete with spats and wire-rimmed glasses—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.

Bennett will be joined onstage by his quintet, featuring vocalist Carol McCartney, pianist Tad Weed, bassist Paul Keller, drummer Peter Siers, and guitarist Hugh Leal. To watch a clip of him playing on Riverwalk Jazz, visit Dave Bennett’s web site and click on "videos."

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.

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 20 singers from six area churches—all selected and directed by Julius Dicks, Music Director for Baber AME Church.

Together, choir and orchestra will perform Richard Smallwood's Total Praise and Jeff’s own gospel version of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus. Soprano Elena O’Connor will sing a medley of spirituals, and trumpeter Herb Smith 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. Use this link for an audio preview.

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. 

Symphony Showhouse Continues with Talks, Tours, Shopping, and More!

Sous-Terrain Suite, Phils House, design by Suite Artistry with Rowe Photo Video.

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

Calling all HGTV addicts! Home decorators, do-it-yourself-ers, and fans of interior design have a great excuse to put down their television remotes. Now through Sunday, June 13, the "Pops House" and the "Philharmonics House"—two newly constructed homes built by Ketmar Development Corporation—will be the place to go to see homes like Rochester’s never seen before.

Forty leading interior designers, artists, and craftsmen from Rochester to New York City have transformed 54 rooms and spaces, with each room reflecting a designer’s unique style. Some highlights include:

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    Laundry Room & Pet Wash, Pops House, design by Naomi & Dan Harel

    Use of musical inspiration from RPO for room themes
  • State-of-the-art entertainment electronics in the home theater and music room
  • Custom tiles, glasswork, cabinetry, and hand-painted furniture
  • Wall and ceiling treatments that include murals, trompe l’oeil, and sparkle paint
  • Laundry room that includes a dog wash
  • Two kitchens to die for, with custom mosaics, flutes as refrigerator door handles, and gadgets from Wegmans Pittsford Complements
  • Luxurious bedrooms with window seats, walk-in closets, and spacious master bath
  • Sous-terrain (underground) suite with game area and in-home barista
  • Family playroom designed by Strong National Museum of Play
  • Two Boutiques to shop for unique glass, art, jewelry, antiques, and garden items

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

In addition to the treasures you find in the boutiques, the designer items in the rooms will be available for purchase. And you’re bound to find other surprises along the way (keep an eye out for the putting greens!) 

Visit the RPO blog to read about how designers have incorporated a musical theme in their rooms. Click here for a video preview. And use this link to view "before and after" photos on the RPO Facebook page.

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. The designer items in the rooms also 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 Chef’s Nights, Build-a-Showhouse Family Play Day, Talks on landscaping and travel photography, 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.

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. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Veterans Outreach Center.

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

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

Rochester’s East End recently 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.

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 Tuesday, June 1. Please include your name and phone number with your submission.

Eastman Theatre Documentary Debuts Next Tuesday on WXXI-TV


Restoring a Masterpiece: The Renovation of the Eastman Theatre, co-produced by WXXI and Eastman School of Music, is a one-hour documentary that captures the fascinating story of the Eastman Theatre and documents its recent restoration.

Narrated by a Rochester native—actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman—the film includes historic photographs, film, and video with live performances from the Eastman School of Music and the RPO. Tune in Tuesday, June 1 at 8:00 pm and again at 9:30 pm on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Use this link for a video preview.

And to complete your evening, you can hear a re-broadcast of last March’s concert featuring the debut of Allen Shawn’s Violin Concerto performed by Juliana Athayde on Tuesday, June 1, at 8:00 pm. Christopher Seaman also leads the RPO in music by Sibelius, Mendelssohn, and Ravel. Click here for more information.

RPO Named Non-Profit Marketer of the Year by RAMA


Last Thursday, the RPO won top honors as Nonprofit Marketer of the Year from the Rochester American Marketing Association (RAMA).

Judged by a panel of senior marketing officials from such organizations as Xerox, Harris Interactive, RIT, and Home Properties, the RPO was singled out for three primary elements of our marketing and communications program which helped us deliver impressive ticket sales growth during the recession: 1) our integrated marketing program, including innovative use of internet and email promotion and social media; 2) our rebranding effort; and 3) the path-breaking work of our Patron Experience Task Force, made up of board members, staff, and musicians who are working on ways to improve the patron experience.

Special thanks to our marketing partners: Jay Advertising (graphic designer Joe Mayernik—who created the new RPO graphics—is pictured at left in photo receiving the award along with Marketing Director Nancy Goldsmith Zawacki and President & CEO Charlie Owens); The Ad Council; designer Meg Spoto of m dash studio; photographer Walter Colley; and animator David Cowles.

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


Saturday, June 5 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 6 at 2:00 pm

Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre

For the first time, the RPO and Empire State Lyric Theatre (ESLT) appear in collaboration to 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.

RPO Summer Concerts Kick off June 30 – Get your Tickets Now!


The RPO returns to CMAC this summer with three unforgettable concerts, including the Marcus Roberts Trio in a jazz version of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto, Jeff Tyzik leading music from the 60s and 70s with New York Voices, and the acrobatic magic of Cirque de la Symphonie. Kids 12 & under are FREE on the lawn at CMAC!

The Midsummer Classics series at Hochstein features the music of Mozart and more, with wine tastings and pre-concert chamber music. And we launch a new collaboration with the Eastman School of Music. Order your tickets today and save up to 40% when you purchase a ticket package.

You also can hear the RPO in various locations around the region: the City of Rochester’s free downtown Independence Day Celebration, Ontario Beach Park, Temple B’rith Kodesh, SUNY Geneseo, and Frontier Field.

For more information, visit www.rpo.org/summer, or call 454-2100.

The RPO Summer Series is sponsored by The Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation. CMAC presenting sponsor is Constellation Brands. Midsummer Classics is sponsored by Fiandach & Fiandach with media support from City Newspaper. 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 The Mozart Performance Fund: Sarah D. Atkinson, M.D. and Steven Hess.

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Looking Ahead

Friday, May 28: Talk/Tour – Enjoy Your Landscape (Symphony Showhouse)

Friday, June 4: Talk/Tour – A Space for All Ages (Symphony Showhouse)

Saturday, June 5: Build-a-Showhouse Family Play Day and Wine and Jazz Night (Symphony Showhouse)

Sunday, June 6: Chefs’ Night Featuring Chef Carol Tabone (Symphony Showhouse)

Monday, June 7: Chefs’ Night Featuring One Restaurant (Symphony Showhouse)

Friday, June 11: Talk/Tour – Suitable for Framing (Symphony Showhouse)

Sunday, June 13: Closing Night "Lights Out" Party & Sale (Symphony Showhouse)

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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