Calling All Fans of Interior Design – Today and
Thursday, Save $3 on
RPO Showhouse When You Buy Tickets at
May 22-June 13
The Cottages at
Malvern Hills, Pittsford
(Click here for a map and
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 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.
Click here for a video preview.
On June 2 and 3 – tickets will be $15 at the door!
Mention this special offer and save!
Designing on a budget? Be inspired by the Vintage French
room decorated by designer Susanna Kopp, who
turns unloved castoffs into hand-painted treasures. Susanna
will be talking about her eco-friendly techniques at a
Designer "Drop-in Talk" on Thursday, June 10. Click here to read her story on the RPO
You can also visit Showhouse to get ideas on how to add
decorative pillows and throws to create a splash of color; add
unique elements like a statue, mirror, or print to draw the
eye; or add an orange accent wall to make a bold statement. Use this link to view "before and after"
photos of Showhouse on the RPO Facebook
In addition to the treasures you’ll find in the
two Noteworthy boutiques (need a gift for an upcoming
graduation or wedding?), the designer items in the rooms will
be available for purchase. There are many finds under
$100—including game-themed prints, multicolor baskets, vases,
candlesticks, statuettes, and more. A twisted wall clock in
the Phils House basement has been very popular.
This Thursday, Mike O'Brian—The Getaway Guy!—will be taping a
segment of his YNN feature at Showhouse, to air on
Saturday, June 5. Mike will be at Showhouse
on Saturday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, meeting people and
signing copies of his book 50 Getaways in New York State,
which will be available at the discounted price of $10 per
book (regularly $14.95).
Public tours of Showhouse 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. 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
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
THIS SATURDAY: Kids Can "Build-a-Showhouse" at
Family Play Day
Saturday, June 5 from 10:00 am to 3:00
RPO Symphony Showhouse, The Cottages at
Malvern Hills, Pittsford
This Saturday, a room-sized, cardboard Showhouse created by
Buffalo cardboard artist Lou Iannone will be
set up under a tent at the RPO Symphony Showhouse, and
children will be able to create furnishings and decorations
from cardboard to complete the "mini" Showhouse. Once
completed, the cardboard house will be on display at the
Strong National Museum of Play.
Families also can try the RPO’s Instrument Petting Zoo, tour the adjacent cottage-style homes, and walk on the beautifully landscaped trail. The "Pops House" features a family playroom created by the Strong National Museum of Play with slinky wall sconces, a giant Scrabble wall art, and a display of classic toys. At Saturday’s event, Strong Museum will be giving away tickets good for a free ride on the carousel and/or train when visiting Mindbender Mansion (offer good only through June 13).
Tickets for Family Play Day are $25 for a family of four,
with $10 for each additional adult and $3/child age 12 and
under. Family Play Day tickets are available at Showhouse on
Saturday, or during the week by phone at the RPO Box Office
(585) 454-2100 or in-person at 108 East Avenue. Drivers are
encouraged to use the continuous shuttle service at the rear
lot of Barker Road Middle School, 75 Barker
Showhouse Features Chefs’ Nights, Wine & Jazz,
Lights Out Party, and More!
to Showhouse tours, there are a variety of special
events still to come, including Chef’s Nights, talks
on landscaping and travel photography, Wine & Jazz Night,
and the Lights Out Closing Night Party.
We talked with celebrity chef Carol Tabone
about the menu for her chef demonstration on Sunday,
June 6 at 6:00 pm. Although she has retired as
director of The Cooking School at Jungle Jim’s International
market in Cincinnati, she continues to teach and now leads
gourmet travel experiences for foodies with wanderlust.
Click here to read the full interview on the RPO
On Saturday, June 5 at 6:00
pm, Democrat and Chronicle wine columnist
Holly Howell present a wine seminar and
tasting of wines from America, Argentina, and Australia.
Included in your special evening will be a private tour of the
Showhouse, hors d’oeuvres, and a jazz concert by an ensemble
of RPO musicians.
And don’t miss the Lights Out Closing Night Party on
Sunday, June 13 at 6:00 pm, which includes a
light supper, live music by Four on the Floor, and an auction
of leftovers of all sorts. This is also your only chance to
For more information about all the special events, visit
www.rposhowhouse.org or call (585)
THIS SATURDAY & SUNDAY :
RPO joins Empire
State Lyric Theatre for L’elisir
Saturday, June 5 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 6
at 2:00 pm
Kilbourn Hall at Eastman
For the first time, the RPO is collaborating with Empire
State Lyric Theatre (ESLT) in their elegant, in-concert
performance 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
Tickets start at $20. Call 454-2100, or use
this link to purchase
RPO Summer Concerts Kick off June 30 – Get your
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.
RPO Freedom Four subscribers—don't forget that you can redeem your 2009-10 Series vouchers for RPO summer concerts. Call 454-2100 to find out more.
Click here for the complete summer
brochure, visit www.rpo.org/summer, or call
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, Louise
Epstein, 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
Landmark Society Offers Discounts to eNotes Readers
for House & Garden Tour
Join the Landmark Society of Western New York as they kick
off their House and Garden Tour with Tastings
Through Time on Friday, June 4. A delectable
menu of treats highlights the 200 years of architectural
history on this year’s tour. RPO eNotes readers receive a
special price of $65 when you call 546-7029 x10 and provide
the code "RPO." Your House and Garden Tour ticket
is included! Use this link for details.
And on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6, the
40th Annual House and Garden Tour
maps out some of the amazing architectural history, interior
design, and landscape treasures of Brighton. This year’s
tour—situated on Elmwood, Clover, Ambassador, and
Sandringham—promises delights and ideas galore. Call 546-7029
x10 and use the discount code "RPO" for your $18 ticket. The
tour runs both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Your RPO discount is available through Friday, so call today.
Tickets are $25 on the days of the tour, if available. Click here for complete
Subscribe Now to the RPO’s 2010-11
Join us in the gloriously renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman
Theatre for the 2010-11 Season! This promises to be one for
the history books, as we celebrate our Maestro,
Christopher Seaman, in his final season as
the RPO's Music Director.
As a subscriber, you can
purchase tickets to the special Joshua Bell
concert now—before tickets go on sale to the general
In addition to subscription savings of up to 20%,
subscribers have additional benefits such as
the no-hassle ticket exchange and—new this
year—Subscriber Standby. If you miss a
concert in your ticket package, you can simply turn in your
ticket for any upcoming concert (subject to availability).
Congratulations to Rebecca Jones of
Farmington, who won the drawing for an overnight trip to
Niagara-on-the-Lake, courtesy of Carpe Diem
Read more about the upcoming season at www.rpo.org/2010-11. And to
view the full season brochure, click here for the PDF
Next Tuesday on WXXI 91.5 FM
Tune in next Tuesday, June 8, at 8:00 pm
to hear pianist Kirill Gerstein in Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2,
"Age of Anxiety." Dynamic young guest conductor James Gaffigan
leads the RPO in Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a
Faun and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Click here for more