Jazz Up Your Summer with Gershwin, Fireworks, and More at CMAC!


Saturday, July 3 at 7:30 pm
Constellation Brands - Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua

The RPO summer season at CMAC gets off to a swinging start with the Marcus Roberts Trio’s jazz take on Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. Bring your friends and family to hear this amazing fusion of classical and jazz.

Michael Butterman also leads the RPO in American classics, plus Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture; and then after the concert you can sit and watch the fireworks. Best of all, kids 12 and under are FREE on the lawn at CMAC!

The Marcus Roberts Trio—with Marcus Roberts on piano, bassist Roland Guerin, and drummer Jason Marsalis (younger brother of Wynton)—astounded audiences with their version of Gershwin’s concerto. Click here to watch a video of the trio performing with Seiji Ozawa and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Order your tickets online today and save up to 40% when you purchase a ticket package. Or call 454-2100 to order by phone.

The RPO Summer Series is sponsored by The Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation. CMAC presenting sponsor is Constellation Brands. Michael Butterman’s appearance is made possible by Louise Epstein. Additional support from Hylan Enterprises.

Celebrating Michael Butterman’s 10th Anniversary with RPO

Michael Butterman

Did you know that the RPO performed more than 30 concerts this past year for schoolchildren and for families? From the various school concerts to the orKIDStra Family Series, to the "Around the Town" community concerts, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has a deep commitment to music education and community engagement.

When Michael Butterman was named Principal Conductor for Education and Outreach (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair) in 2000, he was the first conductor in America to hold a position devoted to programming for young people. This pioneering move for Rochester and the RPO was a major milestone along a path that dates back to George Eastman and the early days of the Orchestra. (Use this link to find out more.)

Michael Butterman’s extraordinary ability to communicate the glories of great music to audiences of any age has made him a natural for this position. And while his career has taken off over the past decade to include music directorships in Boulder and Shreveport and Resident Conductor status in Jacksonville—in addition to an impressive array of guest conducting engagements across the country—we are grateful that he continues to serve in this vital role here in our community. Happy 10th Anniversary, Michael!

You have three chances to hear Michael conduct the RPO this summer: a free concert at Ontario Beach on June 30, the July 3 concert at CMAC—which also will include pre-concert activities for families—and the free July Fourth concert in downtown Rochester.

Midsummer Classics Series Features Music of Mozart, Beethoven, and More

The RPO returns to the air-conditioned comfort of Hochstein this summer with Midsummer Classics concerts Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm.

On July 7, guest conductor Arild Remmereit returns to conduct Beethoven’s "Pastoral" Symphony, with violinist Joan Kwuon playing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5.

On July 14, RPO Concertmaster Juliana Athayde (The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair) and RPO Principal Oboe Erik Behr (The Dr. Jacques M. Lipson Chair) will perform Bach concertos, and Christopher Seaman leads his final RPO summer performance with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4.

And on August 4, guest conductor Jahja Ling leads the RPO in Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 with pianist Jessie Chang.

NEW THIS YEAR! Come early to each of the Midsummer Classics concerts this summer at Performance Hall at Hochstein, and you can enjoy wine tastings at 6:00 pm and pre-concert chamber music beginning at 6:30 pm featuring a small ensemble of RPO musicians. Holly Howell of the Democrat and Chronicle will be on hand for two of the tastings to answer questions about wine.

Plus, the Rochester Plaza Hotel, just a few blocks from Hochstein, is offering RPO patrons on-site parking and a dining discount at the State Street Bar and Grill. Use this link for more information about all the pre-concert activities.

Tickets for each concert are $30, or purchase the series and save up to 20%. Call 454-2100, or use this link to purchase online.

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

RPO Concerts at Ontario Beach, Rochester July 4th, SUNY Geneseo, and More!


Whether you're catching a lake breeze or a pop fly, numerous free and ticketed concerts this summer will give you the chance to hear the RPO out in your community.

On Wednesday, June 30 at 7:30 pm, Michael Butterman conducts a free concert at Ontario Beach that includes a number of selections appropriate to the lakeshore: Pirates of the Caribbean, The Little Mermaid, Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, Riverdance, and Handel's Water Music, among others. And you can start your summer off right by stocking up on RPO merchandise—baseball caps, seat cushions, and the RPO patriotic CD Honor: Portraits of America.
The RPO is featured in a free downtown concert with fireworks during the City of Rochester’s Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, July 4 at 9:00 pm. You’ll enjoy patriotic favorites such as Stars and Stripes Forever, Armed Forces Salute, Morton Gould’s American Salute, and George M. Cohan’s Star-Spangled Spectacular, as well as Tchaikovsky’s powerful 1812 Overture.
You can also enjoy concerts at Temple B’rith Kodesh, SUNY Geneseo (part of the Geneseo Rotary Summer Festival), and Frontier Field. A new collaboration with the Eastman School of Music includes the RPO performing in the final round of both their young conductor and international piano competitions. And the RPO’s brass, woodwind, string, and jazz ensembles will play free concerts at various locations around the city this summer. Click here for more information.

The RPO Summer Series is sponsored by The Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation. Additional support for these concerts is provided by Monroe County, City of Rochester, Chanler Family Foundation, and Deborah Ronnen and Sherman Levey.

Subscribe Now to the RPO’s 2010-11 Season!


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 public.

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).

Read more about the upcoming season at www.rpo.org/2010-11. And to view the full season brochure, click here for the PDF version.

Next Tuesday on WXXI 91.5 FM

Tune in next Tuesday, June 22, at 8:00 pm to hear guest conductor Rossen Milanov lead the RPO in Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3, and RPO Principal Trumpet Douglas Prosser (The Elaine P. Wilson Chair) performs Tomasi’s Trumpet Concerto. Click here for more information.

The RPO's Social Media Links

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Looking Ahead

July 8: Temple B’rith Kodesh Benefit Concert – Jeff Tyzik, conductor
July 9: Summer Spectacular with Fireworks (Geneseo Rotary Summer Festival) – Jeff Tyzik, conductor

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

July 16: Take Me Out to the Ballgame (Frontier Field) – Jeff Tyzik, conductor
July 22: Extraordinary Young Conductors (Eastman School of Music)
July 24: Cirque at CMAC! (CMAC Summer Series) – Jeff Tyzik, conductor

August 7: Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition Finals (Eastman School of Music)

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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