Jahja Ling Closes Out Midsummer Classics with Music of Mozart and Dvorak


Wednesday, August 4 at 7:30 pm
Performance Hall at Hochstein, 50 North Plymouth Avenue

For the last of the “Midsummer Classics” concerts this summer, we welcome back guest conductor Jahja Ling for an evening of works by Mozart and Dvorak—in the air-conditioned comfort of Hochstein.

After the animated overture to The Marriage of Figaro, the brilliance of Mozart continues with pianist Jessie Chang and the sparkling Piano Concerto in G major. The concert closes with a performance of Dvorak’s joyful Eighth Symphony.
Don’t forget: come early and you can enjoy wine tastings beginning at 6:00 pm and pre-concert chamber music at 6:30 pm. On August 4, a trio of RPO musicians will perform Spanish-flavored music by Williams, Granados, and Turina. Among the featured wineries are Mayers Lake Ontario Winery and Eagle Crest Vineyards. Holly Howell of the Democrat and Chronicle also will be on hand to answer questions about wine.

Plus, the Rochester Plaza Hotel—just a few blocks from Hochstein—is offering RPO patrons free 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 are $30. 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 additional support from The Mozart Performance Fund: Sarah D. Atkinson, M.D. and Steven Hess. Media support from City Newspaper.

Top Teen Pianists Compete for Prizes, Scholarships at Eastman

Saturday, August 7 at 7:30 pm
Performance Hall at Hochstein, 50 North Plymouth Avenue

Twenty-two teenage pianists from six countries are coming to the Eastman School next week for the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition.

For the first time in the history of this competition, the five finalists will play a concerto with your RPO—and then the winners of cash prizes and scholarships to the Eastman School will be announced! Neil Varon conducts.

One of the competitors is 17-year-old Joseph Mohan of Akron, N.Y., who is a 2010 recipient of the Rochester Philharmonic League's Young Artist Awards, winning the Aldridge-Tinker Scholarship. He attended Eastman Community Music School, and will be going to Juilliard in the fall.

For local audiences, the competition provides the opportunity to catch young artists on the cusps of their careers. In addition to the adjudicated performances by the competitors, the eight-day event—from Saturday, July 31, to Saturday, August 7— also features recitals by internationally renowned members of the international jury, along with master classes presented by members of the Eastman piano faculty. Click here for the full competition schedule

Tickets for the final round are $25, reserved seating. 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. The RPO’s performance is made possible with the generous support of Deborah Ronnen and Sherman Levey.

Single Tickets for 2010-11 Season Go On Sale August 30


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. 

Single tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 30—but if you subscribe now, you can get your tickets for the special Joshua Bell concert.

Season ticket holders also save up to 20% off regular series prices, and have additional benefits such as the no-hassle ticket exchange and Subscriber Standby. Use this link to read about all the benefits of subscribing to the RPO.

If you are already an RPO subscriber or donor, be sure to take advantage of the Subscriber/Donor Appreciation Weeks from August 16-27, when you can purchase additional tickets to individual concerts, or exchange tickets.

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.

One Month Left ... $63,000 to RaiseYou Can Make it Happen!


You read it right! The RPO needs to raise another $63,000 during the month of August to meet its $1 Million Community Challenge. We are so close to our goal—but we need your help to get there.

Since we launched the Challenge in January, more than 1,700 of our neighbors, friends, and supporters have joined together to help us raise hundreds of thousands of dollars—all of which will go directly to help us balance our budget and keep the music alive.

Click here and you will be directed to our web site where you can donate online. Or, if you prefer, you can call us at 454-7311 x238.

Please feel free to send this along to your friends, as well, if you think they might be interested in supporting your RPO — we would be honored to receive any gifts, no matter the amount. Together, we can reach our $1 Million Goal!

Oh, Canada! Youth Orchestra Explored Quebec on Spring Tour

When it was proposed that the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra go on a short tour to Canada this past April because the recession had put an end to plans to go to Europe, there was more of a grudging acceptance than wild enthusiasm: "Oh, Canada…."

The challenge, then, was clear: Can we have a tour there that would inspire us to see Canada through fresh eyes? After we got back to Rochester, the answer was clear as well: Yes, we can! ... Click here to read the full story.

Next Tuesday on WXXI 91.5 FM

Tune in next Tuesday, August 10, at 8:00 pm to hear New York City Opera star Adina Aaron in Samuel Barber's nostalgic Knoxville: Summer of 1915. And Christopher Seaman leads the RPO in music by Elgar, Barber, and Handel. Click here for more information.

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Looking Ahead

August 16-27: Subscriber/Donor Appreciation Weeks

August 30: Single Tickets Go on Sale!

September 30 & October 2: The Season Begins! Tchaikovsky’s Fourth – Christopher Seaman, conductor; Ilya Itin, piano
October 8 & 9: Season Opener: The Music of Ray Charles – Jeff Tyzik, conductor; Ellis Hall, tenor
November 26-28: The Nutcracker – Michael Butterman, conductor; Rochester City Ballet, Jamey Leverett, artistic director; Bach Children’s Chorus; Karla Krogstad, director

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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