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Tickets for 2010-11 Season Go On Sale August 30

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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.

This coming year in Kodak Hall features many exciting performances, including Beethoven’s Fifth, The Music of Ray Charles, Olga Kern playing Rach 2, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, the family concert of Green Eggs and Ham, and Christopher Seaman’s Grand Finale.

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.


Q&A with Jeff Tyzik on the 2010-2011 Season

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This coming season, the RPO’s Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik leads the orchestra for all the best in popular music, featuring jazz, Broadway, the return of Bugs Bunny to Rochester, and our festive tradition of Gala Holiday Pops.

For this issue of eNotes, we caught up with Jeff to find out more about the upcoming Pops season.

The Pops Series opens with a tribute to the Music of Ray Charles. Tell us more about Ellis Hall, the featured guest that night.

Ellis Hall has worked with Michael McDonald and other artists. He is endorsed by the Ray Charles family as an artist that most represents the Ray Charles sound. He recently had a successful concert with the Boston Pops. He sings the hits of Ray Charles, plays B3 Hammond Organ and a background vocal group comes with him to lend an air of authenticity for the Ray Charles sound.

Use this link for a video clip of Ellis Hall singing "Georgia on My Mind."

Note: the Pops season opening concert also includes a Red Carpet Spectacular with a Wegmans culinary extravaganza. Click here for more information.

2010-11 Pops Series

Season Opener:
The Music of Ray Charles

October 8 & 9

Broadway Baby!
November 5 & 6

Gala Holiday Pops
December 17-19

Warner Bros. Presents
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

January 7 & 8

Dance Mix: Gershwin, Tyzik, Ellington & More
January 28 & 29

Unforgettable:
A Nat King Cole Tribute

February 11 & 12

When Irish Eyes are Smilin’
March 18 & 19

The Gospel According to Jazz
April 15 & 16

The Music of Elton John
May 20 & 21

Use this link for more information on the RPO
2010-11 Pops Series
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We have a few guest artists coming back this season with new projects, including Debbie Gravitte, Wycliffe Gordon, and Michael Cavanaugh. Can you tell us more about those concerts?

Each of these artists is a top entertainer and it will be fun to see them return with a new show. We will feature Debbie doing eclectic Broadway and swing music. Wycliffe will be doing his signature jazz and then a whole half of a concert dedicated to the mix of gospel music and jazz. Michael Cavanaugh—who was here for the tribute to Billy Joel—will now unveil his tribute to Elton John.

And we hear you’re working with actor and singer Keith David on a tribute to Nat King Cole how did that come about?

Both Chris Stager, our marketing consultant, and Byron Stripling, a performer who has had many appearances with the RPO, suggested Keith David. He is a wonderful actor who happens to love the music of Nat King Cole. His voice has an uncanny resemblance to Nat King Cole and I am creating this concert for its first performance here in Rochester.

The Rochester City Ballet will be part of the Pops Series for the first time this season, although Jamey Leverett has choreographed dances to your music before, for Bravo! Colorado. What is that process like?

I have had two experiences working with Jamey Leverett and the RCB. These experiences have been among the most profound of my career. I'm looking forward to this interesting and unique opportunity to have two of Rochester's most important cultural assets on stage at the same time.

What is one of your funniest or oddest RPO concert (or rehearsal) memories ...

One of the funniest and most stressful was the time we had the Mambo Kings in the orchestra pit. They were supposed to rise on the elevator while we were playing together during the performance. We had a stage crew member in the pit who had to press a button to activate the upward movement of the elevator while the concert was in progress. We were all playing and when he pressed the button, nothing happened. Everyone was panicked. It took a few minutes to realize that the stage manager at the time had forgotten to activate the switch from backstage. It's funny now, but at the time it was terrifying.

We know you like to cook – what are some of your favorite meals this summer?

This summer is all about light meals. Grilling local vegetables. Eating our local fruits like raspberries, strawberries and peaches and lots of seafood from Wegmans.

Where are your travels taking you during the summer break?

I'll be spending time on the North Fork of Long Island, NY—at the very tip of Long Island—and then a little time on Cape Cod. Both locations are near the ocean. Early morning walks on the beach to clear my head and get ready for the new season. I also get to spend good time with Jill and of course our dog, Puccini.


Three Weeks Left ... $32,000 to Raise—You Can Make it Happen!

You read it right! The RPO needs to raise another $32,000 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. And, every contribution you make will have twice the impact—as your gift is matched dollar-for-dollar!

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. Double the impact of your gift when you donate today. Together, we can reach our $1 Million Goal!


Next Tuesday on WXXI 91.5 FM

Tune in next Tuesday, August 17, at 8:00 pm to hear Christopher Seaman lead the RPO in the world premiere of Jeff Tyzik’s Timpani Concerto, featuring timpanist Charles Ross. The program also includes music by Brahms and Debussy. 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.


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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