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MTIG_200x300_A.jpgTickets for 2010-11 Season Go On Sale August 30—with special $20.10 tickets in honor of Christopher Seaman!

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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.

On August 30th only—we will be offering special $20.10 tickets to select Philharmonics Thursday concerts in honor of Christopher!

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.

In addition to subscription savings of up to 20%, season ticket holders have additional benefits such as the no-hassle ticket exchange and—new this year—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 going on now through August 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 Michael Butterman on the 2010-2011 Season

Michael Butterman

For this issue of e-notes, we caught up with Michael Butterman, RPO Conductor for Education and Outreach (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair), to find out more about the upcoming season of family concerts. 

Next year’s orKIDStra Family Series continues the theme of music that has a story. Please tell us more about those concerts.

We open with Green Eggs and Ham—the great story in which a child teaches an adult about prejudice—in a wonderful musical setting for soprano and child actor by Robert Kapilow, the composer who wrote the Polar Express setting that we performed at Christmas a few seasons ago.

2010-11 orKIDStra Series

Green Eggs and Ham
October 17

A Family for Baby Grand
 February 13

Fairy Tales
April 3

Peter vs. The Wolf
May 22

Plus, a special family matinee of
 Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
January 8

Use this link for more information on the RPO
2010-11 orKIDStraSeries
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A Family for Baby Grand
is a terrific story that introduces the instruments of the orchestra to young children. The composer, Brad Ross, is the brother of our principal timpanist, Chip Ross.

For our Fairy Tales concert, we'll hear some of the great music for concert, opera, and ballet that has been inspired by classic fairy tales and learn how composers can tell stories or paint pictures with the music they write.

Peter vs. The Wolf, which closes our season, is a wonderful dramatic twist on Prokofiev's well-loved children's classic. In this version, we hear the story unfold in retrospect through a courtroom drama in which the wolf attempts to prove his innocence to the jury. It's the same great music as always, but with some added humor that will delight both children and their parents.

What will you be doing for the Around the Town concerts next season?

In the fall, we'll be featuring the winner of the Rochester Philharmonic League's Young Artist Competition for 2010. The young flutist will be joining us to play one of the staples of the flute repertoire: a work by Griffes entitled Poem. We'll partner that with another work by the same composer (who grew up in Elmira, NY) called The White Peacock and fill out the program with famous works about other exotic people, places, and things.

This year you’re conducting one of the Symphony 101 concerts – what do you have planned?

This season, the Symphony 101 series is exploring "Musical Milestones"—pieces that changed the course of music history or represented important achievements by significant composers. My concert focuses on the 19th Century and the Romantic Era. We'll begin with Beethoven, who was a pivotal force in the transition from the Classical period to early Romanticism. From there, we'll look at program music—music that tells a story—from Berlioz and Liszt. We'll talk about Wagner's unique aesthetic approach and then end with Debussy and the beginnings of impressionism, as well as the transition to the eclecticism of the 20th century that he helped usher in.
(Click here for more information on the Symphony 101 Series.)

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

It's a moment that was funny mostly because of how much funnier it could potentially have been. The celeste plays an important role in Tchaikovsky's orchestration of The Nutcracker, especially during the famous "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." Because of space limitations in the pit, we typically use a synthesizer instead of an actual celeste. The type that we used a few years ago had one of those wheels that could be rotated to scroll through the various sounds from which to choose. Well, during the intermission, someone must have bumped up against it, because when it came time for the Sugar Plum Fairy to dance to the little tinkling-bell sound of the celeste, we heard instead the twangy sound of a harpsichord. Everybody in the pit immediately glanced over at Joe (keyboard player Joe Werner), who seemed as surprised as anyone at the sounds that were emanating from his keyboard. The incident became much funnier in retrospect as we imagined how much worse it could have been. Instead of a harpsichord sound, the wheel could have landed on something like dogs barking, chickens clucking, or cannon shots. I think any of those would have brought the show to a halt! 

What is your favorite restaurant in town?

There are so many good ones from which to choose. It really depends on the sort of mood I'm in. I love 2 Vine, but also Dinosaur BBQ. Of course, there's always Golden Port, which is right across from the RPO offices. The owner, Wayne, is always friendly, welcoming, and supportive of the orchestra. I've known him since before the restaurant moved from its former location on Clinton Avenue. I enjoy going to the Highland Park Diner with Christopher, which must certainly be his favorite spot. But, truth be told, I'm always plenty happy to just go to the Pittsford Wegmans and graze!

Where are your travels taking you during the summer break?

I've had a couple of concerts out in Colorado, which is beautiful this time of year. We also got to NYC for several days to take in some ballets. This was a treat for our daughter, who at six is a budding ballerina. Her biggest thrill was getting a backstage tour of the Met given by Sarah Lane, one of American Ballet Theatre's principal dancers, whom we know from her many appearances as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the RPO's Nutcracker over the years. Also got up to Canada for a few days to visit some relatives and right now, as I write this, we're headed to the beach for a little end-of-summer R & R. 


Two Weeks Left ... $24,000 to Raise—You Can Make it Happen!

You read it right! The RPO needs to raise another $24,000 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 24, at 8:00 pm to hear soprano Twyla Robinson in Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs. Guest conductor Justin Brown also leads the RPO in Strauss’ Don Juan and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3. Click here for more information.


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Looking Ahead

Now Through August 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

December 17-19: Gala Holiday Pops - Jeff Tyzik, conductor; Festival High School Chorale, Amy Story and Harold McAulliffe, co-directors; Donna Lynne Champlin, soprano

Visit www.rpo.org for a complete calendar of upcoming events.

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MTIG_300x250_A.jpgRochester 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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