for 2010-11 Season Go On Sale Monday—with special $20.10
tickets in honor of Christopher Seaman!
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 Monday, August 30th only—we will be offering
special $20.10 tickets to select Philharmonics Thursday
concerts in honor of Christopher!
There is also a new special $15 seat section in Kodak Hall,
and children's tickets begin at just $10 for The
Nutcracker and afternoon Holiday Pops performances.
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
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
Read more about the upcoming season at www.rpo.org/2010-11. And to
view the full season brochure, click here for the PDF
RPO Garage Sale Features Gifts, Souvenirs, and
Monday, August 30 &
Tuesday, August 31, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
offices at 108 East Avenue
To make way for the
new concert season, the RPO has cleaned out the storeroom and
is offering bargains galore.
For two days, the lobby of the RPO offices will turn into a
garage sale shopper's paradise. Find great deals on RPO gift
merchandise as you shop boutique bargains from this
year’s Symphony Showhouse. Items range from fine handcrafted
wood candlesticks and Corning glass roses, to music, posters,
jewelry, and books, to home accents and knick-knacks. Plus,
RPO merchandise: baseball hats, golf visors, windshirts,
coffee mugs, umbrellas, and coolers. Many items are $2 and
Proceeds benefit the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Q&A with Christopher Seaman on the 2010-11
The RPO’s 2010-11 Season 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.
For this issue of eNotes, we caught up with Christopher to
find out more about the upcoming Philharmonics and Symphony
101 Series concerts.
This year’s Philharmonics Series feature some
of your favorite pieces. Can you tell us about a few that have
particular meaning for you, as you look back over your
our opening concert features Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony,
affectionately known in the orchestral world as "Tchaik 4."
This has always been one of my big favorites (Tchaikovsky
himself once said it was his best), but the work gained a
special significance for me because it was on the program for
my trial concert for the job of Principal Timpanist of the
London Philharmonic Orchestra. I was 22, very inexperienced,
and felt a bit shaky at the rehearsal. But when the concert
came I decided that as it would be the only time I would ever
play with a great orchestra, I should enjoy myself, which I
did. The next morning the General Manager called me and
offered me the job, so I ended up spending four years with
that wonderful orchestra during which I learned an enormous
amount and played with some very great conductors, including
Munch, Solti, Haitink, Boult, and Svetlanov.
& October 2
October 21 & 23
October 28 & 30
November 11 & 13
Olga Kern Plays
November 18 & 20
December 9 & 11
January 20 & 22
February 17 & 19
March 3 & 5
March 10 & 12
April 7 & 9
28 & 30
May 5 & 7
June 2 & 4
Use this link for more information on the
We’ll be doing Vaughan Williams’ “London” Symphony, which I
played with the renowned conductor Sir Adrian Boult, who knew
Vaughan Williams. After I conducted the piece for a broadcast
on the BBC, I had a letter from him saying I had got it
"right." I also conducted it for a guest appearance with the
Rochester Philharmonic in March 1997, and as a result was
later asked to be the RPO’s Music Director. Many of the
Orchestra members associate that piece with me, and
particularly wanted me to do it.
And our closing Philharmonics concert features Brahms’
Second Symphony, which got me my first conducting job, four
years after the London Phil, as assistant conductor for the
BBC Scottish Symphony in Glasgow.
We have several guest artists returning for the
occasion – including Olga Kern and Jon Nakamatsu, with whom
you also have recorded. Can you share some stories about what
it was like working with them?
first met Olga Kern on stage the week we recorded the
Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto with her, back in 2003, and
we very quickly developed a close musical relationship. I’m
glad to have her coming back this season. Jon Nakamatsu has a
long relationship with the RPO, since Al Davis first saw Jon
perform during the Van Cliburn competition in 1997 and
encouraged us to bring him to Rochester. For years now, we’ve
been playing the piano that was donated in Jon’s honor, and so
of course we wanted him on this season.
Several of the Orchestra musicians are featured
on concerts this year. Can you tell us more about the pieces
they will be performing?
always a big event when Juliana Athayde, our Concertmaster,
appears as soloist with the Orchestra. Over the past few years
she has had major triumphs with a whole range of concertos
(including a world premiere last season). This season she
plays the Glazunov Violin Concerto, a work which will show her
brilliance, expressive power, and virtuosity to the full.
Stefan Reuss, our principal cellist, joined the RPO in
1988, and is well known in Rochester not only for his fine
work with the orchestra but also for his very active
participation in chamber music. Stefan's cello is a beautiful
Guadagnini made in 1798, and on it he will play the much-loved
first concerto by Saint-Saens.
Our Principal Clarinetist Kenny Grant will be joining us
next May for Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, but he will be
playing it on the basset clarinet, reaching a third lower than
the usual clarinet. Mozart originally wrote this concerto for
the basset clarinet, so Kenny will be able to play it as
Mozart intended, without having to transpose any notes. I
conducted the first UK performance of this concerto on basset
clarinet, with Alan Hacker—one of the clarinetists credited
with the revival of the instrument—back in 1968.
What can patrons look forward to in the
Symphony 101 and 201 concerts this season?
This year’s Symphony 101 concerts will feature music by
some of the greatest composers, pieces that mark milestones in
the history of music. For the first concert, in addition to
playing music by Handel, Gluck, and Mozart, we will be playing
something by Antonio Salieri. Many know Salieri as Mozart’s
rival in the film Amadeus, and we will get to see how
their music compares. One of the concerts will feature some of
my own musical milestones, including works by Bach, Wagner,
and Vaughan Williams. And our expanded Symphony 201 concert in
Kodak Hall will go in-depth on Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and
Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. Use this link to find out more about the Symphony 101 Series.
What is one of your funniest or oddest RPO
concert memories ...
So little has gone wrong. But there was one time,
during a Symphony 101 concert, when there was a power outage
and all the lights went out. I asked the audience, "Would you
wave one hand in the air?" They did, and right after that the
lights came back on and I said, "Confucius said, ‘Many hands
make light work’."
What is your favorite restaurant in
There are so many and probably one or two I haven’t
discovered yet—but Thali is a very nice
Indian restaurant, and One is very good. I also like Virtu and
Richardson’s Canal House. And I have been going to the
Highland Park Diner ever since I started coming to Rochester
and they all know me there.
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Next Tuesday on WXXI 91.5
Tune in next Tuesday, August 31, at 8:00 pm
to hear an all-Mozart concert, featuring pianist
Orli Shaham in Piano Concerto No. 23.
Christopher Seaman also leads the RPO in
Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, and the overture to The Magic
Flute. Click here for more
Mercury Opera Season Now On Sale at RPO Box
Mercury Opera has announced its 2010-11 Season, which
includes a production of Verdi’s Falstaff on January
14 & 16, 2011 with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra,
conducted by Benton Hess. Filled with love, lust, comedy, and
pathos, the opera is based on two Shakespeare plays and is a
favorite of musicians and audiences alike. To find out more
about Mercury Opera’s upcoming season, visit their web site. For tickets,
Now Through August 27: Subscriber/Donor
August 30: Single Tickets Go on Sale!
September 30 & October 2: The Season Begins! Tchaikovsky’s
Fourth – Christopher Seaman, conductor; Ilya
October 8 & 9: Season Opener: The Music of Ray
Charles – Jeff Tyzik, conductor; Ellis Hall,
The Nutcracker – Michael
Butterman, conductor; Rochester City Ballet, Jamey Leverett,
artistic director; Bach Children’s Chorus; Karla Krogstad,
December 17-19: Gala Holiday Pops - Jeff Tyzik,
conductor; Festival High School Chorale, Amy Story and Harold
McAulliffe, co-directors; Donna Lynne Champlin, soprano
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