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MTIG_200x300_A.jpgTickets for 2010-11 Season Go On Sale Monday—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 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 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.


RPO Garage Sale Features Gifts, Souvenirs, and Bargains Galore

Monday, August 30 & Tuesday, August 31, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

RPO 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 under.

Proceeds benefit the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra programs.


Q&A with Christopher Seaman on the 2010-11 Season

Christopher Seaman

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 career?

2010-11 Philharmonics Series

The Season Begins!
Tchaikovsky's Fourth

September 30 & October 2

Russian Masters
 October 21 & 23

Orchestral Fireworks!
October 28 & 30

Mendelssohn & Brahms
November 11 & 13

Olga Kern Plays Rachmaninoff
November 18 & 20

Handel's Messiah
December 9 & 11

Beethoven's Fifth
January 20 & 22

Fire and Water
February 17 & 19

Beethoven's Fourth Concerto
March 3 & 5

Jon Nakamatsu Returns!
March 10 & 12

Brahms Requiem
April 7 & 9

Scheherazade!
April 28 & 30

Mozart's Clarinet Concerto
May 5 & 7

Christopher Seaman's
Grand Finale

June 2 & 4

Use this link for more information on the RPO
2010-11 Philharmonics Series
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Well, 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.

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?
 
I 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?
 
It is 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 town?

There are so many and probably one or two I haven’t discovered yetbut 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.


Time is Running Out!

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With our fiscal year ending in less than a week, the RPO needs to raise another $10,000 to meet our $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 1,800 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 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 information.


Mercury Opera Season Now On Sale at RPO Box Office

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, call 454-2100.


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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.

The Rochester Plaza Hotel is the RPO’s Official Lodging Partner.


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Christopher Seaman, Music Director
Jeff Tyzik, Principal Pops Conductor
Michael Butterman, Principal Conductor for Education and Outreach
The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair
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