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RPO Steps into the Garden of Good and Evil: Sacred and Sinister in Music

March 13, 2007

Hochstein and Roberts Wesleyan concerts continue to demonstrate how composers evoke these opposing emotions

Rochester, NY – A duo of emotional extremes – the sacred and the sinister – will be demonstrated through a variety of musical excerpts in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s next pair of Symphony 101 concerts on Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hochstein Music School, and Sunday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Hale Auditorium, Roberts Cultural Life Center at Roberts Wesleyan College. The concerts continue this season’s Symphony 101 theme of examining how composers evoke emotion.

To help reveal how music communicates these emotions will be performances of excerpts from Handel’s oratorio, Solomon; Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni; “Conversations of Beauty and the Beast” from Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite; Frederick Delius’ The Walk to the Paradise Garden; the second movement from Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6; Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral and Berlioz’s “Hungarian March” from The Damnation of Faust

Music Director Seaman leads these engaging and innovative Symphony 101 concerts that feature discussion, musical examples, selections from significant works and complete pieces.  Following each concert, Mr. Seaman takes questions from the audience. 

General admission tickets for these performances are $22, available online 24/7 at www.rpo.org, by phone (454-2100) and in person from the RPO Box Office, and at any Wegmans.  RPO Box Office hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (non-concert Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.).  Wegmans is open seven days a week.  A convenience fee may apply.

The Symphony 101 Series is sponsored by PAETEC Communications, Inc. Additional support for this series is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

RPO performances are made possible in part with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; the State of New York; Monroe County; the City of Rochester; and American Airlines, the official airline of the RPO.

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