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Telling a Story Through Music: RPO Goes Once Upon a Time in Final orKIDStra Concert

April 17, 2007

Music by famous composers pairs with orchestra improvisation based on kids ideas

Rochester, NY – The music of six famous composers will share the stage with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s own improvisations based on childrens’ ideas in Once Upon a Time, the final orKIDStra concert of the season. On Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m. in the Performance Hall at Hochstein, Michael Butterman, Conductor for Education and Outreach (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair) leads the Orchestra to show how music is able to tell a story through representation of character, setting and plot.  Free pre-concert activities will take place at 1:00 p.m.

In addition to such programmatic music as Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King; Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship” from Scheherazade; Rossini’s Overture to William Tell and Saint-Säens’ spooky Danse Macabre, ideas from kids in the audience will be used to tell a story, improvised on the spot by members of the RPO.  Although ideal for children of all ages, orKIDStra concerts are designed for families with young children ages 3-9.  The orKIDStra Series is sponsored by Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester.

General admission tickets for orKIDStra Series concerts are $12 for adults and $10 for children, available online at www.rpo.org, by phone (454-2100) and in person from the RPO Box Office, and at any area 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.
Now in its 84th season, the RPO inspires and enriches the community through the art of music.  The Orchestra is passionately dedicated to outstanding musical performance at the highest artistic levels, and has a unique tradition of musical versatility, commitment to music education in the broadest sense and a deep and enduring engagement with the community.  The RPO has been honored with the New York State Governor’s Arts Award, and two recent ASCAP awards for adventurous programming.

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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