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RPO Gives a Star-Spangled Memorial Day Salute

May 04, 2007

RPO Pays Musical Tribute to our Armed Forces

Rochester, NY –   It’s time to pay a patriotic musical tribute with a Memorial Day salute, RPO style.  In this final Casual Sunday Matinee concert of the season, Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform on Sunday, May 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the Eastman Theatre.  Ticketholders are invited to a 12:30 Bagel Brunch at Miller Center Atrium with bagels and coffee generously provided by Bruegger’s Bakeries.

Jeff Tyzik’s arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner opens the concert followed by John Williams’ Liberty Fanfare and The Patriot (from the film of the same name).  Continuing the American salute is music by the great March King, John Philip Sousa, leading into Richard Rodgers’ Victory at Sea - Symphonic Scenario for Orchestra

After intermission, the RPO performs Robert Lowden’s Armed Forces Salute, during which the Orchestra invites the men and women of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard to stand and be honored.  Jeff Tyzik’s Pleasant Valley Suite and American Celebration follow the Salute, and two of our country’s patriotic gems, Irving Berlin’s God Bless America and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever close the concert.
General admission tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students, subscribers and donors, available online 24/7 at www.rpo.org, by phone (454-2100) and in person from the RPO Box Office, as well as at all 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 ASCAP awards for adventurous programming in recent years.

The Casual Sunday Matinee Series is sponsored by the Democrat and Chronicle and Strong Health.  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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