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Fireworks Onstage and in the Sky with the RPO at SUNY Geneseo

June 21, 2007

Program Features Music from the Past, the Present and the Patriots

Rochester NY– The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra returns for its annual Summer Spectacular with Fireworks at SUNY Geneseo (1 College Circle) on Saratoga Field at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2007 (rain location is the College’s Wadsworth Auditorium). This concert – under the direction of Principal Conductor for Education and Outreach Michael Butterman (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair) – will feature music by celebrated American composers, popular film scores and stirring patriotic music, followed by a fireworks display.  
The RPO Summer Spectacular concert will kick off with George Gershwin’s “Overture” from Crazy for You followed by Scott Joplin’s Ragtime Dance and Duke Ellington’s Ellington Fantasy.  Original compositions and arrangements by the RPO’s Principal Pops conductor Jeff Tyzik will add an additional spark to the program which includes his A Call to Worship (from Pleasant Valley Suite), A Blast from the Past and Great Westerns Suite. The nostalgic sounds of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Paper Moon and The Best of the Beatles will be followed by the patriotic music of The American Frontier, Armed Forces Salute and finally The Battle Hymn of the Republic

The RPO thanks the family of Mrs. Hubert W. Chanler for its generous support of this concert. The RPO also gratefully acknowledges the Gertrude L. Chanler RPO Fund at Rochester Area Community Foundation.  The RPO thanks the Chanler family and friends for their generous support of the Fund and of the RPO.

Tickets for this event are $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 5-18) in advance or $12 for adults and $6 for children at the gate. Children under five are free. Tickets may be purchased between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the RPO Box Office at 108 East Avenue in Rochester or on the website at www.rpo.org.  Tickets also may be purchased at various locations throughout Geneseo including Central Presbyterian Church, Geneseo United Methodist Church, David Mann’s Jewelers, Noreen’s Hallmark Giftshop and John W. Chanler Agencies in both Livonia and Geneseo.

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.

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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