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Love, Youth and Family Play Out in RPO's Casual Sunday Matinee

January 24, 2008

An Early Valentine Brings "Variations on Love" to Eastman Theatre

Rochester, NY – A tribute to love in its many forms provides an early Valentine’s treat by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in its Casual Sunday Matinee concert on Sunday, February 10 at 2 p.m. at the Eastman TheatrePrincipal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik welcomes three guest artists, one of whom holds a special place in his heart.  Ticketholders are invited to Bagels with Jeff in the Atrium at Miller Center beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Tyzik’s daughter, mezzo-soprano Jami Tyzik -- who made her debut at 17 with the RPO – performs two songs with baritone Jonathan Gabriel Michie, still basking in his recent success in Mercury Opera’s Don Giovanni.  Together, they demonstrate vocal flexibility in Cole Porter’s catchy “You’re the Top” from Anything Goes and the duet from Don Giovanni, “La ci darem la mano.”  Each singer also performs a solo “valentine,” Jami in Gershwin’s classic The Man I Love and Jonathan in the touching “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific.  RPO Principal Trombonist Mark Kellogg provides additional romantic flair in Tyik’s arrangement of I’m Getting Sentimental Over You.  The Orchestra also performs John Williams’ Superman March, selections from Gigi by Frederick Loewe, Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and Tchaikovsky’s Overture to Romeo and Juliet.

Jami Tyzik made her solo debut with the RPO at the age of 17 after winning the Jan DeGaetani Competition and scholarship. Since then, her concert repertoire has expanded to include Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth, Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Honegger’s Le Roi David as well as many chamber music concerts.  She has appeared as a guest soloist with the Rochester, Buffalo, Clayton and Erie philharmonics, as well as the Minnesota and Milwaukee symphonies. Equally versed in her operatic works for the stage, she made her Italian debut as Cherubino in Le Nozze with the Amalfi Coast Opera in 2004.  Jami recently sang with the Opera Institute at Boston University as Anna in A Month in the Country, Bianca in Rape of Lucretia, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, and Jessie in Mahagonny.

Jonathan Gabriel Michie is a Master’s degree student at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Carol Webber. He received his Bachelor of Music degree and Performer's Certificate from Eastman in 2006, and spent the last few summers as a Young Artist with the Chautauqua Opera company and as a member of the Ohio Light Opera company. He has been featured in concert at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Spoleto USA Festival, in the world premiere ofCharles Strouse’s East & West and with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus.  He also performed in master classes with Håkan Hagegård, Jay Lesenger, Peter Kazaras, Jennifer Larmore, Robert White and Richard Hundley. Upcoming appearances include Rutter’s Mass of the Children with the Buffalo Choral Arts Society and as Danilo in The Merry Widow with Eastman Opera Theatre.

General admission tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students, subscribers and members, available online 24/7 at www.rpo.org, by phone (454-2100) in person from the RPO Box Office, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (non-concert Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.); and seven days a week at area Wegmans.  A convenience fee may apply. 

The Casual Sunday Matinee Series is sponsored by Rochester Magazine and University of Rochester Medical Center; bagels and coffee are generously provided by Bruegger’s Bakeries.  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 and the City of Rochester. 

Celebrating its 85th season in 2007-08, 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. 

Note: Photos of Jami Tyzik and Jonathan Michie are available upon request.

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