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Free Ticket Will Be Passport to Dance Around the World with RPO in 80 Minutes

April 10, 2008

City of Rochester Sponsors Concert with Guest Conductor Mickelthwate

Rochester, NY – Thanks to sponsorship by the City of Rochester, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will present a free concert titled “Dance Around the World in 80 Minutes” on Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Eastman Theatre under the energetic, youthful direction of guest conductor Alexander Mickelthwate. (Mr. Mickelthwate is in town to conduct the RPO in its regular season Philharmonics concert with violinist Jennifer Koh on Thursday, April 24 and Saturday, April 26.)

This multinational program of dance music celebrates the gift of human diversity.  Performance highlights include Herbert’s Irish Rhapsody; Fauré’s Pavane; De Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance; Glière’s Russian Sailor’s Dance; Tchaikovsky’s Chinese Dance and Copland’s Hoe Down.  Seating is general admission, first-come, first-served. 

One of the most exciting and emerging talents on the musical stage today, Alexander Mickelthwate is Music Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.  Since graduating from the famed Peabody Institute of Music, the German-born Mickelthwate has been attracting tremendous attention in the music community.  His charismatic presence on the podium and command of a wide range of musical styles has led to guest appearances with orchestras throughout the United States and abroad, including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Houston, Nashville and Toronto symphonies, as well as the Hamburg Symphony, Orchestra Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony.  In 2007, he completed his three-year tenure as Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

Now in its 85th 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 and the City of Rochester. 

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