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Express Yourself with RPO's Final orKIDStra Concert of the Season

May 09, 2008

Kids Learn How Emotions are Expressed in Music

Rochester, NY – Music’s ability to express emotions will be on display at the RPO’s final orKIDStra concert of the season on Sunday, June 1 at 2 p.m. at the Performance Hall at Hochstein, with Principal Conductor for Education and Outreach Michael Butterman (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair) leading the RPO in “Express Yourself.”  Although ideal for children of all ages, orKIDStra concerts are designed for families with young children ages 3-9. 

Using short pieces and musical excerpts, Butterman leads the RPO in music that conveys a state of mind, a feeling or an emotion.  Children will explore a range of emotions and learn musical characteristics (different tempos, instruments and musical styles) that signal these emotions.  Free pre-concert activities at 1 p.m. include making emotion masks and being “ping pong” composers.   

General admission tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for kids, and are available online 24/7 at www.rpo.org, by phone (454-2100) and in person from the RPO Box Office.  RPO Box Office Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (non-concert Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.). 

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.

The RPO’s orKIDStra concerts are sponsored by Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester.  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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