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Dominion Music Series at Camp Good Days Gets an Encore, Thanks to Dominion Transmission

July 01, 2008

RPO Ensembles to Visit and Perform at Camp; Campers and Families to Attend RPO Summer CMAC Concert

Rochester, NY – Building on the success of last summer’s first partnership between the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Camp Good Days, four small RPO ensembles will be able to visit camp again this summer, joining the campers for dinner followed by a 45-minute concert, thanks to support by Dominion Transmission, Inc. on behalf of the Dominion Foundation.  In addition, the RPO will provide free tickets for campers and their families to attend its August 2 performance of “Tchaikovsky Finale – with Fireworks!” at Constellation Brands - Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) in Canandaigua. 

Dennis J. Sugumele
, manager of Interstate Marketing for Dominion Transmission, Inc. presented a $10,000 check to the RPO’s VP for Development Steve Schwab, this afternoon, saying “We are pleased to continue funding this wonderful collaborative program between two key Rochester-area institutions.  We knew the RPO would provide a unique experience for the Camp Good Days campers and we are honored to help make this happen.”  James R. McCauley, Jr., director of operations for Camp Good Days was on hand to represent the camp, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life challenges.

Four different RPO ensembles will participate in the “Dominion Music Series at Camp Good Days” located on Keuka Lake in Branchport, N.Y. for approximately 25 to 60 campers each week:
 Woodwind quintet on Tuesday, July 22
 Marimba band on Tuesday, July 29
 Jazz ensemble on Tuesday, August 5
 String quartet on Tuesday, August 12

RPO Principal Trombone Mark Kellogg, who performed last summer as a member of the RPO Jazz Ensemble, recalled that experience: “Playing at Camp Good Days and Special Times served as a reminder of the incredible joy that music can bring to people.  I was touched by the campers’ and counselors’ appreciation of our concert and I look forward to the opportunity to return this summer.”

“Camp Good Days is grateful to have had the opportunity to forge such a wonderful relationship with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2007 camping season, and we are looking forward to hosting RPO ensembles again during our upcoming 2008 summer camping programs,” says Camp Good Days and Special Times Director Shannon Grieve. “Offering such a wonderful opportunity for exposure to the arts and culture through our affiliation with the RPO has proven to have a powerful impact on our camper population. We look forward to fostering this union through future collaborations with the RPO.” 

Camp Good Days and Special Times is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults, and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life challenges.  For more information about any of the programs or services; to learn about volunteer opportunities; to make a tax-deductible donation, please call Camp Good Days at 585-624-5555 or visit www.campgooddays.org.

Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,500 megawatts of generation, 14,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, 6,000 miles of electric transmission lines and 1 Tcfe of proved natural gas and oil reserves. Dominion also owns and operates the nation’s largest underground natural gas storage system with over 970 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 11 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's Web site at http://www.dom.com.

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.  For more information, visit www.rpo.org.


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