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RPO Saddles Up with Rochester City Ballet and Hits the CMAC Trail

July 10, 2008

Hoedown! The RPO Goes West

Rochester/Canandaigua, NY – The Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) has corralled two of Rochester’s finest performing groups into one night for music- and dance-lovers alike.  On Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m., the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra – with Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, concertmaster Juliana Athayde and Rochester City Ballet (Jamie Leverett, Artistic Director) – ponies up for Hoedown! The RPO Goes West, the third installment of the Orchestra’s Constellation Brands Summer Series.  Dances from Aaron Copland’s quintessential Rodeo along with Tyzik’s own compositions, Great Westerns Suite and Bravo! Colorado, set the mood as the audience is taken on an epic ride west.  Pre-concert activities from 6-7:15 p.m. get families in the “ropin’ and wranglin’” spirit with cowboy crafts, face-painting and an opportunity to meet the RCB dancers.

The wild ride begins with Tyzik’s Great Westerns Suite, a collection of overtures and themes from classic cowboy films.  From the star-studded How the West Was Won to the gun-slinging hit The Magnificent Seven, outlaw stand-offs and cattle-roping adventures can be heard as Tyzik’s music recounts the birth of the Wild West. With the evolution of the West, folk music followed, and Ms. Athayde’s performance of Mark O’Connor’s Strings and Threads Suite takes the audience through American fiddling from jigs, reels and waltzes, through blues, swing and bebop.  Selections from Aaron Copland’s ballet Rodeo end the first half of the concert as Rochester City Ballet and the RPO recreate the story of a cowgirl caught in a love triangle with a handsome wrangler and a champion roper.  

Opening the second half is Jeff Tyzik’s Bravo! Colorado – joined by Rochester City Ballet – from the new RPO recording, HONOR: Portraits of America.  The piece pays tribute to the memory of President Gerald Ford, while depicting the majestic landscapes of the mountainous state.  Jerome Moross’ Suite from The Big Country follows, and Leroy Anderson’s Fiddle Faddle concludes the concert in celebration of the composer’s 100th anniversary.
Since her appointment as RPO concertmaster in March 2005, Juliana Athayde (The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair) has become a favorite of both audiences and critics for her huge talent and onstage personality.  In the spring of 2005, Ms. Athayde became the first student to graduate from The Concertmaster Academy, a brand new program under the direction of Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil.  She has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra in the United States and in Europe, and has been heard as a soloist with the RPO and the Asheville, Canton, Diablo, Flint, Mid-Texas, Palo Alto, Plymouth and Wyoming Symphony orchestras.

Founded in 1987, Rochester City Ballet (RCB) is a non-profit, educational corporation. The Company presents a full season of quality dance to diverse audiences and helps keep the arts alive by presenting performances to educate and entertain adults and children at community events and special RCB performances.  The RCB has created at least 20 new ballets including Firebird, Don Quixote, Cinderella and the annual Nutcracker with the RPO.

A variety of ticket options are available.  Advance single ticket prices range from $13-$50; single tickets purchased at the gate range from $18-$60.  Discounts are available for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under in the shell.  New this summer: lawn seats are free for children 12 and under.  Tickets are available at www.rpo.org or at the RPO Box Office.  CMAC tickets are not available at Wegmans. 

CMAC concerts take place rain or shine; except for lawn seating, all other seats are covered.  The grounds open at 6 p.m. and concertgoers are encouraged to bring their own blanket or lawn chair for relaxing on the hillside.  Visit www.cmacevents.com for venue ground rules.  Parking is free in the main lot at Lincoln Hill and East Lake Roads.  RPO concertgoers may park in the preferred lot on Lake Shore Drive by purchasing preferred parking passes online, by phone or in person: $10/concert or $30/four-concert series.

The RPO’s CMAC Series is sponsored by Constellation Brands; its CMAC residency is sponsored by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust with additional concert support by Canfield & Tack. 

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