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Same Year, Different Direction

October 10, 2008

RPO’s Symphony 101 Opens with Beethoven and Schubert in 1824

Rochester, NY –The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra opens its Symphony 101 series of this season with contrasting music written in the same year by composers taking very different musical directions. On Friday, November 7 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 9 at 3:00 pm (this year’s new Sunday time and venue), both at the Performance Hall at Hochstein, RPO Music Director Christopher Seaman conducts selections from the ninth symphonies of Beethoven and Schubert, both written in 1824.

Schubert’s “Great” Symphony (a reference to the size of the work) and Beethoven’s “Choral” Symphony have long been recognized as masterpieces of exceptional proportion, and both are innovative in different ways.  Beethoven’s musical translation of hope for universal brotherhood, and Schubert’s glorious use of melody with a “new” symphonic sound and energy are just a few examples of the directions taken by these composers.

This season’s Symphony 101 Series focuses on six groundbreaking periods in the history of music when composers of contrasting symphonic styles were writing some of their most influential works at the very same time.  Music Director Christopher Seaman leads these engaging and innovative 50-minute concerts that feature discussion, musical examples, selections from significant works and complete pieces.  Following each concert, Mr. Seaman takes questions from the audience. 

General admission tickets for these performances are $22, available online 24/7 at www.rpo.org, by phone (454-2100) in person from the RPO Box Office and at area Wegmans.  A convenience fee may apply.  RPO Box Office hours are Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm (non-concert Saturdays, 10:00  am-3:00 pm). 

The Symphony 101 Series is sponsored by PAETEC Communications, Inc. Additional support for this series is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. 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 86th season in 2008-09, the RPO inspires and enriches the community through the art of music, presenting nearly 200 performances each season to a combined audience of an estimated quarter of a million people, including more than 70,000 who experience the RPO’s broad range of educational and community programs.  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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