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RPO’S Christopher Seaman to Receive Honorary Doctorate from University of Rochester

May 13, 2009

Christopher Seaman, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s music director since 1997, will be in front of a different audience at the Eastman Theatre at 11:15 am on Sunday, May 17. Instead of standing on the podium with baton in hand, he will be receiving an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Rochester at the Eastman School of Music’s 84th annual commencement ceremony.
“I am touched and flattered by such a great honor and compliment,” said Seaman.  “In addition to its personal significance, I also believe it recognizes the Orchestra’s present excellence and our close relationship with the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester.” Christopher Seaman is recognized worldwide as one of today’s leading conductors. He is a highly sought-after guest conductor and has had regular engagements in North America, Eastern Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, and in his native Great Britain. He completed a highly successful tenure as conductor-in-residence at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and also served as principal conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony and the Northern Sinfonia.
Seaman has become an integral part of the greater Rochester community and is recognized as having raised the artistic level of the orchestra to its present excellence. He is a champion of strong connections with the Eastman School of Music and a strong supporter of the renovated Eastman Theatre.
For more information, contact Eastman School of Music Assistant Director of Public Relations Helene Snihur, hsnihur@esm.rochester.edu.

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