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Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Announces its 2012–13 Season

March 02, 2012

Contact: Mark A. Berry, 585-399-3645 or mberry@rpo.org


Music Director Arild Remmereit Builds Upon Artistic Themes
of His Inaugural Season in 2011–12

90th Season Opens with Chris Botti and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik
on September 28

– The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) continues its fruitful partnership with Music Director Arild Remmereit in 2012–13, and begins its 90th season with Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik and the alluring jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. Throughout the season, the RPO also honors some of popular music’s great songwriters through its Pops concerts with Tyzik at the helm and present a series of beguiling OrKIDStra concerts for children with Conductor for Education and Outreach Michael Butterman (The Henry and Louise Epstein Family Chair).

Arild Remmereit’s Second Season: Continuing Artistic Themes

Music Director Remmereit’s first season with the RPO in 2011–12 was marked by spectacular performances of Mahler, enlivened interpretations of unjustly forgotten works, and a commitment to presenting music by women composers; he and the RPO continue this journey of musical discovery with Rochester audiences by building upon these artistic themes in 2012–13.

“In my first season as Music Director of the RPO, I wanted to start creating classics, to share with Rochester some of the music that I love, but which hasn’t, for one reason or another, entered the repertoire,” says Remmereit. “This includes music by women composers, but also, for Rochester, Mahler, whose symphonies haven’t been a part of the RPO for many years. I think we were successful in 2011–12, and I’m confident audiences will again be moved by the music we have for them this season.”

The 14-program Philharmonics series begins on October 4 and 6 with Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Celebration Overture, and throughout 2012–13 season Remmereit and the RPO will perform music by living women composers Jennifer Higdon, Margaret Brouwer, Karen Tanaka, and Barbara Kolb, and works from the first half of the 20th century by Amy Beach (whose “Gaelic” Symphony was the first piece played on the 2011–12 season) and Lili Boulanger. Also on those opening weekend concerts, Remmereit and the RPO look back to the orchestra’s first season with Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 1, “Nordic”, which received its US premiere with the RPO in 1923, and the Tam o’Shanter Overture by the RPO’s first music director, Eugene Goosens. 

As part of his Mahler Project, a planned multi-year survey of the composer’s symphonies that began with a triumphant Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection,” in October 2011, Remmereit and the RPO will perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 on October 18 and 20, 2012. He will lead the RPO in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” on April 18 and 20. Discussion of this work, and Beethoven’s genius more generally, is part of the RPO Sunday Matinee with Arild (formerly known as Symphony 101), a series of Sunday afternoon concerts that feature passionate performances and engaging discussion with the Music Director and the audience.

As during the 2011–12 season, RPO musicians step forward as soloists in 2012–13: Juliana Athayde (Concertmaster, The Caroline W. Gannett and Clayla Ward Chair) will perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on December 13 and 15; Kenneth Grant (Principal Clarinet, The Robert J. Strasenburgh Chair) is the soloist for Copland’s Clarinet Concerto on November 8 and 10; Mark Kellogg (Principal Trombone, The Austin E. Hildebrandt Chair) performs Lars Erik-Larsson’s Concertino for Trombone on January 24 and 26; and Anna Steltenpohl is the soloist for Vincent Persichetti’s Concerto for English Horn on March 21 and 23.

Guest conductors in 2012–13 include Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra alumnus Ward Stare, Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta; Andreas Delfs; Matthias Bamert; and Conductor Laureate Christopher Seaman. Soloists include pianists Jon Nakamatsu, Stefan Arnold Terrence Wilson, and William Wolfram; and violinists James Ehnes and Sergej Krylov.

Jeff Tyzik and the Pops: Memorable Songs and Great Songwriters

In addition to the opening-night concert of the RPO’s 90th season with Chris Botti, the 10-program Pops series commemorates two important anniversaries in the history of popular music: the 45th anniversary of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album and the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise, whose theme songs have become some of our culture’s most beloved music. Just for the RPO, Beatles tribute band the Classical Mystery Tour has created an all-new concert experience that they will perform with Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik and the RPO on April 26 and 27, with the music from an album that defined a decade and is for many the artistic high-water mark of the Fab Four. Guest Carl Davis and vocalist Mary Carewe present classic songs from throughout the Bond series, from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace, on February 15 and 16.

Tyzik and the RPO remember Harold Arlen, the American songwriting great best known for “Over the Rainbow,” on November 2 and 3; Steve Lippia joins Tyzik on January 11 and 12 to commemorate Frank Sinatra; the RPO performs Sondheim and Bernstein on Broadway on April 12 and 13; and on May 24 and 25, Tony DeSare will be a part of Tyzik’s tribute to Stan Kenton to close out the Pops season on May 24 and 25.

Tyzik’s work as a composer is also on display in the 2012-2013 season. On February 1 and 2, as part of the Pops series, the Rochester City Ballet dances to Tyzik’s New York Cityscapes, with the composer on the podium. A new work by Tyzik will also be part of a concert that also includes music by Bernstein and Copland, part of the Philharmonics series, on November 8 and 10. 

OrKIDStra and Michael Butterman: Fantastic Stories and Amazing Musical Feats

Principal Conductor for Education and Outreach Michael Butterman (The Henry and Louise Epstein Family Chair) continues the OrKIDStra series with four exciting concerts for our youngest audiences and their families. Kicking off the season is Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant (October 14, 2012), based on the poems of US Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky. Children and their families will meet the Clocktapus and Hatchickens, Trumpetoos and Tubaboons, Ballpoint Penguins and Tearful Zipperpotamuses in this entertaining work composed by Lucas Richman. 

Beatboxer Shodekeh, with his amazing array of vocal rhythmic sounds, joins the RPO on February 2, 2013, with percussion students from Rochester’s Hochstein School of Music. The OrKIDStra season ends with two musical re-tellings of charming children’s books: John Lithgow’s spellbinding children’s book, The Remarkable Farkle McBride, in which a fickle yet lovable child prodigy brings the sounds and rhythms of an orchestra to sprawling visual life (April 14, 2013), and Eudora Welty’s The Shoe Bird, with music written by former RPO conductor Samuel Jones (May 19, 2013). 

RPO Sunday Matinees with Arild

RPO Sunday Matinees with Arild is a new Sunday-afternoon series of passionate performances and engaging discussion at the Performance Hall at Hochstein. The series begins on October 21 with Composers of Norway, an exploration with Arild Remmereit of music from his birth country, including Grieg’s Piano Concerto, featuring pianist Jon Nakamatsu. Italy is the focus of the March 3 Sunday Matinee, a musical journey from the instrumental music of Giovanni Gabrieli to the colorful orchestrations of Ottorino Respighi’s La boutique fantasque.

RPO Sunday Matinees with Arild also includes three events featuring music from the Viennese Classicists Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn. On January 27, Arild and the RPO celebrate Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthday with music from three generations of the Mozart family, explore the early sketches of the “Eroica” Symphony to show how Beethoven forged a new path for the symphony on April 21; and delves into Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony on May 12. 

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