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Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Announces Three-Concert Series at Ithaca College

July 10, 2012

For immediate release
Contact: Nicole Marie Milano, 585-399-3652
July 9, 2012


Educational Partnership Allows School of Music Students to Attend for Free Through Student Rush Program

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is excited to partner with the Ithaca College School of Music to co-present three concerts in 2012–13. These concerts will take place in Ford Hall on Friday, October 5 at 7:30 PM; Friday, February 8 at 7:30 PM; and Sunday, March 24 at 4 PM. Through this partnership between Ithaca College and the RPO, all Ithaca College students will be given the opportunity to attend the RPO concerts free of charge through the Student Rush Ticket Program.

Next season’s RPO performances will feature larger orchestral works including Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8; Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 1, “Nordic;” and Gershwin’s classic Rhapsody in Blue. The RPO partnership will provide a platform for educational collaborations with the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra.

Jeffrey Meyer, Director of Orchestras at Ithaca College said, “This newly developed partnership will add great depth to our already very strong orchestral program.  Our students are already fortunate to have frequent interaction with a very fine professional chamber orchestra. This partnership with the RPO, one of the Northeast's top professional orchestras, will greatly expand our students' education and professional advancement potential by putting them in close contact with an excellent full symphony orchestra.”

RPO President & CEO Charlie Owens noted, “This exciting partnership is truly the cornerstone of the RPO’s efforts to expand our regional presence and deepening our connections to many of the leading cultural and educational institutions throughout the region. We are thrilled to provide Ithaca College students with opportunities to hear more great symphonic music, and to finding creative ways to enrich their educational experience.”

For more information, go online to ithaca.edu/music or rpo.org.

Editors Please Note:

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Ford Hall at Ithaca College

Opening Weekend Celebration
Friday, October 5 at 7:30 PM

Arild Remmereit, conductor
James Ehnes, violin

ELLEN TAAFFE ZWILICH  Celebration Overture
KORNGOLD  Violin Concerto
GOOSSENS  Tam o’Shanter, Scherzo after Robert Burns
HANSON  Symphony No. 1, “Nordic”

Rhapsody in Blue
Friday, February 8 at 7:30 PM
Ward Stare, guest conductor
Terrence Wilson, piano

STILL  Symphony No. 1, Afro-American Symphony       
DOUGLAS LOWRY  Commissioned work
HINDEMITH  Mathis der Maler                   
GERSHWIN  Rhapsody in Blue  

Romantic Dvořák
Sunday, March 24 at 4 PM
Andreas Delfs, guest conductor

WAGENAAR  Cyrano de Bergerac Overture
PERSICHETTI  Concerto for English Horn
DVOŘÁK  Symphony No. 8

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