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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Your RPO

March 04, 2013

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For Immediate Release:  March 4, 2013
Media Contacts:   Sally Cohen, 585-749-1795, sally@sallycohenpr.com, @PR4Arts
RPO Info:  rpo.org, facebook.com/SuperRPO, twitter.com/SuperRPO, rpo-land.blogspot.com

World-renowned tenor John McDermott joins Jeff Tyzik
Plus:  Dancers from the Boland School of Irish Dance

Rochester, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik will Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with John McDermott on Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.  Tickets start at $22 ($10 for students) and are available in person at the Eastman Theatre Box Office (433 East Main Street) or at area Wegmans; by phone at (585) 454-2100; or online at rpo.org. 

The first half of the program will feature the orchestra playing Music from Riverdance, John Williams’ Suite from Far and Away, and The Girl I Left Behind Me, as well as Maestro Tyzik’s arrangements of Irish Tune from County Derry, Roches Favorite, Red Butterfly, and Air and Reel – the last three of which will also feature dancers from Rochester’s acclaimed Boland School of Irish Dance (Barbara Boland, director). With their colorful costumes and fancy footwork, the Boland dancers are well known throughout Monroe County for their lively performances, delighting audiences at local festivals and in past performances with the RPO.

International recording star John McDermott will join the RPO for the concert’s second half. Born in Scotland in 1955, McDermott grew up in Canada. His first album, Danny Boy, went double platinum and led to touring with The Chieftains as well as his participation in the PBS phenomenon, The Irish Tenors.  Since then, he has toured internationally and recorded more than 25 albums, earning numerous Juno nominations. His latest recordings include The Old House – a collaboration with his long-time musical director, guitarist Jason Fowler – and My Gentle Harp, a tribute to musician, poet and singer, Thomas Moore. In recognition of his commitment to veterans’ causes, McDermott was given one of the United States’ highest accolades, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Bob Hope Award.  His most recent appearance with the RPO was in March of 2008.

McDermott brings his own rhythm section to Rochester:  drummer Gary Craig, guitarist and music director, Jason Fowler, and bassist Maury Lafoy.  Selections will include “My Ain Folk,” “Daughter of Mine,” “The Dreamer,” “Green Fields of France,” “Flow Gently Sweet Afton,” “The Old Man,” “Skye Boat Song,” “The Gift of Years,” “Believe Me,” “My Bonnie,” and “The Lark in the Clear Air.”

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has been committed to enriching and inspiring our community through the art of music since its founding in 1922. The RPO presents up to 150 concerts a year, serving nearly 200,000 people through ticketed events, education and community engagement activities, and concerts in schools and community centers throughout the region. Notable former music directors include Eugene Goossens, José Iturbi, Erich Leinsdorf, David Zinman, and Conductor Laureate Christopher Seaman; Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik has earned a national reputation for excellence in pops programming during his 19-year tenure with the RPO. With Michael Butterman as Principal Conductor for Education and Outreach (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair) – the first position of its kind in the country – the RPO reaches 12,000 children through its specific programs for school-aged children.

Media please note:  High-resolution images are available upon request and at docs.google.com/folder.  Interviews, as well as photo and footage opportunities, can be arranged.


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