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NEW RPO BOARD CHAIR ELECTED: Dawn Lipson begins two-year term September 1

April 05, 2013

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For Immediate Release: April 5, 2013
Media Contacts:   Sally Cohen, 585-749-1795, sally@sallycohenpr.com, @PR4Arts
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Dawn Lipson begins two-year term September 1

Rochester, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) announces that its board of directors has voted Dawn Lipson as chair-elect. She begins her new role as RPO board chair on September 1, 2013, at the conclusion of the two-year term of current chair, Elizabeth Rice.

“I feel extremely privileged to be on the RPO Board, and to be chosen as chair-elect is quite an honor,” says Lipson, a Brighton resident. “We have many challenges facing us and we will be reaching out to the community for assistance and guidance. I have every faith that together we can ensure that the music plays on.”

Lipson has served on the RPO board for the past four years, as well as from 1999-2003.  She was also the Rochester Philharmonic League (RPL) president from 1999-2003, RPO Volunteer of the Year (1999-2000), and recipient of the RPO Ambassador Award (2008-2009). She and her husband, Jacques – a longtime member of the RPO Honorary Board – helped to underwrite the RPO recordings of Tchaikovsky with pianist Olga Kern (2003) and all Gershwin recording with Jon Nakamatsu (2007).  They were also the title sponsors of the orchestra’s classical series in 2011-2012, and for their leadership commitment to the RPO’s Artistic Excellence Campaign, they are recognized as Season Sponsors through 2014-2015.

“The RPO is vital to the cultural vibrancy of our community,” Lipson believes. “Music allows us to view things outside of ourselves and to interpret the world around us; it has the power to soothe, energize and provide common ground.” 

Since moving to Rochester in 1993, Lipson has been involved in an advisory and supportive capacity with many of the area’s nonprofit organizations:  Geva Theater Center, WXXI,  Eastman School of Music, George Eastman House, Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Home, Nazareth College Arts Center, the Downstairs Cabaret, RIT, and Rochester General Hospital. 

“We are fortunate indeed to have someone of Dawn’s experience and commitment to take over the reins from Betsy, who continues to do such an incredible job at a challenging time,” says RPO President and CEO Charles Owens.  “I have every faith that the RPO will flourish under her leadership, and am grateful to our board members and to our many other volunteers who donate their time, talents, and personal resources for the good of this orchestra and this community.”

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 14,000 children through its specific programs for school-aged children.


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