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April with Your RPO: Carnegie Hall Preview

March 25, 2014

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For Immediate Release: March 25, 2014
Media Contacts:   Sally Cohen, 585-749-1795, sally@sallycohenpr.com
RPO Info:  rpo.org, facebook.com/SuperRPO, twitter.com/SuperRPO, rpo-land.blogspot.com

Plus Curtis Stigers, Picardy Penguin & updated Ithaca concert
Just announced: Around-the-Town Concerts April 2, 3 & 5

Rochester, NY – One of the highlights of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO)’s 2013-14 season, presented by Dawn & Jacques Lipson, is certainly its concert at Carnegie Hall on May 7 as part of the prestigious Spring For Music festival. One of only six orchestras invited to participate (along with the New York Philharmonic and the orchestras of Seattle, Cincinnati, Winnipeg and Pittsburgh), the RPO will present a concert production of Merry Mount, the only opera written by the late Howard Hanson, renowned director of the Eastman School of Music. It was commissioned by and made its highly successful world stage premiere at NYC’s Metropolitan Opera in 1934, and still holds the world’s record for the most curtain calls – 50 – at that historic venue. This will be the orchestra’s first time playing at Carnegie Hall since 1985, and it will transport almost 300 performers to and from the concert. Hundreds of Rochesterians are also making the trip to support their hometown orchestra at this very special festival. 

For those who can’t join the fun in NYC, however, the RPO presents Carnegie Hall Preview: Howard Hanson’s Merry Mount in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m. with the exact same lineup, beginning with guest conductor Michael Christie. A Buffalo, NY native and music director of the Minnesota Opera, Christie is also Music Director Laureate of the Phoenix Symphony and the Colorado Music Festival, and returns for the third time to conduct at the Aspen Music Festival this summer.

The Eastman-Rochester Chorus under the direction of William Weinert, as well as the Bach Children’s Chorus (Karla Krogstad, director) will also perform at both Kodak and Carnegie Halls. In addition, approximately 20 cast members include baritone Richard Zeller (Wrestling Bradford), soprano Sara Jakubiak (Lady Marigold Sandys), bass Charles Robert Austin (Praise-God Tewke), baritone Keith Brown (Myles Brodrib), mezzo-soprano Ashley Hibbard (Plentiful Tewke) and baritone Samuel Krall (Sir Thomas Morton), along with Anthony Webb, Matt Valverde, Joshua Ooms, Nicholas Kilkenny, Migle Zaliukaite, Trevor Cook, David Gleichman, Anna Bekker, Adam Daughton (boy soprano) and Caitlin Glastonbury (child soprano).

Just announced: the RPO’s 2014 annual, free Around-the-Town community-outreach concerts will take place on Wednesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Monroe Community Hospital (435 E. Henrietta Rd.); Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Greece Baptist Church ( 1230 Long Pond Rd.); and Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church (43 Gebhardt Road, Penfield). Guest conductor Neil Varon will lead a colorful program that features Debussy’s Petite Suite, Ravel’s fairy-tale Mother Goose Suite and one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular and enduring works, Symphony No. 4 (3rd and 4th movements).

On Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m., the RPO plays Mozart and Tchaikovsky in Ford Hall at Ithaca College. Once again, Eastman School of Music Professor of Conducting & Ensembles Neil Varon is guest conductor, but RPO Principal Clarinet Kenneth Grant replaces Concertmaster Juliana Athayde as special guest artist. The program (updated since the 2013–14 season announcement in February, 2013) now includes Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture as well as his Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. The RPO in Ithaca series is presented in partnership with the Ithaca College School of Music, and is supported in part by the Corning Incorporated Foundation.
The final concert in this season’s Wendy’s OrKIDStra series, Picardy Penguin: Let’s Build the Tower of Music, takes place on Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. at the Performance Hall at Hochstein. Eastman Community Music School conducting instructor Rachel Lauber replaces the originally-scheduled Neil Varon in this multi-media concert, which also features Hochstein School student violinists under the direction of Joan Kinsella, as well as vocal soloists Laura-Jean Diekmann, Linda Gressell and Myriah Marsh. Picardy Penguin is an adorable animated character created by Maestro Lucas Richman that is projected above the orchestra and interacts with the conductor, orchestra and audience, serving as a catalyst for musical exploration in a program that includes popular classics by Beethoven, Strauss and Bizet.

Closing out April is the month’s only offering in the 2013–14 Canandaigua National Bank and Trust & Fibertech Networks Pops Series, Curtis Stigers: Let’s Fall in Love, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Friday and Saturday, April 25 & 26 at 8 p.m.  Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik conducts a program that features Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival favorite, singer Curtis Stigers, in a romantic evening of classic love songs.

Tickets for Kodak Hall shows start at $22/$10 students; tickets for RPO in Ithaca concerts are $25/$10 students; tickets for OrKIDStra concerts are $15 adults/$10 children/$40 family four-pack; and tickets for the RPO at Carnegie Hall are $25 (travel packages start at $295). All tickets are available in person at the Eastman Theatre Box Office and at all Wegmans That’s T.H.E. Ticket! locations, by phone at (585) 454-2100, or online at rpo.org. 

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 20-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. The RPO's 2013-14 season highlights include Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik's 20th anniversary celebration, and a performance at Carnegie Hall on May 7, 2014, as part of the Spring For Music festival.

Media please note:  High-resolution images for Philharmonics concerts are available at docs.google.com/folder; high-res photos for Pops and other concerts are available at docs.google.com/folder/d. More details are available at rpo.org and upon request. Interviews, as well as photo and footage opportunities, can also be arranged.


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