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RPO announces 2014-15 Bravo Awards

July 08, 2014

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"Ribbons" by Rochester artist Denise Fabrizio

For Immediate Release:  July 8, 2014
Media Contacts:  Sally Cohen, 585-749-1795, sally@sallycohenpr.com
RPO Info:  rpo.org, facebook.com/RochesterPhilharmonic, twitter.com/RochesterPhil, rochesterphilharmonic.blogspot.com

Third season selecting program covers from RoCo’s 6X6 artworks 

Rochester, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) announces its picks for eight Bravo program book covers for its 2014-15 season, after looking at more than 6,700 six-by-six-inch artworks from Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo)’s 7th annual 6x6 exhibition.

“These kinds of partnerships with other cultural organizations celebrate and strengthen the vitality of Rochester’s creative community,” says RPO President & CEO Charles Owens. “The hardest part of this one is narrowing the selection!”

This is the third consecutive season that the RPO has showcased work from RoCo’s highly successful show and major fundraiser that began in 2008, officially called the International Small Art Exhibition. All 6x6 artworks are offered anonymously for sale to the public at $20 each. Once bought, the artist is revealed to the seller. Many local celebrities contribute works to the event, which also includes pieces from all over the US and more than 60 countries.

“All the artists who contribute to 6x6 are incredibly generous to RoCo, and we’re thrilled to again partner with RPO on the Bravo Awards,” adds RoCo Executive Director/Curator Bleu Cease. “The publication of the winning artworks on the Bravo covers is a fun way to share the 6x6 exhibition with the RPO's audience."

Works chosen by the RPO as Bravo Award winners are (in order of cover appearance):

1. Birch Grove 1 by Denise Hocking of Rochester (acrylics)
2. Field by Jane Notides-Benzing of Rochester (watercolor on paper)
3. Ribbons by Denise Fabrizio of Rochester (watercolor)
4. White Woods by Alice M. Styles of Rochester (watercolor)
5. Untitled by Megan Taylor of Anchorage, AK (mixed media, acrylic paint)
6. Wishes by Emily Newell of Lancaster, PA (acrylic)
7. Spring by Shana Sundstrom of San Jose, CA (mixed media collage)
8. Move to the Rhythm by Joya Gilchrist of Marletta, NC (acrylic paint and Sharpie)

Nearly 2,000 of the 2014 6x6 artworks have already been purchased; remaining works are still for sale. Works are on display at RoCo (137 East Avenue) through Sunday, July 13, 2014. Gallery hours are Wednesdays – Sundays, 1 – 5 p.m.; Fridays, 1 – 10 p.m. Admission is $2/free for members. Works are also viewable online at roco6x6.org.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) is a venue for the exchange of ideas and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that was founded in 1977. As a center for thoughtful contemporary art, RoCo provides unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists. For more information, please visit rochestercontemporary.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 included 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 of all eight works are available to download here: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B8FkJzlaIpThUkZfSjBYMXRWLUU&usp=sharing. Interviews and photo/footage opportunities can also be arranged.


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