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2014/2015 RPO season opens September 12 and 18

August 18, 2014

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For Immediate Release: August 18, 2013
Media Contacts:   Sally Cohen, 585-749-1795, sally@sallycohenpr.com
RPO Info:  rpo.org, facebook.com/RochesterPhilharmonic, twitter.com/RochesterPhil, rochesterphilharmonic.blogspot.com


Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik opens Pops, Sept. 12 & 13
Music Director Ward Stare & Midori open Phils, Sept. 18 & 20
~Stare returns to conduct Oct. 2 & 4 with Jeremy Denk~

Rochester, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) opens its 92nd season, presented by Dawn & Jacques Lipson, next month, beginning with the start of the 2014/15 Pops Series (sponsored by Canandaigua National Bank and Trust and Fibertech Networks) on Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. RPO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik will lead Broadway’s Golden Age and Beyond, featuring vocalists Lisa Vroman and Doug LaBrecque. These Broadway veterans and RPO favorites will perform an entertaining mix of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, plus modern standards from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Marvin Hamlisch.

The following week is the RPO’s official Season Opener with the kickoff of the 2014/15 Philharmonics Series (sponsored by M&T Bank) on Thursday and Saturday, September 18 and 20 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. (Please note the later-than-usual start time on Thursday the 18th).  Recently appointed RPO Music Director Ward Stare will conduct Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and Berlioz’s Beatrice and Benedict Overture. International superstar Midori* joins the RPO for Brahms’ famous Violin Concerto.

In addition, Ward Stare will return to Kodak Hall in Eastman Theatre to conduct the second Philharmonics concert of the season on Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 4 at 8 p.m.  Featuring Berlioz’s tour-de-force Symphonie fantastique and Saint-Saëns’ Danse macabre, the program also includes international sensation and Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year, Jeremy Denk, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Previously scheduled guest conductor Jun Märkl has graciously offered the new music director this second opportunity to continue building a relationship with the RPO musicians. Märkl will return to the RPO as a guest conductor in a future season. (No action is needed from patrons who already have tickets).

Tickets for all of the above concerts start at $23, and may be purchased in person at the Eastman Theatre Box Office (433 East Main Street) and at all Wegmans That’s T.H.E. Ticket! locations, by phone at (585) 454-2100, or online at rpo.org.

A few tickets remain to the Opening Night Pre-Concert Celebration on Thursday, September 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Penthouse at One East Avenue. They are $175 per person ($100 tax deductible) and include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, live music and a meet-and-greet with Ward Stare. To make a reservation, please contact Steve House at (585) 454-7311 x 249, shouse@rpo.org; or Judith Lemoncelli at (585) 454-7311 x 238, jlemoncelli@rpo.org.

“This is indeed a time of celebration for the RPO and for Rochester, as we head into a new chapter in the Orchestra’s 92-year history,” says RPO President & CEO Charles Owens. “This season will be a time for engagement and planning for our new music director, as well as an exciting season for our patrons. We not only debut our five ‘special’ concerts—Video Games LiveTM, Beyond the Score®: Scheherazade, Kaddish, Audra McDonald and La Traviata in Concert—but our Phils, Pops, Sunday Matinee and OrKIDStra series truly have something for everyone.”

The remaining 2014 concerts are as follows (concerts in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre unless noted; please visit rpo.org for a complete 2014/15 season listing):

9/21, 2pm, Sunday Matinee at Hochstein Performance Hall: The Passion of Patriotism
Francesco Lecce-Chong, guest conductor; Roberts Wesleyan College Choral (David Chin, director)

10/9, 7:30pm & 10/11, 8pm: An American in Paris
Jeffrey Kahane, guest conductor and piano

10/19, 2pm, OrKIDStra at Hochstein Performance Hall: Superheroes and Heroines
Matthew Kraemer, guest conductor

10/23, 7:30pm & 10/25, 8 pm: Mozart & Prokofiev
Case Scaglione, guest conductor; Matthew McDonald, bassoon (The Ron and Donna Fielding Chair)

10/31 & 11/1, 8pm: Phantom of the Opera Silent Film

Donald Hunsberger, guest conductor

11/2, 2pm, Sunday Matinee at Hochstein Performance Hall: Portraits of Film Music
Michael Butterman, conductor

11/6, 7:30pm & 11/8, 8pm: Brahms & Rachmaninoff
Christoph König, guest conductor; Douglas Humpherys, piano

11/13, 7:30pm & 11/15, 8pm: Van Cliburn Gold & Mozart’s “Jupiter”
José Luis Gomez, guest conductor; Vadym Kholodenko, piano

11/21, 8 pm: Video Games LiveTM
Emmanuel Fratianni, guest conductor

11/22, 8 pm:  Beyond the Score®: Scheherazade
Alexander Mickelthwate, guest conductor

11/28, 29 & 30, 2 & 7pm: The Nutcracker
Michael Butterman, conductor; Rochester City Ballet (Jamey Leverett, artistic director); Bach Children’s Chorus (Karla Krogstad, director)

12/13, 7:30pm: Handel’s Messiah
James Feddeck, guest conductor; Rochester Oratorio Society (Eric Townell, director)

12/14, 2pm, Hochstein Performance Hall: The Snowman

12/19 & 20, 8 pm; 12/20 & 21, 2 pm: Gala Holiday Pops
Michael Butterman, conductor; Festival High School Chorale (Amy Story and Harold McAulliffe, co-directors)

*More about Midori:  Since her debut at the age of 11 with the New York Philharmonic 31 years ago, violinist Midori has established a record of achievement that sets her apart. She founded Midori & Friends, a nonprofit organization that brings music education programs to thousands of underserved children each year, as well as Music Sharing, Partners in Performance and her Orchestra Residencies Program. She has an extensive catalogue of recordings, including new recordings with the NDR Symphony and conductor Christoph Eschenbach in a rare recording of the Hindemith violin concerto, and a recital program with pianist Özgür Aydin in works by Shostakovich, Janácek and Bloch. Other 2013-14 season highlights included her first performances in Iceland, India and Africa; the UK premiere at the BBC Proms of Peter Eötvös' new violin concerto DoReMi; and multiple engagements with major orchestras throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia (www.GoToMidori.com).

Season sponsors in addition to those already mentioned include Wendy’s (OrKIDStra series); County of Monroe; City of Rochester; NYSCA; The Alfred Davis and Brunhilde Knapp Artists Performance Fund; The Mozart Performance Fund: Sarah D. Atkinson, M.D. and Steven Hess; Katherine T. and Jon L. Schumacher Orchestra Musician Soloist Fund; the Haskell Rosenberg Memorial Fund for Opera; the Gouvernet Arts Fund; the Elaine P. & Richard U. Wilson Foundation; and KeyBank.
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 approximately 150 concerts and broadcasts a year, serving up to 200,000 people through ticketed events, education and community engagement activities, and concerts in schools and community centers throughout the region. Recently appointed 12th Music Director Ward Stare joins the ranks of former notable RPO music directors, including 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 Community Engagement (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair) – the first position of its kind in the country – the RPO reaches more than 13,000 children through its specific programs for school-aged children.

Media please note:  High-resolution images for Phils concerts are available at:  https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B8FkJzlaIpThcVY4TS1ScWhlcDQ&usp=sharing; Pops at: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B8FkJzlaIpThNUxERDVDUkdmM0k&usp=sharing. Interviews and photo and footage opportunities can also be arranged.



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