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RPO adds free Summer Around the Town Concerts

June 29, 2015

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City of Rochester sponsors four outdoor Neighborhood Ensemble Concerts June 30-July 21

Reminder: Ward Stare conducts 10 summer concerts this July


Rochester, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and the City of Rochester invite the community to four free Around the Town Neighborhood Ensemble Concerts on Tuesday evenings in June and July. The outdoor, family-friendly events will take place from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in city neighborhoods, and attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to these musical summer evenings. In the event of rain, concerts will be cancelled.


  • Tuesday, June 30: Mount Hope Cemetery (1133 Mt. Hope Avenue), featuring an RPO woodwind quartet
  • Tuesday, July 7: Maplewood Rose Garden Pavilion (24 Driving Park Avenue), featuring an RPO string quartet
  • Tuesday, July 14: Franklin High School Campus (950 Norton Street), featuring an RPO ensemble TBD
  • Tuesday, July 21: Susan B. Anthony Square (39 King Street), featuring the RPO Brass Quintet

More details will be available at rpo.org/s_1/s_81/Community_Concerts/ or call (585) 428-6690.


In addition, the  RPO’s 2015 Summer Season, presented by The Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation, will sizzle with ten concerts conducted by Music Director Ward Stare, starting with Patriotic Salute with Ward Stare & the RPO at CMAC (Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424) on Friday, July 3 at 8 p.m.  A stunning fireworks display will follow the program of patriotic favorites, including Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Sponsored by Constellation Brands, tickets are $10-$39, with kids 18 and under free (excludes table seating; limit two free kids’ tickets for each adult ticket purchased). Tickets may be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.


Next up is the City of Rochester’s annual, free Independence Day Concert on Saturday, July 4 at 9 p.m. on the Main Street Bridge. Maestro Stare will conduct a program of patriotic favorites followed by the always “ah”-inspiring downtown fireworks display.


On Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m., Ward Stare will conduct Concerts by the Shore: RPO at Ontario Beach, a free concert sponsored by Monroe County, featuring a program of light classics and popular Broadway and film music.


The following evening, Thursday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m., Stare conducts the 21st annual RPO at Temple B’rith Kodesh concert. Led by Stare and presented by and at Temple B’rith Kodesh (2131 Elmwood Avenue), the fundraiser will feature rising Pittsford Mendon High School senior and pianist Vivian Yu, the Rochester Philharmonic League’s 2015 Young Artist Auditions’ Special Award Winner. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, or $50 for reserved seating; available by emailing info@tbk.org or calling 585-244-7060, ext. 227.


Another annual tradition, sponsored by the Chanler Family and the Gertrude Chanler RPO Fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation, follows on Friday, July 10 at 8:30 p.m.  RPO at Geneseo: Summer Spectacular with Fireworks takes place at SUNY Geneseo on Saratoga Field with post-concert fireworks (rain location: Wadsworth Auditorium). Ward Stare conducts. Advance tickets are $10 for adults/$5 for kids and students, and are available at: rpo.org or 585-454-2100, Geneseo United Methodist Church, Central Presbyterian Church, David Mann’s Jewelers, Noreen’s Hallmark Gift Shop, and John W. Chanler Agency (Livonia and Geneseo). Tickets at the door will be $12/$6.


A special 2015 summer celebration, RPO at Penfield Country Club (1784 Jackson Rd., 14526), takes place on Sunday, July 12 at 7 p.m. The ticketed event will feature a dinner and outdoor concert conducted by Maestro Stare. Sponsors include Christopher and Elaine Pipa, Penfield Country Club, PIMCO, Morgan Stanley, and Culligan.


Let’s Play Ball! RPO at Frontier Field on Friday, July 17 at 6:05 p.m. (game) and 8:30 p.m. (concert). Not only will Ward Stare conduct the post-concert game, but he’ll throw out the first pitch! Fireworks follow the Monroe County-sponsored concert, and admission is free with game ticket. For tickets, visit redwingsbaseball.com or call 585-423-WING (9464).


The Fulton Chain of Lakes Performing Arts Council once again presents An Evening with the Symphony under the tent at beautiful Arrowhead Park in Inlet, NY on Friday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. Ward Stare conducts. Tickets are $30/$15 for children under 16, with lawn seating for $10 (weather permitting, bring chairs). Find ticket and other information at http://inletny.com/wp/?page_id=4950, or at the Inlet Information Office (160 State Route 28 at Arrowhead Park, 315-357-5501, info@InletNY.com).


A couple of free concerts round out the RPO’s 2015 Summer Season with Ward Stare: the Town of Perinton presents RPO in Perinton on Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Patricia S. Knapp Amphitheater in Center Park (1100 Ayrault Road, 14450), sponsored by Van Bortel; and RPO at Nazareth College on Sunday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Callahan Theatre at Nazareth College Arts Center (4245 East Avenue, 14618). Tickets, required for the free Nazareth concert, will be available beginning May 18 by phone only: 585-454-2100.


RPO 2015 with Ward Stare Summer Calendar: 

Fri., July 3 at 8 PM:  Patriotic Salute with Ward Stare & the RPO, CMAC

Sat., July 4 at 9 PM:  Independence Day Concert, Main St. Bridge, free

Wed., July 8 at 7:30 PM:  Concert by the Shore, Ontario Beach Park, free

Thurs., July 9 at 7:30 PM:  RPO at Temple B’rith Kodesh

Fri., July 10 at 8:30 PM:  RPO at Geneseo: Summer Spectacular with Fireworks, SUNY Geneseo

Sun., July 12 at 7 PM: RPO at Penfield Country Club

Fri., July 17 at 6:05 PM: Play Ball! RPO at Frontier Field, free with game ticket

Fri., July 24 at 7:30 PM: An Evening with the Symphony, Inlet, NY

Sat., July 25 at 7:30 PM:  RPO in Perinton, Patricia S. Knapp Amphitheatre, free

Sun., July 26 at 7:30 PM:  RPO at Nazareth College, Nazareth College Arts Center, free


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 170,000 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 12,000 children through its specific programs for school-aged children.



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