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Jeff Tyzik renews contract through 25th season

October 02, 2015

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For Immediate Release: October 2, 2015

Media Contacts:   Sally Cohen, 585-749-1795, sally@sallycohenpr.com

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Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time with Tyzik Oct. 23 & 24

Sunday Matinees kick off on Oct. 25 with four RPO soloists

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy on Oct. 29


Rochester, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) announces that Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik’s contract has been renewed for another three seasons (2016/17, 2017/18, and 2018/19), which will take him through his 25th season with the orchestra.

“I have always been inspired to do my best as a conductor, arranger, composer and producer of our pops season, and I'm honored and excited to continue with my beloved Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra,” says Maestro Tyzik, who also serves as Principal Pops Conductor for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle, Detroit and Oregon Symphonies, and the Florida Orchestra. “This orchestra is on an artistic upswing, and I look forward to collaborating with my friends, Ward Stare and Michael Butterman, as we work together to keep the RPO a strong and essential artistic pillar of the Rochester community."

A Grammy Award winner for his work with trumpeter Doc Severinsen, Tyzik is one of America’s most innovative and sought-after pops conductors, recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. He has written more than 200 arrangements, orchestrations and compositions for the RPO. This May, he will premiere a new violin concerto written for RPO Concertmaster Juliana Athayde on the Philharmonics Series (May 5 & 7, 2016).

Tyzik opened the 2015/16 Pops Series – sponsored by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust and Fibertech Networks – on September 11 & 12 with An Evening with Megan Hilty, and will conduct its second program as well on Friday and Saturday, October 23 & 24 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre: Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time. Incorporating live music with big-screen video from favorite Disney films old and new, the orchestra and guest vocalists Lisa Livesay, Whitney Claire Kaufman, Andrew Johnson and Aaron Phillips will bring favorite movie memories to life. Tickets start at $22.

Principal Conductor for Education and Engagement Michael Butterman (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair) opens the 2015/16 Sunday Matinee Series on Sunday, October 25 at 2 p.m. at the Performance Hall at Hochstein with Brahms & Haydn. Four RPO soloists will be featured: Concertmaster Juliana Athayde (The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair), cellist Lars Kirvan, Principal Oboe Erik Behr (The Dr. Jacques M. Lipson Chair) and Principal Bassoon Matthew McDonald (The Ron and Donna Fielding Chair). The program includes Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante, and Brahms’ Serenade No. 2. Tickets are $25/$10 students.

October closes with the RPO’s first Special Concert of the 2015/16 season: Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. For one night only, Rochester will experience the entertainment phenomenon that has thrilled audiences all over the world. Led by Grammy Award-winning conductor Arnie Roth, with vocalist Susan Calloway and guest chorus Madrigalia, the program features Japanese video game composer Nobuo Uematsu’s music from all 14 games and an HD video presentation of exclusive content from game developers SQUARE ENIX.  The concert’s promotional partner is The Strong National Museum of Play’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. Tickets start at $22.

TICKETS for the above concerts 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.

The RPO’s 93rd season is presented by Dawn and Jacques Lipson. RPO performances are also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional sponsors include Monroe County; the City of Rochester; the Alfred Davis and Brunhilde Knapp Artists Performance Fund; the Mozart Performance Fund: Sarah D. Atkinson, M.D. and Steven Hess; City Newspaper; Kids Out And About.com; WARM 101.3; the Katherine T. and Jon L. Schumacher Orchestra Musician Soloist Fund.

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 160 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 21-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 endowed position of its kind in the country – the RPO reaches more than 12,000 children through its specific programs for school-aged children.

Media please note: High-resolution images for Jeff Tyzik and the 2015/16 season are available, and interviews as well as photo and footage opportunities can be arranged.



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