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Make Holiday Memories with Your RPO

November 16, 2015

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For Immediate Release: November 16, 2015

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

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The Nutcracker, Home Alone, Gala Holiday Pops & Cirque Musica

Rochester, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) kicks off Rochester’s holiday season with The Nutcracker, led by Principal Conductor for Education and Community Engagement Michael Butterman (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair) on Wednesday, November 25 at 7 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE new date & time this year) and continues on Friday, November 27 at 2 & 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 28 at 2 & 7 p.m.; and Sunday, November 29 at 2 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. This year marks the 16th annual production featuring Rochester City Ballet (David Palmer, artistic director; Jamey Leverett, production artistic director) and the Bach Children's Chorus (Karla Krogstad, director). Tickets start at $24, $12 for children 12 and under.

“This is truly Rochester’s Nutcracker – performed by our world-class orchestra with Rochester’s only full-time, professional ballet company,” explains RPO VP of Marketing & Communications Katie Sejba. “This year, we’re hoping that our new Wednesday evening performance will allow even more families – especially those with out-of-town guests – to enjoy this special experience together.”

A first for Rochester, Home Alone with the RPO takes place one night only: Saturday, December 12 at 7 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. This 1990 Twentieth Century Fox holiday and family favorite is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and will play on the big screen while the orchestra performs its delightful score by John Williams, led by guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos. The Rochester Oratorio Society (Eric Townell, director) joins the fun, as eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) – who’s accidentally left behind when his family takes a Christmas vacation – defends his home from two bungling thieves. Tickets start at $24, $12 for children 12 and under.

The RPO’s 22nd annual Gala Holiday Pops will once again be led by its creator, Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, on Friday, December 18 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 19 at 2 & 8 p.m.; and Sunday, December 20 at 2 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Returning favorites the Festival High School Chorale (Amy Story and Harold McAulliffe, co-directors) and the Community Children's Chorus (Karla Krogstad, director) will be joined by RPO trumpet player Herb Smith on vocals, as well as the Kellogg-Bassett family: RPO musicians/married couple Mark Kellogg (principal trombone, The Austin E. Hildebrandt Chair), Joanna Bassett (flute) and their son Rob Kellogg (vocals). Tickets start at $22.

“We always like to feature our own RPO families in some way on this program,” says Maestro Tyzik. “It’s really our way of saying ‘Happy holidays from our family to yours.’”

Tyzik and the RPO will extend those holiday wishes with the first concert of the New Year, Cirque Musica, on Friday and Saturday, January 8 & 9 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. With an all-new show, Cirque Musica blends the jaw-dropping thrills of the world’s greatest cirque performers with stunning, live symphonic music. Tickets start at $22.

TICKETS for all of 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. The 2015/16 Philharmonics Series is sponsored by M&T Bank; the 2015/16 Pops Series is sponsored by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust and Fibertech Networks. First Niagara is the concert sponsor for December 19th’s Gala Holiday Pops. 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 (RPO) 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 22-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-res images for The Nutcracker are available at 2015 Nutcracker_credit Erich Camping, and other high-res images, interviews and photo/footage opportunities can be arranged.


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