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Fight cabin fever this February with your RPO

January 08, 2016

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Free, live 2016/17 Season Announcement concert event Feb. 9

Aaron Jay Kernis world premiere; Heart and Soul for Valentine’s Day + more

Rochester, NY – A highlight of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO)’s cabin-fever-fighting February will no doubt be its 2016/17 Season Announcement on Tuesday, February 9 at 8 p.m. at  Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Led by Music Director Ward Stare and featuring the entire orchestra on stage, this live concert event was a huge hit when it debuted last February. Once again, the community is invited to attend this FREE preview of the RPO’s upcoming season, although advance tickets are required. Those interested should reserve their general admission seating as soon as possible by calling (585) 454-2100 or by visiting the Eastman Theatre Box Office at 433 East Main Street. Next season subscriptions will go on sale immediately following the announcement.

The month kicks off with Stare Conducts Beethoven 4 on Thursday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 6 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. In addition to Beethoven’s infectious fourth symphony and Haydn’s sunny Symphony No. 67, the concert features a world premiere by one of the most prolific American composers of our time, Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron Jay Kernis. Joining the RPO for his commissioned Flute Concerto will be Marina Piccinini, called the “Heifetz of the flute” by Gramophone. Tickets start at $22.

For the first time, Maestro Stare will also conduct this year’s Primary Education Concerts, held Monday and Tuesday, February 8 and 9 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Each year, the RPO offers a series of performances for first-through-third graders, and thousands of area children get their first chance to hear live symphonic music, at little or no cost. They learn how the different families of instruments come together to make an orchestra and how the musicians work together as a team to make music. This year’s concerts are supported by the Glover-Crask Charitable Trust and Monroe County.

Next up is the perfect Valentine’s date night: Heart and Soul, a romantic concert created by Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, on Friday and Saturday, February 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. American Idol vocalist Michael Lynche will melt hearts with love songs made famous by Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, and James Brown. Tickets start at $22.

On Thursday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m., guest conductor Günther Herbig returns to lead Mozart 29 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. RPO bass trombonist
Jeffrey Gray will be spotlighted in a concerto written by Eastman School of Music alumnus Eric Ewazen, bookended by Schumann’s enchanting symphonic panorama, Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish,” and one of Mozart’s greatest early symphonies, Symphony No. 29, written when the composer was just 18 years old. This concert is made possible by The Mozart Performance Fund: Sarah D. Atkinson, M.D. and Steven Hess. Tickets start at $22.

Wrapping up this leap-year February is Royal Fireworks Music on Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m. at the Performance Hall at Hochstein. Guest conductor Daniel Meyer will lead an afternoon of inspiring and uplifting Baroque masterworks, including Handel’s ever-popular Royal Fireworks Music and the flashy vocal pyrotechnics of Bach’s Cantata No. 51. RPO Principal Trumpet Douglas Prosser (The Elaine P. Wilson Chair) and soprano Lianne Coble are featured artists. Tickets are $25.

TICKETS for the above concerts may be purchased in person at the Eastman Theatre Box Office (433 East Main St.) and at all Wegmans That’s T.H.E. Ticket! locations, by phone at (585) 454-2100, or online at rpo.org. Available student ticket prices can be found at RPO Student Tickets.

The RPO’s 93rd season is presented by Dawn and Jacques Lipson. The 2015/16 Philharmonics Series is sponsored by M&T Bank; the 2015/16Pops Series is sponsored by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust and Lightower. 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; 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.


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