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May opens with World-Premiere Tyzik

April 12, 2016

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For Immediate Release: April 12, 2016
Media Contact:  Sally Cohen, 585-749-1795, sally@sallycohenpr.com
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2016 TINY TOTS Education Concerts: Alien Encounter 
Pops, OrKIDStra, Sunday Matinee & RPYO seasons close this month

Rochester, NY – World-Premiere Tyzik opens a very busy month of May for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) on Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.  

Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik’s new Jazz Concerto for Violin and Orchestra was written especially for RPO Concertmaster Juliana Athadye (The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair). Divided into four movements – Roots, San Miguel, Paris on that Misty Night, and Burn – the piece is also a crossover between jazz and classical music styles.

“Juliana is a gifted violinist who is an extraordinary classical musician. She is also a true jazz musician who understands the unique performance styles associated with this genre,” Tyzik explains. “It was a pleasure to collaborate with her on this musical journey. She had great ideas and suggestions that I incorporated into this concerto, and I also learned new things from her about writing for the violin.” 

Another program highlight will be Astor Piazzolla’s trailblazing Tangazo, with its jazzy nuevo tango brought to life by dancers from Rochester City Ballet (David Palmer, artistic director) with choreography by Jamey Leverett. The scintillating concerts will also include Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story, as well as contemporary Mexican composer Arturo Marquez’ Danzon No. 2. 

The Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (RPYO) closes its 2015/16 season on Sunday, May 15 at 3 p.m. in Roberts Wesleyan College’s Hale Auditorium with Russian Dissension. Music Director James Mick will conduct the premier teen orchestra in Sibelius’ Finlandia and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 (mvts. 1, 2 & 4). RPYO Concerto Competition winners will also be featured:  Sean Bessette (bass trombone) on Spillman’s Bass Trombone Concerto (mvt. 1), and Jonathan Fenwick on Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 (mvt. 1). Tickets are $10.

The RPO’s annual Tiny Tots education concerts for pre-school and kindergartners take place May 17-19 in various community locations. The 40-minute programs introduce children to the instrumental families of the orchestra as well as some basic musical concepts, and are open to 3-6 year olds who are part of a day care, nursery school or kindergarten classroom. This year’s program, Alien Encounter, features out-of-this world narration by a costumed James Van Demark, renowned double bass virtuoso and Eastman School of Music professor. RPO Principal Conductor for Education and Community Engagement Michael Butterman (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair) will conduct. This year’s Tiny Tots are sponsored by Manning & Napier. Registrations are still open for the following concerts at http://www.rpo.org/p_1842/?cal=1:

  • Tuesday, May 17 at 9:45 and 11:15 a.m., Franklin High School
  • Wednesday, May 18 at 9:45 and 11:15 a.m., Browncroft Community Church
  • Thursday, May 19 at 10:15 a.m., Churchville-Chili High School

The 2015/16 OrKIDStra season also finishes up this month with The Magic of Animation on Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. at the Performance Hall at Hochstein, with hands-on activities beginning at 1 p.m. This entertaining but educational concert features author/illustrator William Joyce’s The Numberlys in its award-winning short film version.  Five jaunty heroes set out to create the alphabet out of numbers, accompanied live by the RPO with Principal Conductor for Education and Community Engagement Michael Butterman. Plus, newly-created animated films by local filmmakers will showcase classical music’s best-known works. Tickets are $16/$10 for children.

Also closing in May is the 2015/16 Pops Season, with a brand new program – A Night at the Cotton Club II – created and conducted by Jeff Tyzik. On Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, audiences will travel back in time to the Roaring Twenties and Harlem’s hippest club, where musical giants like Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway defined the Jazz Age. The RPO’s virtuosic guest artists include trumpeter Byron Stripling, tap dancer Ted Louis Levy, vocalist Miche (pronounced “Mickey”) Braden and drummer Robert Breithaupt. This concert is sponsored in part by RG&E and Rochester Regional Health.

The final RPO Sunday Matinee until next fall is Vaughan Williams and Beethoven on Sunday, May 29 at 2 p.m. at the Performance Hall at Hochstein. Michael Butterman conducts a program that features RPO violinist Thomas Rodgers on what was recently voted Britain’s favorite work: Vaughan Williams’ luminous portrait of a skylark in flight, The Lark Ascending. Principal Flute Rebecca Gilbert (The Charlotte Whitney Allen Chair) will be featured on former Deep Purple keyboard player Jon Lord’s six-movement suite, To Notice Such Things. The program concludes with Beethoven’s jocular Symphony No. 8. Tickets are $25.  

TICKETS for the above concerts, except where noted, start at $22, and 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 Networks. 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; and 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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