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RPO 2015/16 SEASON FINALE WITH OLGA KERN JUNE 2 & 4

May 13, 2016

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For Immediate Release: May 13, 2016
Media Contacts:   Sally Cohen, 585-749-1795, sally@sallycohenpr.com
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RPO 2015/16 SEASON FINALE WITH OLGA KERN JUNE 2 & 4

July packed with 15 community concerts, most with Ward Stare

Tickets on sale Saturday for The Magical Music of Disney on July 23

PLUS: four free City of Rochester Summer Ensemble Performances

 

Rochester, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) will bring its 2015/16 season to a fittingly inspiring finale with Olga Kern Plays Rachmaninoff on Thursday June 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 4 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Conducted by Music Director Ward Stare, the concert will feature Van Cliburn Gold Medal winner and Rochester favorite Olga Kern on Rachmaninoff’s exuberant Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The opulent program also includes Rousell’s Bacchus and Ariadne Suite No. 2, Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances” from Prince Igor, and closes with Ravel’s revelatory Daphnis and Chloé Suite No. 2, featuring The Rochester Oratorio Society (Eric Townell, director). Tickets are start at $22 (students $10), 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.

The RPO’s Summer Season kicks off on Monday, July 4 at 9 p.m. with the traditional, free Independence Day Concert on Main Street Bridge, sponsored by the City of Rochester. Led by Music Director Ward Stare, the program will include Mayor Lovely Warren narrating James Beckel’s “Liberty for All,” which includes quotes from Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Patrick Henry and other notable Americans. Other patriotic favorites will be included, as will John Williams’ Raiders of the Lost Ark March, soprano Elena O'Connor singing Gershwin’s “Summertime,” and much more. The concert will be followed by the always “ah”-inspiring downtown fireworks display.

The City of Rochester also presents four, hour-long Summer Ensemble Performances at 6:30 p.m. in July, beginning on Tuesday, July 5 at Susan B. Anthony Square (39 King Street). The remainder of the free performances by small groups of RPO musicians are: Tuesday, July 12 at Mt. Hope Cemetery (1133 Mount Hope Avenue); Tuesday, July 19 at the intersection of Joseph and Clifford Avenues  (in conjunction with the Latino Festival, featuring Rochester Latino Theatre Company); and Tuesday, July 26 at Maplewood Rose Garden (Maplewood Drive at Seneca Parkway). All will have rain locations TBA. Please note: these performances do not feature the entire RPO.

On Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m., Monroe County sponsors the annual, free Concerts by the Shore: RPO at Ontario Beach. Ward Stare will conduct a program that features American and patriotic music, including Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik’s popular Armed Forces Salute.

Another perennial favorite, Summer Spectacular with Fireworks: RPO at Geneseo,will take place Friday, July 8 at 8:30 p.m. at SUNY Geneseo Saratoga Field (rain location: Wadsworth Auditorium). Ward Stare conducts, and tickets are available beginning this Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. online at rpo.org, by phone at (585) 454-2100, and at these area locations: Geneseo United Methodist Church, Central Presbyterian Church, David Mann’s Jewelers, Noreen’s Hallmark Gift Shop, and the John W. Chanler Agency (Livonia and Geneseo.) The concert is sponsored by The Chanler Family and the Gertrude Chanler RPO Fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation.

Already announced, RPO @ CMAC: Movies, Marches & America takes place Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m. at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua). Led by Ward Stare, the concert will highlight selections from blockbuster film scores, patriotic marches and American-themed music, followed by a stunning post-concert fireworks display over the CMAC lawn. Tickets range from $14-$44, and kids 18 and under are free under the shell (excluding table seating) and on the lawn (limit 2 kid tickets per 1 adult ticket purchased). Tickets may be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. The concert is sponsored by Constellation Brands.

The RPO performs at three area country clubs this July in its first Concert on the Green Series, each led by Music Director Ward Stare. On Sunday, July 10 at 5 p.m., it’s RPO at Penfield Country Club, hosted by Chris and Elaine Pipa; tickets are $150 per person. On Thursday, July 14 at 6 p.m., RPO at Oak Hill Country Club is $250 per person, hosted by Doug and Diana Phillips. And on Sunday, July 17 at 5 p.m., RPO at Country Club of Rochester, hosted by Jon and Kathy Schumacher, is $200 per person. Registration and sponsorship information is available for all three Concerts on the Green by calling (585) 399-3650.

The RPO takes to the field on Friday, July 15 at 8:30 p.m. for Play Ball! RPO at Frontier Field following the 6:05 game versus Norfolk and including post-concert fireworks. Admission is free with game ticket, available at redwingsbaseball.com or by calling 585-423-WING. Ward Stare leads an eclectic program of favorite patriotic, baseball and Beatles music, sponsored by Monroe County.

It’s back into Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre for a summer blockbuster on Saturday, July 23 at 7 p.m. with The Magical Music of Disney. Guest conductor Matthew Kraemer conducts music from some of the most famous and beloved movie scores ever – including Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Lion King and more – with Disney film clips projected on the big screen above the orchestra. Tickets start at $19 and will be available this Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. 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.

The RPO returns to Temple B’rith Kodesh (2131 Elmwood Avenue) for the temple/RPO summer rehearsal space’s 22nd annual fundraiser on Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.  General admission tickets to The RPO @ TBK are $25 in advance/$30 at the door, $10 for students, and free of charge for children under 13 accompanied by an adult. Preferred and reserved tickets are available for an additional cost. Tickets may be purchased in person at the TBK office or by calling (585) 244-7060. Matthew Kraemer conducts, and a free reception follows the concert.

The Fulton Chain of Lakes Performing Arts Council once again presents An Evening with the Symphony: RPO at Inlet under the tent at beautiful Arrowhead Park in Inlet, NY on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. Matthew Kraemer conducts a program that features violinist William Knuth on John Williams’ Theme from Schindler’s List and his arrangement of Gardel’s “Por Un Cabeza” tango. Tickets are $30 ($25 if purchased before July 1)/$15 for children under 16, with lawn seating for $10 (weather permitting, bring chairs). There’s also a free Children’s Concert at 3 p.m. that will feature two RPO ensembles. 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).

In addition to RPO and RPO ensemble performances in July, the Rochester Philharmonic League (RPL) presents Young Artists in Concert – A Celebration of Winners on Sunday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Eastman School of Music’s Hatch Recital Hall. The free, public recital will feature the RPL’s award and scholarship winners from its 61st annual Young Artist Auditions, which took place in March. Please note that this performance does not feature the RPO.

RPO 2016 Summer Calendar:  *Denotes Music Director Ward Stare conducting

Monday, July 4 at 9 PM, Independence Day Concert on Main Street Bridge, free*

Tuesday, July 5 at 6:30 PM, Summer Ensemble Performance, Susan B. Anthony Square, free

Wed., July 6 at 7:30 PM:  Concert by the Shore: RPO at Ontario Beach, free*

Friday, July 8 at 8:30 PM:  Summer Spectacular with Fireworks: RPO at Geneseo, SUNY Geneseo*

Saturday, July 9 at 8 PM:  RPO @ CMAC: Movies, Marches & America Patriotic Salute, CMAC*

Sunday, July 10 at 5 PM: RPO at Penfield Country Club*

Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30 PM, Summer Ensemble Performance, Mt. Hope Cemetery, free

Thursday, July 14 at 6 PM: RPO at Oak Hill Country Club*

Friday, July 15 at 8:30 PM: Play Ball! RPO at Frontier Field, free with game ticket*

Sunday, July 17 at 5 PM: RPO at Country Club of Rochester*

Tuesday, July 19 at 6:30 PM, Summer Ensemble Performance, Joseph and Clifford Avenues, free

Saturday, July 23 at 7 PM: The Magical Music of Disney, Kodak Hall

Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 PM, Summer Ensemble Performance, Maplewood Rose Garden, free

Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 PM:  RPO at Temple B’rith Kodesh

Fri., July 29 at 7:30 PM: An Evening with the Symphony, Inlet, NY

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 200,000 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 position of its kind in the country—the RPO reaches more than 13,000 children through its specific programs for school-aged children.

Media please note: high-resolution images are available, and interviews as well as photo/footage opportunities can be arranged.

 

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