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Jeff Tyzik & RPO Celebrate Wegmans’ Centennial

June 30, 2016

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For Immediate Release:  June 30, 2016
Media Contact:   Sally Cohen, 585-749-1795, sally@sallycohenpr.com
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Jeff Tyzik & RPO Celebrate Wegmans’ Centennial
Tyzik’s “Honor” will premiere at Ontario Beach July 6


Rochester, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) will debut Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik’s “Honor,” a composition written to celebrate Wegmans Food Markets’ 100th anniversary this year, on Wednesday, July 6 at this year’s RPO at Ontario Beach concert. The free 7:30 p.m. concert is part of the Concerts by the Shore series, sponsored by Wegmans, Monroe County and the Ontario Beach Park Program Committee (OBPPC), and will be conducted by RPO Music Director Ward Stare. The program will feature American and patriotic music, including Tyzik’s popular Armed Forces Salute.

“The Wegman family has contributed so much to the Rochester community through their generosity and support of numerous programs that are of great benefit to our region,” said Tyzik. “I chose the title because it sums up how I feel about this opportunity to celebrate Wegmans and recognize them for all they’ve done to ‘give their best’ to the Rochester community over the past 100 years.

The four-minute piece starts with a slow statement of the main theme followed by an energetic fanfare. The fanfare transitions into a driving rhythm with the main theme flowing over this rhythmic base. Then, the fanfare returns with a flourish and an exciting ending.

“Partnering with the RPO for the past 20 years has been a privilege,” said Mary Ellen Burris, Wegmans senior vice president of consumer affairs. “Together, our efforts have made Rochester a better place to live and we are flattered to be recognized with this gift of music from Jeff and the RPO.”

“Honor” will be played again at various other RPO concerts this summer, as well as at Wegmans’ annual, private Gala Holiday Pops with Jeff Tyzik in December. The RPO will celebrate its centennial in 2022.

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

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

Tues., July 5 at 6:30 PM, ATT* Neighborhood Ensemble Concert, Susan B. Anthony Square, free

Wednesday, 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, ATT* Neighborhood Ensemble Concert, 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, ATT* Neighborhood Ens. Concert, Joseph and Clifford Avenues, free

Thursday, July 21 at 2:30 & 7 PM, Pro/Am Side-by-Side Orchestra Reading Sessions, Kodak Hall

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

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

(ATT* = Around the Town)

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

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 89-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

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