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RPO Plays at Genesee Country Museum Birthday Celebration

July 10, 2006

Monroe County sponsors free RPO concert at living museum

Rochester, NY– The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra helps to celebrate the 30th birthday of the Genesee Country Village & Museum in a free concert on Sunday, July 30 at 2 p.m. at the Exhibition Hall at the Museum (1410 Flint Hill Road in Mumford, NY). Sponsored by the County of Monroe, and conducted by Michael Butterman, Principal Conductor for Education and Outreach (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair), this concert features music chosen to reflect the Americana flavor and 19th-century culture and times of the Museum.

One of the program highlights is Pleasant Valley Suite, written by RPO Principal Pops Conductor and composer Jeff Tyzik. This work was a special request, having been written for the 25th birthday of the Genesee Country Village & Museum. Other works to be included are John Williams’ The Cowboys Overture from the soundtrack to the 1941 film “The Cowboys;” Copland’s “Prairie Night” and “Celebration Dance” from the composer’s ballet Billy the Kid; Mississippi Suite by Ferde Grofe; Chicken Reel by Leroy Anderson; and Ervin T. Rouse’s Orange Blossom Special, inspired by the railway train of the same name.

The concert is free to the public. Museum admission to tour the Historic Village is $14 (with discounts for students and seniors). For more information, call (585) 538-6822.

The Genesee Country Village & Museum is the largest living history museum in New York, and one of the largest in the nation. Each of the 68 19th-century buildings has been moved to the site, restored to original condition and furnished with period furniture and decorative arts. Visitors strolling through the buildings are informed by “villagers” in period dress about 1800s Genesee Country and American life. Live demonstrations of crafts and tasks of the 19th century take place every day, including blacksmithing, cooking, spinning, tending the gardens and much more.

Now in its 83rd season, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s mission is to perform and present a broad range of quality music; attract, entertain and educate audiences with superior musical performances; maintain and build the Orchestra’s national reputation; and enhance the reputation of the Rochester community as a place in which to live, work, play, visit and learn.

RPO performances are made possible in part with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; the State of New York; the County of Monroe; the City of Rochester; and American Airlines, the official airline of the RPO.


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