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2015-16 M&T Philharmonics Series

Thursday (7:30 PM) or Saturday (8 PM)
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

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1. Season Opener: Ward Stare Conducts Pines of Rome

Sept. 17 & 19
Ward Stare, conductor

DUKAS  The Sorcerer's Apprentice
TCHAIKOVSKY  Francesca da Rimini
BARBER  Adagio for Strings
RESPIGHI  Pines of Rome

From the exploits of a would-be wizard to the breathtaking sights and sounds of Rome, Ward Stare’s inaugural season starts with four unforgettable sonic showpieces. This musical kaleidoscope includes one of the most beautiful pieces ever written in Barber’s heart-wrenching elegy, and is crowned by the shimmering colors and triumphant finale of Respighi’s symphonic poem.
2. Ward Stare Conducts Sibelius 2

Oct. 1 & 3
Ward Stare, conductor
W. Peter Kurau, horn The Cricket and Frank Luellen Chair

  Four Scottish Dances
BRITTEN  Serenade for Tenor, Horn, & Strings
SIBELIUS  Symphony No. 2

It emerges from a hushed, Nordic calm and ends with a triumphant roar: be there as Ward Stare leads Sibelius' best loved symphony, a towering musical journey that's guaranteed to leave you uplifted. This all-20th-century program also features a haunting masterwork by Britten that spotlights the RPO’s Principal Horn.
3. Seaman Conducts Brahms 4

Oct. 15 & 17
Christopher Seaman, Conductor Laureate
    The Christopher Seaman Chair, Supported by Barbara and Patrick Fulford and The Conductor Laureate Society
Christopher O'Riley, piano

DEBUSSY  "Iberia" from Images
MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 22
BRAHMS  Symphony No. 4

Welcome back the RPO’s beloved Conductor Laureate for Brahms’ fourth and final symphony, a masterful blend of old and new by a brilliant symphonist at the height of his artistry. Audiences will recognize O’Riley as the multifaceted host of NPR’s From the Top; he brings his formidable piano skills and “infectious passion” (Los Angeles Times) to Mozart’s concerto.

Mozart's Piano Concerto is made possible by The Mozart Performance Fund: Sarah D. Atkinson, M.D. and Steven Hess
4. Stare Conducts Romeo and Juliet

Nov. 19 & 21
Ward Stare, conductor
Simone Porter, violin
Eastman-Rochester Chorus, William Weinert, director

WAGNER  Prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS  Toward the Unknown Region
BARBER  Violin Concerto
PROKOFIEV  Romeo and Juliet excerpts

Star-crossed lovers and feuding families come to life in a blistering musical drama that captures all the innocence and simmering brutality of Shakespeare’s timeless tale. Fresh off her LA Philharmonic debut, 18-year-old prodigy Porter performs one of the most beautiful violin concertos in the repertoire.
5. Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique"

Jan. 14 & 16
Fabien Gabel, guest conductor
Julie Albers, cello
Karen Gomyo, violin

BRAHMS  Concerto for Violin and Cello
TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”

No music mines the depths of the human experience more completely than Tchaikovsky’s final symphony. Guest conductor Fabien Gabel returns to lead this transcendent, darkly Romantic masterwork, known for its haunting conclusion. And, you’ll get two-times the virtuosity with the witty musical dialogue of Brahms’ sparkling “Double Concerto."
6. Stare Conducts Beethoven 4

Feb. 4 & 6
Ward Stare, conductor
Marina Piccinini, flute

HAYDN  Symphony No. 67
AARON JAY KERNIS  Flute Concerto (Premiere commission)
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 4

Unbridled energy surges through an infectious symphony that showcases Beethoven at his most debonair. “The Heifetz of the flute” (Gramophone) joins the RPO for a world premiere by one of the most prolific American composers of our time, Pulitzer Prize–winner Aaron Jay Kernis. The evening begins with a sunny, effervescent gem by one of the founding fathers of the symphony.
7. Mozart 29

Feb. 25 & 27
Günther Herbig, guest conductor
Jeffrey Gray, bass trombone

MOZART  Symphony No. 29
ERIC EWAZEN  Bass Trombone Concerto
SCHUMANN  Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”

Schumann’s wanderlust leads from the rustic German countryside to the awe-inspiring heights of Cologne Cathedral in this enchanting symphonic panorama, inspired by the beauty of the Rhineland. The RPO’s bass trombonist is spotlighted in a concerto by Eastman School of Music alumnus Eric Ewazen. The program kicks off with the intimate grace of one of Mozart’s greatest early symphonies, written when the composer was just 18 years old.

Mozart 29 is made possible by The Mozart Performance Fund: Sarah D. Atkinson, M.D. and Steven Hess
8. Kholodenko Returns with Ward Stare

March 3 & 5
Ward Stare, conductor
Vadym Kholodenko, piano

  Ravish and Mayhem
PROKOFIEV  Piano Concerto No. 3
R. STRAUSS  Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)

Master tone poet Richard Strauss paints with every color of the orchestral palette in a swashbuckling epic that resounds with sweeping, soaring melodies. Following a show-stopping performance last season, Vadym Kholodenko returns to perform the piece that clinched him Van Cliburn gold.

Vadym Kholodenko's performance is made possible by The Alfred Davis and Brunhilde Knapp Artists Performance Fund.
9. Stare Conducts Strauss' Four Last Songs

March 17 & 19
Ward Stare, conductor
Erin Wall, soprano

BARBER  Symphony No. 1
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS  Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
R. STRAUSS  Four Last Songs

Rapture is the hallmark of a concert that highlights music’s unique power to carry us away. The first half features Barber’s first symphonic venture, a creative outpouring teeming with drama and lyrical flourish. Composed in the final year of his life, Strauss’ introspective, meditative farewell to the worldly realm is some of the most moving music ever written, and the culmination of his lifelong love affair with the soprano voice.
10. Yuja Wang

April 14 & 16
Ward Stare, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

  "Danse Bacchanale" from Samson and Delilah
BARTÓK  Piano Concerto No. 1
RACHMANINOFF  Symphonic Dances

She is “quite simply, the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today” (San Francisco Chronicle) and international phenomenon Yuja Wang makes her RPO debut with Bartók’s percussive concerto. The opulent, nostalgic themes of Rachmaninoff’s valedictory composition take wing in the program’s second half.
11. World-Premiere Tyzik

May 5 & 7
Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Juliana Athayde, violin (The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair)
Rochester City Ballet, Jamey Leverett, artistic director

BERNSTEIN  "Symphonic Dances" from West Side Story
TYZIK  Violin Concerto (world premiere)

Catch the excitement as Jeff Tyzik’s newest composition receives its world premiere! This not-to-be-missed occasion features the virtuosic artistry of the RPO’s Concertmaster, for whom the concerto was written. The evening continues with the simmering sounds of Piazzolla's trailblazing nuevo tango, brought to life by the dancers of RCB.

Juliana Athayde's appearance is made possible by the Katherine T. and Jon L. Schumacher Orchestra Musician Soloist Fund.
12. Olga Kern Plays Rachmaninoff

June 2 & 4
Ward Stare, conductor
Olga Kern, piano
Rochester Oratorio Society, Eric Townell, director

ROUSSEL  Bacchus and Ariadne Suite
RACHMANINOFF  Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
BORODIN  "Polovtsian Dances" from Prince Igor
RAVEL  Daphnis and Chloé Suite No. 2

A simple theme turns into a technicolored mosaic in Rachmaninoff’s exuberant Rhapsody. Beloved for her stunning technique and magnetic stage presence, Rochester favorite Olga Kern returns to bring this charming virtuosic showpiece to life. The season whirls to a raucous finale as Ward Stare leads the lush harmonies and euphoric frenzy of Ravel’s most revelatory, sumptuously colored score.

Olga Kern's performance is made possible by The Alfred Davis and Brunhilde Knapp Artists Performance Fund.

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