Jennifer Higdon’s Lovely New Harp Concerto

David Hurwitz, Classics Today. Click here for the original review. Yolanda Kondonassis plays a mean harp, and Jennifer Higdon has written a lovely concerto to exploit her abilities. Lasting about 20 minutes, its four shapely movements have titles that aptly characterize the music without asking listeners to fit a square conceptual peg... read more

Review: American Rapture

Richard Cummings, MusicWeb International. Click here for the original review.   This is an unusual disc in the way it is presented: the cover gives the most prominent billing among the performers to the harpist, Yolanda Kondonassis, who is featured in only one work; yet the album’s title comes from the shortest... read more

Review: American Rapture

Jean-Jacques Millo, Opus Haute Definition (French). Click here for the original review (with translation). With two world premieres, this album is a godsend that allows you to discover a part of American music. Besides the famous Symphony Nº1 Op. 9 by Samuel Barber, dating from 1936, we can savor the Concerto for... read more

American Rapture

Laurence Vittes, Gramophone. Click here for the original review. The Rochester Philharmonic’s excellent calling card features premiere recordings of Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto, starring Yolanda Kondonassis, and Patrick Harlin’s Rapture, bookending an outstanding performance of Samuel Barber’s First Symphony. Higdon’s concerto, commissioned by a consortium of orchestras from six heartland cities – in... read more

Music Director Ward Stare Conducts an Evening in Vienna

For Immediate Release October 8, 2019 Media Contact:   Nicole Morelle, 454-7311 ext. 245     MUSIC DIRECTOR WARD STARE CONDUCTS AN EVENING IN VIENNA Fundraising Gala and Concert October 12 - Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre Rochester, NY – Music Director Ward Stare and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) will... read more

RPO to perform at Geneva Concerts

Date: October 4, 2019 Daily Messenger. Click here for the original article. Geneva Concerts will host the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Seaman, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., Geneva. RPO will open with Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis.” The program will continue with violinist Simone... read more

RPO plays ‘Dvorák 8’

Date: October 3, 2019 David Raymond, CITY Newspaper. Click here for the original article. After a galvanic opening concert devoted to contemporary American music, this week's Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra program — with works by Haydn, Mozart, and Dvoák— may seem staid and conventional. But there's some welcome novelty here: the orchestra will... read more

RPO Opens 2019/20 Season

For Immediate Release September 16, 2019 Media Contact:   Nicole Morelle, 454-7311 ext. 245   RPO OPENS 2019/20 SEASON September 19 & 21 - Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre   Rochester, NY – Under the direction of Music Director Ward Stare, the RPO takes part in the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival... read more