American Rapture

Date: May 20, 2019 Tal Agam, The Classical Review. Click here for the original review. This American-centric program contains two world premiere recordings; Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto, written and dedicated to soloist Yolanda Kondonassis, and Patrick Harlin’s “Rapture” for a symphonic orchestra. In between these new contemporary pieces, we have a performance of... read more

Ward Stare to leave RPO in 2021

Date: May 13, 2019 Randy Gorbman, CITY Newspaper. Click here for the original article Ward Stare will be stepping down from his position as music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at the end of the summer 2021. Stare announced his decision to the board late last week, and to the... read more

American Rapture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Maggie Stapleton | Jensen Artists 646.536.7864 x2 | [email protected] Radio Contact: Max Horowitz | Crossover Media [email protected]  Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis   New Album American Rapture World Premiere Recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Ward Stare, Music Director    Release Date: May 17,... read more

RPO performs ‘Cosi fan tutte’

Date: May 10, 2019 David Raymond, CITY Newspaper. Click here for the original article. Love triangles are not rare in opera, but “Così fan tutte” presents a love rectangle: two rather naïve sisters suddenly find themselves attracted to each other’s fiancé when, to win a bet, the men assume a disguise and... read more

The RPO’s 2019-20 season brings change

Date: April 19, 2019 Daniel J. Kushner, CITY Newspaper. Click here for the original article. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and its music director Ward Stare are making subtle but important changes to the way its programming connects with audiences heading into its 2019-20 concert season. In contrast to the RPO’s conservative programming... read more

David Zinman on conducting

Date: April 4, 2019 Daniel J. Kushner, CITY Newspaper. Click here for the original article. It’s been more than three decades since conductor David Zinman concluded his tenure as music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Between 1974 and 1985, he helped to stabilize the RPO’s role as an indispensable member... read more

Young Artist Audition Winners Announced

For immediate release: March 11, 2019 Media contact: Nicole Morelle, 399-3645       2019 Young Artists Audition Winners Announced Awards Presented by Rochester Philharmonic League   Rochester, NY – Founded in 1929 to support the education and outreach programs of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), the Rochester Philharmonic League... read more

RPO with Augustin Hadelich

Date: March 8, 2019 Daniel J. Kushner, CITY Newspaper. Click here for the original article. At first, putting Sibelius and Shostakovich on the same orchestral program sounds like a dark and weighty proposition. In reality, when the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Ward Stare presented the two modern classical masters side... read more

RPO performs ‘Mahler 7’

Date: March 1, 2019 David Raymond, CITY Newspaper. Click here for the original article. When the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra first performed Gustav Mahler’s Seventh Symphony in 1953 under the direction of Erich Leinsdorf, Mahler was rarely programmed. By 1982, when David Zinman led the RPO in performing Symphony No. 7, Mahler was... read more