Classical Review: RPO with Fabien Gabel

David Raymond, CITY Newspaper. Click here for the original article. This week’s Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concert may be titled “Gabel Conducts Beethoven,” but forgive me, Ludwig lovers — the real news here is the non-Beethoven half of the program: RPO premieres of suites from Francis Poulenc’s ballet “Les Animaux modéles” and Sergei Prokofiev’s opera... read more

RPO presents Gala Holiday Pops Concert at Kodak Hall

Mark Gruba, Rochesterfirst.com. Click here for the original article. ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will present this year’s Gala Holiday Pops Concert this Friday through Sunday, December 20-22 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik discussed this year’s version of the annual Rochester holiday tradition... read more

RPO readies for Holiday Pops Concert

Fox Rochester. Click here for the original article. https://foxrochester.com/news/good-day-rochester/rpo-readies-for-holiday-pops-concert?jwsource=cl The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is getting ready for its annual Holiday Pops Concert. Conductor Jeff Tyzik joins us on Good Day Rochester to talk about this year’s performance. The concert will be held December 20 at 8 p.m. at Eastman Theatre’s Kodak... read more

RPO nets two Grammy nominations for ‘American Rapture’

13WHAM.com. Click here for the original article. Rochester, N.Y. – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating two Grammy nominations Wednesday. “American Rapture” was nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo and Best Classical Contemporary Composition. The recording was directed by RPO conductor Ward Stare and featured soloist Yolanda Kondonassis. It includes Jennifer... read more

RPO and Ward Stare’s recording up for two Grammys

Jeff Spevak, CITY Newspaper. Click here for the original article. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Ward Stare's recording of composer Jennifer Higdon's "Harp Concerto,” featuring the classical harpist Yolanda Kondonassis,  has been nominated for two Grammys. Wednesday’s announcements included “Higdon: Harp Concerto” not only for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, but... read more

‘Bach to Bartók’ an RPO journey worth taking

David Raymond, CITY Newspaper. Click here for the original article. Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, and Alban Berg – great composers but only occasional visitors to Kodak Hall at best — finally made it on the same Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra program last night. The evening also included a 20th-century standard, Béla Bartók’s Concerto... read more

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