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Cities, Royal Courts and Princely Houses Inspire RPO Concert

Rochester, NY; April 20, 2006 – Over the centuries, historical or current events often have inspired composers to write some of their most enjoyable works. On Friday, May 5 in the Performance Hall at Hochstein at 7:30 p.m., the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under Music Director Christopher Seaman continues its celebration of Mozart’s 250th birthday, this time featuring works by the composer written for special occasions. The concert will repeat on Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the Hale Auditorium, Roberts Cultural Life Center at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Mozart wrote some of his most delightful and profound works for specific occasions. The works on this Symphony 101 program – including overtures and symphonic movements – were composed for concerts in specific cities, princely houses, or royal courts. In the case of the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, the occasion that brought it about remains a mystery, yet clearly Mozart had two remarkable string soloists in mind. Our performance will feature the talents of our own David Brickman, Principal Second Violin and Melissa Matson, Principal Viola.

Music Director Seaman leads these engaging and innovative Symphony 101 concerts that feature discussion, musical examples, selections from significant works and complete pieces. Following each concert, Mr. Seaman takes questions from the audience.

General admission tickets for these performances are $20, available online 24/7 at, by phone (454-2100) and in person from the RPO Box Office, and at all Wegmans Video Departments. RPO Box Office Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (non-concert Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.). The Wegmans Video Department is open seven days a week, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. A convenience fee may apply.

The Symphony 101 Series is sponsored by PAETEC Communications, Inc. Additional support for this series is provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Mozart Performance Fund.

Celebrating its 83rd season in 2005-06, 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.