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Educational Concert Live-Streamed this Friday

For Immediate Release

March 10, 2020


Rochester, NY —The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and Eastman School of Music (Eastman) are pleased to announce this week’s Intermediate Concert – Get Out the Vote! – will be live-streamed for free on Friday, March 13th, 2020, at 10:15 AM to participating schools.  

Given the State of Emergency imposed by Governor Cuomo, RPO and Eastman agreed to cancel having children bused to Eastman Theatre this week. Instead, RPO will still perform the concert, and Eastman will provide the integrated technology to livestream to the schools.

“The health and well-being of our community members is the highest importance,” remarked Curtis S. Long, RPO President & CEO. “This innovative programming will allow us to further our mission to educate and engage with the next generation of our area’s musicians.”

Inspired by the tireless work of Rochester’s own Susan B., Get Out the Vote!, with guest conductor Herb Smith, explores the right to vote with the orchestra’s sections making their case before the students.

“Offering a Livestream of this concert is a wonderful opportunity to reach even more Rochester area students and patrons of both RPO and Eastman, as well as beyond our local community,” adds Jamal J Rossi, Joan and Martin Messinger Dean at Eastman School of Music.  “Collaborating with our RPO colleagues in the face of a challenging situation is indicative of our close and collaborative working relationship.”

Providing music education to our community is the core of the RPO’s mission. Every year, thousands of students from across our area sing, clap, stomp, dance, and interact with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in specially designed concerts held in the Eastman Theatre and public venues throughout our community. Of these students, 7,500 from the Rochester City School District attend at no charge. Pre-concert classroom learning materials are provided to enhance and meet New York State curriculum guidelines.

The RPO will send participating schools an e-mail for the live-stream link and password. Additional schools may apply by e-mail to access the concert at [email protected] no later than 12 PM on Thursday, March 12th.

The 2019/20 Season is presented by M&T Bank and Rochester Regional Health – The Lipson Cancer Institute, with additional support for Intermediate Concerts made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, Farash Foundation, and ESL Charitable Foundation.

About the RPO:
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been committed to enriching and inspiring our community through the art of music since its founding in 1922. The RPO presents approximately 150 concerts and broadcasts a year, serving up to 170,000 people through ticketed events, education and community engagement activities, and concerts in schools and community centers throughout the region. Music Director Ward Stare joins the ranks of former notable RPO music directors, including Eugene Goossens, José Iturbi, Erich Leinsdorf, David Zinman and Conductor Laureate Christopher Seaman. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, now in his 26th season, has earned a national reputation for excellence in pops programming during his tenure with the RPO. The RPO reaches more than 15,000 children through its specific programs for school-aged children.

About Eastman School of Music:
The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training.

More than 900 students are enrolled in the Collegiate Division of the Eastman School of Music—about 500 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. They come from almost every state, and approximately 23 percent are from other countries. Students are taught by a faculty comprised of more than 130 highly regarded performers, composers, conductors, scholars, and educators. They are Pulitzer Prize winners, Grammy winners, Emmy winners, Guggenheim Fellows, ASCAP Award recipients, published authors, recording artists, and acclaimed musicians who have performed in the world’s greatest concert halls. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 900 concerts to the Rochester community.  More than 1700 community members are enrolled in Eastman Community Music School (ECMS).


Media Contact:
RPO – Marie-Adélina de la Ferrière, 585-454-7311 ext. 266
Eastman – Jessica Kaufman, (585) 274-1057