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Andreas Conducts Beethoven’s Eroica


September 21
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
26 Gibbs Street
Rochester, NY 14604 United States
(585) 454-2100


RPO Music Director Andreas Delfs to conduct Beethoven's Eroica


September 21, 2023
7:30 PM

September 23, 2023
8:00 PM

Who’s Who?

Andreas Delfs, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello (born in Rochester!)
Aaron Jay Kernis, RPO Centennial Commission composer


Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Pre-concert talk with Music Director Andreas Delfs, Alisa Weilerstein and Julia Figueras will start 1 hour before each show.

The Eastman School of Music Cellists from the studio of David Ying will perform in the lobby in front of Betty’s Cafe 30 minutes before each show alongside David Ying. These student-musician cellists are Ethan Blake, Satoshi Kamei, Ivy Robison, Juewen Zhang, Taylor Yoon, Anika Grieve, Maggie Slap, Clara Schultz, and Audrey Cherwinski.

The Program

KERNIS Wild Sky (WORLD PREMIERE) *RPO Centennial Commission
ELGAR Cello Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”

Join your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as we open our second century in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre! Music Director Andreas Delfs conducts one of Beethoven’s towering achievements—the triumphant third symphony, Eroica. The dazzling Alisa Weilerstein (born and raised right here in Rochester!) plays Elgar’s achingly poignant Cello Concerto. The concert begins with Wild Sky by Aaron Jay Kernis, a world premiere of a new work written to celebrate your RPO’s Centennial season.

What to know before you go

RPO History

Alisa Weilerstein performed with the RPO November 1997 with Alan Gilbert conducting Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra.

Your RPO has performed 3 Kernis compositions on 5 Philharmonic Series concerts.

  • Bob Bernhardt conducted New Era Dance October 1995
  • Jeff Tyzik conducted New Era Dance April 2003
  • Alasdair Neale conducted Musica celestis November 2004
  • Jun Makl conducted New Era Dance September 2013
  • Ward Stare conducted Flute Concerto February 2016

Your RPO has performed the Elgar Cello Concerto in a Philharmonics Series concert 5 times from 1967-2019.

  • Laszlo Somogyi conducted the Rochester premiere on November 30, 1967 with soloist Pierre Fournier
  • Yo Yo Ma performed this concerto twice with the RPO (May 1976 & October 1974)

Your RPO has performed Eroica in a Philharmonics or Sunday Matinee concert 24 times from 1932-2018.

  • Music Director Andreas Delfs conducted Eroica with your RPO October 2018.

Where have I heard this?

  • Tár – Lydia (Cate Blanchett) watches a YouTube video of a cellist playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto.
  • August Rush – The first movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto is used in the finale of this 2007 movie starring Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
  • State funerals – The second movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 was played as a funeral march for U.S. presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy as well as for German composer Felix Mendelssohn.
  • Eroica – A 2003 film based in part on Ferdinand Ries’ recollection of the symphony’s 1804 premiere in Vienna. Ries was Beethoven’s secretary.

Additional Dates

Andreas Conducts Beethoven’s Eroica September 23 8:00 pm