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30 Years of Jeff Tyzik!


November 3
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
26 Gibbs Street
Rochester, NY 14604 United States
(585) 454-2100



November 3, 2023
8:00 PM

November 4, 2023
8:00 PM

Who’s Who

Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Juliana Athayde, concertmaster (violin)
Erik Behr, principal oboe
Kevin Deas, bass-baritone
Kenneth Grant, principal clarinet
Kearstin Piper Brown, soprano


Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Pre-concert chat with Maestro Jeff Tyzik and Julia Figueras will start 1 hour before the show.

The Eastman Community Music School’s Klezmer Ensemble (Jonathan Allentoff, Director) will perform in the lobby in front of Betty’s Cafe from 7:30-7:50 PM before the November 4th show. Musicians include Jack Oster (violin), Barbara Russell (violin), Elliot Russell (mandolin), Jay Schildkraut (clarinet), and Jack Scull (percussion). They will play Hava Nagila (traditional), Siman Tov ou Mazel Tov (traditional), A Night of Klezmer (Allentoff), Theme from The Moldau/Hatikvah (Smetana), Al Hanissim (Frimer), Hashkiveinu (Hazzan Martin Leubitz), and I Have a Little Dreidel (traditional).


Parking is available around the theatre including the East End Garage, surface lots, and street parking.

*East End Garage parking notes: Parking is $7 and CASH ONLY. Please allow for extra time as the Scio Street entrances are the only ones open to traffic and staffed with parking attendants.

*Surface lot parking notes: The parking lot at the corner of Main and Gibbs is a pay-to-park with a parking machine. Please allow for extra time to pay at the machine if you plan on parking there.

The Program

ELLINGTON (Arr. TYZIK) It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
TYZIK Jazz Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Paris on That Misty Night
San Miguel
GERSHWIN (Arr. TYZIK) Preludes
Prelude I (1926)
Prelude II (Blue Lullaby)
Prelude III (Spanish Prelude)
TYZIK Dance Suite for Oboe, Piano, and Strings
1. Tango
4. Bolero
GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess: I Loves You Porgy
MANGIONE Feel of a Vision
GERSHWIN (BENNETT) Porgy & Bess – Concert

What to know before you go


To celebrate 30 years with the RPO, Principal Pops conductor Jeff Tyzik keeps it a family affair! You’ll hear “stars” from your RPO including Juliana Athayde, Erik Behr and Ken Grant all playing pieces written specifically for them by Maestro Tyzik during his tenure. The party will also feature other Rochester connections including Herb Smith performing Chuck Mangione’s The Feel of a Vision and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Suite arranged by Robert Russell Bennett and featuring bass Kevin Deas, a frequent guest of the RPO. Plus, Rochester’s own soprano Kearstin Piper Brown joins the fun, as does Madrigalia, now in its 45th season!

RPO History

Maestro Tyzik’s first ever Pops concert was in 1980 at the Dome Arena with the RPO. He and Allen Vizzutti (Eastman School of Music classmate) were tasked by RPO Manager Tony Dechario to create a Pops concert which meant creating and arranging the music.

Tyzik approached RPO President Nan Harman in 1993 with a plan for a four-concert series featuring RPO members called “All in the Family.” The debut concerts were held October 22-23, 1993 and highlighted Kenneth Grant (clarinet), Joseph Werner (piano), and percussionists William Cahn and Dave Mancini.

One month after that first series concert (November 1993), Maestro was asked to be Principal Pops Conductor for the RPO.

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