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David Zinman Returns!


October 14
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


David Zinman returns to conduct your RPO


October 12, 2023
7:30 PM

October 14, 2023
8:00 PM

Who’s Who

David Zinman, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin


Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
Pre-concert talk will start 1 hour before the show.

The Program

BARBER Second Essay
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2


What to know before you go


Music Director of the RPO from 1974 to 1985, David Zinman returns to Rochester to conduct the music of Samuel Barber and Brahms’ poetic Second Symphony. And, Sibelius’ bracing Violin Concerto is performed by soloist Karen Gomyo, of whom the Sydney Morning News raves “play[s] with golden radiance.”

RPO History

David Zinman’s first Philharmonic concert with the RPO was November 12, 1970 and featured Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Mozart’s Masonic Funeral Music and Symphony No. 36 “Linz”. He became Music Director four years later in 1974.

Karen Gomyo has performed twice before with your RPO in a Philharmonics Series concert.

  • Fabien Gabel conducted Brahms’ Concerto in A minor for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra, Opus 102, “Double Concerto” January 14-16, 2016
  • Julian Kuerti conducted Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2 in G minor for violin and orchestra, Opus 63 January 22, 2011

Your RPO performed Barber’s Second Essay in a Philharmonics Series concert 4 times from 1947-2018.

  • Guy Fraser Harrison conducted Feburary 1947
  • Erich Leinsdorf conducted November 1951
  • Hugh Wolff conducted February 1987
  • Ward Stare conducted March 2018

Your RPO performed Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in a Philharmonic Series concert 8 times from 1952-2019.

  • David Zinman conducted this October 7-10, 1982 (almost 41 years to the day!) with Cho-Liang Lin as soloist

Your RPO performed Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in a Philharmonics Series concert 27 times from 1923-2018.

  • Eugene Goossens conducted this in the first season opener for the RPO on October 17, 1923
  • David Zinman conducted this twice October 1975 and January 1981

Additional Dates

David Zinman Returns! October 12 7:30 pm