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Wolff Conducts Brahms


October 12
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



October 12, 2023
7:30 PM

October 14, 2023
8:00 PM

Who’s Who

Hugh Wolff, conductor
Alexi Kenney, 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

As the Centennial Season continues, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes back three-time Grammy nominee Hugh Wolff, who first led the RPO as guest conductor in a Philharmonics series more than 35 years ago. Wolff’s program includes Brahms’ poetic Second Symphony, as well as Samuel Barber’s Second Essay (which Wolff conducted here in 1987) and Sibelius’ bracing Violin Concerto, featuring soloist Alexi Kenney whose “beautifully phrased and delicate playing…proved impressive for its elegance” (New York Times).

RPO History

Hugh Wolff’s first Philharmonic concert with the RPO was February 26 & 28, 1987 and featured Barber’s Second Essay (to be played on this concert!), Mozart’s Concerto No. 20, and Nielsen’s Symphony No.4. He went on to conduct 3 more Philharmonics concerts (1989, 2007, & 2014)

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.

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

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