This Season’s Special Guests

Each season, the RPO performs memorable concerts with some of the most amazing conductors, musicians and guest artists around the world. They’re events you don’t want to miss!

Meet the RPO

Ward Stare

Music Director

Joined the RPO in 2014 Appointed the 12th music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2014, Rochester native...

Ward Stare

Joined the RPO in 2014

Appointed the 12th music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2014, Rochester native Ward Stare has been described as “inspiring musicians to impressive heights” by The New York Times, and “a dynamic music director” by Rochester CITY Newspaper. This December, Stare will make his debut at the Metropolitan Opera for nine performances of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, with Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in the title role.

This season at the RPO, Stare will collaborate with Itzhak Perlman and returning favorite pianists Olga Kern and Misha Dichter. Stare will also lead a Beethoven Festival, Bizet’s Carmen in Concert, and two world premieres by celebrated composers Allen Shawn and Jennifer Higdon. 2016–17 season highlights included collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma and Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes. Stare also led a three-weekend salute to the music of American composers, as well
as Puccini’s La Bohème in Concert and a world-concert premiere by Academy-Award winning composer Eliot Goldenthal.

Stare’s recent seasons have seen a number of highly anticipated debuts with orchestras around the world, including performances with the Baltimore Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and the Calgary Philharmonic. Last season he made his debut with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra followed by his return to the St. Louis Symphony in December.
Stare’s frequent collaboration with the Lyric Opera of Chicago began with his debut in 2012 conducting performances of Hansel and Gretel; he returned in 2013 to lead Die Fledermaus, and again in November 2014 to lead Porgy and Bess to rave reviews. He made his debut with the Washington National Opera conducting Donizetti’s comic opera L’Elisir d’amore in 2014.

Stare served as resident conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2012. In 2009, he made his highly successful Carnegie Hall debut with the orchestra, stepping in at the last minute to lead H. K. Gruber’s Frankenstein!

The 2013–14 season saw his return to the Atlanta and Detroit symphony orchestras, as well as his debuts with the Syracuse Symphoria, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Naples Philharmonic with Lang Lang as soloist.

Stare was trained as a trombonist at The Juilliard School in Manhattan. At 18, he was appointed principal trombonist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and has performed as an orchestral musician with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, among others. As a soloist, he has concertized in both the U.S. and Europe. wardstare.com

Jeff Tyzik

Principal Pops Conductor

Joined the RPO in 1994 Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America’s most innovative and sought after pops...

Jeff Tyzik

Joined the RPO in 1994

Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America’s most innovative and sought after pops conductors, recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. This season Tyzik celebrates 24 years as principal pops conductor of the RPO, a title he also holds at the Detroit Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, and The Florida Orchestra. This is also the fifth season that Tyzik has held The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor’s Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Frequently invited as a guest conductor, Tyzik has appeared with the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Milwaukee Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Tyzik has written more than 200 arrangements, orchestrations, and compositions for orchestra. A
consummate musician, Tyzik regularly appears as a guest conductor in the RPO’s Philharmonics Series. In the 2015–16 season, Tyzik premiered a new violin concerto written for RPO Concertmaster Juliana Athayde on the Philharmonics Series. This season, Tyzik’s original programming includes collaborations with The Mambo Kings, PUSH Physical Theatre, and a Pops opener featuring a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz standards.

Tyzik has collaborated with such diverse artists as Megan Hilty, Chris Botti, Matthew Morrison, Wynonna Judd, Tony Bennett, Art Garfunkel, Dawn Upshaw, Marilyn Horne, Arturo Sandoval, The Chieftains, Mark O’Connor, Doc Severinsen, and John Pizzarelli. He has created numerous original programs that include the greatest music from jazz and classical to Motown, Broadway, film, dance, Latin, and swing.

A native of Hyde Park, New York, Tyzik began his life in music at nine years of age, when he first picked up a cornet. He studied both classical and jazz throughout high school, and went on to earn both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied composition/arranging with Radio City Music Hall’s Ray Wright and jazz studies with Chuck Mangione. www.jefftyzik.com.

Christopher Seaman

Conductor Laureate

The Christopher Seaman Chair, Supported by Barbara and Patrick Fulford and The Conductor Laureate Society Joined the RPO in 1998...

Christopher Seaman

The Christopher Seaman Chair, Supported by Barbara and Patrick Fulford and The Conductor Laureate Society

Joined the RPO in 1998

British conductor Christopher Seaman has an international reputation for inspirational music making. His diverse musical interests are reflected in his range of repertoire and he is particularly known for his interpretations of early 20th Century English music, Bruckner, Brahms, and Sibelius.

Seaman was music director of the RPO from 1998-2011, and was subsequently named conductor laureate. During his 13-year tenure- the longest in RPO history, he raised the orchestra’s artistic level, broadened its audience base, and created a new concert series. This contribution was recognized with an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Other key positions have included music director of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor-in-residence with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and artistic advisor of the San Antonio Symphony. In the U.K. he was principal conductor with both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia.

As a guest conductor, Seaman has recently performed with the Aspen Music Festival, Detroit, Houston, St Louis, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Seattle symphony orchestras, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, and Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Brazil. He frequently visits Australia and Asia where he has conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Taiwan, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Singapore symphony orchestras, amongst others.

As a recording artist Christopher has worked with the Royal Philharmonic RPO amongst others, and his RPO recordings have received great critical acclaim

In May 2009, the University of Rochester made Seaman an honorary doctor of music, acknowledging his outstanding leadership as conductor, recording artist, teacher, and community arts partner. In 2013, University of Rochester Press published Seaman’s Inside Conducting, a wise but entertaining look at the art of conducting.

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Thu 20th

Jennifer Higdon: Live Recording

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Barber’s Symphony No. 1 synthesizes the traditional movements of a classical symphony into one single movement—a symphonic venture that is a creative outpouring teeming with drama and lyrical flourish. A perfect complement to Bernstein’s Divertimento, a piece that kicks off the RPO’s celebration of Bernstein’s Centennial this season.

Sat 22nd

Jennifer Higdon: Live Recording

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Barber’s Symphony No. 1 synthesizes the traditional movements of a classical symphony into one single movement—a symphonic venture that is a creative outpouring teeming with drama and lyrical flourish. A perfect complement to Bernstein’s Divertimento, a piece that kicks off the RPO’s celebration of Bernstein’s Centennial this season.

Tue 25th

Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Arnie Roth, conductor Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY returns to the world-renowned Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes—for one-night only!—this global multimedia concert phenomenon featuring the beloved music of FINAL FANTASY with exclusive HD video... continue reading

Fri 28th

Cirque de la Symphonie

Friday, September 28, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Watch Cirque de la Symphonie’s amazing acrobats drop into Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre for a spectacular performance celebrating the opening of the RPO’s Pops season. You won’t believe your eyes as some of the best Cirque artists in the world perform magical feats!

Sat 29th

Cirque de la Symphonie

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Watch Cirque de la Symphonie’s amazing acrobats drop into Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre for a spectacular performance celebrating the opening of the RPO’s Pops season. You won’t believe your eyes as some of the best Cirque artists in the world perform magical feats!

Wed 3rd

Thibaudet Plays Gershwin

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Ward Stare, conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano GERSHWIN Overture to Girl Crazy GERSHWIN Suite from Porgy & Bess GERSHWIN American in Paris GERSHWIN Concerto in F An evening you won’t want to miss! For one night only—Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs with your RPO. Hailed as “one of the... continue reading

Sun 7th

Zest of Czech

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Performance Hall at Hochstein

Description

Ward Stare, conductor Lars Kirvan, cello SMETANA Bartered Bride Overture DVORAK Silent Woods JANACEK Lachian Dances            3. Blacksmith's Dance            5. Country Bumpkin Dance (Celadensky) DVORAK Symphony No. 7 in D Minor

Thu 11th

Around the Town: Symphonic Sampler

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Churchville-Chili High School

Description

Christian Capocaccia, conductor Jackie Hager, cello MOZART    Così fan tutte Overture RIMSKY-KORSAKOV    The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship from Sheherazade DVOŘÁK     Cello Concerto (Second movement) TCHAIKOVSKY    Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker SHOSTAKOVICH    Symphony No.... continue reading

Fri 12th

Around the Town: Symphonic Sampler

Friday, October 12, 2018

Fairport High School

Description

Christian Capocaccia, conductor Jackie Hager, cello MOZART    Così fan tutte Overture RIMSKY-KORSAKOV    The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship from Sheherazade DVOŘÁK    Cello Concerto (Second movement) TCHAIKOVSKY    Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker SHOSTAKOVICH    Symphony No.... continue reading

Sat 13th

Around the Town: Symphonic Sampler

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Greece Baptist Church

Description

Christian Capocaccia, conductor Jackie Hager, cello MOZART    Così fan tutte Overture RIMSKY-KORSAKOV    The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship from Sheherazade DVOŘÁK    Cello Concerto (Second movement) TCHAIKOVSKY    Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker SHOSTAKOVICH    Symphony No.... continue reading

Sun 14th

Dr. Seuss's The Sneetches

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Performance Hall at Hochstein

Description

Dr. Seuss’ timeless children's tale about important life lessons on tolerance, diversity, and compromise comes to vivid life with Lorenzo Palomo's original score and narrator.

Thu 18th

Beethoven’s Eroica

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Wagner’s most popular orchestral work, Siegfried Idyll, is also his most intimate piece. It is tranquil and introspective, a clear reflection of his life with wife, Cosima, and their son, Siegfried for whom the piece is named.

Sat 20th

Beethoven’s Eroica

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Wagner’s most popular orchestral work, Siegfried Idyll, is also his most intimate piece. It is tranquil and introspective, a clear reflection of his life with wife, Cosima, and their son, Siegfried for whom the piece is named.

Wed 24th

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Bring your monsters and ghouls! Jack Skellington, Sally, and Zero are bringing Halloween Town to Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Your RPO performs the score as the film is shown on the big screen above the orchestra.

Fri 26th

Broadway Today

Friday, October 26, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Broadway’s newest young talent joins your RPO in an extraordinary evening that revisits classic songs from Broadway's GOLDEN AGE through today’s most moving shows. Performing the best of Broadway, audiences will want to sing along to beloved songs and new favorites.

Sat 27th

Broadway Today

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Broadway’s newest young talent joins your RPO in an extraordinary evening that revisits classic songs from Broadway's GOLDEN AGE through today’s most moving shows. Performing the best of Broadway, audiences will want to sing along to beloved songs and new favorites.

Sun 28th

RPO & TBK

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Temple B’rith Kodesh

Description

Pops and Classics Concert For Ticket and Sponsorship Information call 585-244-7060.

Thu 1st

Tyzik Conducts Tyzik

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

The program begins with Bernstein’s On the Town: Three Symphonic Dance Episodes. These brief, snappy numbers are compiled from the show On the Town, bound to have audiences tapping their toes in continued celebration of the 2018–19 Bernstein Centennial!

Sat 3rd

Tyzik Conducts Tyzik

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

The program begins with Bernstein’s On the Town: Three Symphonic Dance Episodes. These brief, snappy numbers are compiled from the show On the Town, bound to have audiences tapping their toes in continued celebration of the 2018–19 Bernstein Centennial!

Thu 8th

Hungarian Harmonies

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Transcendental and mysterious. Emotional. Boisterous and full of surprises, Haydn’s expressive Symphony No. 98 was the first he composed after learning of his friend Mozart’s death. Guest conductor Carlos Kalmar and Principal Cello Ahrim Kim bring to life Schumann’s intensely lyric and enigmatic Cello Concerto.

Sat 10th

Hungarian Harmonies

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Transcendental and mysterious. Emotional. Boisterous and full of surprises, Haydn’s expressive Symphony No. 98 was the first he composed after learning of his friend Mozart’s death. Guest conductor Carlos Kalmar and Principal Cello Ahrim Kim bring to life Schumann’s intensely lyric and enigmatic Cello Concerto.

Fri 16th

Giants of Music: 1900-1925

Friday, November 16, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

The exceptional artistry of Irving Berlin, Al Jolson, Scott Joplin, James P Johnson, Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel and George Gershwin revolutionized music in the early 20th Century, one of the most exciting and innovative eras in the arts. At the dawning of a new century these musicians paved the way for the Jazz Age, modern classical music, popular and Broadway music for decades to come.  

Sat 17th

Giants of Music: 1900-1925

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

The exceptional artistry of Irving Berlin, Al Jolson, Scott Joplin, James P Johnson, Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel and George Gershwin revolutionized music in the early 20th Century, one of the most exciting and innovative eras in the arts. At the dawning of a new century these musicians paved the way for the Jazz Age, modern classical music, popular and Broadway music for decades to come.  

Sun 18th

Sectional Highlights

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Performance Hall at Hochstein

Description

Ward Stare, conductor SUSATOR Danserye for Brass and Percussion MOZART Serenade No. 11 in E-flat Major K. 375 for woodwinds SHOSTAKOVICH/BARSHAI Chamber Symphony No. 1 for Strings MOZART PERFORMANCES MADE POSSIBLE BY THE MOZART PERFORMANCE FUND: SARAH D. ATKINSON, M.D. AND STEVEN HESS

Wed 21st

The Nutcracker

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Michael Butterman, conductor Rochester City Ballet, David Palmer, artistic director Bach Children’s Chorus, Karla Krogstad, director The Nutcracker’s timeless tale of wonder and imagination has captivated audiences for over a century. Be whisked away to a magical land of sparkling... continue reading

Fri 23rd

The Nutcracker

Friday, November 23, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Michael Butterman, conductor Rochester City Ballet, David Palmer, artistic director Bach Children’s Chorus, Karla Krogstad, director The Nutcracker’s timeless tale of wonder and imagination has captivated audiences for over a century. Be whisked away to a magical land of sparkling... continue reading

Fri 23rd

The Nutcracker

Friday, November 23, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Michael Butterman, conductor Rochester City Ballet, David Palmer, artistic director Bach Children’s Chorus, Karla Krogstad, director The Nutcracker’s timeless tale of wonder and imagination has captivated audiences for over a century. Be whisked away to a magical land of sparkling... continue reading

Sat 24th

The Nutcracker

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Michael Butterman, conductor Rochester City Ballet, David Palmer, artistic director Bach Children’s Chorus, Karla Krogstad, director The Nutcracker’s timeless tale of wonder and imagination has captivated audiences for over a century. Be whisked away to a magical land of sparkling... continue reading

Sat 24th

The Nutcracker

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Michael Butterman, conductor Rochester City Ballet, David Palmer, artistic director Bach Children’s Chorus, Karla Krogstad, director The Nutcracker’s timeless tale of wonder and imagination has captivated audiences for over a century. Be whisked away to a magical land of sparkling... continue reading

Sun 25th

The Nutcracker

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Michael Butterman, conductor Rochester City Ballet, David Palmer, artistic director Bach Children’s Chorus, Karla Krogstad, director The Nutcracker’s timeless tale of wonder and imagination has captivated audiences for over a century. Be whisked away to a magical land of sparkling... continue reading

Wed 5th

Ghostbusters in Concert

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Who you gonna call?! Your RPO, of course! Hop into Ecto 1 and make your way to Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre to watch Ghostbusters while the orchestra plays the score.

Sun 9th

Brandenburg Concerto No. 4

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Performance Hall at Hochstein

Description

Conductor TBD Rebecca Gilbert, flute The Charlotte Whitney Allen Chair Joanna Bassett, flute Juliana Athayde, violin The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair CLARKE (ARR. WOOD) Prince of Denmark’s March BOYCE Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major HANDEL Concerto a due cori, No. 2, HWV 333 in F Major... continue reading

Thu 13th

Carmina Burana

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

One of the most frequently performed choral works of the last 100 years, Orff’s Carmina Burana is based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection of the same title.

Sat 15th

Carmina Burana

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

One of the most frequently performed choral works of the last 100 years, Orff’s Carmina Burana is based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection of the same title.

Fri 21st

Gala Holiday Pops

Friday, December 21, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

It’s Rochester’s favorite holiday family tradition: Gala Holiday Pops with the RPO! Guitarist Don Potter returns to his Rochester roots—he began his career with Chuck Mangione before becoming a Nashville recording artist and producer—to perform along with Jeff Tyzik and the Festival High School Chorale. Whether you drive downtown to Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, or opt for a Sleigh Ride, you won’t want to miss this spectacular holiday concert—complete with a sing-along!

Sat 22nd

Gala Holiday Pops

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

It’s Rochester’s favorite holiday family tradition: Gala Holiday Pops with the RPO! Guitarist Don Potter returns to his Rochester roots—he began his career with Chuck Mangione before becoming a Nashville recording artist and producer—to perform along with Jeff Tyzik and the Festival High School Chorale. Whether you drive downtown to Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, or opt for a Sleigh Ride, you won’t want to miss this spectacular holiday concert—complete with a sing-along!

Sat 22nd

Gala Holiday Pops

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

It’s Rochester’s favorite holiday family tradition: Gala Holiday Pops with the RPO! Guitarist Don Potter returns to his Rochester roots—he began his career with Chuck Mangione before becoming a Nashville recording artist and producer—to perform along with Jeff Tyzik and the Festival High School Chorale. Whether you drive downtown to Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, or opt for a Sleigh Ride, you won’t want to miss this spectacular holiday concert—complete with a sing-along!

Sun 23rd

Gala Holiday Pops

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

It’s Rochester’s favorite holiday family tradition: Gala Holiday Pops with the RPO! Guitarist Don Potter returns to his Rochester roots—he began his career with Chuck Mangione before becoming a Nashville recording artist and producer—to perform along with Jeff Tyzik and the Festival High School Chorale. Whether you drive downtown to Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, or opt for a Sleigh Ride, you won’t want to miss this spectacular holiday concert—complete with a sing-along!

Fri 11th

Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition, on a giant screen, while the RPO performs John Williams’ unforgettable score. Relive every magical moment as the music brings life to a story that has enchanted the world.

Sat 12th

Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition, on a giant screen, while the RPO performs John Williams’ unforgettable score. Relive every magical moment as the music brings life to a story that has enchanted the world.

Sun 13th

Create a Symphony!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Performance Hall at Hochstein

Description

Herb Smith, conductor & trumpet soloist The RPO’s own Herb Smith wears many hats as he conducts, plays trumpet, and leads the audience in creating its own symphony.

Thu 17th

Kholodenko Returns + Scheherazade

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Vadym Kholodenko returns to perform Ravel’s breezy and bright Piano Concerto in G Major; his first time as soloist with the RPO since his sold-out performances during the 2015–16 season.

Fri 18th

Leslie Odom, Jr.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Jeff Tyzik, conductor Leslie Odom Jr., vocals He won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in Hamilton. His TV credits include Smash, Gilmore Girls, CSI: Miami, Person of Interest, Grey’s Anatomy and The Good... continue reading

Sat 19th

Kholodenko Returns + Scheherazade

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Vadym Kholodenko returns to perform Ravel’s breezy and bright Piano Concerto in G Major; his first time as soloist with the RPO since his sold-out performances during the 2015–16 season.

Fri 25th

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

Friday, January 25, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…Composer John Williams wrote the spectacular symphonic soundtrack for Star Wars. And now, your RPO will perform the music of Star Wars: A New Hope for a live screening of the original film.

Sat 26th

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…Composer John Williams wrote the spectacular symphonic soundtrack for Star Wars. And now, your RPO will perform the music of Star Wars: A New Hope for a live screening of the original film.

Sun 27th

Butterman Conducts Mozart’s Birthday

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Performance Hall at Hochstein

Description

Michael Butterman, conductor Erik Behr, oboe The Dr. Jacques M. Lipson Chair Kenneth Grant, clarinet The Robert J. Strasenburgh Chair Matthew McDonald,  bassoon The Ron and Donna Fielding Chair W. Peter Kurau, horn The Cricket and Frank Luellen Chair MOZART Sinfonie Concertante, K. 297b in E-flat Major MARTIN Petite symphonie concertante... continue reading

Thu 31st

Nakamatsu + Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

One of the great works of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky’s ballet the Rite of Spring ignited a near-riot during its premiere performance in May 1913. Recognized world-round for its excitement and passion, Rite was considered scandalous at the time, with its depiction of the pagan ritual of sacrificing a young woman to bring the onset of spring.

Sat 2nd

Nakamatsu + Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

One of the great works of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky’s ballet the Rite of Spring ignited a near-riot during its premiere performance in May 1913. Recognized world-round for its excitement and passion, Rite was considered scandalous at the time, with its depiction of the pagan ritual of sacrificing a young woman to bring the onset of spring.

Thu 7th

The Enigma Variations

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Conductor Laureate Christopher Seaman brings Elgar’s “friends” to Kodak Hall with the Enigma Variations. The composer dedicated the fourteen variations on an original theme to his “friends pictured within” and named each theme accordingly.

Sat 9th

The Enigma Variations

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Conductor Laureate Christopher Seaman brings Elgar’s “friends” to Kodak Hall with the Enigma Variations. The composer dedicated the fourteen variations on an original theme to his “friends pictured within” and named each theme accordingly.

Fri 15th

Queens of Soul

Friday, February 15, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, that’s what the queens of soul have earned selling millions of albums and countless chart-topping hits. Vocalists sing the works of some of the strongest women in musical history including Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, and Adele.

Sat 16th

Queens of Soul

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, that’s what the queens of soul have earned selling millions of albums and countless chart-topping hits. Vocalists sing the works of some of the strongest women in musical history including Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, and Adele.

Thu 28th

Mahler 7

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Mahler’s brooding, enigmatic seventh symphony represents the composer at his most modern. Featuring such unconventional symphonic instruments as a cowbell, a mandolin, and a guitar, the symphony, which met with a baffled reception at its 1908 premiere, has gone on to ignite lively debate among scholars and composers worldwide.

Sat 2nd

Mahler 7

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Mahler’s brooding, enigmatic seventh symphony represents the composer at his most modern. Featuring such unconventional symphonic instruments as a cowbell, a mandolin, and a guitar, the symphony, which met with a baffled reception at its 1908 premiere, has gone on to ignite lively debate among scholars and composers worldwide.

Thu 7th

Shostakovich 10

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Augustin Hadelich, named the 2018 Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year, returns to Rochester to perform Sibelius’ only concerto, a mercilessly beautiful, yet highly virtuosic work.

Sat 9th

Shostakovich 10

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Augustin Hadelich, named the 2018 Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year, returns to Rochester to perform Sibelius’ only concerto, a mercilessly beautiful, yet highly virtuosic work.

Fri 15th

Eternal Tango

Friday, March 15, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Eternal Tango brings the passion of Buenos Aires to the stage. The essence and evolution of tango are showcased through the art of dance and music featuring the world-renown Hector Del Curto Tango Quintet and dance stars of tango. Eternal Tango, an evening of dynamic performance and sensuous music.

Sat 16th

Eternal Tango

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Eternal Tango brings the passion of Buenos Aires to the stage. The essence and evolution of tango are showcased through the art of dance and music featuring the world-renown Hector Del Curto Tango Quintet and dance stars of tango. Eternal Tango, an evening of dynamic performance and sensuous music.

Thu 21st

Zarathustra!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Richard Strauss’ powerful and triumphant Also sprach Zarathustra, inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s book of the same name, was notably featured in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Dvorák’s symphonic Piano Concerto is a lyrical contrast with the traditional concerto.

Sat 23rd

Zarathustra!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Richard Strauss’ powerful and triumphant Also sprach Zarathustra, inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s book of the same name, was notably featured in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Dvorák’s symphonic Piano Concerto is a lyrical contrast with the traditional concerto.

Thu 11th

Michael Francis Conducts Rachmaninoff

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Michael Francis returns to conduct a program of Walton and Rachmaninoff. William Walton had established himself as a composer who wrote in several classical genres.

Sat 13th

Michael Francis Conducts Rachmaninoff

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Michael Francis returns to conduct a program of Walton and Rachmaninoff. William Walton had established himself as a composer who wrote in several classical genres.

Sun 28th

The Thrill of the Orchestra

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Performance Hall at Hochstein

Description

The Thrill of the Orchestra lives up to its title! This playful piece colorfully illustrates the instruments and how they are played. The piece includes narration and guest performances by Hochstein Student Ensembles.

Sat 4th

Michael Butterman Gala Special

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

Michael Butterman, conductor Frequent Flyer Cirque Group Rebecca Gilbert,  flute Other Artists TBD COPLAND Appalachian Spring WORLD PREMIERE COMPOSITION BY JEFF TYZIK Join your RPO in celebrating Michael Butterman’s 18 seasons as a staff conductor! Copland’s Appalachian Spring is the background to the Frequent... continue reading

Sun 5th

Bravo Italiano

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Performance Hall at Hochstein

Description

Ward Stare, Conductor Jessica Sindell, piccolo Madrigalia, singers CHERUBINI Overture to Medee VIVALDI Piccolo Concerto in C Major BOCCHERINI Symphony No. 3, G. 503, Op. 12, No. 1 in D Major ROSSINI Overture to Semiramide

Thu 9th

Cosi fan tutte

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

A shady wager and a test of faithfulness set the stage for one of Mozart’s most famous operas. Following acclaimed performances of RPO opera presentations of La Bohème and Carmen in concert— and himself fresh off his debut at the Metropolitan Opera Company—Ward Stare brings this crazy love story to Kodak Hall in Eastman Theater with Cosi fan tutte in concert with the RPO.

Sat 11th

Cosi fan tutte

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Description

A shady wager and a test of faithfulness set the stage for one of Mozart’s most famous operas. Following acclaimed performances of RPO opera presentations of La Bohème and Carmen in concert— and himself fresh off his debut at the Metropolitan Opera Company—Ward Stare brings this crazy love story to Kodak Hall in Eastman Theater with Cosi fan tutte in concert with the RPO.

Sun 19th

Platypus Theatre’s “Presto Mambo!"

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Performance Hall at Hochstein

Description

Michael Butterman, conductor Platypus Theatre Be ready to dance in the aisles! Michael Butterman returns to conduct Platypus Theatre’s interactive family show that highlights the rhythms of Latin American music. GUTIÉRREZ Alma Llanera Pajarillo DE ABREU Tico Tico no Fubá SOUSA Liberty Bell March... continue reading

Fri 31st

In its heyday during the 1920s and 1930s, the popular Cotton Club in New York City’s Harlem featured such prominent African-American entertainers as Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Join Jeff Tyzik and your RPO as the excitement of those glory days is brought to Kodak Hall!

Sat 1st

In its heyday during the 1920s and 1930s, the popular Cotton Club in New York City’s Harlem featured such prominent African-American entertainers as Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Join Jeff Tyzik and your RPO as the excitement of those glory days is brought to Kodak Hall!

Sun 2nd

Christoph Denoth Plays Spanish Guitar

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Performance Hall at Hochstein

Description

Conductor  TBD Christoph Denoth, guitar FALLA Three-cornered Hat Suite No. 1 PALOMO The Garden of Bacchus (world premiere) RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez (2nd movement)

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