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Interactive orKIDStra Concerts Shows Firsthand How Music is Composed

Rochester, NY – Families will get the opportunity to experience how a composer creates a musical composition at the next Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s orKIDStra concert conducted by Michael Butterman (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair) on Sunday, April 11 at 2:00 pm at the Performance Hall at HochsteinMr. Smith’s Composition—with narration by the dynamic Jay Stetzer—takes the audience on a hilarious and educational journey into the mind of Mr. Smith as he composes. Pre-concert activities related to composing begin at 1:00 pm at Hochstein. 

Commissioned and premiered in 1990 by Marin Alsop and the Eugene Symphony, Mr. Smith’s composition provides a fresh approach to family concerts.  The audience is drawn into the process by being asked to choose the final ending, which they are encouraged to do by following their hearts. A “live” composer also takes the stage, with three works by RPO trumpeter-composer Wesley Nance.  His Children’s Suite for brass sextet, Rhumba for Orchestra, and excerpts from the same piece for brass quintet, makes for a lively educational experience.  The concert also features the “March” from Bizet’s Jeux d’enfants (Children’s Games), and George Walker’s Lyric for Strings.

An accomplished professional storyteller, Jay Stetzer is inspired by his lifelong love of stories, music and performing arts. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music and taught performing arts at the Harley School for many years.  Stetzer frequently appears with orchestras, blending his storytelling talents with well-known musical works. His stories also can be heard daily on two radio stations in Rochester, where he has made his home since 1966.

Although ideal for children of all ages, RPO orKIDStra concerts – sponsored by Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester – are designed for families with young children ages three and up.  RPO performances are made possible in part with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; the State of New York; Monroe County; and the City of Rochester.  

General admission tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for children, available online 24/7 at, by phone (454-2100) in person from the RPO Box Office, Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm (non-concert Saturdays, 10:00 am-3:00 pm); and seven days a week at area Wegmans.  A convenience fee may apply.