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October with your RPO: Ward Stare returns

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2013
Media Contacts
:   Sally Cohen, 585-749-1795, [email protected]
RPO Info


With Jeremy Denk, EYP Breakfast & Live at Hochstein
PLUS: Jeffrey Kahane, Matthew McDonald, Around the Town,
OrKIDStra, and Phantom of the Opera for Halloween

Rochester, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) continues its 92nd season, presented by Dawn & Jacques Lipson, on Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 4 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall in Eastman Theatre with the second Philharmonics concert of the season. Recently-appointed Music Director Ward Stare returns after his triumphant season opener to conduct Denk Plays Beethoven Plus Symphonie Fantastique. In addition to Berlioz’s tour-de-force Symphonie fantastique and Saint-Saëns’ Danse macabre, the program includes international sensation and Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year, Jeremy Denk, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Previously scheduled guest conductor Jun Märkl graciously offered the new music director this second opportunity to continue building a relationship with the RPO musicians, and will return to the RPO as a guest conductor in a future season. (No action is needed from patrons who already have tickets).

In between the two performances, the 32-year-old Stare will speak at an Eastman Young Professionals (EYP) Breakfast on Friday, October 3 at 7:30-9 a.m. in the Eastman House Curtis Theatre and Café. This free event is open to anyone ages 23-45, and a complementary continental breakfast and coffee will be served. To reserve your seat, please RSVP to [email protected].

On Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 11 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, multi-faceted pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane leads the RPO in An American in Paris,

George Gershwin’s iconic music postcard from 1920’s Paris. Kahane takes center stage for Ravel’s jazz-inspired Piano Concerto in G Major, and the program’s second half features two Hungarian greats: Kodály’s colorful Háry János Suite and Ligeti’s Concert Românesc.

Maestro Stare returns to conduct the opening concert of the Live at Hochstein series on Wednesday, October 15 from 12:10-12:50 p.m. at the Performance Hall at Hochstein. The free, “brown bag” concert will feature the RPO playing Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony and Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture. Hosted by Classical 91.5 host Mona Seghatoleslami, the concert will air live on 91.5 while streaming live on, repeating at 10 p.m. that day. Find out more at

The RPOs fall Around the Town concerts will take place October 15-17 at various Rochester-area locations. Guest conductor Paul Shewan will lead Musical Stories: From Star Wars to Scheherazade at the David F. Gantt Recreation Center (700 North Street, 14605) on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.; at the Edgerton Recreation Center (41 Backus Street, 14608) on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m.; and at Fairport High School (1 Dave Paddock Way, 14450) on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The concerts are free and no tickets are required.

The first OrKIDStra of the 2014/15 season—Superheroes and Heroines—is Sunday, October 19 at 2 p.m. at the Performance Hall at Hochstein. Guest conductor Matthew Kraemer leads a program of iconic music from favorite superheroes and heroines, including Spider-Man, Superman, Harry Potter, and The Incredibles, along with music from Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars. Themed hands-on activities for kids start at 1 p.m., and children are encouraged to dress in costumes. Adults are $15/$10 for children (ages 12 and under).

RPO Principal Bassoonist Matthew McDonald (The Ron and Donna Fielding Chair) will give his first solo performance since joining the orchestra in 2013 in Mozart & Prokofiev on Thursday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 25 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Guest conductor Case Scaglione leads the RPO in a program that includes Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, and a 20th-century gem by American composer Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 2, “Mysterious Mountain.”

Finally, guest conductor Donald Hunsberger leads a spine-tingling Pops treat for Halloween with Phantom of the Opera Silent Film on Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Watch the silent classic starring the legendary Lon Chaney on the big screen with live accompaniment by the RPO.

Except where noted, tickets for all of the above concerts start  at $23, and may be purchased in person at the Eastman Theatre Box Office (433 East Main Street) and at all Wegmans That’s T.H.E. Ticket! locations, by phone at (585) 454-2100, or online at

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has been committed to enriching and inspiring our community through the art of music since its founding in 1922. The RPO presents approximately 150 concerts and broadcasts a year, serving up to 200,000 people through ticketed events, education and community engagement activities, and concerts in schools and community centers throughout the region. Recently appointed 12th Music Director Ward Stare joins the ranks of former notable RPO music directors, including Eugene Goossens, José Iturbi, Erich Leinsdorf, David Zinman and Conductor Laureate Christopher Seaman. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik has earned a national reputation for excellence in pops programming during his 20-year tenure with the RPO. With Michael Butterman as Principal Conductor for Education and Community Engagement (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair) – the first position of its kind in the country – the RPO reaches more than 13,000 children through its specific programs for school-aged children.

Media please note:  High-resolution images for Phils concerts are available at:; Pops at: Interviews and photo and footage opportunities can also be arranged.