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For Immediate Release:  January 17, 2017
Media Contacts:  Sally Cohen, 585-749-1795, [email protected]



Third annual free concert in Kodak Hall reveals next season

Co-hosts Ward Stare & Jeff Tyzik invite you into their “home”


Rochester, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) will reveal its entire 2017/18 season with its third annual, free Season Preview Concert on Tuesday, February 7 at 7 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Co-led this year by Music Director Ward Stare and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, the 75-minute concert features the full orchestra on stage playing excerpts from the upcoming season, which opens in September. Maestros Stare and Tyzik will share their thoughts on programming the RPO’s 95th Philharmonic and Pops Series, as well as Sunday Matinee, OrKIDstra and Holiday concerts. They’ll also disclose next season’s exciting Special Concerts and guest artists during the casual, conversational evening. Admission is FREE, but advance tickets are required. Those interested should reserve their general admission seats as soon as possible by calling (585) 454-2100.


“We’ve had so much fun with our audiences in the past, and with my friend Jeff co-hosting with me, this year will be even better,” says Stare, who originated the unique, live preview concerts in his inaugural year as music director.


“Ward and I are going to treat the audience as if they’re in our living room – a very large living room that happens to seat the entire RPO,” adds Tyzik.


Subscription packages will go on sale the following morning, Wednesday, February 8 at 10 a.m. Subscribers will have access to a wide range of subscription options and price points, and are guaranteed consistently lowest ticket prices, free ticket-exchange privileges, priority access to RPO Special Concerts like this season’s sold-out Yo-Yo Ma concert, and other valuable benefits. Subscriptions will be available online at, by phone at (585) 454-2100, or in person at the RPO’s Patron Services Center (108 East Avenue). Single tickets will go on sale in July.


The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) 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 170,000 people through ticketed events, education and community engagement activities, and concerts in schools and community centers throughout the region. 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 22-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 endowed position of its kind in the country – the RPO reaches more than 16,000 children through its specific programs for school-aged children.


Media please note: High-resolution images of 2016/17 concerts are available at and upon request, and interviews and photo/footage opportunities can be arranged.