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RPO Announces 2006-2007 Season

Philharmonics Series includes performances by Pinchas Zukerman, Elmar Oliveira, Jonathan Biss, Stephen Kovacevich and Stewart Goodyear

WPOP Series highlights include concerts with Chuck Mangione, The Mambo Kings, Forbidden Broadway, and evenings of jazz, film music and cartoon classics

Two more performances added of Gala Holiday Pops

Special Concerts include Opening Night Celebration with Sarah Chang and Handel’s “Messiah”

Rochester, N.Y.; March 12, 2006 – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has announced plans for the 2006-07 Season. Music Director Christopher Seaman, Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik and Principal Conductor for Education and Outreach Michael Butterman (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair) and the Orchestra will present 14 pairs of Philharmonics Series concerts, nine pairs of WPOP Series concerts, six pairs of Symphony 101 Series concerts, four Casual Sunday Matinees, four orKIDStra concerts and several special events.

RPO Subscribers enjoy prime seats, savings of up to 25% and no-hassle ticket exchanges (excluding special events). To receive a free brochure detailing the 2006-07 season, please call the RPO Box Office at (585) 454-2100. Complete information is also available online at Individual tickets for events in the 2006-07 Season go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, September 5, 2006.

Several special offers are available for renewing and new subscribers in 2006-07. All current subscribers who renew by April 30, 2006 will avoid a price increase. Philharmonics A, B and C Series subscribers (those who have 14 or seven concert packages) receive free tickets for Handel’s Messiah. And WPOP Z Series subscribers (those who currently have a four concert package) will now have a five concert package including Gala Holiday Pops. In 2006-07, renewing WPOP Z subscribers receive Gala Holiday Pops free; new subscribers will pay full price for the five concert package.

The Eastman Kodak Company and Bausch & Lomb Philharmonics Series Highlights

“As always, we’re featuring some delightful new works, traditional favorites, outstanding soloists and powerful orchestral pieces,” says Christopher Seaman. “I’m delighted to share the stage with pianists John Lill, Barry Douglas, Stewart Goodyear, Andrew von Oeyen, Jonathan Biss and Stephen Kovacevich. And we’ll feature cellist Steven Doane, professor of cello at the Eastman School of Music, violinists Elmar Oliveira and Amy Beth Horman and several of our own talented orchestra musicians. Legendary violinist Pinchas Zukerman will conduct the orchestra and play a double concerto in March.” The Philharmonics Series is sponsored by Eastman Kodak Company and Bausch & Lomb.

RPO Concertmaster Juliana Athayde (The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair) makes her Eastman Theatre concerto debut, performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, the piece she was performing the first time Mr. Seaman heard her play. Other featured soloists from the Orchestra are Principal Oboe Ariana Ghez (The Dr. Jacques M. Lipson Chair), performing Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin with Pinchas Zukerman; Principal Horn W. Peter Kurau (The Cricket and Frank Luellen Chair), performing Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1 and Principal Percussion Jim Tiller, performing Schwanter’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra.

Orchestral masterworks include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 “London,” Copland’s Symphony No. 3, Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and Ravel’s popular orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

A number of works by American composers are featured throughout the series, including pieces by Irving Fine, Wallingford Riegger and Charles Ives. Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and his Symphony No. 3 (which includes the Fanfare for the Common Man in the final movement) are both scheduled, as well as Gunther Schuller’s Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee and David Diamond’s Symphony No. 4.

In addition to Jerzy Semkow, former RPO Music Advisor and Principal Conductor, the RPO welcomes guest conductors Peter Bay, Daniel Hege, James Gaffigan and Gerard Schwarz.

A free “Pre-Concert Chat” at 7 p.m. in the Eastman Theatre precedes each Philharmonics concert. Christopher Seaman usually hosts these popular programs, which give interesting insights into the music in the concerts.

All Philharmonics concerts are Thursday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Eastman Theatre. Subscription packages for five, seven and 14 concerts are available. Until April 30, 2006, renewal prices range from $85 to $579 per person, depending on package and seating location. Prices for all new subscribers range from $85 to $607.

The Wegmans WPOP Series Highlights

“This season’s WPOP Series features some really creative presentations and some of Rochester’s greatest musicians,” says Jeff Tyzik. “We’re doing a great concert with Chuck Mangione, recreating the 1970 Friends & Love concert that essentially launched his recording career, and I’m looking forward to working with The Mambo Kings again.” The WPOP Series is sponsored by Wegmans Food Markets.

For the first time, there will be five public performances of Gala Holiday Pops, featuring vocalist Steve Lippia and the Festival High School Chorale, over two weekends in December. The run has been extended due to popular demand for tickets to the perennial favorite. Performances are December 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m., and December 17 at 2 p.m. in the Eastman Theatre.

The WPOP Series kicks off with Spectrum Vocal Quartet, performing the hits made famous by the Four Tops, the Temptations and other popular Motown acts. Songstress Dee Daniels joins trumpeter Byron Stripling and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon (a former member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra) for Nothin’ but the Blues in November. Democrat and Chronicle film critic Jack Garner returns to the Eastman Theatre stage to host a night of music from Oscar®-winning films and dramatic epics.

The New Year starts with that “wascally wabbit” – Bugs Bunny himself, in top form, projected above the live orchestra for The Rabbit of Seville and What’s Opera, Doc? and other Warner Bros. cartoon classics. In March, pops conductor Jack Everly recreates the magic of television’s early days, with a theatrical show featuring songs from the hit parade, classic TV themes and commercials, game shows and much more. Forbidden Broadway is a hilarious send-up of 40 years of Broadway’s biggest shows and brightest stars. The award-winning musical revue pokes fun at Cats, Annie, Guys and Dolls, the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Liza Minelli and much more.

All WPOP Series concerts are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Eastman Theatre. Subscription packages for five and nine concert series are available. Until April 30, 2006, renewal prices range from $73 to $383, depending on the package and seating location. Prices for all new subscribers range from $90 to $401.

The PAETEC Communications Symphony 101 Series Highlights

In his inimitably engaging and personable style, Christopher Seaman mixes wonderful musical illustrations played by the orchestra, anecdotes and some background information to provide an interesting look at different types of orchestral music. This season, Symphony 101 concertgoers will discover the tricks and techniques composers have used to evoke emotion, experiencing an orchestral history of how feelings have been expressed throughout the ages. Following each concert Mr. Seaman takes questions from the audience. The Symphony 101 Series is sponsored by PAETEC Communications, Inc.

Symphony 101 concerts are Friday evenings at 7:30 pm in the Performance Hall at Hochstein and on the west side of the city Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. at Hale Auditorium, Roberts Cultural Life Center, Roberts Wesleyan College. Until April 30, 2006, the renewal price for the six concert series is $113. All new subscriptions are $119.

The Democrat and Chronicle and Strong Health Casual Sunday Matinee Series Highlights

Jeff Tyzik has planned a series of four “fun not formal” concerts that explore different themes. The Casual Sunday Matinee Series opens with Mr. Tyzik’s Halloween Spooktacular, and continues with An Afternoon at the Opera, conducted by the Eastman School of Music’s Benton Hess. Details about a talent competition for high school students will be announced later; the winners will perform with the RPO on Search for a Star in March 2007. Finally, the RPO recognizes Memorial Day with American Salute. The Casual Sunday Matinee Series is sponsored by the Democrat and Chronicle and Strong Health.

All Casual Sunday Matinee concerts are Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. in the Eastman Theatre. Until April 30, 2006, the renewal price for the four concert series is $45. All new subscriptions are $49.

The Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester orKIDStra Series Highlights

The popular orKIDStra Series goes “back to school” this season with a series of four engaging concerts that revolve around science, history, reading and sports. “Parents and grandparents know these entertaining and interactive Sunday afternoon concerts are a great way to introduce their little ones to the wonders of orchestral music,” says Michael Butterman. Three of the concerts – Supersonic Science, A Magical Musical History Tour and Once Upon a Time … – are led by Mr. Butterman; Most Valuable Players will be conducted by Mark Mandarano. The orKIDStra Series is sponsored by Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester.

These orKIDStra concerts are Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. in the Performance Hall at Hochstein. Pre-concert activities begin at 1 p.m. Until April 30, 2006, the renewal price for the four concert series is $37. All new subscriptions are $41.

Special Events

Violinist Sarah Chang, who has been called “the most wonderful, the most perfect, the most ideal violinist,” performs Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Christopher Seaman and the Orchestra on October 7 at 8 p.m. in the Eastman Theatre. This Opening Night Celebration also features the music of Respighi and Verdi. Tickets are $26-$60.

The RPO again collaborates with the Rochester City Ballet (Timothy Draper, founder and Jamey Leverett, artistic director) and the Nazareth College Bach Children’s Chorus for six Thanksgiving weekend performances of The Nutcracker, November 24, 25 & 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Eastman Theatre. A traditional holiday favorite for many years, this enchanting presentation will delight the child in everyone. Tickets are $26-60.

The RPO joins forces with Rochester Oratorio Society for Handel’s Messiah on December 7 & 9 at 8 p.m. in the Eastman Theatre. Christopher Seaman and the chorus are joined by vocalists Arianna Zukerman, Nancy Maultsby, John Tessier and Stephen Powell for this masterpiece that exemplifies the spirit of the season. The Christmas portion of the oratorio and the Hallelujah Chorus will be performed. Tickets are $22-$56.

Celebrate the holidays with a special Holiday orKIDStra concert for families on December 23 at 2 p.m. in the Eastman Theatre with Jeff Tyzik conducting. This fun and festive concert is designed for families with children ages 3-9. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children.

Tickets for special event concerts are available only to subscribers at this time. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, September 5, 2006.

General Information

Income from ticket sales covers approximately 40% of the RPO’s expenses. Donations to the RPO offset expenses, support educational programs and ensure the continuation of musical excellence. Individuals donating $50 or more receive special benefits, including a 20% discount on single ticket purchases. For more information about making a donation, call the RPO Development Department at (585) 454-7311 x247 or 252. Donations of time and talent are also critical to the RPO’s continued success. To volunteer as an usher, educational program docent, office assistant or to work on a special event committee, call (585) 454-7311 x243.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s core purpose is to inspire and enrich our community through the art of music, through a passionate dedication and outstanding musical performance at the highest artistic levels; a unique tradition of musical versatility; commitment to music education in the broadest sense; and a deep and enduring engagement with the community. To read more about Ensuring a Vibrant Future for the RPO, visit and download an overview.

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; the County of Monroe; the City of Rochester; and American Airlines, the official airline of the RPO.

Files to Download:

2006-2007 Calendar of Events
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2006-2007 Roster of Artists
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2006-2007 Guest Artist Bios
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