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RPO Celebrates Mozart with Flute Concerto

Rochester, N.Y., Feb. 21, 2006 – RPO Principal Flute Rebecca Gilbert (The Charlotte Whitney Allen Chair) joins conductor Christopher Seaman and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on Thursday, March 9 and Saturday, March 11 at 8 p.m. in the Eastman Theatre for an evening of moving music. Of a past performance, Democrat and Chronicle Music Critic John Pitcher noted, “Gilbert is a serious, sensitive and stylish musician, and she possesses a technique that is seemingly capable of overcoming all difficulties.” The program, which includes Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8, is described by Mr. Seaman as “a big occasion!” He hosts the Pre-concert Chat at 7 p.m. each evening.

The Orchestra is celebrating the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadè Mozart this season with six Philharmonics Series concerts and six Symphony 101 concerts featuring his music. This Music That Moves You concert features Ms. Gilbert’s performance of Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1, an effortless and delightful piece that explores the flute’s warm, expressive capabilities. Mr. Seaman says, “Rebecca has been with the RPO for ten years, but we still do not take for granted her wonderful sound and artistry, which add so much to our concerts.”

Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8, premiered by Hans Richter in 1892, brought the composer the greatest acclaim of his life. Composer Hugo Wolf, after attending the performance, likened it to “a triumph that a Roman general could not have wished to be more splendid. This symphony is the creation of a giant, and in its spiritual dimension, richness and greatness it surpasses all of the Master’s other symphonies.”

Tickets for these performances are $22-$52, available online 24/7 at, by phone (454-2100) and in person from the RPO Box Office, and at all Wegmans Video Departments. RPO Box Office Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (non-concert Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.). The Wegmans Video Department is open seven days a week, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. A convenience fee may apply.

The Philharmonics Series is sponsored by Eastman Kodak Company and Bausch & Lomb. Additional support for this concert is provided by The Mozart Performance Fund. The RPO gratefully acknowledges PAETEC Communications Inc. for the PAETEC Philharmonic Partners program, which offers discounted Philharmonics Series tickets to local college students.

Since joining the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Flute in September 1996, Rebecca Gilbert’s expressive and versatile playing has illuminated the RPO’s classical and pops performances. Ms. Gilbert has also performed as Acting Principal Flute of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Guest Assistant Principal Flute with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood. As an active soloist/recitalist, Rebecca has performed solo and chamber music concerts with the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, Live from Hochstein, Skaneateles Festival, Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Charles Ives Center for the Arts Contemporary Music Festival, and the Chautauqua Chamber Players. She is a regularly featured soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed concerti with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Penfield (NY) Symphony Orchestra. A Wisconsin native, Rebecca began playing the flute at age 9. She earned a MM from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and attended the Centre International De Formation Musicale in Nice, France.

Celebrating its 83rd season in 2005-06, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s mission is to perform and present a broad range of quality music; attract, entertain and educate audiences with superior musical performances; maintain and build the Orchestra’s national reputation; and enhance the reputation of the Rochester community as a place in which to live, work, play, visit and learn.

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.