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RPO Horns Show Who’s “Top Brass”

Rochester, NY; April 24, 2006 – A plastic whirling tube, trumpets, horns, trombones, tuba, a garden hose horn demo and more will be featured on Sunday, May 14 in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s orKIDStra Series concert “Horns and More.” The program, lead by Principal Conductor for Education & Outreach Michael Butterman (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair), will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Performance Hall at Hochstein. Although ideal for children of all ages, orKIDStra concerts are geared especially toward families with young children ages 3-9.

Each instrument of the orchestral brass family – trumpet, trombone, French horn, and tuba – will be highlighted in repertoire designed to best show them off. Special guest, 11-year old Brooke Nance from Penfield will be performing on the French horn. A fifth-grader at the Rochester Christian School, Brooke’s talents come naturally. Her mother (Shannon) and father (Wes) both are members of the RPO, playing violin and trumpet, respectively. Brooke studies with Jennifer Burch, a member of the RPO’s horn section.

The orKIDStra Series is sponsored by Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester.

General admission tickets for orKIDStra Series concerts are $12 for adults and $10 for children, available online 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.

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.