For Immediate Release: March 26, 2018
Media Contact: Sally Cohen, 585-749-1795, [email protected]
RPO IS BREAKING BOUNDARIES THIS APRIL
PUSH Physical Theatre, The Planets: An HD Odyssey,
A Night of Symphonic Rock, Anderson & Roe
PLUS: Free Around-the-Town Concerts 4/25-27
Rochester, NY – This April, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) breaks boundaries with four eclectic concerts that give audiences a wide range of musical as well as multi-media choices.
It all starts with the RPO debut of Rochester’s award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre in an “expect the unexpected” collaboration with the Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik. These internationally-renowned masters of motion theatre are recipients of the Performing Artist of the Year Award from the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, the Anton Germano Dance Award, and the University of Rochester’s Lillian Fairchild Award. They were finalists on truTV’s Fake Off, during which judge/Glee star Harry Shum, Jr. said: “You guys are superhuman!” Breaking Boundaries with PUSH Physical Theatre on Friday and Saturday, April 13 & 14 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre will feature PUSH’s interpretations of Tyzik compositions including his New York Cityscapes and “Blue Funk,” as well as works by other composers, in an evening that will “push” audiences’ preconceptions of a symphonic concert.
“From the moment I first saw PUSH perform, I was intrigued by their unique and interesting way of telling a story by using body movements in an unconventional way. I was immediately interested to see what PUSH and the RPO might be able to create together that would be completely different from anything we have ever done before,” explains Tyzik. “This collaboration is an exciting experiment and a new direction in thinking about how a concert can be presented.”
Next up is the RPO debut of “the most dynamic duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe. Since forming their musical partnership in 2002 as students at The Juilliard School, Anderson & Roe have revolutionized the piano duo experience for the 21st century through adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos. Described as “the very model of complete 21st-century musicians” (The Washington Post), the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo aims to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world. Led by Principal Conductor for Education and Community Engagement Michael Butterman (The Louse and Henry Epstein Family Chair), Anderson & Roe Play Mozart will take place on Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. at Hochstein Performance Hall. The program includes Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos in D Minor, various Anderson & Roe arrangements, and Mozart’s Concerto No. 7 in F Major for Three Pianos with Maestro Butterman joining in on piano. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 7 is made possible by the Mozart Performance Fund: Sarah D. Atkinson, M.D. and Steven Hess.
Eagerly anticipated by many music as well as space fans, The Planets: An HD Odyssey on Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall will feature Holst’s beloved sonic odyssey paired with staggering high-definition footage from recent NASA explorations of our solar system. Renowned Houston Symphony Conductor Emeritus Hans Graf leads the program, which kicks off with Liget’s Atmospheres – famously used in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: a Space Odyssey – as well as Scriabin’s cosmic The Poem of Ecstasy. Note: The RPO is partnering with the Strasenburgh Planetarium at the Rochester Museum & Science Center to present “Holst in the Dome,” a special, expanded learning experience for concertgoers. In a unique combination of recordings and visuals, explore Holst’s career and influences by listening to musical highlights at the RMSC’s Strasenburgh Planetarium on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. or Wednesday, April 18 at 2 p.m. More information and ticket packages for both or either of the shows are available here or by calling the RPO Patron Services Center at 585-454-2100.
RPO’s annual, FREEs Spring Around-the-Town Concerts will take place April 25-27 at various locations around Rochester. Led by guest conductor Teresa Cheung, several of the concerts* will also feature students of urban music study program ROCmusic Collaborative.
- Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.: David F. Gantt Rec Center (700 North Street, 14605)*
- Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.: Frederick Douglass Rec Center (999 South Avenue, 14620)*
- Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (43 Gebhardt Road, Penfield, 14526)
April’s grand finale, A Night of Symphonic Rock, takes place on Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m. at the Kodak Center for the Performing Arts (formerly Kodak Theatre on the Ridge, 200 West Ridge Rd.) Led by guest conductor James Olmstead, this Special Concert of classic rock also features a powerhouse, six-piece rock band performing the greatest hits of Aerosmith, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Journey, Starship, Kansas, and more.
Tickets* for all of the above (unless noted) start at $24 and are available online at rpo.org, by phone at (585) 454-2100, or in person at the RPO’s Patron Services Center (108 East Ave., Rochester) and at all Wegmans That’s T.H.E. Ticket! locations.
The RPO’s 2017/18 Season is presented by Rochester Regional Health and the Dawn and Jacques Lipson Cancer Institute. The Philharmonics Series is sponsored by M&T Bank; the RPO Pops Series is sponsored by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust and Wegmans. RPO performances are also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by Monroe County and the City of Rochester.
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 – 34,000 of them youngsters – 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 24-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 almost 17,000 children through its specific programs for school-aged children.
Media please note: High-resolution images of 2017/18 concerts are available here and upon request, and interviews and photo/footage opportunities can be arranged.