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RPO Kicks Off Summer Season with Two Concerts at CMAC

ROCHESTER, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) kicks off the Summer Season with two blockbuster performances at the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) in Canandaigua on July 2 and 9.  

First, Principal Conductor for Education and Outreach Michael Butterman conducts the Orchestra in Red, White, and Boom! on Saturday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m. an Independence Day celebration to remember as the RPO performs patriotic and other all-American favorites complete with fireworks! The program also includes pianist Ilya Yakushev as soloist in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, a tribute to our armed forces, and percussionists Jim Tiller, Mark Hodges, and Brad Fuster as soloists in Russell Peck’s The Glory and the Grandeur.  Called “a stunning tour-de-force” by The Miami Herald, this piece is a concerto for percussion trio.  Kids 12 and under are free on the lawn!

The following week, Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik trades in his baton for a magic wand as the RPO performs The Music of John Williams: Star Wars, Harry Potter, and More! on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m.  Composer John Williams has created some of the most iconic sounds of all time.  From the scores to such films as Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter, this program is a hit for the whole family.  The RPO and lawn seat patrons will be joined by storm troopers and other characters from the 501st Legion’s Garrison Excelsior.

Subscriptions are available for this exciting season.  The Summer Flex Pass Subscription ($149 for four vouchers) can be used towards CMAC and RPO summer performances.  There is also a CMAC two-pack subscription ($22 – $88) for patrons who would like to take advantage of the CMAC-only performances.  Single tickets to Red, White, and Boom! ($13 – $50; Kids 12 and under are free on the lawn) and single tickets to The Music of John Williams: Star Wars, Harry Potter, and More!, ($15 – $60, Kids 12 & under free on the lawn) can be purchased by calling the Eastman Theatre Box Office at 454-2100; additionally, the CMAC two-pack can be purchased by calling Blue Cross Arena at 1-800-745-3000.  To learn more about the entire RPO Summer Season, visit

Editors Please Note:

Saturday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor
  The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair
Ilya Yakushev, piano
Jim Tiller, Mark Hodges, and Brad Fuster, percussion

SMITH (arr. Tyzik)   The Star-Spangled Banner   
COPLAND   An Outdoor Overture  
GOULD   American Salute  
BECKEL   Liberty For All  
LOWDEN   Armed Forces Salute  
PECK   The Glory and the Grandeur
  (Concerto for Percussion Trio and Orchestra)  
BERNSTEIN   Overture to West Side Story  
GERSHWIN   Rhapsody in Blue  
TCHAIKOVSKY   1812 Overture
SOUSA    Stars and Stripes Forever

Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Jeff Tyzik, conductor

WILLIAMS   Superman March
arr. TYZIK   The Best of Bond
BADELT (arr. Ricketts) Pirates of the Caribbean
WILLIAMS   Tango (Por una Cabeza)
arr. TYZIK The Big Movie Suite
WILLIAMS   “Raiders March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark
WILLIAMS Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Suite for Orchestra
         V. Harry’s Wondrous World
WILLIAMS (arr. Cacavas) Suite from Jaws
WILLIAMS Suite from Far and Away
WILLIAMS Star Wars Suite for Orchestra
         Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)
         Princess Leia’s Theme
         Main Title