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RPO Offers Fall Side-by-Side Sessions

For Immediate Release: September 22, 2016
Media Contacts:   Sally Cohen, 585-749-1795, [email protected]
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Area musicians: apply now to play with RPO in Kodak Hall

Rochester, NY – Due to the popularity of its two summer side-by-side sessions, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) will offer two more Professional/Amateur Side-by-Side Orchestral Reading Sessions this fall in Kodak Hall: Tuesday, October 18 from 7 – 9:30 p.m., and Tuesday, November 8 from 7 – 9:30 p.m.  Musicians may apply to either or both sessions at or via the RPO website (along with more information) at

The repertoire for the October 18th session will be Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88 (first and second movements) and Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, conducted by Stefan Sanders, Associate Conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. November 8th’s repertoire will be Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 (fourth movement only) and the Main Theme from Star Wars by John Williams. Lawrence Loh, Music Director of both Symphonia and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, will conduct.

Applications will be accepted until all available slots are filled. Accepted instrumentalists will be expected to prepare the music in advance, which will be provided by e-mail distribution. Cost is $50 per session, payable by check to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra upon acceptance. Questions may be directed to RPO Vice-President of Artistic Administration Richard Decker at [email protected].

“Playing side-by-side with professional musicians is a very rewarding experience for amateur musicians,” says Decker, citing the enthusiastic response from July’s sessions. “So many of the participants expressed a desire to repeat the experience that we are pleased to offer this opportunity for the talented pool of amateur musicians we have here in the Rochester region.”

What past participants have said about the side-by-side experience:
“Many thanks to all the RPO musicians for the warm welcome, and their help and guidance. Can’t wait to do it again! Thank you so much for providing the opportunity to make music with such outstanding musicians, and to make friends with such warm and wonderful people.” —Dennis Rosenbaum.
“It was FANTASTIC – thank you all for the great experience!” —Nicole Catapano Alioto.
“It was a wonderful afternoon of music-making. My stand partner/mentor, Boris Zapesochny, was very kind and helpful. Thank you for having us!” —Michele Bello.

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 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 22-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 more than 12,000 children through its specific programs for school-aged children. Media please note: High-resolution images and a complete listing of 2016/17 concerts are available at, and interviews and photo/footage opportunities can be arranged.