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RPO Opens 2019/20 Season

For Immediate Release

September 16, 2019

Media Contact:   Nicole Morelle, 454-7311 ext. 245



September 19 & 21 – Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre


Rochester, NY – Under the direction of Music Director Ward Stare, the RPO takes part in the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival with an adventurous and exciting program featuring four living composers: Bates, McTee, Reich, and Adams. The program concludes with world-renowned violinist Leila Josefowicz as soloist in John Adams’ Scheherazade.2. The 2019/20 Season kicks-off Thursday, September 19 & Saturday, September 21 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

All single tickets are $24 and can be purchased online at or by calling the RPO’s Patron Services Center at 454-2100. Tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to the concert.

The 2019/20 Season is presented by Rochester Regional Health – The Lipson Cancer Institute and M&T Bank.

Thursday, September 19th 7:30 p.m. & Saturday, September 21st 8 p.m.

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Ward Stare, Music Director

Leila Josefowicz, violin


MASON BATES             Mothership

CINDY MCTEE             Einstein’s Dream

STEVE REICH              Three Movements for Orchestra

JOHN ADAMS              Scheherazade.2


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. 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, now in his 26th season, has earned a national reputation for excellence in pops programming during his tenure with the RPO. The RPO reaches more than 15,000 children through its specific programs for school-aged children.