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ROCHESTER, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) proudly announces St. Ann’s Community is the Philharmonics Series Sponsor for 2023-24, our Centennial Season.

“This is such a perfect partnership,” says RPO President and CEO Curtis S. Long. “The RPO and St. Ann’s have the same mission: assuring everyone in our community has the highest quality of life.”

Both organizations are celebrating benchmark anniversaries:

For 150 years, St. Ann’s has provided area seniors with a wide array of crucial services, making it Rochester’s premier senior housing and health services provider. It is also proudly one of Greater Rochester’s largest private employers, with a workforce of more than 1,100.

For 100 years, the RPO has fostered founder George Eastman’s dream of making Rochester “a truly musical city” while also making an impact well beyond the Rochester area, with performances receiving national acclaim and musicians going on to international success.

“We are delighted to join hands and partner with the RPO as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of St. Ann’s Community, coupled with their incredible century milestone,” says St. Ann’s CEO and President Michael McRae. “This collaboration beautifully synchronizes our shared histories, infusing the healing power of music and the spirit of community into the lives of those we care for.”

The two organizations have a long history working together, with recent collaborations including a May 2022 RPO Brass Quintet performance at St. Ann’s Home for memory-care individuals. In June, the RPO and St. Ann’s partnered with Veterans Outreach Center for a special Flag Day concert celebrating both organizations many years of service.

St. Ann’s generous support enables the RPO to present one of its most glittering and ambitious Philharmonics Series ever, starting with the spectacular Centennial Season opener Andreas Conducts Beethoven’s Eroica, Thursday, September 21 and Saturday, September 23. In addition to Beethoven’s triumphant third symphony, the program will include a special guest appearance by superstar cellist and Rochester native Alisa Weilerstein, as well as the world premiere of Wild Sky by composer Aaron Jay Kernis – one of four daring RPO Centennial Commissions in the 2023-24 Philharmonics series. The season concludes in late spring with RPO Music Director Andreas Delfs conducting Beethoven’s beloved Ode to Joy.

The RPO’s renewed relationship with St. Ann’s will extend well beyond Philharmonics concerts at Kodak Hall. Throughout the 2023-24 season, the RPO will bring music to the residents of St. Ann’s, with musicians and ensembles making special appearances at St. Ann’s communities.

ABOUT THE RPO: The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been committed to enriching and inspiring our community through the art of music since its origins in 1922. The RPO presents approximately 150 concerts and broadcasts a year, serving up to 170,000 through ticketed events, education and community engagement activities, and concerts in schools and community centers throughout the region. Andreas Delfs was named music director in 2021, following notable RPO music directors Erich Leinsdorf, David Zinman, Mark Elder, and Conductor Laureate Christopher Seaman. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, now in his 30th season, has earned a national reputation for excellence in pops programming during his tenure with the RPO. The RPO reaches more than 15,000 youths through its specific education programs.


ABOUT ST. ANN’S COMMUNITY: Celebrating 150 years! St. Ann’s Community is Rochester’s leading senior housing and health services provider. St. Ann’s offers a continuum of care that includes independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, transitional care/rehab, hospice/palliative care, and adult day programs. One of Greater Rochester’s largest private employers, St. Ann’s has more than 1,100 employees who are Caring for the Most Important People on Earth.