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Available January 24th through March 10th

Andreas Delfs, conductor 

TCHAIKOVSKY  Serenade in C Major, “Serenade for Strings”
Holberg Suite

In this unique program, we celebrate our strings!  Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite, a suite of five movements based on 18th-century dance forms, was written in 1884 by Grieg to celebrate the 200th birthday of the Danish-Norwegian humanist and playwright Ludvig Holberg. Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings” showcases two of his best-known compositional traits: a gift for graceful melody, and his veneration of Mozart. While every movement is popular, it is the second movement, the “Valse,” that will be familiar to many.

Streaming February 11th through March 28th 

Andreas Delfs, conductor

MOZART   DivertimentoK. 138
BACH   Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
STRAUSS   Metamorphosen

Dedicated to his royal patron, the Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 remains one of the most famous works of the Baroque period. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed the Divertimento in the winter of 1772 during some much-needed downtime in Salzburg, where he frequently performed in intimate settings for the city’s leading residents. Written in the closing months of the Second World War, Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen is a work that evokes the emotional toll the war had on the landscape of Europe.

Streaming February 18th through April 4th 

Jeff Tyzik, 
Juliana Athayde, violin (Concertmaster, The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair, funded in perpetuity)
Erik Behr, oboe (Principal, The Dr. Jacques M. Lipson Chair, funded in perpetuity)
Perrin Yang, violin
Aaron Mossburg, viola (Principal, The William L. Gamble Chair, funded in perpetuity)
Chiao-Wen Cheng, piano

Dance Suite for Oboe, Strings, and Piano
VIVALDI “Spring” from The Four Seasons
PIAZZOLLA “Spring” from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
TYZIK   Blues Suite for String Orchestra

Join Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik for a concert guaranteed to warm you up during these cold Rochester months! Featuring works by Antonio Vivaldi, Astor Piazzolla, and Jeff Tyzik. 

Streaming March 4th through April 18th 

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR   Clarinet Quintet, Op.10
MENDELSSOHN   Octet in E-flat, Op. 20

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor remains one of the greatest Black composers of the 19th century, with his Clarinet Quintet a sheer demonstration of his gift for composing chamber music. A gift to his friend and violin teacher, Eduard Ritz, the then 16-year-old Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major provides a glimpse into the glorious mind of one of the 1800s greatest composers. 

Streaming March 18th through May 2nd

RAVEL   Introduction and Allegro
DEBUSSY   Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
TCHAIKOVSKY   String Sextet in D minor, “Souvenir de Florence,” Op. 70

This program opens with Maurice Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet, written in 1905 to showcase the new chromatic harp. Claude Debussy’s Sonata for flute, viola, and harp, originally planned to feature a flute, oboe, and harp has since set an instrumentation standard for ensembles. Sketched in part during his visit to Florence, Italy, Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence” is set in a four-movement form which includes Russian and folk-like melodies typical of the emerging Russian compositions of the time.

Streaming March 30th through May 14th 

Andreas Delfs, conductor
Erik Behr, oboe (Principal, The Dr. Jacques M. Lipson Chair, funded in perpetuity)

SAINT-GEORGES   Overture to L’amant Anonyme (The Anonymous Lover)
MORRICONE “Gabriel’s Oboe” from The Mission
CARLOS SIMON   An Elegy: A Cry from the Grave
SCHREKER   Kammersymphonie (Chamber Symphony)

One of the earliest Black classical composers and playwrights, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ overture to his renowned opera, L’Amant Anonyme (The Anonymous Lover), was performed exclusively for the nobles and royals of late-1700 France. Enrico Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe” is used as the central theme for the 1986 film, The Mission, and has since been arranged and performed by some of classical music’s greatest artists. Dedicated to those who have been murdered by an oppressive power, Carlos Simon’s An Elegy: A Cry from the Grave is an evocative composition drawing on intense lyricism and lush harmonic charter to create a poignant and compelling focus at the intersection of art and social justice. Written amid the First World War, Franz Schreker’s Kammersymphonie (Chamber Symphony)concentrates the essence of his late romantic/expressionist style into a passionate and mesmerizing symphonietta in a single movement.

Streaming April 1st through May 16th 

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Join Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik and your RPO for an evening of music from some of the greatest films ever produced for the silver screen!

 Streaming April 15th through May 30th

Andreas Delfs, conductor

MOZART   Symphony No. 38, “Prague”
DVOŘÁK   Czech Suite in D major, Op. 39

Popularly known as the “Prague Symphony,” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s composition premiered on January 19th, 1787, in the fashionable city due in part to the composer’s immense popularity there. Written nearly a century later, Antonin Dvořák’s Czech Suite incorporates themes of Czech folk dances – a fitting tribute to the Czech composer’s tremendous pride in his motherland. 

Streaming April 29th through June 13th 

Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Juliana Athayde, violin (The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair, funded in perpetuity)

Join Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik for a musical journey from the Spanish heartland to the streets of Havana and Buenos Aires! Featuring Georges Bizet’s Carmen Suite, Manuel de Falla’s Ritual of Fire Dances, Ernesto Lecuona’s Andalucia, Jeff Tyzik’s Three Latin Dances, and more!

 Streaming May 6th through June 20th 

Andreas Delfs, conductor

MAHLER arr. K. Simon   Symphony No. 4 

Based on a collection of German folk poetry, Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony takes inspiration from a single song of a child’s vision of Heaven. Join Music Director Andreas Delfs and your RPO as we take you through a mystical journey through stormy and striking passages – only to emerge in a symphonic glow of serenity and peace. 

Streaming May 27th through July 11th

STRAVINSKY  Octet for Wind Instruments
JANÁČEK   Mládí (Youth)
BRUCH   Octet for Strings in B-flat major

Igor Stravinsky’s Octet opens the program, a fantastic composition that links the second and third movements without a break – a testament to the genius of one of the 20th century’s most influential composers. Leoš Janáček’s Mládí (Youth), completed in the early 1920s, shows the emergence of the Czech composer from his “youthful mood” to a more mature and experimental artist. Max Bruch’s Octet in B-flat major, one of his last works, expresses the late Romanticist’s hope of renewed health for his nation and his person.

Streaming June 1st through July 16th

Andreas Delfs, conductor

JOHN ADAMS   Chamber Symphony
BEETHOVEN   Symphony No. 1

Chamber Symphony, written by renowned contemporary composer John Adams, was initially inspired as a children’s piece. But through “another one of those strange interludes,” Adams was led to create a whole new – and phenomenal – work. Inspired by the works of Haydn and Mozart, the use of sforzandi and sudden shifts in dynamics and tempo makes Ludwig van Beethoven’s First Symphony a composition undeniably his.

Stream these concerts before they’re gone! 

Available through February 14th

Jeff Tyzik, Principal Pops Conductor

Ring in the New Year with your RPO! Pour the champagne – grape juice for the kids! – and celebrate the end of 2020 with favorites including Bizet’s Carmen Suite and Smetana Dance of the Comedians, conducted by Music Director Ward Stare.

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