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We not only commemorate 100 years of the RPO, we also have the honor of celebrating 30 years with your hometown Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik! For his 30th anniversary, Maestro Tyzik has put together a Pops season like no other with blockbuster performances featuring world-renowned guest artists and soloists with close ties to your RPO and the Rochester community. Witness stage and screen superstar Kelli O’Hara, Broadway powerhouse Shayna Steele, and the familiar “stars” of Rochester and your RPO including Juliana Athayde, Erik Behr, Ken Grant, Herb Smith, and Kearstin Piper Brown. Plus, the 30th anniversary of Jeff Tyzik’s Gala Holiday Pops, a local holiday tradition featuring Rochester’s Festival High School Chorale.
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October 2023 - December 2023
October 20 & 21, 2023
Relive the magic of Year Six in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ in Concert. With this film, based on the sixth installment of the classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale of Harry’s obsession with a mysterious potions book accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen in HD!
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November 3 & 4, 2023
Jeff Tyzik, conductor
To celebrate 30 years with the RPO, Principal Pops conductor Jeff Tyzik keeps it a family affair! You’ll hear “stars” from your RPO including Juliana Athayde, Erik Behr and Ken Grant all playing pieces written specifically for them by Maestro Tyzik during his tenure. The party will also feature other Rochester connections including Herb Smith performing Chuck Mangione’s The Feel of a Vision and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Suite arranged by Robert Russell Bennett and featuring bass Kevin Deas, a frequent guest of the RPO. Plus, Rochester’s own soprano Kearstin Piper Brown joins the fun, as does Madrigalia, now in its 45th season!
November 10 & 11, 2023
Jeff Tyzik, conductor; Shayna Steele, vocals
International vocal powerhouse and Broadway star Shayna Steele brings her eclectic style of soul and blues honoring the musical divas who inspired her: Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, and more. Shayna also shares her original music and Jeff Tyzik’s arrangements with a classic soul edge to the stage, reminding us why she’s a modern American Diva in her own right.
December 15, 16, & 17, 2023
Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Celebrate the winter holidays with Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, your RPO, the Festival High School Chorale, and Rochester’s favorite storyteller, Jay Stetzer, narrating The Night Before Christmas. Begun by Maestro Tyzik 30 years ago, Gala Holiday Pops has become one of Rochester’s favorite holiday traditions.
January 2024 - May 2024
January 5 & 6, 2024
Andreas Delfs, conductor; Kelli O’Hara, vocals
Stage and screen star Kelli O’Hara has established herself as one of Broadway’s greatest leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Loenowens in The King and I garnered her the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Grammy®, Drama League, Outer Critics and Olivier Nominations. In 2015, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Lehar’s The Merry Widow opposite Renée Fleming, and returned as Despina in Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte. Her concerts have gained international acclaim, from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo. And, Music Director Andreas Delfs conducts his annual Pops performance—truly a night not to be missed!
January 19 & 20, 2024
Jeff Tyzik, conductor; Brasilia
Get ready to be swept away by the raw power and emotion of Brasilia, the dynamic Brazilian jazz group that features the extraordinary and versatile vocals of Pamela Driggs and the original compositions of Ted Moore, with symphonic arrangements by Jeff Tyzik. In a truly collaborative musical presentation, the performance reflects the full range of Brazilian music, from the gentle ballad Samba Em Preludio, sung as a duo of voice and guitar with strings, to the rousing finale of Tudo Joia, with your full RPO accompanying.
March 15 & 16, 2024
Byron Stripling, conductor and trumpeter
Join Rochester favorite Byron Stripling on a journey through the classic melodies that gave birth to the Blues, featuring hits made famous by icons of the Jazz Age and New Orleans favorites like Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters, Ma Rainey, and Louis Armstrong. Byron is joined by incredible vocalist and theatrical star Miche Braden, whose exciting portrayal of Bessie Smith has captured the hearts of audiences around the world.
April 26 & 27, 2024
Bob Bernhardt, conductor
Led by the ever-popular and former RPO Principal Conductor/Artistic Director Bob Bernhardt, this concert explores the glorious history of film music from its beginnings in the 1930s to last year’s blockbusters—from Korngold and Steiner to Ennio Morricone and John Williams.
May 24 & 25, 2024
Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Twist & Shout celebrates The Beatles in America, beginning with their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. It includes highlights from their Shea Stadium and Hollywood Bowl appearances that brought Beatlemania and the British invasion to America, and includes early #1 hits such as “Love Me Do,” “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Eight Days a Week,” “Ticket to Ride,” Help!,” “Yesterday,” and many more. Accompanied by hundreds of rare and unseen photos from the exclusive Beatles Photo Book Archives, Twist & Shout is the most authentic and unique concert project celebrating the early years of The Beatles in the USA.
All music under license from Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC and Harrisongs LTD. All photos under license from The Beatles Book Photo Library. The show is not endorsed by or connected to Apple Corps or The Beatles.