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Symphony 101 Gets to the Heart of the Musical Romantics

Rochester, NY – The lush, melodic sounds of European romanticism are brought to the stage when RPO Music Director Christopher Seaman takes on “The Great Romantics” at the next Symphony 101 on Friday, January 29 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, January 31 at 2:00 pm at the Performance Hall at Hochstein.

Some of the best known 19th-century European composers will be featured, including Berlioz, Wagner, Grieg, Liszt, Elgar, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Dvořák.  Excerpts from symphonies, preludes, tone poems, dances, and more get Seaman’s personal stamp as well as his inimitable style of audience involvement.

Following the Sunday matinee performance is “Tea with the Maestro” – a new perk for the first 101 patrons to arrive at Hochstein. Each of these patrons will receive a pass for them and a guest to join Maestro Seaman for a “spot of tea” after the concert – tea and other beverages, as well as cookies and scones will be available. This event is sponsored by John McMath, and Tasteful Connections.

This season’s Symphony 101 Series focuses on four groundbreaking periods in the history of music when composers were writing some of their most influential music.  These engaging and innovative one-hour concerts feature discussion, musical examples, selections from significant works, and complete pieces.  Following each concert, the conductor takes questions from the audience.  New this year will be a Symphony 201 concert on April 18 with pianist Misha Dichter joining Christopher Seaman to demonstrate the style of “Theme and Variations” using Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. 

Special $10 student pricing is in effect for the Sunday Symphony 101 performances.  All other general admission tickets are $24, available online 24/7 at, by phone (454-2100), in-person from the RPO Box Office, and at area Wegmans.  A convenience fee may apply.  RPO Box Office hours are 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Saturday (non-concert Saturdays, 10:00 am-3:00 pm).

RPO performances are made possible in part with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; the State of New York; Monroe County; and the City of Rochester.