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Virtuoso Violinist & Conductor Brings Life to Mozart & Haydn

Rochester, N.Y., Mar. 6, 2006 – Join the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, on Thursday, March 23 and Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m. in the Eastman Theatre as they welcome Joseph Silverstein, celebrated conductor and violin virtuoso, for an evening of unforgettable music. The concert begins with Mr. Silverstein at the podium conducting Haydn’s sunny Symphony No. 102. Following intermission the audience will be dazzled with Mozart’s elaborate “Haffner” Serenade, which combines a five-movement symphony and a three-movement violin concerto. Mr. Silverstein hosts the Pre-concert Chat at 7 p.m. each evening.

The Orchestra is celebrating the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadè Mozart this season with six Philharmonics Series concerts and six Symphony 101 concerts featuring his music. This A Violin Virtuoso concert features Mr. Silverstein as the soloist and director for Mozart’s “Haffner” Serenade. “Our musicians will find great inspiration in working alongside such a great artist,” said RPO Music Director Christopher Seaman of Mr. Silverstein, “and you will hear the wonderful effect he has on our Orchestra!”

Haydn’s Symphony No. 102, premiered by the composer on February 2, 1795, was one of Haydn’s final twelve “London” Symphonies. The first movement opens with the kind of light, teasing introduction in slow tempo which by that time had become a Haydn trademark. A warmly expressive Adagio follows, then one of the most robust of Haydn’s symphonic minuets. A joyous romp of a finale caps the symphony. RPO Music Director Christopher Seaman said, “I love Haydn’s personality as it comes out in this piece – warm, benevolent, cheerful – in fact very similar to that of Joseph Silverstein himself!”

Tickets for these performances are $22-$52, available online 24/7 at, by phone (454-2100) and in person from the RPO Box Office, and at all Wegmans Video Departments. RPO Box Office Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (non-concert Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.). The Wegmans Video Department is open seven days a week, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. A convenience fee may apply.

The Philharmonics Series is sponsored by Eastman Kodak Company and Bausch & Lomb. This concert is sponsored by The Nakamichi Foundation, with additional support provided by Messenger Post Newspapers and The Mozart Performance Fund. The RPO gratefully acknowledges PAETEC Communications Inc. for the PAETEC Philharmonic Partners program, which offers discounted Philharmonics Series tickets to local college students.

Joseph Silverstein has appeared as both conductor and violin soloist with hundreds of orchestras in the U.S. as well as in Europe, Israel and the Far East. He began his conducting career when he became the assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony in 1971, after having been concertmaster with that orchestra for nine years. Currently Principal Guest Conductor of Seattle’s Northwest Chamber Orchestra, he is also an artist member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has served as artistic advisor for many orchestras, including Hartford, Kansas City, Baltimore, Toledo, Florida, Alabama, Winnipeg, Oakland, Louisville and the Florida Philharmonic. He was also Music Director of the Utah Symphony and the Chautauqua Symphony. In addition to conducting, Mr. Silverstein has been an active soloist, chamber music performer and teacher. In recent seasons, he appeared in recital in Boston, New York, Cleveland and Detroit. He organized the Boston Symphony Chamber Players in 1962 and joined The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 1993. Mr. Silverstein is currently on the string faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston, the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music.

Celebrating its 83rd season in 2005-06, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s mission is to perform and present a broad range of quality music; attract, entertain and educate audiences with superior musical performances; maintain and build the Orchestra’s national reputation; and enhance the reputation of the Rochester community as a place in which to live, work, play, visit and learn.

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; the County of Monroe; the City of Rochester; and American Airlines, the official airline of the RPO.