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Contact: Nicole Marie Milano, 585-399-3652
May 24, 2012
Presentation on May 31 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
ROCHESTER, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and Music Director Arild Remmereit will be presented with the first-ever Amy Award for Excellence in Orchestral Programming by Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy (WPA) for their commitment to programming works by women composers.
The Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy was founded in 2008 to promote the performance of women composers by orchestras and ensembles. It took notice of the RPO’s commitment to programming these works when Remmereit’s inaugural season was announced in March 2010. In 2011–12, the Orchestra featured eight works by women composers, including Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony, Peggy Stuart Coolidge’s Blue Planet, Karen Tanaka’s Rose Absolute, and a newly-commissioned piece by Margaret Brouwer, Caution Ahead – Guard Rail Out.
Sarah Baer of Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy wrote, “Remmereit has created a fantastic season including a more diverse representation of women’s work through history and nationalities than likely has ever been seen in a professional orchestra’s programming.”
WPA President Liane Curtis added, “Our goal is to encourage orchestras to discover music by women and include it in their repertoire. We hope that Remmereit’s work with the RPO will be a model for ensembles across the country.”
Remmereit will be honored in a short award presentation following intermission at the Thursday, May 31 concert of the final program of his inaugural season. To purchase tickets ($15–$90; student tickets $10), visit the Eastman Theatre Box Office, call 585-454-2100, visit rpo.org, or visit area Wegmans locations. For more information on Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy, visit wophil.org.
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