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WXXI and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Partners to Rebroadcast Concerts

For Immediate Release
April 2, 2020
Media Contact:  Marie-Adélina de la Ferrière, 585-454-7311 ext. 266


Rochester, NY – Recognizing the great role music has played during these difficult times, WXXI and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) have partnered to rebroadcast select Philharmonics concerts from the 2018-19 Season.

Music Director Ward Stare, President & CEO Curt S. Long, the RPO Board, and musicians decidedly agreed to broadcast archived live concert recordings each week on Classical FM 91.5, part of WXXI Public Broadcasting Council.

The RPO concerts will be broadcast each Monday at 8 PM for the next several weeks, available by tuning in to 91.5 FM or by streaming at These broadcasts begin on Monday, April 6 with Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony No. 3, originally performed and recorded on October 18 & 20, 2018. Conducted by Andreas Delfs, the concert also featured Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Strauss’ Duet-concertino.

“We’re eager to get back to making music from the stage of Kodak Hall, but unfortunately it’s going to be some time before this becomes practical,” remarked Curt S. Long, RPO President & CEO. “Music inspires, entertains, and uplifts us, and we could all use a weekly dose of that during these challenging times.  We are appreciative of our colleagues at WXXI Classical for the opportunity to expand our already strong broadcast partnership.”

Orchestras nationwide are currently unable to perform in concert halls as a result of the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. RPO musicians are coming together, virtually, to create self-submitted video recordings of solo works, which will be compiled and shared on the RPO Facebook and Instagram (@rocphils) accounts over the next several weeks using the hashtag #RPOPerforms.

Details on the concert broadcast schedule will be posted at The RPO encourages its fans and patrons to like and follow the RPO on social media to experience the musician-submitted videos and keep the love of music alive in our region.


Rebroadcast Schedule (Mondays at 8 PM on WXXI 91.5 FM)

Original performance dates on Thursdays at 7:30 PM and Saturdays at 8 PM in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

BEETHOVEN’S EROICA, April 6; Original Performance Dates: October 18 & 20, 2018
Andreas Delfs, conductor
Kenneth Grant, clarinet The Robert J. Strasenburgh Chair, funded in perpetuity
Matthew McDonald, bassoon The Ron and Donna Fielding Chair, funded in perpetuity

WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
STRAUSS Duet-Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon with String Orchestra and Harp
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, op. 55, “Eroica”


TYZIK CONDUCTS TYZIK, April 13; Original Performance: November 1 & 3, 2018
Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Juliana Athayde, violin The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair, funded in perpetuity

BERNSTEIN Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
TYZIK Images: Musical Impressions of an Art Museum
TYZIK Jazz Concerto for Violin and Orchestra


SHOSTAKOVICH 10, April 20; Original Performance: March 7 & 9, 2019
Ward Stare, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 47
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10 in E minor, op. 93

ZARATHUSTRA!, April 27; Original Performance: March 21 & 23, 2019
Ward Stare, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

BRAHMS Tragic Overture, op. 81
DVORÁK Piano Concerto in G minor, op. 33
STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra, op. 30


COSI FAN TUTTE IN CONCERT, May 4; Original Performance: May 9 & 11, 2019
Ward Stare, conductor
Rebecca Farley, soprano Fiordiligi
Sofia Selowsky, mezzo-soprano Dorabella
Jonas Hacker, tenor Ferrando
Craig Verm, baritone Guglielmo
Sam Handley, bass-baritone Don Alfonso
Maria Valdes, soprano Despina
Madrigalia Festival Chorus, Cary Ratcliffe, director

MOZART Cosi fan tutte, K. 588

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been committed to enriching and inspiring our community through the art of music since its founding in 1922. The RPO presents approximately 150 concerts and broadcasts a year, serving up to 170,000 people through ticketed events, education and community engagement activities, and concerts in schools and community centers throughout the region. Music Director Ward Stare joins the ranks of former notable RPO music directors, including Eugene Goossens, José Iturbi, Erich Leinsdorf, David Zinman and Conductor Laureate Christopher Seaman. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, now in his 26th season, has earned a national reputation for excellence in pops programming during his tenure with the RPO. The RPO reaches more than 15,000 children through its specific programs for school-aged children.