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Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra - RPO

Based in Rochester, NY, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been committed to enriching and inspiring the community through the art of music since 1922.
Today, the RPO presents at least 130 concerts per year, serving an estimated quarter of a million people through concerts, education and community activities throughout our region.
Whether it's Beethoven, Broadway, or the Beatles- the RPO has something for everyone! Join us for a concert! rpo.org
 

September 30, 2016 - October 1, 2016

Get ready for an evening of exuberant music and "fascinatin’ rhythms!" Tenor Doug LaBrecque performs favorites like "I’ve Got Rhythm" and "Embraceable You," while Rochester City Ballet brings

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October 2, 2016

RPO Principal Cellist Ahrim Kim makes her first solo appearance with the RPO, performing Haydn's concerto. Plus, Ward Stare leads one of Beethoven's greatest early symphonies.

Ward Stare, conductor

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October 9, 2016

Pirates, sword fights, and more! Young audience members get a playful introduction to opera when the RPO joins forces with Eastman School of Music students for a semi-staged performance of this comic

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October 13, 2016 - October 15, 2016

No one does British music like Christopher Seaman, and his 2016 return features this heartfelt pilgrimage of the spirit, filled with soaring themes that seem forever to reach for the highest summit.

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October 21, 2016 - October 22, 2016

Known for his passionate delivery of soul-searing rhythm and blues in a style reminiscent of Motown's greatest legends, Ellis Hall was a protégé of Ray Charles and former lead singer of Tower of

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October 23, 2016

As part of the RPO's three-weekend American Music Festival, Ward Stare leads the RPO in music by Rochester's own David Diamond, plus musical highlights from Copland's opera, The Tender Land.

Ward

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October 27, 2016 - October 29, 2016

Music of John Adams—arguably America’s greatest living composer—summons the chaotic origins of mankind’s most destructive creation. It’s paired with a suite from Bernstein’s gritty and iconic film

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November 3, 2016 - November 5, 2016

Higdon composed her Grammy-winning percussion concerto specifically for Colin Currie: who better to bring it to life than “the world’s finest percussionist” (The Spectator) himself? The concert

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November 11, 2016

Relive all the excitement and adventure of The Legend of Zelda in this multimedia spectacle, featuring 28 years of music from Nintendo’s video game series performed live by the RPO while your favorite

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November 13, 2016

Come experience a concert full of magic and whimsy! Be transported to new worlds beyond your imagination with music from Harry Potter and other family favorites.

Vinay Parameswaran, guest conductor

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November 18, 2016 - November 19, 2016

See them “fly through the air with the greatest of ease” as Eastman Theatre transforms into a cirque wonderland. Cirque de la Symphonie returns to Rochester with a new show that’s fun for the whole

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Sit back in the beauty of Eastman Theatre and make holiday memories that will last a lifetime. This enchanting holiday favorite is brought to life by RCB, with Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score

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December 4, 2016

Two holiday favorites come alive for all ages with music and narration. Enjoy the story of a young boy who, on Christmas Eve, boards a magical train to the North Pole. Plus, musical highlights from

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December 6, 2016

Tickets have SOLD OUT for this performance. Check our concert calendar for other great upcoming concerts

Ward Stare, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

GLINKA Russlan and Ludmilla Overture
SCHUBERT Symphony

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December 10, 2016 - December 11, 2016

Rejoice with Handel’s glorious setting of the greatest story ever told, one of the most inspiring—and inspired—of all musical achievements. Filled with mighty choral forces and irresistible

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December 16, 2016 - December 19, 2016

Sleigh bells ring and jingle bells chime as Rochester’s favorite holiday tradition returns! Join Jeff Tyzik and a 200-voice high school chorale for a festive concert of treasured carols that’s sure to

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January 6, 2017

The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before! Relive the magic on the big screen at Eastman Theatre while John Williams’ epic score

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January 7, 2017

Amy Grant, vocalist

The six-time Grammy Award winner with over 30 million albums sold worldwide graces the Eastman Theatre stage for the first time. “The Queen of Christian Pop” and Gospel Music Hall

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January 12, 2017 - January 14, 2017

Admired for artistry that’s “effusively lyrical and hair-raisingly virtuosic” (The Guardian), Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes is the perfect match for Beethoven’s sublime concerto, one of the

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January 20, 2017 - January 21, 2017

George Daugherty, guest conductor

Celebrate the world’s most “Wascally Wabbit” and pals as Bugs Bunny hops into the concert hall! Classic Looney Tunes favorites like The Rabbit of Seville and What’s

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January 22, 2017

Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante and Symphony No. 39 are made possible by The Mozart Performance Fund: Sarah D. Atkinson, M.D. and Steven Hess

Michael Butterman, conductor The Louise and Henry Epstein

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January 26, 2017 - January 26, 2017

The year: 1936. After his opera, Lady Macbeth, is denounced as “anti-Soviet,” Shostakovich’s fate rides on the success of his next composition. The ensuing Fifth Symphony is a paragon of music’s power

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February 2, 2017 - February 4, 2017

Mozart’s genius burns with brooding intensity in the now-legendary Requiem that was to become his own funeral music, a centerpiece in the film Amadeus. Its intricate textures are mirrored by

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February 10, 2017 - February 11, 2017

Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Sutton Foster, vocalist

The New York Times famously remarked, “Who needs a brass section when you’ve got Sutton Foster?” The two-time Tony Award winner lit up the Great White Way

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February 16, 2017 - February 18, 2017

Pianist Jeremy Denk is “someone you want to hear no matter what he performs” (The New York Times). In this case, he’s matched with a piano concerto that’s as perfect as it gets—grand, passionate,

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February 19, 2017

Eastman School of Music Professor Nicholas Goluses joins the RPO for an afternoon of guitar masterworks.

Michael Butterman, conductor The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair
Nicholas Goluses, guitar

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March 2, 2017 - March 4, 2017

It was a creation nearly 20 years in the making, but when Brahms unleashed his symphonic powers at long last, it was with a mighty roar that both invoked the past and heralded the future. Chopin is

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March 9, 2017 - March 11, 2017

You’ll know it from the first note! Tchaikovsky’s wildly popular First Piano Concerto features one of classical music’s all-time great openings, and its bravura demands are met by the “astonishing

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March 19, 2017

Go around the world with engaging music and stories from Russia, France, Norway and the United States, featuring the music of Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Ravel and Copland.

Michael Butterman, conductor The

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March 24, 2017 - March 25, 2017

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Dubbed the “charismatic front-runners of vintage jazz” (The Guardian), the Hot Sardines’ sound feels like a 1920s speakeasy or a pre-war dance hall, with an edge. The eight-piece

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April 7, 2017

The genius of David Bowie's innovative range of musical styles influenced multiple generations of groundbreaking music. Now, hear his iconic music performed as never before as the RPO and a full rock

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April 20, 2017 - April 22, 2017

From the lone trumpet call to the final cry of triumph, Mahler 5 casts its spell. At the heart of this musical odyssey is the breathtaking Adagietto, famously used in the film Death in Venice. Hear

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April 28, 2017 - April 29, 2017

Stuart Chafetz, guest conductor

From a galaxy far, far away to a boy’s first day at Hogwarts, he’s the master behind the sound of the greatest films of our time. Join the RPO for an evening

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April 30, 2017

Michael Butterman, conductor The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair
Kenneth Grant, clarinet The Robert J. Strasenburgh Chair
Matthew McDonald, bassoon The Ron and Donna Fielding Chair
Charles

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May 11, 2017 - May 13, 2017

Fabien Gabel’s thrilling interpretations have made him a Rochester favorite since his debut, and the Parisian conductor is back to lead one of the greatest of all French works, Debussy’s shimmering La

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May 21, 2017

Celebrate the beauty of America’s National Parks with photography and music by composer Stephen Lias. Walk through the Gates of the Arctic and Rocky Mountain National Park, plus hear Grofé’s Grand

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May 25, 2017 - May 27, 2017

For the grand season finale, Ward Stare and the RPO present a complete performance, in concert, of Puccini’s great opera. Fall in love with the spellbinding tale of poet Rodolfo and seamstress Mimi,

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June 2, 2017 - June 3, 2017

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Celebrate the women who changed rock and roll forever with this brand new show from Jeff Tyzik. The music of Carole King, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Pat Benatar,

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June 4, 2017

A pianist of "arresting freshness" (TIME Magazine) international star Simone Dinnerstein joins the RPO for two of Bach's most inventive concertos. Plus, Michael Butterman leads a suite from

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