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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 28, 2018 - September 29, 2018

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Watch Cirque de la Symphonie’s amazing acrobats drop into Kodak
Hall at Eastman Theatre for a spectacular performance celebrating the
opening of the RPO’s Pops season. You won’t


October 3, 2018

Ward Stare, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

GERSHWIN Overture to Girl Crazy
GERSHWIN Suite from Porgy & Bess
GERSHWIN American in Paris
GERSHWIN Concerto in F

An evening you won’t want to


October 7, 2018

Ward Stare, conductor
Lars Kirvan, cello

SMETANA Bartered Bride Overture

DVORAK Silent Woods
JANACEK Lachian Dances
3. Blacksmith's Dance
5. Country Bumpkin Dance (Celadensky)
DVORAK Symphony No. 7 in


October 14, 2018

Dr. Seuss’ timeless children's tale about important life lessons on tolerance, diversity, and compromise comes to vivid life with Lorenzo Palomo's original score and narrator.

Purchase tickets online,


October 18, 2018 - October 20, 2018

Andreas Delfs, guest conductor

Kenneth Grant, clarinet The Robert J. Strasenburgh Chair
Matthew McDonald, bassoon The Ron and Donna Fielding Chair

WAGNER Sigfried Idyll
R. STRAUSS Duet-concertino


October 24, 2018

Bring your monsters and ghouls! Jack Skellington, Sally, and Zero are bringing Halloween Town to Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Your RPO performs the score as the film is shown on the big screen above


October 26, 2018 - October 27, 2018

Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Vocalists to be announced

Broadway’s newest young talent joins your RPO in an extraordinary evening that revisits classic songs from Broadway's GOLDEN AGE through today’s most


November 1, 2018 - November 3, 2018

Jeff Tyzik, Conductor
Juliana Athayde, violin The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair

BERNSTEIN On the Town: Three Dance Episodes

TYZIK Jazz Concerto for Violin and Orchestra


November 8, 2018 - November 10, 2018

Carlos Kalmar, guest conductor
Ahrim Kim, cello The Clara and Edwin Strasenburgh Chair

KODÁLY Dances of Galanta

SCHUMANN Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129
HAYDN Symphony No. 98 in B-flat Major


November 16, 2018 - November 16, 2018

Jeff Tyzik, Conductor
Jon Nakamatsu, piano
Doug LaBrecque, vocalist

The exceptional artistry of Irving Berlin, Al Jolson, Scott Joplin, James P Johnson, Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel and George


November 18, 2018

Ward Stare, conductor

SUSATOR Danserye for Brass and Percussion

MOZART Serenade No. 11 in E-flat Major K. 375 for woodwinds
SHOSTAKOVICH/BARSHAI Chamber Symphony No. 1 for Strings


November 21, 2018 - November 25, 2018

Michael Butterman, conductor
Rochester City Ballet, David Palmer, artistic director
Bach Children’s Chorus, Karla Krogstad, director

The Nutcracker’s timeless tale of wonder and imagination has


December 5, 2018

Who you gonna call?! Your RPO, of course! Hop into Ecto 1 and make your way to Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre to watch Ghostbusters while the orchestra plays the score.


December 9, 2018

Conductor TBD
Rebecca Gilbert,
flute The Charlotte Whitney Allen Chair
Joanna Bassett, flute
Juliana Athayde, violin The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair

CLARKE (ARR. WOOD) Prince of Denmark’s


December 13, 2018 - December 15, 2018

Ward Stare, conductor
Rochester Oratorio Society

BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms

ORFF Carmina Burana

One of the most frequently performed choral works of the last 100 years, Orff’s Carmina Burana is based


December 21, 2018 - December 23, 2018

Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Festival High School Chorale, Amy Story and Harold McAulliffe, co-directors
Don Potter, guitar

It’s Rochester’s favorite holiday family tradition: Gala Holiday Pops with the


January 11, 2019 - January 12, 2019

Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™


January 13, 2019

The RPO’s own Herb Smith wears many hats as he conducts, plays trumpet, and leads the audience in creating its own symphony.


January 17, 2019 - January 19, 2019

Gemma New, guest conductor
Vadym Kholodenko, piano

DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Major

Vadym Kholodenko returns to perform Ravel’s


January 18, 2019

Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Leslie Odom Jr., vocals

He won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in Hamilton. His TV credits include Smash, Gilmore Girls, CSI: Miami,


January 25, 2019 - January 26, 2019

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…Composer John Williams wrote the spectacular symphonic soundtrack for Star Wars. And now, your RPO will perform the music of Star Wars: A New Hope for a live


January 27, 2019

Michael Butterman, conductor
Erik Behr, oboe The Dr. Jacques M. Lipson Chair

Kenneth Grant, clarinet The Robert J. Strasenburgh Chair
Matthew McDonald, bassoon The Ron and Donna Fielding Chair


January 31, 2019 - February 2, 2019

Ward Stare, conductor
Jon Nakamatsu, piano

RACHMANINOFF Isle of the Dead

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19
STRAVINSKY Rite of Spring

One of the great works of the 20th century,


February 7, 2019 - February 9, 2019

Christopher Seaman, Conductor Laureate The Christopher Seaman Chair, Supported by Barbara and Patrick Fulford and The Conductor Laureate Society

Angelo Xiang Yu, violin

KODÁLY Variations on a


February 15, 2019 - February 16, 2019

Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Shayna Steele, vocals

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, that’s what the queens of soul have earned selling millions of albums and countless chart-topping hits. Vocalists sing the works of some of


February 28, 2019 - March 2, 2019

Ward Stare, conductor

MAHLER Symphony No. 7 in E Minor

Mahler’s brooding, enigmatic seventh symphony represents the composer at his most modern. Featuring such unconventional symphonic instruments as


March 7, 2019 - March 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

Augustin Hadelich, named the 2018 Musical America


March 15, 2019 - March 16, 2019

Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Hector Del Curto Tango Quintet
tar Tango Dancers

Eternal Tango brings the passion of Buenos Aires to the stage. The essence and evolution of tango are showcased through the art


March 21, 2019 - March 23, 2019

Ward Stare, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

BRAHMS Tragic Overture

DVORAK Piano Concerto in G Minor, Op. 33
STRAUSS Also Sprach Zarathustra

Richard Strauss’ powerful and triumphant Also sprach


April 11, 2019 - April 13, 2019

Michael Francis, guest conductor
Yekwon Sunwoo, piano

WALTON Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Minor

RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30

Michael Francis returns to conduct a program of Walton


April 28, 2019

Hochstein Student String & Percussion Ensembles

The Thrill of the Orchestra lives up to its title! This playful piece colorfully illustrates the instruments and how they are played. The piece


May 4, 2019

Michael Butterman, conductor
Frequent Flyer Cirque Group
Rebecca Gilbert,
Other Artists TBD

COPLAND Appalachian Spring


Join your RPO in celebrating


May 5, 2019

Ward Stare, Conductor
Jessica Sindell,

CHERUBINI Overture to Medee

VIVALDI Piccolo Concerto in C Major
BOCCHERINI Symphony No. 3, G. 503, Op. 12, No. 1 in D Major


May 9, 2019 - May 11, 2019

Ward Stare, conductor

Vocalists TBD

MOZART Cosi fan tutte

A shady wager and a test of faithfulness set the stage for one of Mozart’s most famous operas. Following acclaimed performances of RPO opera


May 19, 2019

Michael Butterman, conductor
Platypus Theatre

Be ready to dance in the aisles! Michael Butterman returns to conduct Platypus Theatre’s interactive family show that highlights the rhythms of Latin


May 31, 2019 - June 1, 2019

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Denzal Sinclaire, vocals

In its heyday during the 1920s and 1930s, the popular Cotton Club in New York City’s Harlem featured such prominent African-American entertainers as Duke


June 2, 2019

Conductor TBD
Christoph Denoth,

FALLA Three-cornered Hat Suite No. 1

PALOMO Guitar Concerto (world premeire)

RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez (2nd movement)


July 20, 2019


In the spectacular climactic sixth episode of the Star Wars saga, Darth Vader readies the second Death Star to unleash the final blow to the Rebel Alliance. Luke Skywalker joins his