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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
 

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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September 12, 2017

Beloved the world over for his charm, humanity, and irrepressible joy of music-making, Itzhak Perlman is undeniably the reigning virtuoso of violin. Join this extraordinary artist for an unforgettable

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September 15, 2017 - September 15, 2017

Get ready for an evening honoring the Queen of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald during her centennial year, plus other favorites featuring world-renowned jazz musicians! Vocalist Carmen Bradford channels "The

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September 21, 2017 - September 23, 2017

Drama and passion abound! Following the famous “timpani roll” opening, hear Grieg’s immensely popular Piano Concerto unfurl from the fingers of celebrated Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan, the first-ever

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Fandango and flamenco the night away in this concert of Spanish-inspired favorites! The vibrant folk songs of Andalusia come alive in music by two of Spain’s greatest musical voices, Enrique Granados

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October 8, 2017

Get ready for an afternoon of lively music and laughter! Following last season’s performance of The Pirates of Penzance for young audiences, the RPO will once again team up with the Eastman School of

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October 19, 2017 - October 21, 2017

How glorious it is to behold pure genius at its prime in Mozart’s late, great Piano Concerto No. 24, written during an astoundingly prolific stretch in which the music poured forth as if fully formed.

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October 26, 2017

From the creators of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses and Dear Friends: Music from Final Fantasy, embark upon a hero’s journey told through the amazing worlds of the most popular and

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October 29, 2017

Ward Stare, conductor

ERIC EWAZEN Symphony in Brass
R. STRAUSS Suite in B-flat Major for 13 Wind Instruments
DVORAK Serenade for Strings in E Major

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November 3, 2017

This film concert at Kodak Hall will feature the RPO performing live, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.™ Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in

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November 5, 2017

Even though we may look different, we are all connected. That’s the lesson world flutist Tereasa Payne will convey as she performs and shares exciting stories about the origins of 13 different flutes

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November 9, 2017 - November 11, 2017

Massive in scale, symphonic in scope, Beethoven’s final piano concerto elevated the art form to dazzling new heights unsurpassed to this day. The extraordinary Olga Kern—an RPO audience

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November 16, 2017 - November 18, 2017

Unlike anything heard before, unlike anything created since: experience Beethoven’s monumental final symphony, a masterpiece for the ages which culminates in the exhilarating, transcendent “Ode to

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November 19, 2017

Michael Butterman, conductor
The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair
Nazareth College Chamber Singers and Concert Choir,
Mark Zeigler, Yunn-Shan Ma, directors

MENDELSSOHN Verleih uns Frieden

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The Nutcracker’s timeless tale of wonder and imagination has captivated audiences for over a century. Be whisked away to a magical land of sparkling snow and delectable sweets as enchanting dance from

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December 10, 2017

Enjoy two animated winter classics on the big screen with a live soundtrack played by the RPO! A young boy is delighted to find a special friend come to life in The Snowman, and a kind polar bear

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December 14, 2017 - December 16, 2017

Great in any season, perfect for the holidays: Concertmaster Juliana Athayde performs Vivaldi’s sparkling Four Seasons, virtuoso vignettes that conjure up the birds of spring, summer storms, an autumn

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It’s not the holidays without Jeff Tyzik and the RPO! Beloved carols and joyful melodies celebrate the season, plus crooner Denzal Sinclaire joins the festivities for a new spin on a Rochester

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January 12, 2018 - January 13, 2018

Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, E.T. The Extra-TerrestrialTM follows the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott. Experience all the mystery

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January 14, 2018

Matthew Kraemer, guest conductor

HANDEL “Entrance of the Queen of Sheba” from Solomon
J.S. BACH Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: Overture
BRAHMS Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11

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January 18, 2018 - January 20, 2018

International Tchaikovsky Competition winner Andrei Ionita has been dubbed “one of the most exciting cellists to have emerged for a decade” (The Times). Be there as this 23-year-old sensation makes

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January 25, 2018

After playing to a sold-out crowd in 2015, superstar Audra McDonald returns to the RPO for a one-night-only engagement. With a record-breaking six Tony® Awards, two Grammy® Awards, an Emmy® Award, and

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January 28, 2018

Bring your family to experience the magic of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with new choreography by the Nazareth College Dance Ensemble. The classic musical tale tells the story of an adventurous boy

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February 2, 2018 - February 3, 2018

It’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Ashley Brown originated the role of Mary Poppins on Broadway and starred as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Now the “golden-throated” (Time Out Chicago) singer

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February 8, 2018 - February 10, 2018

Beautifully poised, deliciously poignant, Tchaikovsky’s ballet music never fails to touch the heart. St. Louis Symphony Concertmaster David Halen shines as soloist in a suite of beloved selections

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February 23, 2018 - February 24, 2018

Since their orchestral debut with Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic more than 20 years ago, the Mambo Kings have earned a national reputation for their unique blend of Cuban and jazz rhythms.

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February 25, 2018

Ward Stare, conductor
Yevgeny Kutik, violin

WEBER Oberon Overture
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 3
HAYDN Symphony No. 103, “Drum Roll”

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March 1, 2018 - March 3, 2018

2018 is a year in which the world celebrates the towering musical legacy of Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990). Hear Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety,” a brilliant fusion of symphony and piano concerto which

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March 8, 2018 - March 10, 2018

No symphony begins as beguilingly, none casts such an exquisite spell. Step inside the magical world of Mahler’s Fourth, famous for its ethereal sleigh bells, time-altering beauty, and child’s dream

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March 16, 2018 - March 17, 2018

You’ll find the luck of the Irish at Kodak Hall on St. Patrick’s Day weekend with Cathie Ryan, “one of the leading voices in Celtic music.” (L.A. Times). The original lead singer with Irish music

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March 16, 2018 - March 17, 2018

You’ll find the luck of the Irish at Kodak Hall on St. Patrick’s Day weekend with Cathie Ryan, “one of the leading voices in Celtic music.” (L.A. Times). The original lead singer with Irish music

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March 22, 2018 - March 24, 2018

Dive into the depths of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth, a sweeping musical cosmos filled with brooding darkness and aching beauty. The symphony’s colossal ending—replete with blazing brass fanfares and

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April 13, 2018 - April 14, 2018

Known for their intense athleticism, gravity-defying acrobatics, and soulful artistry, Rochester’s PUSH Physical Theatre sets a new standard for physical storytelling. See them interpret Jeff Tyzik’s

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April 15, 2018

Michael Butterman, conductor and pianist
The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair
Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe, pianists

FAURÉ Masques et bergamasques
MOZART Concerto No. 7 in F Major for

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April 19, 2018 - April 21, 2018

Blast off to menacing Mars, jolly Jupiter and beyond in this breathtaking feast for the senses! Holst’s beloved sonic odyssey is paired with staggering high-definition footage from recent NASA

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April 28, 2018

Join the RPO and a six-piece all-star band for an unforgettable night of classic rock, including the greatest hits of Aerosmith, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Journey, Starship, Kansas, and more!

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May 10, 2018 - May 12, 2018

Melodies flow like a sunlit river in Brahms’ glorious Second Symphony, a masterpiece of sublime beauty that weaves shimmering threads into one radiant tapestry. It’s crowned by one of Brahms’ most

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May 11, 2018

Prepare to be amazed as illusionist Michael Grandinetti, star of the hit CW series “Masters of Illusion,” combines his astonishing magic with the beautiful and powerful music of the RPO.

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May 20, 2018

What would it be like if a child had to describe the music of Beethoven? Such is the premise for “Beethoven Lives Upstairs,” a musical story that follows a young boy’s letters to his uncle about the

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May 24, 2018 - May 26, 2018

“Free was I born! Free will I die!” Bizet’s ravishing heroine breaks hearts and lives life to the fullest in this riveting tale of passion and obsession, set amidst the backdrop of 19th-century

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June 1, 2018 - June 2, 2018

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of two albums that redefined the rock genre—Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and The White Album—with the RPO and four musicians in character as The Fab Four!

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June 3, 2018

Michael Butterman, conductor (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair)
Juliana Athayde, violin (The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair)
W. Peter Kurau, horn (The Cricket and Frank Luellen

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