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MUSIC DIRECTOR

SUZY GORMAN

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SUZY GORMAN


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WELCOME TO THE 2015–16 SEASON!

I’m thrilled to be back home in Rochester and delighted to begin a new chapter in the RPO’s rich history with this community that I love so dearly. The arrival of a new season brings a fresh opportunity for musical exploration. In my first Philharmonics season, we’ll cover a broad spectrum of music. Towering symphonic masterpieces, enchanting vocal repertoire—both large and small scale— and brand new works, never before been heard in Rochester, are combined to include something for everyone on each and every program. We welcome a dazzling array of guest artists, many of whom will be making their RPO debut, alongside familiar favorites. Above all, each program will showcase our world-class orchestra, which is the heart and soul of our 93-year tradition of musical excellence.

SUZY GORMAN

CONTENTS Philharmonics Series

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Philharmonics Packages

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Pops Series

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Pops Packages

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OrKIDStra 18 Sunday Matinees

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Specials & Holidays

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WARD STARE

MUSIC DIRECTOR

JEFF TYZIK

Jeff Tyzik has another sensational Pops lineup in store, with a wonderful mix of exciting new artists visiting us for the first time and much-beloved artists who will return to share their gifts with the Rochester community. Michael Butterman continues his excellent work on our OrKIDStra series, and we have a newly designed Sunday Matinee series at Hochstein, which will highlight music of the great masters—Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, and Mozart. Once again this year, we will present a number of special performances to complement our four core series. No matter what your particular musical taste, I guarantee you’ll find something that speaks to you! We look forward to seeing you at Kodak Hall many times this season. Music is a universal language, able to communicate far beyond mere words, exploring the human condition in tremendous depth of emotion and expression. We are all better off with music in our lives and the energy of the audience is the key to unlocking the magic of a shared musical experience. All of us on stage are looking forward to enjoying many wonderful moments with you this year and in the years to come. Thank you for joining us on this amazing journey!

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PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR FOR EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair

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SEASON OPENER: WARD STARE CONDUCTS PINES OF ROME

SIBELIUS AND BRITTEN

Ward Stare, conductor

The Cricket and Frank Luellen Chair

Ward Stare, conductor Peter Kurau, horn

Andrew Kennedy, tenor

DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice TCHAIKOVSKY Francesca da Rimini BARBER Adagio for Strings RESPIGHI Pines of Rome From the exploits of a would-be wizard to the breathtaking sights and sounds of Rome, Ward Stare’s inaugural season starts with four unforgettable sonic showpieces. This musical kaleidoscope includes one of the most beautiful pieces ever written in Barber’s heart-wrenching elegy, and is crowned by the shimmering colors and triumphant finale of Respighi’s symphonic poem.

ARNOLD Four Scottish Dances BRITTEN Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2 Powerful brass and soaring melodies meet an undertow of icy edge in this towering symphony, one of Sibelius’ most popular. Led by Music Director Ward Stare, the triumphant, edge-of-your-seat finale is guaranteed to leave you uplifted. This all-20th-century program features a haunting masterwork by Britten that spotlights the RPO’s Principal Horn Peter Kurau.

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O CTO BER 15 & 17

SEAMAN CONDUCTS BRAHMS 4 Christopher Seaman, Conductor Laureate

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

Christopher O’Riley, piano

DEBUSSY "Iberia" from Images MOZART Piano Concerto No. 22 BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 Welcome back the RPO’s beloved Conductor Laureate for Brahms’ fourth and final symphony, a masterful blend of old and new by a brilliant symphonist at the height of his artistry. Audiences will recognize O’Riley as the multifaceted host of NPR’s From the Top; he brings his formidable piano skills and “infectious passion” (Los Angeles Times) to Mozart’s concerto. Mozart’s Piano Concerto is made possible by The Mozart Performance Fund: Sarah D. Atkinson, M.D. and Steven Hess

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NOV E MB E R 1 9 & 21

PROKOFIEV’S ROMEO AND JULIET Ward Stare, conductor Simone Porter, violin Eastman-Rochester Chorus, William Weinert, director

ANDREW KENNEDY

WAGNER Prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Toward the Unknown Region BARBER Violin Concerto PROKOFIEV Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet Star-crossed lovers and feuding families come to life through Prokofiev’s blistering musical drama, capturing both the innocence and simmering brutality of Shakespeare’s timeless tale. Fresh off her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut, 18-year-old prodigy Simone Porter performs one of the most beautiful violin concertos in the repertoire. SERIES A c

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SIMONE PORTER “Future star … Wait: Let’s strike the word ‘future.’ She sounds ready. Now.” —Los Angeles Times She made her concert debut with the Seattle Symphony at age 10, and her international debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at 13. Now 18, violin prodigy Simone Porter is fresh off a critically acclaimed LA Phil debut and on the threshold of superstardom. Known for uninhibited performances that are bold, daring, dramatic, and expressive, Porter is the perfect match for the surging lyricism of Barber’s concerto. Make sure you’re there for the RPO debut of this household-name-in-the-making.

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JA N UARY 1 4 & 1 6

TCHAIKOVSKY’S “PATHÉTIQUE” Fabien Gabel, guest conductor Julie Albers, cello Karen Gomyo, violin SCRIABIN Rêverie BRAHMS Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique” No music mines the depths of the human experience more completely than Tchaikovsky’s final symphony. Guest conductor Fabien Gabel returns to lead this transcendent, darkly Romantic masterwork, known for its haunting conclusion. And, you’ll get two-times the virtuosity with the witty musical dialogue of Brahms’ sparkling “Double Concerto.”

FEBRUA RY 4 & 6

BEETHOVEN 4 Ward Stare, conductor Marina Piccinini, flute HAYDN Symphony No. 67 AARON JAY KERNIS Flute Concerto (Premiere commission) BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 Unbridled energy surges through an infectious symphony that showcases Beethoven at his most debonair. “The Heifetz of the flute” (Gramophone) joins the RPO for a world premiere by one of the most prolific American composers of our time, Pulitzer Prize–winner Aaron Jay Kernis. SERIES A b

SERIES A c

EXPERIENCE THE YOUTHFUL ENERGY OF ARTISTS ON THE RISE

JULIE ALBERS

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FABIEN GABEL

ERIN WALL


FEBR UARY 2 5 & 27

MOZART 29 Günther Herbig, guest conductor Jeffrey Gray, bass trombone MOZART Symphony No. 29 ERIC EWAZEN Bass Trombone Concerto SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish” Schumann’s wanderlust leads from the rustic German countryside to the awe-inspiring heights of Cologne Cathedral in this enchanting symphonic panorama, inspired by the beauty of the Rhineland. The RPO’s bass trombonist is spotlighted in a concerto by Eastman School of Music alumnus Eric Ewazen. The program kicks off with the intimate grace of one of Mozart’s greatest early symphonies, written when the composer was just 18 years old. Mozart 29 is made possible by The Mozart Performance Fund: Sarah D. Atkinson, M.D. and Steven Hess

SERIES A b MAR CH 3 & 5

EIN HELDENLEBEN (A HERO’S LIFE)

VADYM KHOLODENKO “Vadym Kholodenko spins pure gold … mesmerizing” —Audiophile Audition Those who caught his 2014 RPO debut witnessed a staggering pianistic tour-deforce that literally stopped the show. Back by popular demand, 28-year-old phenom Vadym Kholodenko takes the stage to perform the concerto that clinched him Van Cliburn Gold. Be blown away by artistry that’s “impeccable … vibrant, and also something more: imaginative” (Cleveland Plain Dealer).

Ward Stare, conductor Vadym Kholodenko, piano STEPHANIE BERG Ravish and Mayhem PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3 R. STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) Master tone poet Richard Strauss paints with every color of the orchestral palette in a swashbuckling epic packed with sweeping, soaring melodies. Following a show-stopping performance last season, Vadym Kholodenko returns to perform the piece with which he won Van Cliburn gold. Vadym Kholodenko’s performance is made possible by The Alfred Davis and Brunhilde Knapp Artists Performance Fund.

SERIES A c MAR CH 1 7 & 1 9

STRAUSS’ FOUR LAST SONGS Ward Stare, conductor Erin Wall, soprano PATRICK HARLIN Rapture BARBER Symphony No. 1 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis R. STRAUSS Four Last Songs Rapture is the hallmark of a concert that highlights music’s unique power to carry us away. The first half features Barber’s first symphonic venture, a creative outpouring teeming with drama and lyrical flourish. Composed in the final year of his life, Strauss’ meditative farewell to the worldly realm is some of the most moving music ever written, and the culmination of his lifelong love affair with the soprano voice. SERIES A b

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AP RIL 1 4 & 1 6

JU N E 2 & 4

YUJA WANG PLAYS BARTÓK

DAPHNIS AND CHLOÉ Ward Stare, conductor Olga Kern, piano Rochester Oratorio Society, Eric Townell, director

Ward Stare, conductor Yuja Wang, piano SAINT-SAËNS "Danse Bacchanale" from Samson and Delilah BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 1 RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances She is “quite simply, the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today” (San Francisco Chronicle) and international phenomenon Yuja Wang makes her RPO debut with Bartók’s percussive concerto. The opulent, nostalgic themes of Rachmaninoff’s valedictory composition take wing in the program’s second half.

ROUSSEL Bacchus and Ariadne Suite RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini BORODIN "Polovtsian Dances" from Prince Igor RAVEL Daphnis and Chloé Suite No. 2 A simple theme turns into a technicolored mosaic in Rachmaninoff’s exuberant Rhapsody. Beloved for her stunning technique and magnetic stage presence, Rochester favorite Olga Kern returns to bring this virtuosic showpiece to life. The season whirls to a raucous finale as Ward Stare leads the lush harmonies and euphoric frenzy of Ravel’s most revelatory, sumptuously colored score.

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Olga Kern’s performance is made possible by The Alfred Davis and Brunhilde Knapp Artists Performance Fund.

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M AY 5 & 7

WORLD-PREMIERE TYZIK Jeff Tyzik, conductor Juliana Athayde, violin

The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair

Rochester City Ballet, Jamey Leverett, artistic director BERNSTEIN "Symphonic Dances" from West Side Story JEFF TYZIK Violin Concerto (premiere) PIAZZOLLA Tangazo Catch the excitement as Jeff Tyzik’s newest composition receives its world premiere! This not-to-be-missed occasion features the virtuosic artistry of the RPO’s Concertmaster, for whom the concerto was written. The evening continues with the simmering sounds of Piazzolla’s trailblazing nuevo tango, brought to life by the dancers of RCB. Juliana Athayde's appearance is made possible by the Katherine T. and Jon L. Schumacher Orchestra Musician Soloist Fund.

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YUJA WANG “Quite simply, the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today … there’s nothing left to do but sit back, listen, and marvel at her artistry.” —San Francisco Chronicle Gifted with unrelenting technical brilliance and magnetism that radiates to the back row, Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is an unparalleled international sensation. Career highlights include three Carnegie Hall recitals, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, numerous recordings, and appearances with the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics; Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco symphonies; and Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras—and she’s only 28. Hear the artist that everyone is talking about as this onewoman-wonder makes her much-anticipated RPO debut.

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AN EVENING WITH MEGAN HILTY Jeff Tyzik, conductor Megan Hilty, vocals She’s dazzled on NBC’s Smash, taken Broadway by storm with starring roles in Wicked and 9 to 5, and been crowned “the new princess of Broadway” by Time Magazine. Now, Megan Hilty will blow you away as she kicks off the Pops season on a high note. Find out why America has fallen in love with Hilty as she makes her Rochester debut. SERIES x y

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OCTOB E R 2 3 & 24

DISNEY IN CONCERT: TALE AS OLD AS TIME Jeff Tyzik, conductor From singing teapots to a hidden world under the sea, immerse yourself in Disney magic as live music and video bring your favorite movie memories to life! With classics like Bambi, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King, along with recent hits like Tangled and Frozen, this concert will bring out the kid in all generations. SERIES x z

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N OVE M B E R 1 3 & 1 4

SWING IS THE THING Jeff Tyzik, conductor Stephen Edward Sayer and Chandrae Roettig, dancers/choreographers Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to tap your toes to this exhilarating evening of music and dance! Jump-n-jive with the fancy footwork of swing dance and “rock around the clock” with jukebox hits of the ‘50s as world-class dancers strut their stuff onstage with the RPO. SERIES x y

DECE M B E R 1 8 & 1 9

GALA HOLIDAY POPS Jeff Tyzik, conductor Festival High School Chorale, Amy Story and Harold McAulliffe, co-directors Community Children’s Chorus, Karla Krogstad, director Jolly, joyous, and not-to-be-missed! Put some ho-ho-ho in your holiday with Rochester’s favorite tradition. From festive favorites to heartwarming carols, the RPO’s beloved holiday extravaganza is guaranteed to brighten your season. SERIES x y z

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JA N UARY 8 & 9

CIRQUE MUSICA Jeff Tyzik, conductor The greatest show on earth comes to Eastman Theatre as the world’s top circus performers join the RPO. Bring your whole family for a jaw-dropping spectacle of breathtaking feats and edge-of-your-seat excitement, paired with the sonic thrills of the most beloved orchestral music in the repertoire. SERIES x y

DOC SEVERINSEN

MICHAEL LYNCHE

JA N UA RY 22 & 23

DOC SEVERINSEN Doc Severinsen, guest conductor and trumpet Heeeere’s Doc! His Grammy-winning artistry, famous flair, and trademark wit have charmed audiences around the world, and this much-recorded, much-awarded living legend returns to Rochester for two special performances with the RPO. Count on Doc to dress-toimpress and entertain like no other. SERIES x z

FEBRUA RY 12 & 13

HEART AND SOUL Jeff Tyzik, conductor Michael Lynche, vocals His smooth, soulful voice captured the attention of judges and fans alike on American Idol. In his orchestral debut, crooner Michael Lynche will melt your heart with an unforgettable evening of R&B love songs made famous by Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, and James Brown. Grab your Valentine’s date and head to Kodak Hall to catch this hot young star-on-the-rise! ROGER MASTROIANNI

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BROADWAY ROCKS Ward Stare, conductor Vocalists, TBD Broadway gets a dose of electric edge as Ward Stare leads a lineup of your favorite rock-inspired musicals. Rock out with show-stopping hits from Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Rent, Mamma Mia, Hairspray, and more, performed by vocalists straight from the Broadway stage. SERIES x y

MAY 27 & 28

A NIGHT AT THE COTTON CLUB II Jeff Tyzik, conductor Byron Stripling, trumpet Ted Levy, tap dancer Miche Braden, vocalist Travel back to the glitz and glamour of the Roaring Twenties and let the intoxicating rhythms of Harlem’s hippest club take you away … From Duke Ellington’s sophisticated swing to Cab Calloway’s hi-de-ho swagger, the joint will be jumpin’ as trumpeter Byron Stripling, Jeff Tyzik, and the RPO close the Pops season. SERIES x z

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DR. SEUSS’ THE SNEETCHES Michael Butterman, conductor

CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS

Discover how the Sneetches learned to set aside their differences and live together in harmony, an important message in today’s world—told and illustrated by the ever-engaging Dr. Seuss with music by Lorenzo Palomo.

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MAY 22

Matthew Kraemer, guest conductor

Michael Butterman, conductor

Celebrate 50 years of space exploration with NASA imagery and out-of-this world favorites including Holst's The Planets and selections from Apollo 13, Star Wars, Star Trek, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial!

"Once upon a time there was no alphabet, only numbers." Five heroes embark on a journey to create the alphabet in the award-winning short film The Numberlys, accompanied live by the RPO. Plus, watch newly created animated films by local filmmakers that showcase classical music’s most well-known works.

BLAST OFF TO SPACE

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Let your imagination run wild with Saint-Saëns’ delightful classic that introduces the instruments of the orchestra. Lions, elephants, tortoises, roosters, and kangaroos come alive during this audience favorite.

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BRAHMS AND HAYDN Michael Butterman, conductor The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair

Juliana Athayde, violin

The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair

Lars Kirvan, cello

The Clara and Edwin Strasenburgh Chair

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The Dr. Jacques M. Lipson Chair

Matthew McDonald, bassoon The Ron and Donna Fielding Chair

BRAHMS HAYDN BRAHMS

Variations on a Theme of Haydn Sinfonia Concertante Serenade No. 2

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HAYDN’S “IL DISTRATTO” Ward Stare, conductor Colin Corner, double bass The Anne Hayden McQuay Chair

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MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro KOUSSEVITZKY Concerto for Double Bass CIMAROSA Il maestro di cappella HAYDN Symphony No. 60, “Il distratto,” (“The distracted one”)

FEBRUA RY 28

ROYAL FIREWORKS MUSIC TBD, guest conductor Douglas Prosser, trumpet The Elaine P. Wilson Chair

Lianne Coble, soprano BACH SCARLATTI BACH HANDEL

Suite No. 4 Arie con tromba Cantata No. 51 Music for the Royal Fireworks

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MOZART 40 Ward Stare, conductor MOZART SCHUBERT PROKOFIEV

Symphony No. 40 Symphony No. 5 Symphony No. 1, “Classical”

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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS AND BEETHOVEN Michael Butterman, conductor Rebecca Gilbert, flute The Charlotte Whitney Allen Chair

Thomas Rodgers, violin

JA N UARY 1 0

APPALACHIAN SPRING Michael Butterman, conductor R. STRAUSS WAGNER MAHLER COPLAND

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending LORD To Notice Such Things BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8

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DISTANT WORLDS: MUSIC FROM FINAL FANTASY® Arnie Roth, guest conductor Experience the entertainment phenomenon that has thrilled audiences all over the globe! Led by Grammy Award–winning conductor Arnie Roth and featuring the music of Japanese video game composer Nobuo Uematsu, this concert includes music from all 14 games and an HD video presentation of exclusive content from game developers SQUARE ENIX.

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Rochester City Ballet, Jamey Leverett, artistic director Bach Children’s Chorus, Karla Krogstad, director Start off your holiday season with magical toy soldiers, sparkling snowflakes, and mischievous mice! Delight to Rochester’s only full-length, live-music performance that is sure to dazzle and warm your heart.

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HOME ALONE WITH THE RPO

Experience this holiday favorite as never before, on the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment! With a charming and delightful score by John Williams, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. © 1990 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Home Alone – Film with Live Orchestra produced by IMG Artists, LLC and The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, Inc.

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Jeff Tyzik, conductor Festival High School Chorale, Amy Story and Harold McAulliffe, co-directors Community Children’s Chorus, Karla Krogstad, director Jolly, joyous, and not-to-be-missed! Put some ho-ho-ho in your holiday with Rochester’s favorite tradition. From festive favorites to heartwarming carols, the RPO’s beloved holiday extravaganza is guaranteed to brighten your season.

SU N DAY, JAN 1 7 | 3 P M

FROM THE TOP LIVE WITH HOST CHRISTOPHER O'RILEY

JIM BRICKMAN

Ward Stare, conductor One of the most popular classical music programs on the radio, From the Top is the preeminent showcase for young classically trained musicians heard weekly on NPR. An afternoon of amazing performances and captivating personal stories of young musicians from Rochester and around the country will be taped before a live audience and aired on NPR.

SATUR DAY, APR 3 0 | 8 P M

JIM BRICKMAN Hailed by the Boston Herald as "a crowd-pleaser,” Jim Brickman will take the audience on a musical journey with his romantic piano melodies and engaging wit. Hear chart-topping songs “Valentine,” “The Gift,” and “If You Believe” during this one-night-only event with the RPO!

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