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Welcome to the 16–17 Season! I am proud to present a dynamic array of programs spanning a wide range of genres, styles, and tastes this season. The RPO is joined by an impressive lineup of soloists you won’t want to miss and, as always, our world-class orchestra will perform some of the greatest masterpieces in the symphonic canon. Ever since George Eastman put Rochester on the map as a destination for the world’s most talented musicians and composers, our city has championed American music. We will celebrate this rich history by performing American works throughout the Philharmonics Series and presenting an American Music Festival spanning three weekends in the fall. From Ives to Gershwin, Bernstein, Adams, and beyond, you’ll experience firsthand how the RPO brings its special brand of zeal to the ‘American Sound.’ There are two highlights of the season that I’m especially excited about. I am pleased to bring opera back to our series with the iconic La Bohème in a semi-staged concert version which promises to delight and amaze. In December, we welcome the incomparable Yo-Yo Ma back to Rochester for a special one night only performance! Our resolve has never been stronger in our mission to share great musical moments with every member of our community. Under Jeff Tyzik’s leadership, our Pops Series is more vibrant and entertaining than ever before. Michael Butterman’s OrKIDStra Series continues to thrive and engage the next generation of music lovers, and the Sunday Matinee Series will once again charm you in a more intimate setting to complement the grandeur of Kodak Hall. I look forward to continuing to deepen my relationship with this great orchestra and with our beloved community through the power of live music. Thank you for being a valued member of the RPO family—I look forward to sharing many unforgettable evenings with you this season.

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Ward Stare Music Director


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Septe m b e r 1 5 & 1 7

Season Opener: STARE CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN 7 + NAKAMATSU RETURNS Ward Stare, conductor Jon Nakamatsu, piano RON NELSON Savannah River Holiday RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 Showstopping! There’s no better way to start an RPO season than with Rochester favorite Jon Nakamatsu. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of winning the Van Cliburn Competition, he returns for Rachmaninoff’s popular and passionate concerto. The festivities continue with Beethoven’s spirited Symphony No. 7, featuring the haunting Allegretto that’s captivated listeners from concert hall to movie screen.

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O ctober 13 & 15

SEAMAN CONDUCTS ELGAR & BEETHOVEN Christopher Seaman, Conductor Laureate

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

Andrew von Oeyen, piano

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TOBIAS PICKER Old and Lost Rivers BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 ELGAR Symphony No. 2 “I have written out my soul,” said Elgar of his Second Symphony. 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. Plus, the “brilliant” (Chicago Tribune) Andrew von Oeyen plays Beethoven.

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“In little more than 200 years, American composers have added a distinct and enduring note to the world of music. From Copland’s folk-inspired Americana to Bernstein’s jazzy swagger to John Adams’ minimalism, American music is as diverse and inventive as our nation itself. This season, we embark on our first-ever American Festival, celebrating the visionary voices that define our ever-evolving sound.” —Ward Stare October 23 | Sunday Matinee series (Se e page October 27 & 29 | Philharmonics Series November 3 & 5 | Philharmonics Series

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November 3 & 5



Ward Stare, conductor Andrew Russo, piano

Ward Stare, conductor Colin Currie, percussion

JOHN WILLIAMS For New York (Variations on Themes of Leonard Bernstein) BARBER Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance GERSHWIN “I Got Rhythm” Variations JENNIFER HIGDON Percussion Concerto BERNSTEIN Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront COPLAND Symphony No. 3 IVES The Unanswered Question JOHN ADAMS Dr. Atomic Symphony Higdon composed her Grammy-winning percussion concerto specifically for Colin Currie: who better to bring it to life than Music of John Adams—arguably America’s greatest living composer— “the world’s finest percussionist” (The Spectator) himself? The summons the chaotic origins of mankind’s most destructive creation. It’s concert fittingly concludes with what many have deemed the Great paired with a suite from Bernstein’s gritty and iconic film score for On the American Symphony, a masterwork in every sense of the word that Waterfront. This program also highlights the cosmic soundscape of a true includes the iconic Fanfare for the Common Man and culminates in American maverick, Charles Ives. a blaze of radiant glory. concert sponsor


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HANDEL’S MESSIAH Christopher Warren Green, guest conductor Rochester Oratorio Society, Eric Townell, director HANDEL Messiah 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 exuberance, especially in the rousing “Hallelujah” chorus, it’s the quintessential yuletide tradition. *Thursday subscribers attend performance on Sunday, December 11 at 2 PM

January 1 2 & 1 4

EHNES PLAYS BEETHOVEN Ward Stare, conductor James Ehnes, violin BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto RAVEL Valses nobles et sentimentales R. STRAUSS Suite from Der Rosenkavalier 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 most popular in the classical canon. Strauss’ nod to old-world Viennese waltz and Ravel’s waltz nouveau round out an evening of musical elegance.

Nicole Cabell “Nicole Cabell is in a class of her own” —Opera Magazine With a spellbinding presence and a voice of “liquid gold” (The Times), Nicole Cabell is one of the most sought-after lyric sopranos today. Her solo debut album, Soprano, was named “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone and received an incredible amount of critical acclaim and several prestigious awards. An alumna of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cabell skyrocketed to fame after winning the BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff, which resulted in performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, and many more. See why Opera Magazine said Cabell is “in a class of her own” at her highly anticipated RPO debut.

Ja n uary 2 6 & 2 8

STARE CONDUCTS SHOSTAKOVICH 5 Ward Stare, conductor Nicole Cabell, soprano ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL Two Days in the Life of a Soviet Worker (World Concert Premiere) RAVEL Shéhérazade SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 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 to express beyond the notes, at once brutal, mournful, and triumphant—with a side of sarcasm. It’s paired with the world concert premiere of Soviet-inspired industrial waltzes and the RPO debut of opera star and Eastman graduate Nicole Cabell.

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Februa ry 2 & 4

MOZART’S REQUIEM Ward Stare, conductor Eastman-Rochester Chorus, William Weinert, director HOVHANESS Prelude and Quadruple Fugue STRAVINSKY Symphony in Three Movements MOZART Requiem (Sussmayer Edition) 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 Hovhaness’ Fugue and Stravinsky’s self-proclaimed “War Symphony,” a razor-edged reflection of the atrocities of the age. Mozart’s Requiem is made possible by The Mozart Performance Fund: Sarah D. Atkinson, M.D. and Steven Hess

February 1 6 & 1 8

ROMANTIC CLASSICS WITH STARE & DENK Ward Stare, conductor Jeremy Denk, piano BERLIOZ Selections from Roméo et Juliette BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2 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, intimate, and thrillingly virtuosic. And, bring that special someone as Music Director Ward Stare leads music inspired by the greatest love story ever told, awash with the searing drama that is Berlioz’s calling card—perfect for Valentine’s Day! Jeremy Denk’s performance is made possible by The Alfred Davis and Brunhilde Knapp Artists Performance Fund


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Mar c h 2 & 4

Ma rch 9 & 11

Ward Stare, conductor Ingrid Fliter, piano

Cristian Măcelaru , guest conductor Natasha Paremski, piano

BRAHMS/BRIGHT SHENG Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2, “Black Swan” CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2 BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 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 synonymous with piano fireworks, and his second concerto is in good hands with Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter, a noted Chopin interpreter.

SEAN SHEPHERD Magiya TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 3 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 power and speed” (Chicago Classical Review) of Natasha Paremski. Rachmaninoff’s sensuous Symphony No. 3 caps off an evening of Russian greats, led by Philadelphia Orchestra conductor-in-residence Cristian Măcelaru.


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Jeremy Denk “I get intense pleasure out of drawing connections between pieces and poems and literature and ideas.” –Jeremy Denk Renaissance man Jeremy Denk is almost as famous for his quick-witted classical music blog (“Think Denk”) and New Yorker essays as for his brilliant piano skills, which The New York Times praised as “effortlessly virtuosic and utterly joyous.” A recent winner of the Avery Fisher Prize, MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award, Denk is a master of thoughtful interpretations that touch both the head and the heart. In his much-anticipated Rochester return, he lends his poetic artistry to one of the greatest piano showcases of them all in Brahms’ Second.

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STARE CONDUCTS MAHLER 5 Ward Stare, conductor

May 11 & 13

DEBUSSY’S LA MER Fabien Gabel, guest conductor Juliana Athayde, violin

The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair

LEONARD SLATKIN Kinah MAHLER Symphony No. 5 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 why legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan said that hearing this symphony made one “forget that time had passed” as Ward Stare brings us music that could only be Mahler.


Suite from Vertigo Violin Concerto No. 2 “Fanfare” and “poéme dansé” from La Péri La mer

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 mer. Concertmaster Juliana Athayde takes a sensational solo turn with a barn burner that mixes daunting technical demands with Romantic soul. The concert opens with the cinematic sweep of music from Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Juliana Athayde’s performance is made possible by the Katherine T. and Jon L. Schumacher Orchestra Musician Soloist Fund

Fabien Gabel

Juliana Athayde

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May 25 & 27

PUCCINI’S LA BOHÈME Ward Stare, conductor Opera in Concert PUCCINI La Bohème 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, set amidst the backdrop of Paris’ bohemian Latin Quarter. Filled with justly famous arias, La Bohème is guaranteed to provide an unparalleled evening of musical magic. Puccini’s La Bohème is made possible by The Gouvernet Arts Fund

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Nicholas Goluses

Kenneth Grant

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Melissa Matson

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Ward Stare, conductor Ahrim Kim, cello

Michael Butterman, conductor Nicholas Goluses, guitar

WEBER Abu Hassan Overture HAYDN Cello Concerto in D Major BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2 in D Major

RESPIGHI Ancient Airs & Dances, Suite No. 1 VIVALDI Guitar/Lute Concerto VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Ária RODRIGO Fantasia para un gentilhombre

BEETHOVEN & HAYDN* The Clara and Edwin Strasenburgh Chair

Part of American Music Festival— see page 6 for details!

Guitar Romances

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Michael Butterman, conductor Kenneth Grant, clarinet The Robert J. Strasenburgh Chair Matthew McDonald, bassoon The Ron and Donna Fielding Chair Charles Wetherbee, violin



DIAMOND Rounds RAVEL Suite from Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) GERSHWIN Lullaby STRAUSS Duet-Concertino for clarinet and bassoon COPLAND The Tender Land Suite KORINE FUJIWARA The Storyteller Ja n uary 2 2

MUSIC OF MOZART Michael Butterman, conductor Juliana Athayde, violin

Jun e 4


The Caroline W. Gannett & Clayla Ward Chair

Michael Butterman, conductor Simone Dinnerstein, piano

Thomas ADÈS Three Studies from Couperin MOZART Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola MOZART Symphony No. 39


Melissa Matson, viola

Dumbarton Oaks Concerto Keyboard Concerto in D minor Keyboard Concerto in F minor Pulcinella Suite

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

* This concert does not include an intermission


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Septe m b e r 3 0 & O c tob e r 1

Gershwin Favorites Jeff Tyzik, conductor Doug LaBrecque, vocalist Jon Nakamatsu, piano Rochester City Ballet, David Palmer, artistic director Kenneth Grant, clarinet The Robert J. Strasenburgh Chair 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 Gershwin’s Preludes to life. Plus, Jon Nakamatsu returns for Gershwin’s jazzy Concerto in F and the iconic Rhapsody in Blue, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the release of his CD with the RPO and Jeff Tyzik that climbed to #3 on the Billboard charts. Jon Nakamatsu is also featured on the Philharmonics Series opener! See page 5 for details.

O ctober 21 & 22

Soul Unlimited with Ellis Hall Jeff Tyzik, conductor Ellis Hall, vocalist 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 Power. Join the “ambassador of soul” for a night of classic R&B, featuring hits by Stevie Wonder; Marvin Gaye; The Temptations; Earth, Wind & Fire; and more.


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December 16 & 17

Gala Holiday Pops Jeff Tyzik, conductor Festival High School Chorale, Amy Story and Harold McAulliffe, co-directors

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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 put you in the holiday spirit!

Nove m b e r 1 8 & 1 9

Cirque de la Symphonie Ward Stare, conductor 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 family, as the world’s greatest circus artists perform death-defying stunts and magical illusions with the full force of a live symphony orchestra.

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Ja n uary 2 0 & 2 1

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II 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 Opera, Doc? are projected on the big screen, paired with their original live scores inspired by the master composers—just as you remember them! Plus, enjoy two brand-new Warner Bros. cartoons presented in 3D. Created by GEORGE DAUGHERTY & DAVID KA LIK WONG LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s16)

Februa ry 10 & 11

Sutton Foster 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 with starring roles in Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Little Women, among others. Now, Sutton Foster brings her dynamic voice and sunny presence to the RPO for her debut.


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Ma rch 24 & 25

The Hot Sardines 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 eightpiece band, featuring a powerhouse female lead vocalist (and a tap dancer for added percussion!), breathes new life into the hottest jazz of the 20s, 30s, and 40s, updated for a 21st century palate.

Ap ril 2 8 & 2 9

Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams 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 celebrating selections from John Williams’ most popular movie scores—including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and more.

June 2 & 3

Women Rock Jeff Tyzik, conductor Celebrate some of the most iconic female artists of all time, and the songs that made them famous. From Aretha Franklin and The Ronettes to Joni Mitchell and Pat Benatar, Jeff Tyzik’s all-new show is sure to have audiences on their feet!

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Octob e r 9

The Pirates of Penzance: Opera for Kids Eastman School of Music vocal and opera students Steven Daigle, director 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 tale.

May 21

100th Anniversary of America’s National Parks Michael Butterman, conductor

Nov e mb e r 1 3

Wands & Wizards: The Magical Music of Harry Potter

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 parks, plus hear Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite.

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.

Mar c h 1 9

SYMPHONIC TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD Michael Butterman, conductor 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.


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The Nutcracker Michael Butterman, conductor

The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair

Rochester City Ballet, David Palmer, artistic director Bach Children’s Chorus, Karla Krogstad, director 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 performed live by the world-class RPO.

Saturday, Dec 10 | 8 P M Sun day, Dec 11 | 2 P M

HANDEL’S MESSIAH Christopher Warren Green, guest conductor Rochester Oratorio Society, Eric Townell, director HANDEL Messiah 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 exuberance, especially in the rousing “Hallelujah” chorus, it’s the quintessential yuletide tradition.

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Music from The Polar Express & Frozen

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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 Disney’s Frozen.

FR Iday, DEC 16 | 8 P M SATurday, DEC 17 | 2 & 8 P M SU Nday, DEC 18 | 2 P M

Gala Holiday Pops Jeff Tyzik, conductor Festival High School Chorale, Amy Story and Harold McAulliffe, co-directors 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 put you in the holiday spirit!

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FRIday, N OV 1 1 | 8 P M Kodak H all at E ast ma n T h e at r e Amy Andersson, guest conductor 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 Zelda scenes are projected in HD on the big screen. It’s not to be missed!

FR Iday, JAN 6 | 8 P M Koda k Ha ll at Eastma n Theatre

Raiders of the Lost Ark— Film with Orchestra 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 is performed live by the RPO! Raiders of the Lost Ark licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd and Paramount Pictures. Motion Picture, Artwork, Photos © 1981 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.


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SATurday, JAN 7 | 8 P M Kodak H all at E ast ma n T h e at r e

Amy Grant The six-time Grammy Award winner with over 30 million albums sold worldwide graces the Eastman Theatre stage for the first time with the RPO. “The Queen of Christian Pop” and Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee performs some of her #1 hits, including “Baby Baby” and “Every Heartbeat,” plus other inspirational favorites.

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THE MUSIC OF THE EAGLES Brent Havens, guest conductor With their groundbreaking sound, The Eagles flew up the charts and created a legacy of timeless music. Brent Havens returns with a full rock band to join the RPO and “Take it to the Limit”— performing The Eagles’ classic hits, including “Heartache Tonight,” “Desperado,” “New Kid in Town,” and “Hotel California.”

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2015-16 Annual Fund Dear Subscribers,

As we approach what is sure to be a thrilling 2016–17 concert season, we all look forward to Music Director Ward Stare and our wonderful orchestra once again partnering with outstanding guest artists to perform an array of musical pieces. Thank you for being an inspiring audience member of the RPO. Your applause and enthusiasm encourages the Orchestra to perform at its very best, and we are honored to share the gift of music with you and the entire community through meaningful collaborations, innovative artistic and community projects, free concerts for thousands of schoolchildren, visits to schools across the region, and concerts throughout the greater Rochester area. If you believe that music has the power to change lives and strengthen our community, then I invite you to be a part of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s family of donors. Your order form includes a suggested donation to our 2015–16 Annual Fund, and I am personally matching any new or increased gifts from our subscribers, up to $15,000! Your gift offers you a variety of benefits designed to enhance your experience with the RPO and is our way of saying “thank you” for your generosity. Your frequent attendance and steadfast support means a great deal as the RPO commits daily to bringing the best in music, education, and collaboration to Rochester. On behalf of everyone at the RPO, thank you! Sincerely,

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