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Welcome from the President & CEO

11 The Orchestra 14 RPO Board of Directors 15 Bravo to Our Sponsors 38 Bravo to Our Generous Supporters 46 About Your RPO

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17 PUSH Physical Theatre 19 Anderson & Roe Play Mozary 23 The Planets: An HD Odyssey 27 A Night of Symphonic Rock 29 Brahms 2 + World Premiere 33 Michael Grandinetti – Illusionist

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Dear Friends, Like American society at large, orchestras around the country are grappling with diversity, equity, and inclusion in their programming. We at the RPO have been examining our role in acknowledging and responding to past and current inequities in the arts and in society for several years. Music Director Ward Stare and I recently had a chance to discuss this process – specifically regarding women composers – on WXXI’s Connections with Evan Dawson. One of the many interesting findings was the recent creation of a searchable data base for thousands of women composers – a tool that should prove useful to orchestras like ours that are interested in presenting even more diverse programming.


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Along those lines, we are proud to point to our co-commissioning of a Harp Concerto by renowned American composer Jennifer Higdon, which will make its world premiere next month with virtuoso harpist Yolanda Kondanassis and Maestro Stare (May 10 & 12). Next season, it will be recorded live for the Orchestra’s first commercial release since 2011 as part of the Sounds of America + Bernstein Centennial concert (September 20 & 22).

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Speaking of Bernstein, our Centennial Celebration kicked off brilliantly last month with legendary pianist Misha Dichter – in a performance marking his 50th anniversary with the RPO – playing Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “Age of Anxiety.” We kept Ward Stare very busy in March, leading two more “not-to-be-missed” Philharmonics concerts: Mahler 4 and Tchaikovsky 5 + World Premiere, the latter including another RPO co-commissioned work by American composer Allen Shawn written specifically for RPO Principal Oboe Erik Behr. This month, the RPO is proud to offer four eclectic concerts with a wide range of musical as well as multi-media choices. It all starts with Breaking Boundaries with PUSH Physical Theatre in what Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik calls “an exciting experiment and new direction in thinking about how a concert can be presented.” It also marks the RPO debut of this award-winning, nationally and internationally renowned, Rochester-based company. Also in April: the RPO debut, that of “the most dynamic duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice): the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo; The Planets: An HD Odyssey, featuring Holst’s beloved sonic odyssey paired with high-definition footage from recent NASA explorations; and A Night of Symphonic Rock at the Kodak Center for the Performing Arts, a Special Concert of classic rock featuring the greatest hits of Aerosmith, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Journey, and more. And don’t forget our annual Spring Around-the-Town Concerts taking place April 25-27 at various locations around Rochester. Led by guest conductor Teresa Cheung, several of these free concerts will feature students from an urban music study program with which the RPO partners, the ROCmusic Collaborative. Community engagement concerts like these are a vital part of the Orchestra’s mission. To learn more and find out how your tax-deductible gift can support our engagement and educational programs, please call our Development Office at 585-399-3649 Coming up in May and early June will be our exciting 2017/18 Season closers: Carmen in Concert, Michael Grandinetti – Illusionist, Classical Kids: Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Classical Mystery Tour: 50th Anniversary of the White Album, and Schumann’s Fourth. I hope to see you there! Sincerely yours,

Curt Long President & CEO PS Don’t forget about our 2018/19 Season subscription packages now on sale. Subscribers get best seats, lowest prices, free ticket exchanges, priority access to Special Concerts – even dining discounts!

Wilfredo Degláns, Associate Concertmaster Shannon Nance, Assistant Concertmaster Perrin Yang Tigran Vardanyan Ellen Rathjen Thomas Rodgers Aika Ito William Hunt Kenneth Langley Molly Werts McDonald Willa Finck Jeremy Hill An-Chi Lin

SECOND VIOLIN Hanna Landrum, Principal Daryl Perlo, Assistant Principal Patricia Sunwoo John Sullivan Lara Sipols Nancy Hunt Boris Zapesochny Liana Koteva Kirvan Margaret Leenhouts Heidi Brodwin Ainur Zabenova* Petros Karapetyan VIOLA Melissa Matson,* Principal

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Joanna Bassett Jessica Sindell Diane Smith

TUBA W. Craig Sutherland, Principal

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PICCOLO Joanna Bassett Jessica Sindell OBOE Erik Behr, Principal

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Anna Steltenpohl Geoffrey Sanford

TIMPANI Charles Ross, Principal

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Jim Tiller, Assistant Principal PERCUSSION Jim Tiller, Principal

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FLUTE Rebecca Gilbert, Principal

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FIRST VIOLIN Juliana Athayde, Concertmaster

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WARD STARE Music Director

This season at the RPO, Stare will collaborate with Itzhak Perlman and returning favorite pianists Olga Kern and Misha Dichter. Stare will also lead a Beethoven Festival, Bizet’s Carmen in Concert, and two world premieres by celebrated composers Allen Shawn and Jennifer Higdon. 2016–17 season highlights included collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma and Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes. Stare also led a three-weekend salute to the music of American composers, as well as Puccini’s La Bohème in Concert, and a world-concert premiere by AcademyAward winning composer Eliot Goldenthal.

2017–18 Season

Our Conductors

Appointed the 12th music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2014, Rochester native Ward Stare has been described as “inspiring musicians to impressive heights” by The New York Times, and “a dynamic music director” by Rochester CITY Newspaper. This December, Stare made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera for nine performances of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, with Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in the title role.

Stare’s recent seasons have seen a number of highly anticipated debuts with orchestras around the world, including performances with the Baltimore Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and the Calgary Philharmonic. Last season he made his debut with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra followed by his return to the St. Louis Symphony in December. Stare’s frequent collaboration with the Lyric Opera of Chicago began with his debut in 2012 conducting performances of Hansel and Gretel; he returned in 2013 to lead Die Fledermaus, and again in November 2014 to lead Porgy and Bess to rave reviews. He made his debut with the Washington National Opera conducting Donizetti’s comic opera L’Elisir d’amore in 2014.


Stare served as resident conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2012. In 2009, he made his highly successful Carnegie Hall debut with the orchestra, stepping in at the last minute to lead H. K. Gruber’s Frankenstein! The 2013–14 season saw his return to the Atlanta and Detroit symphony orchestras, as well as his debuts with the Syracuse Symphoria, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Naples Philharmonic with Lang Lang as soloist.


Stare was trained as a trombonist at The Juilliard School in Manhattan. At 18, he was appointed principal trombonist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and has performed as an orchestral musician with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, among others. As a soloist, he has concertized in both the U.S. and Europe.

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Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America’s most innovative and sought after pops conductors, recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. This season Tyzik celebrates 24 years as principal pops conductor of the RPO, a title he also holds at the Detroit Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, and The Florida Orchestra. This is also the fifth season that Tyzik has held The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor’s Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.


Principal Pops Conductor

Frequently invited as a guest conductor, Tyzik has appeared with the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Milwaukee Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Tyzik has written more than 200 arrangements, orchestrations, and compositions for orchestra. A consummate musician, Tyzik regularly appears as a guest conductor in the RPO’s Philharmonics Series. In the 2015–16 season, Tyzik premiered a new violin concerto written for RPO Concertmaster Juliana Athayde on the Philharmonics Series. This season, Tyzik’s original programming includes collaborations with The Mambo Kings, PUSH Physical Theatre, and a Pops opener featuring a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz standards. Tyzik has collaborated with such diverse artists as Megan Hilty, Chris Botti, Matthew Morrison, Wynonna Judd, Tony Bennett, Art Garfunkel, Dawn Upshaw, Marilyn Horne, Arturo Sandoval, The Chieftains, Mark O’Connor, Doc Severinsen, and John Pizzarelli. He has created numerous original programs that include the greatest music from jazz and classical to Motown, Broadway, film, dance, Latin, and swing. Tyzik holds both his bachelor and master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music.


Principal Conductor for Education and Community Engagement The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair

Now in his 18th season as principal conductor for education and community engagement with the RPO—the first position of its kind in the United States. Butterman also is the music director of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, whom he has led to national prominence, resulting in an invitation to open the Kennedy Center’s SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras in 2017. In addition, he serves as music director of the Shreveport Symphony and the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and just completed a 15-year tenure with the Jacksonville Symphony, first as associate, and then as resident conductor.


Making his mark as a model for today’s conductors, Michael Butterman is recognized for his commitment to creative artistry, innovative programming, and to audience and community engagement.

As a guest conductor, Butterman has led many of the country’s preeminent ensembles, including The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Houston Symphony. Other recent appearances include performances with the symphonies of Oregon, Phoenix, Kansas City, Denver, Charleston, Hartford, San Antonio, Syracuse, New Mexico, Santa Fe, Victoria (British Columbia), California, New Orleans, Spokane, El Paso, Mobile, and Winston- Salem, as well as the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Pensacola Opera, and Asheville Lyric Opera. Summer appearances include Tanglewood, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Ohio Light Opera, and the Wintergreen Music Festival in Virginia. His work has been featured in six nationwide broadcasts on public radio’s Performance Today, and can be heard on two CDs recorded for the Newport Classics label and on a disc in which he conducts the Rochester Philharmonic and collaborates with actor John Lithgow.

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OFFICERS Ingrid A. Stanlis Chairperson of the Board

EX-OFFICIO Rebecca Gilbert Orchestra Representative

Curtis S. Long President & CEO

David C. Heiligman Chairperson, Honorary Board

Stephen B. Ashley Vice Chairperson Robert A. Woodhouse Treasurer Elizabeth F. Rice Secretary Jules L. Smith, Esq. Immediate Past Chairperson

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Maintaining and operating the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (Founded in 1923—Incorporated in 1930)

(TERM EXPIRES FEB. 2019) Dr. Steven Feldon Marjorie Goldstein Dr. Sandra Johnson Mark Siwiec Ingrid Stanlis Jason Thomas Steven Whitman Robert Woodhouse (TERM EXPIRES FEB. 2020) Stephen Ashley Dr. Andrew Elliot Ilene Flaum Michael Gioja Michael Millard Elizabeth Rice Katherine Schumacher (TERM EXPIRES FEB. 2021) James Englert David Lane Dr. Stephen Rosenfeld Sidney Sobel Alex Yudelson



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Curtis S. Long President & CEO Dr. Jamal J. Rossi Dean, Eastman School of Music Jules L. Smith, Esq. Immediate Past Chairperson W. Craig Sutherland Orchestra Representative HONORARY BOARD David C. Heiligman Chairperson Nancy Beilfuss James M. Boucher Paul W. Briggs William L. Cahn Catherine B. Carlson Louise Epstein Joan Feinbloom Betsy Friedman Patrick Fulford Ronald A. Furman Mary M. Gooley A. Thomas Hildebrandt Dr. James E. Koller Harold A. Kurland, Esq. Cricket and Frank Luellen Elizabeth F. Rice Nathan J. Robfogel, Esq. Jon L. Schumacher, Esq. Katherine T. Schumacher Betty Strasenburgh Josephine S. Trubek Suzanne D. Welch The RPO expresses its gratitude to all those who have served as Honorary Board members in the past.

PAST RPO CHAIRPERSONS 1930–32: Edward G. Miner* 1932–34: Simon N. Stein* 1934–38: George E. Norton* 1938–41: Leroy E. Snyder* 1941–42: Frank W. Lovejoy* 1942–43: Bernard E. Finucane* 1943–46: L. Dudley Field* 1946–48: Edward S. Farrow, Jr. * 1948–51: Joseph J. Myler* 1951–52: Joseph F. Taylor* 1952–55: Raymond W. Albright* 1955–57: Arthur I. Stern* 1957–59: Thomas H. Hawks* 1959–61: Walter C. Strakosh* 1962–63: Ernest J. Howe* 1963–65: O. Cedric Rowntree* 1965–67: Frank E. Holley * 1967–69: Thomas C. Taylor* 1969–71: Thomas H. Miller* 1971–72: Mrs. Frederick J. Wilkens* 1972–73: Edward C. McIrvine 1973–74: Robert J. Strasenburgh* 1974–75: John A. Santuccio 1975–76: Robert J. Strasenburgh* 1976–78: Dr. Louis Lasagna* 1978–80: Edward C. McIrvine 1980–82: Peter L. Faber 1982–84: Paul F. Pagerey* 1984–85: Peter L. Waasdorp* 1986–89: Robert H. Hurlbut* 1989–91: Paul W. Briggs 1991–93: Karen Noble Hanson 1993–95: Ronald E. Salluzzo 1995–98: A. Thomas Hildebrandt 1998–00: Harold A. Kurland, Esq. 2000–04: David C. Heiligman 2004–06: Ingrid A. Stanlis 2006–09: James M. Boucher 2009–11: Suzanne D. Welch 2011–13: Elizabeth F. Rice 2013–15: Dr. Dawn F. Lipson 2015-17: Jules L. Smith, Esq. * Deceased


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Jeff Tyzik, conductor PUSH Physical Theatre Darren Stevenson, Artistic Director Herb Smith, trumpet


“Flight to Neverland” from Hook



Blue Funk



“Spirits of Tuol Sleng” from IMAGES: Musical Impressions of an Art Museum



Night on Bald Mountain



Dragon’s Dance: Ballet



“Traffic Jammin’” from New York Cityscapes



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“Memory” from IMAGES: Musical Impressions of an Art Museum



“The Enchanted Garden” from Mother Goose Suite



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Breaking Boundaries with PUSH Physical Theatre




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PUSH PHYSICAL THEATRE With intense athleticism, gravity-defying acrobatics, and soulful artistry award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre, the genre-defining masters of physical storytelling, express what it means to be human: the joy and sorrow, humor and tragedy, the big questions and the simple things.


PUSH’s repeated sold-out performances have led to creative collaborations with the National Institute for the Deaf and Rochester Institute of Technology, during which PUSH created “Red Ball,” using iPad technology. Choreography for the Pulitzer-nominated cantata “Comala” resulted in a Mexico and US tour. TruTV’s national series, Fake Off, in which PUSH became the season finalist, elicited this from judge and Glee star Harry Shum Jr.: “You guys are superhuman!” Unparalleled performers bring the narratives of our lives to the stage with hope and optimism: the strength of the human soul expressed by the power of the human body.

DARREN & HEATHER STEVENSON, founding artistic directors/PUSHers Born and raised in England, Darren met Heather, a New Jersey native, during their mutual studies at The Center in St. Louis. Their shared love of physical theatre, dance and acrobatics planted the seeds for their relationship and eventual collaboration. They relocated to Rochester, NY with their two children in 2000 and founded PUSH Physical Theatre, growing it into the international touring company it is today during the next 18 years. In 2001, they created PUSH Pins, a children’s educational program, which evolved into a summer day camp the Teen Mentorship Project. In addition, the couple runs a Summer Intensive for adults that attracts students from all over the world. The Stevensons received the 2009 Performing Artist of the Year Award from the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, as well as the Anton Germano Dance Award. In 2010, they were invited to speak about PUSH’s unique artistic process at TEDx Rochester. A 2012 grant from the Farash Foundation enabled collaboration with RIT’s National Institute for the Deaf during which PUSH created “Red Ball,” using iPads to study the interplay between real and virtual worlds. They created Arc of Ages, a full-length exploration of Jewish history and culture, in 2013 for a two-week run at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester’s Center Stage.

AVI PRYNTZ-NADWORNY (PUSHer) grew up in Rochester, NY, where he was involved with

acting, juggling, and gymnastics. After moving to Canada to study circus at École De Cirque de Québec, he continued his education at Scuola di Circo Flic in Turin, Italy. Avi has performed all over America and Europe as a soloist, and with companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Airplay Jugglers, and Cirq’ulation Locale.

JONATHAN LOWERY (PUSHer) is a classically trained actor and mime from Jackson, Missis-

sippi. He began his studies with Dr. Lou Campbell and continued his training under other movement masters such as Avner Eisenberg, James Donlon, and Daniel Stein. Jonathan has appeared on national TV and toured as a mime and vaudeville performer throughout the U.S. and in Italy, Switzerland, Japan and Taiwan. He has performed with PUSH since 2007.

KATHERINE MARINO (PUSHer) grew up in Rochester, NY and has performed professionally since age 13. She now holds a dual degree in Dance and Environmental Studies from William Smith College. In 2014, she won a year-long Fulbright fellowship to Mendoza, Argentina. Katherine’s professional performing experience includes the Elizabeth Clark Dance Ensemble, Finger Lakes Dance! concert, Rochester Dance Project, Tres Puntos (Argentina), and Present Tense Dance Company. 18

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Michael Butterman, conductor and pianist


Faure piece is “Masques et bergamasques, Op. 112

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Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe, piano duo


I. Ouverture II. Menuet III. Gavotte IV. Pastorale


Concerto No. 7 in F Major for Three Pianos, (20:00) K. 242

I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Rondo: Tempo di minuetto

Anderson and Roe Play Mozart

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Concerto for Two Pianos in D Minor


Carmen Fantasy for Two Pianos and Orchestra [Based on Themes by Bizet]


I. Allegro ma non troppo II. Larghetto III. Allegro molto (12:00)

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Masques et Bergamasques, Op. 112 In 1918, Prince Albert I of Monaco commissioned Fauré to provide music for a choreographic entertainment inspired by the verses of Paul Verlaine and the pastoral eighteenth-century paintings of Jean Antoine Watteau. Believing that the project would probably have a short life, Fauré expended minimal effort on the score. He recycled several of the eight instrumental and vocal items he provided from music he had composed as much as 50 years earlier. Ironically, this gracious, lucidly-scored music proved to be his most frequently performed stage work. He prepared this concert suite shortly after the first production.

b. Pamiers, France May 12, 1845 d. Paris, France November 4, 1924 First performed by the RPO October 18, 2002 Last performed by the RPO November 11, 2002


Concerto No. 7 in F Major for Three Pianos, K. 242 Mozart composed this cheerful work in February 1776, between the sixth and eighth of his concertos for piano solo. It was commissioned for specific performers: Countess Antonia Lodron, the sister of his detested employer, Prince-Archbishop Colleredo of Salzburg, and her two daughters, Aloisia and Josepha, ages 15 and 11, respectively. Mozart reflected Josepha’s age and skill in the significantly lower demands he placed upon the third soloist. The concerto was performed several times, eventually with Mozart himself as one of the soloists. This is music designed solely to entertain, and it fully succeeds in doing so. The first movement is brisk, playful and charming. The second floats by with serene gentleness. The delightful finale ingeniously combines the forms of rondo and minuet.

b. Salzburg, Austria January 27, 1756 d. Vienna, Austria December 5, 1791 First performed by the RPO October 21, 1971 Last performed by the RPO October 21, 1971


Concerto for Two Pianos in D Minor This concerto is a transitional work, combining the impudent humor of Poulenc’s early style with the blossoming vulnerability of the mature composer. It was commissioned by Princess Edmond de Polignac (the former Winnaretta Singer), a wealthy American-born Parisian patron of the arts. She maintained a luxurious salon where the pieces she commissioned from numerous composers were given either their final run-throughs or world premières. As well as possessing much money, she clearly had excellent taste, requesting works from the most prominent composers of the day, including Stravinsky, Debussy, Chabrier, Milhaud, Falla, Fauré, Satie and Ravel, who dedicated to her an early masterwork, the angelic piano piece Pavane pour une infante défunte.

b. Paris, France January 7, 1899 d. Paris January 30, 1963 First performed by the RPO December 14, 1950 Last performed by the RPO October 29, 2011

She asked Poulenc for a two-piano concerto in order to give him and his boyhood friend Jacques Février, something they could perform together. In it, he sought to recreate the joyful atmosphere of her salon. To put himself in the right mood, he played through concertos by Mozart, Liszt, and Ravel. He and Février gave the première in Venice on September 5, 1932. “I must say without any modesty at all that the first performance was impeccable,” Poulenc stated. “It was an outright success, for the work is gay and straightforward.”


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Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Described as the most dynamic duo of this generation (San Francisco Classical Voice), rock stars of the classical music world (Miami Herald), and the very model ANDERSON & ROE of complete 21st-century musicians (The Washington Post), the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo aims to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world. During the 2017-18 season, they perform across the North American continent in numerous recital appearances (including their Kennedy Center debut), then make their way to New Zealand for a 10-city tour.

Anderson & Roe met as freshmen at The Juilliard School and formed their dynamic musical partnership shortly thereafter. They have since toured extensively, with notable recitals in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Estonia, Israel, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and most major US cities, as well as in nearly every New York City venue imaginable, from Carnegie Hall to childrens hospitals. They have appeared at the Gilmore and Gina Bachauer International Piano Festivals; the Mostly Mozart and Styriarte Festivals; the Cliburn Concert Series; and the Grand Teton, Santa Fe, Chautauqua, Orford, Ventura, Skaneateles, Carmel Bach, and Minnesota Beethoven summer music festivals, to name a few. Their past orchestral engagements include performances with the orchestras of San Francisco, Liverpool, Calgary, Hartford, Boulder, Chautauqua, Waco, and Winnipeg, among others, and with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 2015, Anderson & Roe premiered Brahms Double Concerto in their arrangement for two pianos and orchestra with the resident orchestra of Performance Santa Fe.

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Hans Graf, guest conductor Concentus Women’s Chorus Gwen Gassler, director




The Poem of Ecstasy, op. 54


The Planets – An HD Odyssey Produced by Duncan Copp




I. Mars, the Bringer of War II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age VI. Uranus, the Magician VII. Neptune, the Mystic

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Until revered film director Stanley Kubrick included three Ligeti compositions (Atmosphères, Requiem, Lux aeterna) on the soundtrack of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), this highly imaginative composer’s name was only known in avant garde circles. From that time onward, he enjoyed a distinguished and productive career.

b. Dicsöszentmárton, Transylvania May 28, 1923 d. Vienna, Austria June 12, 2006 First performed by the RPO

He composed Atmosphères in 1961. It’s astonishing that he created all November 4, 1965 the bizarre sounds – evocative of screaming birds, growling beasts and Last performed by the RPO nocturnal buzzings – with acoustic orchestral instruments, without any kind of outside input or enhancement. Excerpts from Atmosphères served as the November 9, 1972 overture to 2001 (heard before the movie began), and appeared during the trippy “star gate” sequence toward the end, as the pod ship piloted by David Bowman (Keir Dullea) seems to pass through some kind of portal into an alternative reality.


The Poem of Ecstasy, Op. 54 The young Scriabin focused his energies on a career as a concert pianist, both inside and outside Russia. He played a great deal of his own music, which at that time was sufficiently traditional to find widespread favor with audiences. Later he shifted his efforts primarily to composition. Time and a variety of influences made his music more individual. He developed interests in Liszt, Wagner and Debussy, for example, three of the great musical radicals of the day.

b. Moscow, Russia January 6, 1872 d. Moscow April 27, 1915 First performed by the RPO April 9, 1924 Last performed by the RPO

March 12, 1964 He also embraced philosophical concepts drawn from eastern religions and nonconformist Russian poetry. He came to think of music as a medium for the expression of his mystical beliefs, as well as a means to bring about the spiritual enlightenment of listeners. He saw himself as the purveyor of universal truth, his goal to prepare humanity, through music, for the upcoming intermingling of man and divinity.

These feelings inspired him to compose music of soaring emotion, new, unusual harmonies, and immense instrumental color. These qualities are conveyed most successfully through the orchestra, a medium to which he came late. All his orchestral scores date from the period 1895 to 1910. The first two symphonies (1900 and 1901) display recognizable roots in mainstream late-romantic style. With Symphony No. 3 (1904, sub-titled The Divine Poem), he made a strong shift toward his mature style. Two years later, he published a lengthy poem. Initially titled Orgiastic Poem, he changed the name to The Poem of Ecstasy, and declared it the written embodiment of the orchestral work that he had already begun. The single-movement Poem of Ecstasy achieved, in a more compact and convincing way than the sprawling, three-movement Symphony No. 3, his goal of channeling cosmic forces. Poem and music celebrate several types of ecstasy, including the creative and erotic varieties. Opening in quiet contemplation, the musical poem consists of repeated waves of energy. Interludes of relative repose divert each wave from fulfilling the music’s maximum emotional potential. Solo trumpet plays a featured role in leading the way, until finally all uncertainties evaporate in the overwhelming sunburst of the concluding section.


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The Planets, Op. 32 On a tour of Spain in 1912, a fellow traveler introduced Holst to astrology. The curiosity thus aroused led to such a thorough a study of this ancient pursuit that in time he was able to prepare detailed horoscopes. It also sowed the seeds of this spectacular orchestral suite, his most popular (if not most representative) creation. He composed it from 1914 to 1917, mostly in a sound-proof room at the institution where he taught: St. Paul’s Girls School in London.

b. Cheltenham, England September 21, 1874 d. London, England May 25, 1934 First performed by the RPO February 5, 1925 Last performed by the RPO

It portrays the astrological, rather than the mythological characters of seven May 31, 2014 planets in our solar system, although Holst’s ode to Venus manages to embrace both its mythological beauty and astrological peacefulness. Mars, the Bringer of War, presents a harrowing portrait of cold, inhuman power. The brass section takes center stage, hammering forth harsh blocks of sound over an implacable, motorlike rhythmic tread. The use of five beats to the bar instead of the usual two, three, or four intensifies the sense of unease further still. Early audiences were convinced that Holst had intended this music as a portrait of the world war that had recently ended, where in fact he had completed the sketches before it broke out. It makes no less powerful an effect for representing a forecast rather than a post mortem. Venus, the Bringer of Peace, offers total contrast: a calm, tranquil reverie, set far from the scene of any conflict and shot through with gorgeous instrumental solos. Two strongly contrasted scherzos follow. Holst associated Mercury, the Winged Messenger with the process of human thought. It flits by with appropriate speed and delicacy. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity, has both its jovial feet planted firmly on the ground. Hearty tunes steeped in Holst’s close study of English folk songs and dances drive the opening and closing sections. In between rests a hymn-like theme evoking a more ceremonial type of rejoicing. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age was Holst’s own favorite section. It certainly has the most emotional depth. This miniature tone poem sets forth his views on the stages of human life: the uncertain beginning, the struggles and heartbreaks of maturation, and finally the emergence in late years of wisdom, with its serene acceptance of imperfection and mortality. Next comes the dynamic conjuring act of Uranus, the Magician, first cousin to The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas. Holst puts the orchestra through many spectacular paces, dramatic and grotesquely humorous alike. The suite concludes with the cool, disembodied meditations of Neptune, the Mystic. They arrive as if having traveled across vast distances of outer and inner space. Towards the end, the evocative sounds of a wordless female chorus float in from offstage. The final bars echo, over and over, until they fade away into silence.

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artists Known for his wide range of repertoire and creative programming, the distinguished Austrian conductor Hans Graf is one of today’s most highly respected musicians. Appointed Music Director of the Houston Symphony in 2001, Mr. Graf concluded his tenure in May 2013 and is the longest serving HANS GRAF Music Director in the orchestra’s history. Prior to his appointment in Houston, he was the Music Director of the Calgary Philharmonic for eight seasons and held the same post with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine for six years. He also led the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra from 1984 to 1994 and the Basque National Orchestra from 1994 to 1996. Hans Graf is a frequent guest with all of the major North American orchestras. His recent and upcoming guest engagements include appearances with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Boston, San Francisco, St. Louis, Cincinnati, National, Detroit, Dallas, Baltimore, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Colorado, and Utah symphonies, as well as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra among others. Hans Graf has recorded for the EMI, Orfeo, CBC, Erato, Capriccio, and JVC labels and his extensive discography includes the complete symphonies of Mozart and Schubert, the premiere recording of Zemlinsky’s opera Es war einmal and the complete orchestral works of Dutilleux, which he recorded under the supervision of the composer, with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine for BMG Arte Nova. His recordings with the Houston Symphony include Bartok’s Wooden Prince for Koch International; Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony, Berg’s Three Pieces from the Lyric Suite and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde for Naxos; and a DVD of The Planets – An HD Odyssey, available through the Houston Symphony. His recent recordings are the complete works by Paul Hindemith for viola and orchestra with Tabea Zimmermann and the Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin and a live recording of Carmina Burana with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, a recording of a live performance of Wozzeck with the Houston Symphony was released by Naxos in the spring of 2017; this recording won the 2018 Grammy for best opera recording, as well as the 2017 ECHO Klassik prize for best opera recording in the category of 20th and 21st century opera.

CONCENTUS WOMEN’S CHORUS Founded in 2000 by conductors Edna Yeh and Gwendolyn Gassler, the Concentus Women’s Chorus is devoted to exploring the wide variety of classical music, ranging from medieval chant through contemporary compositions, written specifically for women's voices. Ensemble members are experienced singers and are expected to share a commitment to lifelong learning as musicians. In addition to yearly full length concert presentations each year, Concentus performs at several special events in the Greater Rochester and Central New York area. Recent highlights include participation in the Bi-annual Choral Prism Concert, sponsored by the Greater Rochester Choral Consortium, gallery opening celebrations at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, and two performances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and a special, featured performance of Gustav Holst’s, The Planets with Penfield Symphony Orchestra. Concentus regularly premiers, and has also commissioned the composition of music specific for women’s voices, including Deanna Witkowski’s work, “And I heard her name was Proverb.”



HANS GRAF, guest conductor


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James Olmstead, conductor

A Night of Symphonic Rock



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artists JAMES OLMSTEAD, conductor/music director Recent conducting credits include A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Prince and Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular. Broadway conductor for On Your Feet: The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. He has worked on numerous Broadway shows including Anastasia, Charlie and the Chocolate JAMES OLMSTEAD Factory, Beautiful: The Carole King Story, the upcoming Gettin’ the Band Back Together, as well as Radio City’s New York Spectacular. Off-Broadway conductor: A Letter to Harvey Milk and Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist. Music supervisor: Fame the Musical (2016 National Tour) and Mamma Mia! (East-coast regional premiere).


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Ward Stare, conductor Yolanda Kondonassis, harp


Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, op. 33a


Harp Concerto (RPO Co-Commission)


I. Dawn: Lento e tranquillo II. Sunday Morning: Allegro spiritoso III. Moonlight: Andante comodo e rubato IV. Storm: Presto con fuoco

world premiere Yolanda Kondonassis, harp 1. First Light 2. Joy Ride 3. Lullaby 4. Rap Knock

Brahms 2 + World Premiere

7:30 PM


Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73



I. Allegro non troppo II. Adagio non troppo III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino) IV. Allegro con spirit



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BENJAMIN BRITTEN (BARON BRITTEN OF ALDEBURGH) Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a b. Lowestoft, England When Britten’s opera Peter Grimes premiered in 1945, it catalyzed a November 22, 1913 rebirth of interest in opera in England. Grimes is a gruff fisherman whose neighbors distrust him for his individuality and reclusiveness. He dreams d. Aldeburgh, England of a better life with Ellen, the widowed schoolmistress, but a tightening December 4, 1976 web of circumstance drives him to lose his mind and commit suicide. The First performed by the RPO orchestra plays a pivotal role in the opera, nowhere more crucially than in December 5, 1946 the interludes that introduce and bridge the scenes. Within a week of the opera’s première, Britten extracted four of them from the full score, then Last performed by the RPO November 22, 2003 edited and re-sequenced them into this concert suite. The first one, Dawn, shows the sea basically at peace with itself, yet still harboring the promise of disturbing events to come. In Sunday Morning, the mood is boisterous, with horns boldly imitating the sound of church bells as the sun’s rays sparkle upon the rippling waves. Moonlight depicts the town and harbor lying in tranquility on a warm summer night. Storm shows the sea reacting in brutal, graphically scored protest, after Grimes decides to forsake it in exchange for Ellen’s love.


Harp Concerto (RPO Co-Commission) b. Brooklyn, New York, USA Jennifer Higdon is a major figure in contemporary classical music, receiving the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto and a 2010 Grammy December 31, 1962 for her Percussion Concerto. She enjoys several hundred performances a This performance is the world year of her works, and blue cathedral is one of America’s most performed premiere of this piece. contemporary orchestral works, with more than 600 performances worldwide since its première in 2000. Her works have been recorded on over four dozen CDs. Her most recent is an opera based on the best-selling novel, Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier. It was premièred by the Santa Fe Opera in August 2015 and will travel to Opera Philadelphia, Minnesota Opera and North Carolina Opera in the next two seasons. Higdon holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Her music is published exclusively by Lawdon Press.


Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73 In 1876, the successful première of Brahms’s first symphony dispelled the enormous anxiety he had felt over his ability to follow in Beethoven’s footsteps as a great composer in that medium. He heaved a huge sigh of relief and wasted little time in composing a second symphony. Comfortably settled in the lakeside Alpine resort of Pörtschach, he wrote Symphony No. 2 during the summer of 1877. Its genial personality reflects not only his contented, optimistic state of mind, but the green, sunny, spectacularly beautiful location where he composed it. The first performance took place in Vienna under Hans Richter on December 30, 1877.

b. Hamburg, Germany May 7, 1833 d. Vienna, Austria April 3, 1897 First performed by the RPO October 17, 1923 Last performed by the RPO June 4, 2011

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cousin to his familiar Lullaby. Brahms proceeds to concentrate on the opening idea, with touches of drama and stress making themselves felt from time to time. But the return of the second subject returns warmth and tranquility to the music. The slow second movement opens with a melancholy, hymnlike theme on the cellos. A central episode brings agitation, but it passes, ushering in a peaceful conclusion. The following section sparkles with delightful Viennese charm. It has its share of unforced ingenuity, too: the two rapid central episodes are transformations of the opening theme. The finale begins quietly, but soon bursts forth into joyful animation. A solemn, almost hymn-like theme appears in the violins and violas. Brahms brings it back, transfigured into a majestic peal of triumph, to close the symphony.

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artists Yolanda Kondonassis is celebrated as one of the world’s premier solo harpists and is widely regarded as today’s most recorded classical harpist. With “a range of colour that’s breathtaking” (Gramophone), she has been hailed as “a brilliant and expressive player” (Dallas Morning News), with “a dazzling technique unfailingly governed by impeccable musical judgment” (Detroit YOLANDA KONDONASSIS News). She has appeared around the globe as a concerto soloist and in recital, bringing her unique brand of musicianship and warm artistry to an ever-increasing audience. Also a published author, speaker, professor of harp, and environmental activist, her many passions are woven into a vibrant and multi-faceted career. With hundreds of thousands of discs and downloads sold worldwide, Kondonassis’ extensive discography includes twenty titles and her 2008 release, Air (Telarc), was nominated for a Grammy Award. Her latest album, Ginastera: One Hundred, celebrates Ginastera’s 2016 centennial and was released in October 2016 on Oberlin Music. Her many albums have earned universal critical praise as she continues to be a pioneering force in the harp world, striving to push the boundaries of what listeners expect of the harp. The recipient of two Solo Recitalists Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2011 recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize, Kondonassis has been featured on CNN and PBS as well as Sirius/ XM Radio’s Symphony Hall, NPR’s All Things Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts, St. Paul Sunday Morning, and Performance Today. In addition to her active solo, chamber music and recording schedule, Kondonassis heads the harp departments at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Institute of Music, and presents masterclasses around the world.  For more information on Yolanda Kondonassis, visit





Miriam Burns, guest conductor Michael Grandinetti, illusionist


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Suite: Hedwig’s Theme


Dance of the Comedians


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Nimbus 2000


Peer Gynt Suite: In the Hall of the Mt. King


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Sorcerer’s Stone


Peer Gynt Suite: Anitra’s Dance


Night on Bald Mountain


Carmen Suite: Danse Boheme


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Suite: Fawkes the Phoenix


Danse macabre


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Dobby the House Elf


Gayane Ballet: Sabre Dance


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Suite: The Silver Rings


Firebird Suite (1919): Infernal Dance


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Suite: Harry’s Wondrous World

Michael Grandinetti – Illusionist


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MICHAEL GRANDINETTI, illusionist Named by Entertainment Weekly as “a great magician who can truly communicate with a TV audience” and Hidden Remote as a “fan favorite…with charisma and an easy rapport with an audience”, Michael Grandinetti is not your ordinary magician.



With performances on national and international television, in stadiums, arenas, casinos, and theaters around the country, with Oscar-winning composers and symphony orchestras, for NFL and NBA halftime shows and major sporting events, for Fortune 500 companies, and even at The White House, Michael has made a name for himself around the world as an extremely talented and innovative illusionist. In addition, Michael was recently one of the headlining performers in “Masters of Magic”, a largescale production show which ran nightly for two months at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, in Reno, Nevada. Presented on the world’s largest indoor stage, a full acre in size, Michael caused a 500lb motorcycle to appear in mid-air, levitated 10ft into the air under bright lights at the front of the stage, created interactive magic with everyone in the theater at the same time, and melted his body through a 7ft tall wall of solid, examined steel. Michael is currently starring in the hit CW television series “Masters of Illusion”, now in its fifth season and airing in over 100 countries around the world. Hosted by Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Hit The Floor), “Masters of Illusion” showcases the world’s top magicians and illusionists in front of a live audience in Hollywood. During the run of the series, Michael has performed both grand illusions and interactive stage magic including shrinking a girl to the size of a basketball, vanishing borrowed rings and causing them to reappear baked inside a loaf of bread, bringing a painting to life, levitating a lady in the center of the audience, and escaping from a platform suspended 20ft above the stage. Special guest Ace Young, star of American Idol and Hair on Broadway, assisted Michael onstage during the show for his “Walking Through Steel” illusion.

MIRIAM BURNS, guest conductor Miriam Burns was on staff with the New York Philharmonic as one of their Cover Conductors from 1999-2007, having been appointed by Kurt Masur as a result of a competitive audition byinvitation-only. In this capacity, she accompanied the orchestra on tour to the Far East as the tour Assistant Conductor to then new Music Director, Lorin Maazel, and for eight years was entrusted as an assistant conductor on call for countless specific, fully prepared programs under many guest conductors of international repute. Now in her sixth season as Music Director and Conductor of the Tysons McLean Orchestra (VA), Ms. Burns continues as Music Director of The Orchestra of the Redeemer in New York City since 1995. Recent prior Music Directorships include the Tallahassee Symphony, where she was designated a Paul Harris Fellow for six years of outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Tallahassee, the Kenosha Symphony and the Lawton Philharmonic. Additionally, she is Principal Conductor and Music Advisor for the popular multimedia orchestral show Heroes: A Video Game Symphony, based on the symphonic music of videogames. As such, she conducted the world premiere with the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, followed by performances with the Houston Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, members of the Toronto Symphony at the Sony Centre, and conducts ensuing performances with other major orchestras as the show is booked.


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EDUCATION AT THE RPO The RPO performed with ROCmusic times last season. ROCmusic offers free strings lessons to economically disadvantaged children and teenagers from Rochester.


30% Nearly

of RPO concerts are education or community-oriented

200 7,500 students perform in Gala Holiday Pops each season

Rochester City School District students attend free RPO concerts each year

22,500 students participate in RPO education programs each year



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Bravo to Our Generous Supporters

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the following corporate, foundation, and community organizations for their generous support. Listings are in recognition of annual giving from January 1, 2017 to January 15, 2018. Please contact Mark Zeger at 585.454.7311 x232 with questions or corrections. SYMPHONY ($50,000 AND ABOVE) Canandaigua National Bank and Trust The Community Foundation G.W. Lisk, Inc. Wegman Family Charitable Foundation Wegmans Food Markets Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation CONCERTO ($25,000–$49,999) AVANGRID Foundation Constellation Brands Davenport-Hatch Foundation ESL Charitable Foundation Glover Crask Charitable Trust The Gouvernet Arts Fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation Rochester Regional Health System M and T Bank Charitable Foundation SONATA ($10,000–$24,999) Melvin and Mildred Eggers Family Charitable Foundation Gertrude Chanler RPO Fund High Falls Advisors Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation KeyBank Oppenheimer Funds Inc. The Bunnie and Jerome Sachs Family Foundation Summers Foundation Inc. SUITE ($5,000–$9,999) Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation The MAGIC Center at RIT Premium Mortgage Corporation Rochester Midland Corporation Rubens Family Foundation Spindler Family Foundation St. John’s Home Two Point Capital Management John F. Wegman Fund


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Nancy Brush and John Parker Josephine Buckley Eileen Buholtz Brian and Mary Jane Burke Sharon and Philip Burke Mr. and Mrs. Bruce C. Burkey Ann Burr and A. Vincent Buzard Keith and Joan Calkins Philip and Jeanne Carlivati Mr. and Mrs. Terrance Carney Gary R. Chadwick William T. Chandler Robert and Susan Chapman in memory of Lucille Giglia Dr. Lawrence and Mrs. Rita Chessin Jack and Barbara Clarcq Elizabeth Claypoole Mr. J. Clifford Alan Cohen and Nancy Bloom Cheryl Collins John and Catherine Coulter Mrs. Nancy G. Curme Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Curtis, Jr. Mrs. Joan Dalberth Judith and Joseph Darweesh

Frederick and Doris Davey David F. Dean Bonnie and Duane DeHollander Ms. Faith Delehanty Stephanie and Douglas Dickman Ms. Marilyn Drumm Jane Dunham Rose Duver Mr. and Mrs. Lester Eber Mr. Markey A. Hoblit and Mr. Alan R. Efron Dr. Steven and Susan Eisinger Carol and Tom Elliott Holly K. Elwell Mohsen Emami, M.D. Louise W. Epstein Gerald G. Estes Julia B. Everitt Trevor and Elizabeth Ewell Sherman and Anne Farnham Dr. Paul Fine Thomas and Janet Fink Gail R. Flugel Suressa and Richard Forbes John and Sandy Ford

ADAGIO CIRCLE ($1,000–$2,499) CONTINUED Marcella Klein and Richard Schaeffer Jonathan Foster Myrta and Robert Knox Ann and Steve Fox Karen S. Kral Mrs. Margaret Freeman and Mr. Chari and Joel Krenis Thomas Lennox Susan and Werner Kunz Carolyn and Roger Friedlander David and Andrea Lambert Betsy Friedman Dr. and Mrs. Leo R. Landhuis Marjorie and James Fulmer Donna M. Landry Johanna M. Gambino in memory of Ross P. Lanzafame Jerry J. Gambino Ms. Connie Leary Dr. Richard and Josie Gangemi John and Alice Leddy David and Patricia Gardner Nancy H. Lee Sharon Garelick Gay and Don Lenhard Michael Garrett T.C. and Pam Lewis Jacquie and Andrew Germanow James and Susan Locke Mrs. Charles J. Gibson Sandy and Jack Maniloff Paul and Carol Goldberg Saul and Susan Marsh John and Roslyn Goldman Linda M. Marsters Patricia Goodwin Frances and Robert Marx Burton Gordon Edward G. McClive Dane and Judy Gordon H. Winn McCray Robert and Jeanne Grace William and Erin McCune Jeanne Gray in memory of Robert Mr. Michael McCusker C. Gray Carol A. McFetridge Mrs. Judith Greenberg in memory of Richard McGrath her husband, Mr. Harvey Greenberg Pamela McGreevy Alan and Julie Griesinger Marion and Ed Mench Davis Louis Guadagnino Pete and Sally Merrill Brigitte and Klaus Gueldenpfennig Daniel M. Meyers Mrs. Robert Gulick Duane and Ida Miller Jeffrey and Lynne Halik Jonathan Mink and Janet Cranshaw Peggy and David Hall Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Moncrief Joan Hallenbeck James Moore Mrs. Laura J. Hameister Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Morgan Ms. Barbara Hamlin Morning Musicale Louise Harris John Muenter Bernice Hatch Otto Muller-Girard Mr. Lawrence Helfer Harold Munson Richard A. Henshaw Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Munson Merril and Dianne Herrick Dr. Gary and Mrs. Ruth Myers Walter B.D. Hickey, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Philip Neivert David C. and Patricia M. Hinkle Elizabeth Neureiter-Seely Bruce Hinman Kathy and Ted Nixon Art and Barb Hirst Jann Nyffeler John and Barbara Holder Peter Oddliefson and Kay Wallace Dan and Sandy Hollands Mrs. Virginia S. Pacala Susan and Chris Holliday Dr. Vivian Palladoro Andrew and Kathleen Holt Jane Parker and Francis Cosentino Dr. Robert Horn and Dr. Patricia Patricia and Philip Parr Nachman Channing and Marie Philbrick Mr. and Mrs. Theodore L. Horne Charitable Fund Dr. Nadene D. Hunter Mr. and Mrs. Dom C. Piazza James Iacutone Joyce and Victor Poleshuck Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Isaacson Mr. Andrew Publow, Hazlow Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence S. Iwan Electronics, Inc. Bob and Elaine Jacobsen William and Barbara Pulsifer Dr. and Mrs. H. Douglas Jones Margaret Quackenbush Dr. and Mrs. Harold Kanthor Robert and Anne Quivey Robert J. Kennedy Jacklin Randall-Ward Marilyn and David Klass

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Richards Nancy Robbins Nancy and Art Roberts Elizabeth and Donald Roemermann Mrs. Stanley M. Rogoff Antonio and Patricia K. Rosati Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Rosenbaum Thomas and Elizabeth Ross James and Caroline Ryan Ron Sassone Drs. Eva and Jude Sauer Gary B. Schaefer Paul and Barbara Schmied Peter Schott and Mary Jane Tasciotti Schreiner Family Fund Joan M. Schumaker Catherine and Richard Seeger Joan and Arthur Segal Dr. Jenny C. Servo and John Servo Lily Shaw and Robert Hallstrom Sonja Shelton Robert and Nancy Shewan Daniel and Sarah Singal Alice and Ken Slining Bruce and Laura Smoller Susan and David Spector Daniel and Susan Stare Kenneth T. and Eva M. Steadman Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Stehler Richard Steinheider Georgine and James Stenger Chris and Jennifer Stenzel Margaret A. Strite Dr. and Mrs. Henry A. Thiede J. Russell and Kathleen Thomas Jason Thomas Miriam Thomas Mimi and Sam Tilton Celia and Doug Topping Sally Turner John and Janet Tyler Gary and Marie VanGraafeiland Harry and Ruth Walker Pierce and Elizabeth Webb Irene and Alan Weinberg Ann Weitzel Andrew M. Wensel, M.D. Joseph Werner and Diane Smith Carol Whitbeck Mrs. Christine Wickert Dr. James and Nancy Wierowski James H. Willey Elise and Joseph Woiciechowski Charlotte J. Wright Bill and Wende Young Carol Zajkowski Deborah and Mark Zeger Mr. and Mrs. Ted Zornow Daan Zwick

ADVOCATE ($700-$999) Anonymous Donors Robert Allen Betsy and Gerald Archibald Dr. and Mrs.* Edward C. Atwater Gloria Baciewicz Steven and Anne Bauer Jeanne Beecher Hays and Karen Bell Eric and Marcia Birken Josh and Beth Bruner June Brush Bruce and Shirley Burritt

Dr. and Mrs. William Grammar Barbara J. Granite Barbara Jean Gray-Gottorff Russell and Kathleen Green Ed and Terry Grissing Michael and Joanna Grosodonia Mr. and Mrs. Gary D. Haines Robert T. and Mary Ann Hargrave Mr. James M. Hartman Gil and Judy Hawkins A. Scott Hecker Dr. and Mrs. Raul Herrera

Gerard and Joanne Caschette Teri Davis Jeanne Denike Nancy and Sreeram Dhurjaty Jane Dieck Edward and Jennifer Faringer Udo Fehn and Christine Long John and Chris Forken Barbara L. Frank Sandra and Neil Frankel Richard T. Galvin Jane Gorsline

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ADVOCATE ($700-$999) Drs. Ryan and Makiko Hoefen Mr. and Mrs. Ned Holmes Earl and Mary Ingersoll Robert and Merilyn Israel Bruce Jacobs Lori and Frank Karbel Ann Knigge Kenneth R. Knight Glenn and Nancy Koch Mrs. Ellen Konar Diane S. Koretz Salvatore and Sandra LaBella Wilfred LeBlanc Doris and Austin Leve Sarah F. Liebschutz Carol C. Lovell John and Judy Lynd Pamela Krug Maloof Mr. and Mrs. John F. McNamara Richard and Joyce Mitchell Dr. Philip S. Nash Dr. Richard and Nancy Newton

Johnathan R. Parkes and Dr. Marcia Bornhurst Parkes Ann Piato Dr. Lee Pollan Bill Prest Patricia and William Rahn Stand and Anne Refermat Bob and Shirley Rheinwald Nancy K. Rice G. W. Richter Sandra and Eugene Riley Dr. and Mrs. Gordon N. Robinson Suzanne Robinson Mrs. James A. Rockwell in Memory of Rev. James A. Rockwell Judy and Bill Rose Dick and Bea Rosenbloom William Saunders Rich Sensenbach Mr. and Mrs. Michael O. Shipley Kathie Snyder Robert and Norma Snyder

Janet H. Sorensen Charles H. Speirs Ron and Alison Steinmiller Ann H. Stevens and William J. Shattuck Frank and Rose Swiskey Margaret and Charles Symington John and Betty Travis Mr. and Mrs. George Treier Timothy and Debbie Veazey John and Susan Volpel Ellen Wagner Miss Delores Welkley Mrs. Lyndon Wells Dale and Lorraine Whittington Ed and Wilma Wierenga Leonore and Lee Wiltse Puck* and Claes Winqvist Carol Wischmeyer Grace Wong Laura and Joel Yellin

BENEFACTOR ($375-$699) Anonymous Donors Mary Elaine Aldoretta and Richard Burandt Peter and Jane Anderson Dr. and Mrs. E. David Appelbaum Dr. and Mrs. Dean Arvan Jane and John August Jeanette Axelrod Martin C. and Margaret M. Barber Don and Denise Bartalo John and Ellen Beck Miss Anne Bell Ms. Kate M. Bennett Louis and Linda Betstadt Mary Ellen Bigler Dr. and Mrs. Alan F. Bloom James R. Boehler Nancy R. Boerner Mrs. Philip R. Boerner Susan and Peter Bondy Agneta M. Borgstedt, M.D. Jeff and Kathy Bowen Don and Jackie Bowman Brendan Boyce Donald and Mary Boyd Robert and Judy Brenna Linda Bretz Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Briggs Marilyn R. Brown Susann Brown and Terence Chrzan Eric G. and Wendy Bruestle James L. and Hollis S. Budd Veronica and Larry Burling Richard and Peggy Burton Joyce C. Burwell Carol J. Buzzard Dr. and Mrs. Robert H. Carrier Ms. Barbara J. Case John and Diane Caselli Diane and Roger Cass Kim and Tony Cenzi Kathleen Chugg Victor Ciaraldi and Kathy Marchaesi Ted and Winnie Cichanowicz Martha D. Clasquin Gloria and Pincus Cohen Jules Cohen, M.D. Nelson and Janet Cole Barbara A. Colucci

Mary Lewis Consler Donald M. Cook Janice Currie Cathy Cushman and Jeff Sokol Karen E. Dau Jerry Davidson Janice DeJager Jacques and Monique Delettrez Dr. Elise dePapp Robert Dermody Ken Desrosiers Michael and Anne DeStefano Zach Dietz Wendell and Mary Discher Gilbert Dissen Jacqueline Distefano Margo Dobies Donald and Stephanie Doe Warren Doerrer Glen Dragon Dr. and Mrs. James Durfee Daniel Dwyer Dianne Edgar Marcia L. Elwitt Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Emmans Mrs. R. Clinton Emery D. Craig Epperson and Dr. Beth Jelsma Gordon J. Estey Wolf and Carolyn Ettinger Evelyn Exman Joan and Peter Faber Mrs. Walter Fallon Shirley M. and E. Robert Ferris Clara S. Firth F. Peter Flihan George and Marie Follett Mrs. Timothy P. Forget Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Forsyth Ruth Freeman Dr. Jonathan W. Friedberg Dr. Gary J. Friend and Mrs. Lois B Wolff-Friend Kevin Frisch Muriel and Bob Gabbey Sue Gaffney Jerry J. Gambino, Jr. Lenore and Marshall Lesser Jane and Jim Littwitz GE Foundation

Mary Anna and Darrell Geib Thomas Giblin Richard and Joyce Gilbert Walter Gilges Anne Gilson Robert and Marie Ginther Brock and Amanda Glann Marvin and Barbara Gray Gay Green Mr. and Mrs. Newton H. Green Kathleen Griswold Mr. Robert C. Grossman Stephen Gullace Bob Guerin Sue Habbersett Robert and Deborah Hall Ralph and Salome Hamaker David and MaryAnn Hamilton Martin and Sherri Handelman Barbara and A. Michael Hanna Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Hanna Joan Holub Handfield Ronald W. Hansen Marilyn and Dick Hare Alan J. Harris Virginia Hartley Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hasiuk John and Ruth Hazzard Amy R. Hecker & Howard S. Decker Margaret Hedges Barbara Heiligman Barbara and Dieter Hentschel Carol Herring K.L. Hersam and Paul Sawicki Michael R. Herzog Dr. Florence H. Higgins Audrey W. Holly Tala and Mark Hopkins Mrs. Beryl Houpt Larry and Barbara Howe Drs. Geza and Minou Hrazdina Leslie and Sam Huey Marjorie Humphrey Mr. and Mrs. John Hustler Mr. Robert S. Hyman Paul and Karen Irvine Fulltec LLC/ Agop Ispentchian Mary Kay and Charles Jackson Dewey Jackson


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BENEFACTOR ($375-$699) CONTINUED Janet S. Jennison David and Patricia Jewell Ronald and Martha Jodoin Maryanne Jones Nancy Jones Mrs. Joan Kalen Mr. Gilbert F. Jordan John and Carole Joyce Marjorie Karowe Barbara and Robert Kay Hendrik and Elizabeth Keesom Mrs. Robert E. Keim William and Jean Keplinger Marilyn and John Kiesling Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Kimbrough Elthea King Jane Kitchen Mr. & Mrs. Edward Klehr Connie Klein Hon Joan S. Kohout Mark & Mona Friedman Kolko Mr. and Mrs. Mordecai Kolko Paulina and Laurence Kovalsky Barbara and Jack Kraushaar Dr. and Mrs. Jacob Krieger Kathy LaBonte Mrs. David M. Lascell Paul Law Howard and Nancy LeVant Dr. Pamela A. Leve Ms. Jean Ligozio Charles and Gwendolyn Linn Dr. and Mrs. Norman R. Loomis Mrs. Elfriede K. Lotz Mr. Robert Lowenthal Susan & Chris Luedde Jeremiah Casey and Patrick Macey Russell Madsen Mr. and Mrs. Achilles Mafilios John and Chen Magee Frank Mandery James and Patricia Mangin Rebekah and Joseph Marinelli Kathryn Markakis Marjory Marshall Dr. James Maxwell Judie and George Mayo C. Thomas and Emily McCall David McCartney Stan and Janis McCormack Kevin McCune Ms. Vera McCune Edward McDonald Sandra McDonald Dick and Sandra McGavern Margaret and Bob Mecredy Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Michael Ken and Nancy Mihalyov Carolyn Lee Mok Jane Morale and Glen Zagorski Theodore H. Morse Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Muhl John Joseph Mulcahy in memory of Karl F. Faber Dr. Donald Munger Michael D. Nazar Matthew Nesci Mildred G. Ness Dr. Richard & Nancy Newton Jason and Lea Nordhaus Joan and Beryl Nusbaum Susan Nutt Margaret and David Oakes Jennie Oberholtzer

Suzanne J. O’Brien W. Smith and Jean O’Brien William J. O’Connor, Jr. Margie O’jea Mildred Ortbach Joan Padulo Eric and Penelope Pankow Mr. Steven Parsons Esther and Tom Paul Marcella S. Pavelka Mr. and Mrs. Russell Peck David and Marjorie Perlman Dee and Horace E. Perry Mr. and Mrs. Claude Peters Mary Ann and Jeffrey Peters Thomas W. Petrillo and William R. Reamy Allyson and Webster H. Pilcher Robert and Mabelle Pizzutiello Mr. and Mrs. Edward Polidor Linda E. Postler Olita and Edward Povero Mary Jane Proschel Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Przybylowicz Patricia Pullano Barry and Jean Rabson Jerry and Janice Rachfal Richard and Susan Reed Rene Reixach Marjorie Relin E. Rennert Charles Reveal Ann Rhody Dr. Ramon L. and Judith S. Ricker Ashok Robin Dr. Gerald and Maxine Rosen Dr. Harry and Ellen Rosen Hannah and Arnold Rosenblatt Jamal and Pam Rossi Linda Rubens Dr. and Mrs. G. Theodore Ruckert Carolyn and Charles Ruffling Mr. and Mrs. Victor E. Salerno, Jr. Dr. Alvani D. and Carol M. Santos Ed and Gabriel Saphar Linda & Tom Sargent Susan Scanlon and Croft K. Hangartner Suzanne and Michael Schnittman Nancy and David Schraver David and Naomi Schrier Caroline Schultz Charene Schuth George J. Schwartz, M.D. Steven Schwartz and Alice Tariot, M.D. Barbara Lee Scott Glynis Scott Carolyn S. Selbig Gerard T. Severynse Joseph and Mary Kathryn Shanahan Naomi Shapiro Mary E. Sherman Carol C. Shulman Myron Silver Gary and Cathy Simpson Joseph Simpson (M)Simi and Leonard Singer Judith & Michael Slade David Sluberski and Dr. Sandra Sluberski Maxine Smith Mr. Thomas Smith Sarah and Ed Solorzano Ms. Suzanne Spencer Jean and Harold Stacey

Donna Stein David and Abby Stern Elizabeth and Robert Sterrett Kevin Stone and Nancy Atwood-Stone Patricia and Howard Stott Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Strasser Jim Sullivan Yoshiko Tamura and Bruce M. Lee Mr. Daniel Taramasco Ms. Patricia Taylor David and Carol Teegarden Frances I. Tepper Woodlief and Marrillan Thomas Eric Thompson Roberta Thornbury John and Andrea Unson Charles and Susan Van Buren Wayne and Anne Vander Byl James Tobin Mary Anna and William J. Towler William J. Tribelhorn Mr. and Mrs. A. Gene Trimble Jeffrey True Julie Tubbs Robert and Terri Tugel Eugene and Gloria Ulterino John and Andrea Unson Rosemary Utz and Douglas Jones Charles and Susan Van Buren Wayne and Anne Vander Byl Betsy Van Horn John Van Kerkhove Jim Van Meter and Marlene Piscitelli Paul and Joan Van Ness Stephen and Linda Venuti Thomas and Jeanne Verhulst Jo Ann F. Vierthaler Vic Vinkey John and Anne Vogtle Brian Waldmiller John Walker Robert and Sandra Walker Mrs. Herbert Watkins Debra Watson Mr. and Mrs. David K. Weber Sandra Weber Andrea Weinstein Stephen Wershing Richard and Shirley Wersinger Sue A. Whan Charles and Carolyn Whitfield Jean G. Whitney Carol Y. Witzel Charles and Susan Wolfe Beatrice and Michael Wolford Elizabeth D. Woodard Peter Woods Susan Worboys Jeff Wright and Betty Wells Kevin and Trude Wright Eileen M. Wurzer Mr. Alex Yudelson Susan and Maurice Zauderer Eric Zeise and Ellen Henry Robert & Deborah Zeman Mary Lou and David Zimpfer

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Tribute gifts are a special way to remember loved ones or commemorate special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, births, or graduations. If you would like to make a memorial or honorarium gift, please contact the RPO Development Office at 585.454.7311 x249 IN MEMORY OF Mr. Werner Baum Dr. Roselyn Freedman Baum Alma Berger Ginny Tucker and Sara Berger Diana Bishop Domtar Paper Company Gerald Christoff, Composer and Pianist Rosemary Christoff Dolan

Jean Ober-Taylor Marlene Lang Carl and Sonya Christensen Michelle Doran Kenneth and Kathleen Barnes Susan Raymer

Mr. Gerard Tate Ms. Coletta Youngers and Mr. David Lebow

Louis Rappaport Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kristal


Donald Reinfeld Curt Long

Ellen Beck for her 23 years of service to the RPO Sue and Michael Lococo

Suzanne Rodgers Elmar and Catherine Frangenberg Carolyn Harder Carol Stuard-Buttle Douglas and Celia Topping Brian Treadway and Geraldine Glodek

Marilyn and Peter Bondy Dorothy B. Fisher

John Moreland Ms. Dawn Verdugo Jean and George Morris Patricia Bryan Georgia Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Randy Kemp Shannon Nance Eliana Alweis Millie Ness David and Roberta Ness

Paul W. Briggs Mr. Peter Briggs

Nannette Nocon Nancy Sverdlik Gretchen H. Zenner

Bill and Ruth Cahn John W. McNeill

Ellen Rathjen Tony and Jennifer Higgins

Owen Roth Mrs. Charlotte Roth

Richard Decker Russell R. Miller

Samantha Rodriguez John Dehority

Ann Garrett Curt Long

Isabel Scalise Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Frick

Rick Schake on his retirement Patricia Sullivan

David Groff Linda Groff

Arthur Schuster Cathryn and Robert Kwit

Steven Hess on his special birthday Lois Zabelman

Robert Heinold Elmar and Catherine Frangenberg

Louise Slaughter Curt Long

Tina Cichanowicz Ted, Peggy, and Katrya Cichanowicz Frank DeSantis Mr. and Mrs. David W. Ackroyd Ms. Deb Miska Sharon and Duane Majon Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Simiele

Diane Tichell David and Carol Teegarden

Judith Hensley Karen Hensley

Herb and Joan Vanden Brul Vanden Brul Foundation

Anne deStefano Mr. and Mrs. Michael DeStefano Dr. and Mrs. Allan and Charlotte Kraus Marcy and Ray Kraus Elaine Primavera Kraus James Kraus Sally Lunt Cricket & Frank Luellen Rita Myers Anonymous Mr. John Walton Susan Scanlon and Croft K. Hangartner Catherine Kelly Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Lennon Mr. and Mrs. Bill Huml Dr. and Mrs. Richard Kurz Lisa Hand

Donald Welt Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Scott Nathan and Susan Robfogel Mrs. Anne Talarico George Wu Nea Wea and Lucy Wai-Yan Woo Julia Figueras and Petter Iglinski Man Ying and Che Chung Chow Drs. John and Jean Kirnan Mr. Roger Perilstein and Mrs. Kathleen Bartelmay Shi Fang Zhang and Zhao-Shi Yu K and J Liang Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Falk Shirley Tschang Karen A. Castello John C. Youngers Irwin and Grace Lebow Mr. and Mrs. David Manly

High School Chorale Mary Beth and Mike DiBacco

Burt Segelin on his birthday Dr. and Mrs. Gary Friend

Amber and Benjamin Krug Ben and Peggy Coe

Mrs. Harriet Seigel on her special birthday Dr. and Mrs. Gary J. Friend

Sarah Krug on her birthday Judith Ann Gillow Diana Sharer

Carol Shulman on her milestone birthday Mr. and Mrs. Peter Colosi

Tom and Connie Lathrop Linda M. Lakeman

Jules Smith on his special birthday Mr. and Mrs. R. Alan Lattime

An-Chi Lin Janice Bradley Michael Lococo on his birthday Megan Lococo Joan Malloon Joan M. Woodcock John McNeil for his 50 years playing with the RPO Duane and Ida Miller Mary E. Martin Ida Miller on her 80th birthday Fred Dole Eric Polenik John McNeill

Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Sobel Sue and Michael Lococo Ingrid Stanlis as new Board Chair this season Sue and Michael Lococo Craig Sutherland Mr. and Mrs. John Walker Andrea Weinstein Anne M. Kress and Ned Davis Joseph Werner W. Peter Kurau Grace Wong Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wong

Richard A. Kroll, Esq. | Carolyn A. Reardon, Esq. | Marcus W. Kroll, Esq.

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DEVELOPMENT Domenic Argentieri, Vice President of Development Mark Zeger, Manager of Institutional Giving Robert Dermody, Manager of Major Gifts Andrea Weinstein, Major Gifts Officer Kimberly Cenzi, Manager of Annual Giving and Special Events Katherine A. Kennedy, Coordinator of Development Services Danika Felty, Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator Ryan Kearns, Intern FINANCE Mark Pignagrande, Finance Manager Nancy Atwood-Stone, Director of Information Systems Irene Shaffer, Manager of Human Resources Laura Viau, Office Administrator & Finance Assistant

PATRON SERVICES CENTER Edward W. Solorzano, Director of Ticketing & Sales Emily Gisleson, Manager of Patron Services Jenni Kohler, Direct Sales Manager Kari Swenson, Ticket Database Manager Lina de la Ferriere, Patron Services Specialist Troy Tette, Patron Services Specialist David T. Meyer +, House Manager Abby Chapman-Duprey + Randy Fultz + Aiden Lewis + Brandon McArdell + Joshua Schairer + ROCHESTER PHILHARMONIC LEAGUE Laura Morihara +, RPL Administrator ROCHESTER PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA Irene Narotsky +, Manager Misty Drake, Intern

2017–18 Season

ARTISTIC OPERATIONS & EDUCATION Richard Decker, Vice President of Artistic Administration Barbara Brown, Director of Education Rebecca Sealander, Concert Production Manager Yunn-Shan Ma, Conducting Fellow William Hume, Education Intern

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Nicole Morelle, Vice President of Marketing & Communications Simona Benenati, Marketing & Communications Assistant Mary Rice, Marketing & Digital Assistant Sally Cohen PR, Publicist ^

RPO Staff

ADMINISTRATION Curtis S. Long, President and CEO Ronald L. Steinmiller, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer Kathy Miller, Executive Assistant

+ Part Time * Intern ^ Consultant

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Since its founding by George Eastman in 1922, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has been committed to enriching and inspiring our community through the art of music. Currently in its 95th year, the RPO is dedicated to maintaining its high standard of artistic excellence, unique tradition of musical versatility, and deep commitment to education and community engagement. Today, the RPO presents up to 120 concerts per year, serving nearly 170,000 people through ticketed events, education and community engagement activities, and concerts in schools and community centers throughout the region. Nearly one-third of all RPO performances are educational or community-related. In addition, WXXI 91.5 FM rebroadcasts approximately 30 RPO concerts each year. For more information, visit

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TICKETS: The RPO Patron Services Center is located at 108 East Avenue, in downtown Rochester. Free 15-minute parking is available outside the RPO Patron Services Center, which is open Monday-Saturday 10 AM- 5 PM. Four-way flashers must be used when parking in these spaces. NIGHT-OF-CONCERT PURCHASES: For night-of-concert purchases, RPO will-call tickets and concert tickets are available at the Eastman Theatre Box Office (433 East Main Street) starting 90 minutes prior to concert time.

PARKING: Paid parking for Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre is available at the East End Garage, located next to the theatre. Paid parking for the Performance Hall at Hochstein is available at the Sister Cities Garage, located behind the school at Church and Fitzhugh Streets. PRE-CONCERT TALKS: Philharmonics ticket-holders are welcome to attend free pre-concert talks, held one hour before all Philharmonics concerts in the orchestra level of the theatre.

SERVICES FOR PATRONS WITH DISABILITIES: Wheelchair locations and seating for those with disabilities are available at all venues; please see the house manager or an usher for assistance. Elevators are located in the oval lobby of Kodak Hall and in the East Wing. A wheelchair-accessible restroom is available on the first floor.

SERVICES FOR HARD-OF-HEARING PATRONS: Audio systems are available at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre; headsets may be obtained from an usher prior to the performance.

CHANGING SEATS: If you find it necessary to be reseated for any reason, please contact an usher who will bring your request to the House Manager.

LOST AND FOUND: Items found in Kodak Hall will be held at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 E. Main Street.

For more info, call 585-274-3000.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES: The use of cameras or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. Patrons are asked to turn off all personal electronic devices prior to the performance. REFRESHMENTS: Food and drink are not permitted in the concert hall, except for bottled water. Refreshments are available for purchase in Betty’s Café located on the orchestra level of Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

TICKET DONATION: If you are unable to attend a concert, please consider donating your tickets to us as a

tax-deductible contribution. Return your tickets to the RPO no later than 2 PM the day of the performance to make them available for resale.

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Interested in volunteering for the RPO? Contact Danika Felty, Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator at or (585) 454-7311 x241 for the following opportunities: GIVE-A-LIFT PROGRAM: Drive eligible patrons 55+ to and from concerts. ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT: Support the RPO office on weekdays. EDUCATION: Assist with children’s activities and concerts.

USHER: Greet, seat, and care for the patrons while attending concerts. BOX SEAT CONCIERGE: Offer enhanced services and care for patrons in Box Seats. GIBBS STREET ASSISTANT: Ensure patrons safely exit their car and enter the theatre.


Rochester Philharmonic League volunteers are ambassadors for the RPO. Our activities focus on introducing young people to classical music through RPO Education Concerts and on fostering the musical talent of our youth through Young Artist Auditions. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE • Planning and hosting the annual Young Artist Auditions • Ushering for RPO school concerts at Kodak Hall

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kathleen Bankey, president Eileen Ramos, past-president Catherine Frangenberg, vice president Mary-Ellen Perry, secretary Paul Ness, treasurer

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE • Open rehearsals & lunchtime conversations with RPO musicians at Music, Munch & Mingle series

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