RPO Concert Series 2015-2016

 RPO 2015-16 season on WXXI-FM

Tune in for concerts performed by the Rochester Philharmonic orchestra at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Mondays at 8 p.m.

April 25 and July 18             Season Opener: Ward Stare conducts "Pines of Rome"

Dukas, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"; Tchaikovsky, "Francesca da Rimini"; Barber, Adagio for Strings; Respighi, "Pines of Rome."

May 2 and July 25                 Sibelius and Britten

Ward Stare, conductor; W. Peter Kurau, horn; Andrew Kennedy, tenor.  Arnold, "Four Scottish Dances" (RPO premiere); Britten, Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings (RPO premiere); Sibelius, Symphony No. 2.

May 9 and August 1              Seaman conducts Brahms 4

Christopher Seaman, conductor laureate; Christopher O'Riley, piano.  Debussy, "Iberia" from "Images"; Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 22; Brahms, Symphony No. 4.

May 16 and August 8            Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet

Ward Stare, conductor; Simone Porter, violin; Eastman-Rochester Chorus, directed by William Weinert. Wagner, Prelude to Act 3 of "Lohengrin"; Vaughan Williams, "Toward the Unknown Region" (RPO premiere); Barber, Violin Concerto; Prokofiev, "Romeo and Juliet" excerpts.

May 23 and August 15          Tchaikovsky's Pathétique

Fabien Gabel, guest conductor; Julie Albers, cello; Karen Gomyo, violin. Scriabin, "Rêverie" (RPO premiere); Brahms, Concerto for Violin and Cello; Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique."

May 30 and August 22          Beethoven 4

Ward Stare, conductor; Marina Piccinini, flute. Haydn, Symphony No. 67 (RPO premiere); Aaron Jay Kernis, Flute Concerto (premiere commission); Beethoven, Symphony No. 4.

June 6 and August 29           Mozart 29

Günther Herbig, guest conductor; Jeffrey Gray, bass trombone.  Mozart, Symphony No. 29; Eric Ewazen, Bass Trombone Concerto (RPO premiere); Schumann, Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish."

June 13 and September 5     Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)

Ward Stare, conductor; Vadym Kholodenko, piano.  Stephanie Berg, "Ravish and Mayhem" (RPO premiere); Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3; R. Strauss, "Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)".

June 20 and September 12   Strauss' Four Last Songs

Ward Stare, conductor; Erin Wall, soprano.  Patrick Harlin, "Rapture" (RPO premiere); Barber, Symphony No. 1; Vaughan Williams, "Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis"; R. Strauss, "Four Last Songs."

June 27 and September 19   Yuja Wang plays Bartók

Ward Stare, conductor; Yuja Wang, piano. Saint-Saȅns, "Danse Bacchanale" from "Samson and Delilah"; Bartók, Piano Concerto No. 1 (RPO premiere); Rachmaninoff, "Symphonic Dances."

July 4 and September 26      World-Premiere Tyzik

Jeff Tyzik, conductor; Juliana Athayde, violin; Rochester City Ballet, led by artistic director Jamey Leverett.  Bernstein, "Symphonic Dances" from "West Side Story"; Tyzik, Violin Concerto (world premiere); Piazzolla, "Tangazo" (RPO premiere).

July 11 and October 3           Daphnis and Chloé

Ward Stare, conductor; Olga Kern, piano; Rochester Oratorio Society, directed by Eric Townell. Roussel, "Bacchus and Ariadne" suite; Rachmaninoff, "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini"; Borodin, "Polovtsian Dances" from "Prince Igor"; Ravel, "Daphnis and Chloé" Suite No. 2.