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 PathĂ©tique
Fabien Gabel, guest conductor; Julie Albers, cello; Karen Gomyo, violin. Scriabin, "RĂŞverie" (RPO premiere); Brahms, Concerto for Violin and Cello; Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6, "PathĂ©tique."
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
GĂĽnther 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 Rachmaninoff Symphopnic Dances and Saint-Saens
Ward Stare, conductor; Saint-SaČ…ns, "Danse Bacchanale" from "Samson and Delilah"; Rachmaninoff, "Symphonic Dances." (Please note that pianist Yuja Wang appeared with the RPO during this performance. But Ms. Wangâ€™s international recording agreements will not allow her recent live concerts with the RPO to be broadcast.)
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 ChloĂ©
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 ChloĂ©" Suite No. 2.