Our network

The Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra announces its 41st Season-Opening Concert at Hochstein | Arts & Culture

Title (Max 100 Characters)

The Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra announces its 41st Season-Opening Concert at Hochstein
The Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra announces its 41st Season-Opening Concert at Hochstein

I am thrilled to post the 2011/2012 season schedule for the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (RPYO), a symphony orchestra comprised of 105 dedicated young musicians in grades eight through 12 from around the greater Rochester area.  Three concerts, including its annual Side-By-Side performance with select members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, plus an appearance on WXXI’s “Backstage Pass,” mark the orchestra’s 41st season. This season is a rich exploration of orchestral music from 19th Century Europe and 20th Century America, led by the RPYO's musical director and conductor Dr. David Harman.

I have a keen interest in this.  Not only is the music phenomenal, but my son is part of the RPYO as its tuba player. 

RPYO musicians undertake a demanding schedule from September through May, which includes regular Sunday afternoon rehearsals, formal concerts and participation in an annual weekend-long musical retreat.  In addition, they are involved in community outreach events and periodically participate in regional and international tours.

The concert schedule is as follows:

Musical Passion
3 pm, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011
Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 Plymouth Avenue North, Rochester, NY 14614-1292
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. 
Led by Dr. David Harman, this kick-off concert features the following:

  • Bizet, CARMEN SUITE NO. 1
  • Saint-Saëns, CONCERTO NO. 1 IN A MINOR FOR CELLO & ORCHESTRA
  • (featuring guest soloist Stefan Reuss, Principal Cello of the RPO)
  • Saint-Saëns, BACCHANALE FROM “SAMSON ET DALILA”
  • Mahler, ADAGIETTO FROM SYMPHONY No. 5
  • Moussgorsky, NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN
  • Marquez, DANZÓN NO. 2.

    “Backstage Pass” on WXXI 91.5
    1 pm, Friday, Nov. 11
    Tune in as the RPYO repeats selections from the Nov. 6 concert selection for this live radio broadcast, which will also be streamed live on the Internet on www.wxxi.org.

Moldau and Mahler
Side-by-Side Concert with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Kodak Hall, Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs Street, Rochester, NY 14604
Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors

Led by Dr. David Harman, this annual concert includes works by Smetana and Mahler with the RPYO playing next to their RPO mentors, putting more than 170 musicians on the stage for the second half of the performance.  It also will also highlight RPYO concerto competition winners who won solo competitions earlier in the year to earn these coveted solo positions.  This concert includes:
  • Concerto Competition Winners playing CONCERTO SELECTIONS
  • Ginastra, ESTANCIA
  • Smetana, THE MOLDAU (features the RPYO with the RPO)
  • Mahler, SYMPHONY NO. 1: iv. Stürmisch bewegt (features the RPYO with the RPO)

American Rhythms
3 pm, Sunday, May 13
Hale Auditorium at Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Dr., Rochester, NY 14624
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
Led by Dr. David Harman, this performance will again feature RPYO concerto competition winners. This performance features:
  • Concerto Competition Winners playing CONCERTO SELECTIONS
  • Copland, OUTDOOR OVERTURE
  • Ives/Schuman, VARIATIONS ON “AMERICA”
  • Bernstein, SYMPHONIC DANCES FROM “WEST SIDE STORY”
     

Tickets for all performances are available at the Eastman Theatre Box Office located at 433 East Main St., Rochester, N.Y.14604 or by calling the RPO at (585) 454-2100 or the RPYO at (585) 454-7311 ext. 224.  Tickets will also be sold at the door at each performance.  Group rate tickets for groups of 10 or more are available directly from the RPYO.  For more information, visit www.rpyo.org.

More than 1,700 students have been part of the RPYO over the last 41 years. Several RPYO alumni currently perform with the RPO, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Chicago Lyric Opera orchestra and other major ensembles in the United States and abroad.  Many other alumni have become music teachers or are dedicated amateur musicians and supporters of local arts institutions.

The RPYO was founded in 1970 by the Women's Committee of the Civic Music Association, the predecessor of the RPO, following many years of its sponsorship of annual youth music festivals. The RPYO is now sponsored by the RPO’s Education Department, whose musicians work regularly with RPYO students as mentors and coaches.  They also join the RPYO in an annual concert at the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.  Howard Weiss, former concertmaster of the RPO, was the RPYO’s founding music director from 1970 to 1989, followed by Darryl One.  Since 1993 Dr. Harman has been the RPYO’s music director and conductor.
 

  

Webster-Penfield Deals

Webster-Penfield Businesses

Upcoming Events near Webster-Penfield