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The Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Performs this Spring
The Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Performs this Spring

I'm looking forward to the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (RPYO) spring concert season for several reasons:  the music is exemplary and...my son plays the tuba in it.  If you're free on Sunday, March 4th or Sunday, May 13th, check out these concerts.  You'll be delighted by the quality of the performances.

The RPYO is a symphony orchestra comprised of 100 dedicated young musicians in grades eight through 12 from around the greater Rochester area.  These two spring concerts conclude the orchestra's 2011/2012 41st season.  The March one includes its annual side-by-side concert with members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. All performances are led by Dr. David Harman, music director and conductor of the RPYO.

“Our students have enormous talent and passion for music and incredible drive,” said Dr. Harman.  “Wherever they perform, they astound audiences time and time again.  This rest of our 2011/2012 season features a rich exploration of orchestral music from 19th Century Europe and 20th Century America.”

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 spring concert schedule is as follows:

Moldau and Mahler
Side-by-Side Concert with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
3 pm, Sunday, March 4, 2012
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 three RPYO Concerto Competition winners who won solo competitions earlier in the year to earn these coveted solo positions:   Hayley Miller, flutist and 11th grader at Canandaigua Academy, Erica Klafehn, violist and 12th grader at Penfield High School, and Matthew DeCross, percussionist and 12th grader at Pittsford Sutherland High School.

This concert includes:

Rosauro, MARIMBA CONCERTO No. 1, mvt 1

Hindemith, TRAUERMUSIK for viola

Mozart, FLUTE CONCERTO No. 1, mvt. 1

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 more RPYO concerto competition winners. This performance features:

Concerto Competition Winners playing CONCERTO SELECTIONS




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.

Sidebar:  Students interested in auditioning for the 2012/2013 RPYO, should visit www.rpyo.org or call (585) 454-7311, ext. 224 for more information and a complete schedule.  Auditions will be held March 29th, 30th and 31st.  



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