Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Michael Christie, conductor
Howard Hanson: Merry Mount (concert performance)
Richard Zeller (baritone, Wrestling Bradford)
Sara Jakubiak (soprano, Lady Marigold Sandys)
Charles Robert Austin (bass-baritone, Praise-God Tewke)
Christopher Pfund (tenor, Sir Gower Lackland)
Eastman-Rochester Chorus (William Weinert, director)
Bach Children’s Chorus of Nazareth College (Karla Krogstad, director)
Rochester, New York
Orchestra Founded 1922
Located in western New York between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes wine region, Rochester became America’s first boomtown in the mid‐1800s with the building of the Erie Canal. Among those who have called Rochester home are civil rights leaders Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass; businessmen George Eastman (Eastman Kodak Company) and Chester Carlson (Xerox); Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman; musicians Mitch Miller, Cab Calloway, Chuck Mangione, and Renée Fleming, and Olympians Abby Wambach and Ryan Lochte.
With a long history of innovation, Rochester has one of the highest levels of skilled workers in the world, with local companies delivering cutting-edge developments in optics and imaging, smart energy, and food and beverage manufacturing. The area is home to 18 colleges and universities, with the University of Rochester/UR Medical Center, Wegmans Food Markets and Rochester General Health System among the top employers. Some other American mainstays have their roots in Rochester, including French’s mustard, the voting machine and Fanny Farmer candy. Among the area’s many cultural attractions are the George Eastman House, Eastman School of Music and The Strong children’s museum. Rochester was one of the early centers for The United Way and American Demographics magazine twice rated Rochesterians as the kindest and most helpful in the United States.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
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 91st year, the RPO looks forward to maintaining its high standard of artistic excellence, unique tradition of musical versatility and deep commitment to education and community engagement. The RPO’s long line of notable music directors includes Eugene Goossens, José Iturbi, Erich Leinsdorf, David Zinman, and Christopher Seaman. The RPO also has performed under the batons of such renowned guest conductors as Fritz Reiner, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Thomas Beecham, and Leopold Stokowski. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik has earned a national reputation for excellence in pops programming during his tenure with the RPO, and was inducted into the inaugural class of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame in 2012.
The Orchestra is also at the vanguard of music education, naming Michael Butterman as Principal Conductor for Education and Outreach (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair)—the first position of its kind in the country. In addition to performing concerts for students of all ages, RPO musicians visit every elementary school in the Rochester City School District through the Primary Ensembles Program. In 2002, the RPO received the New York State Governor’s Arts Award for excellence and community service. In 2005, 2006 and 2012, ASCAP and the American Symphony Orchestra League honored the RPO with an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, recognizing the orchestra’s commitment to music written in the last 25 years.
Today, the RPO presents nearly 200 concerts per year, serving an estimated quarter of a million people through ticketed events, education and community engagement activities, and concerts in schools and community centers throughout the region. RPO concerts are rebroadcast on WXXI 91.5 FM. As one of the great American orchestras, the RPO aspires to be an institution driven by a culture of confidence, adventure, excellence, and success; the premier cultural organization in the region and the hub of cultural life year-round, and recognized nationally for artistic and organizational excellence, creativity and innovation. For more information, visit www.rpo.org