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     Rachmaninoff Symphopnic Dances and Saint-Saens 

Ward Stare, conductor; Saint-Saȅns, "Danse Bacchanale" from "Samson and Delilah"; Rachmaninoff, "Symphonic Dances."  (Please note that pianist Yuja Wang appeared with the RPO during this performance.  But Ms. Wang’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 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.