RPO Concert Series 2011-2012

PHIL 1 - ARILD’S INAUGURAL                                 4/30 and 7/30, 8 p.m.

Arild Remmereit, conductor
Juliana Athayde, violin 
AMY BEACH  Symphony No. 2, "Gaelic"
HALVORSEN  Entry March of the Boyars
SVENDSEN  Romance for Violin 
J. STRAUSS, JR.  Where the Citrons Bloom
J. STRAUSS, JR.  Light as a Feather

To begin his tenure, Arild Remmereit selected joyous works from his musical homes: from his native Norway, the Violin Romance of Johan Svendsen featuring concertmaster Juliana Athayde, and from his musical home of Vienna, exhilarating selections by Johann Strauss, Jr.,   Arild presents the “Gaelic” Symphony of Amy Beach to usher in a season-long celebration of women composers.


PHIL 2   - MAHLER’S “RESURRECTION”     5/7 and 8/6, 8 p.m.

Arild Remmereit, conductor
Eastman Chorale and Eastman-Rochester Chorus,                                                           
    William Weinert, director
Rebecca Farley Witty, soprano
Ashley Hill, mezzo-soprano

MAHLER Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”

Arild Remmereit leads Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 2, the "Resurrection," a work the Rochester Philharmonic performed for the first time in over 20 years.  The concert begin with the brief, poignant meditation on the story of Job by Fanny Mendelssohn, sister of Felix.


PHIL 3 - Saint-Saëns’ Thundering“ Organ Symphony”     5/14 and 8/13, 8 p.m.

Michael Butterman, conductor 
  Misha and Cipa Dichter, piano

MOZART  Symphony No. 31, “Paris”
POULENC  Concerto for Two Pianos 
SAINT-SAËNS  Symphony No. 3, “Organ Symphony”

Michael Butterman, in his Philharmonics Series debut, leads Saint-Saëns' "Organ Symphony," plus Mozart's symphonic postcard to Paris.  Misha and Cipa Dichter play Poulenc's captivating Concerto for Two Pianos.


PHIL 4 - Dvořák’s New World            5/21 and 8/20, 8 p.m.

Günther Herbig, guest conductor
W. Peter Kurau, horn

SCHUBERT  Symphony No. 5
MOZART  Horn Concerto No. 4
DVOŘÁK  Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

Günther Herbig conducts one of the most beloved symphonies in the entire repertoire: Dvořák’s love letter to America, the "New World" Symphony. Plus, the Fifth Symphony of the 19-year-old Schubert, and Mozart's Fourth Horn Concerto, with the RPO's Principal Horn Peter Kurau.


PHIL 5 - Boléro          5/28 and 8/27, 8 p.m.

Arild Remmereit, conductor
Jon Kimura Parker, piano

GABRIELA LENA FRANK  Three Latin American Dances
SIERRA  Sinfonia No. 4
MOZART Piano Concerto
RAVEL Boléro

Bolero is one of the most popular works in the entire repertoire. Arild Remmereit also conducts Roberto Sierra’s sizzling Symphony No. 4, and the Latin American Dances of Gabriela Lena Frank. Plus, Jon Kimura Parker plays an American Classic—Samuel Barber’s lively Piano Concerto.


PHIL 7 - Viennese New Year    6/4 and 9/3

Arild Remmereit, conductor
Christina Pier, soprano

MAHLER  Symphony No. 4
LEHÁR  “Vilja Lied” from The Merry Widow
J. STRAUSS, JR.  Emperor Waltz
KÁLMÁN  “Heia in den Bergen” from The Gypsy Princess

Arild Remmereit conducts Viennese favorites of Lehár, Strauss, and Imre Kálmán, plus the Fourth Symphony of Gustav Mahler. Also, Peggy Stuart Coolidge’s 1970s ecological evocation, Blue Planet.


PHIL 8 -  Valentine’s Romance      6/11 and 9/10, 8 p.m.

Arild Remmereit, conductor
Stefan Jackiw, violin
Rebecca Farley Witty, soprano
Noelle McMurtry, soprano
Laura Vlasak Nolen, mezzo-soprano

R. STRAUSS  Don Juan
BRUCH  Scottish Fantasy
KAREN TANAKA  Rose Absolute
R. STRAUSS  Excerpts from Der Rosenkavalier

This concert includes Richard Strauss’ romantic Der Rosenkavalier, alongside the delicate Rose Absolute by Japanese-born Karen Tanaka. Stefan Jackiw returns to play Bruch’s ebullient Scottish Fantasy.

RPO 2011-2012 Philharmonics Season - Season airs on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. beginning April 30, 2012. The entire series repeats beginning July 30, 2012.

PHIL 9 - Passionate Classics   6/18 and 9/17, 8 p.m.

Christoph Campestrini, guest conductor
Juliana Athayde, violin

BRAHMS  Tragic Overture
BARBER  Violin Concerto
BRAHMS  Symphony No. 4

The strength and nobility of Brahms’ Fourth and final Symphony place it among his most profound achievements. Also, RPO concertmaster Juliana Athayde plays the tender Violin Concerto of Samuel Barber.


PHIL 10 -   Christopher Returns!        6/25 and 9/24, 8 p.m.

Christopher Seaman, conductor
John Lill, piano

SHOSTAKOVICH  Festive Overture
BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 1
ELGAR  Symphony No. 1

RPO Conductor Laureate Christopher Seaman returns to conduct the regal First Symphony of Sir Edward Elgar and celebrate his 70th birthday. “I can only write when the spirit moves me,” Elgar once commented. But when he was inspired, his music would move an entire kingdom.


PHIL 11 - selections from Spring Festival: Mozart and more       7/2 and 10/1, 8 p.m.

Arild Remmereit, conductor

Concert will include selections from two different programs, to be announced during broadcast. 
BARTÓK  Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
MOZART  Serenade No. 10, “Gran Partita”
R. STRAUSS/arr. WESLEY NANCE  Fanfare der Stadt Wien 
R. STRAUSS  Serenade
STRAVINSKY  Symphony for Winds
ROUSE  Ogoun badagris
MOZART  Serenade No. 6, “Serenata notturna”
TCHAIKOVSKY  Serenade for Strings

Two separate programs, featuring the RPO’s string, wind, and percussion sections.


PHIL 12  - Russian Masters        7/9 and 10/8, 8 p.m.

Vladimir Verbitzky, guest conductor
André Laplante, piano

PROKOFIEV  Classical Symphony
PROKOFIEV  Piano Concerto No. 3
GLINKA  Valse-fantaisie
SHOSTAKOVICH  Symphony No. 9

André Laplante plays the blistering Third Piano Concerto of Prokofiev. Also, Vladimir Verbitzky conducts the Ninth Symphony of Shostakovich, a delightful miniature with a subversive subtext.


PHIL 13 - Beethoven’s Second       7/16 and 10/15, 8 p.m.

Arild Remmereit, conductor
Piano soloist from Eastman School of Music TBD

FRY  Macbeth Overture
CLARA SCHUMANN  Piano Concerto
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 2
Plus a new composition by an Eastman School of Music student composer.

Arild Remmereit leads Beethoven’s graceful Second Symphony. These concerts also feature the Piano Concerto of the 17-year-old Clara Wieck, composed shortly after she fell in love with Robert Schumann. Plus, the dramatic Overture to Macbeth, written in the midst of the Civil War by one of America’s earliest composers, William Henry Fry.


PHIL 14 -   Pictures at an Exhibition!     7/23 and 10/22, 8 p.m.

Arild Remmereit, conductor
Cynthia Phelps and Rebecca Young, viola (Gubaidulina Concerto)
Marcus Thompson, viola (Wilson Concerto)

MARGARET BROUWER  Caution Ahead - Guard Rail Out
   (World Premiere, RPO Commission)
SOFIA GUBAIDULINA  Two Paths: A Dedication to Mary and Martha (Concerto for Two Violas)
OLLY WILSON  Viola Concerto (World Premiere)
MUSSORGSKY (orch. Ravel)  Pictures at an Exhibition

The Rochester Philharmonic and Arild Remmereit play Pictures at an Exhibition.  Also, in celebration of the 2012 International Viola Congress, we hear works by Sofia Gubaidulina and Olly Wilson.  Plus, an RPO-commissioned work by Margaret Brouwer to celebrate the conclusion of Arild Remmereit's inaugural season.


Coming in December 2012,   PHIL 6 - Holiday Classics  - broadcast dates and times to be announced

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Kazem Abdullah, conductor
Rebecca Gilbert, flute (The Charlotte Whitney Allen Chair)

CORELLI  Concerto grosso, “Christmas Concerto”
BACH  Suite No. 2 
TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No. 1, “Winter Dreams”

Musical delights of the Holiday Season! RPO virtuosos gift-wrap exquisite classics, perfect for the holidays. From Pachelbel’s adored Canon to Corelli’s tender “Christmas” Concerto, and Bach’s sparkling Suite No. 2—featuring Principal Flutist Rebecca Gilbert—to Tchaikovsky’s “Winter Dreams” Symphony, ‘tis the season for the RPO!