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Francois Lopez-Ferrer conducts works by Gershwin, Lena Frank, and Ginastera 09/26 @8pm

Francois Lopez-Ferrer

Tune in for an interesting program that blends classical, jazz, and folk music traditions played by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra 09/26 @8pm

Francois Lopez-Ferrer says the music in this concert is so exciting that he once nearly fell off the podium conducting it. “I jumped too loudly. I've learned to keep my feet down.”

Why did Lopez-Ferrer nearly lose his balance? Find out in this interesting program that blends classical, jazz, and folk music traditions.

It includes Gabriela Lena Frank’s Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout and Alberto Ginastera’s Four Dances from Estancia, a ballet featuring music inspired by the Argentinian countryside.

Xiayin Wang with the RPO
Xiayin Wang played George Gershwin's piano Concert in F with the RPO

Xiayin Wang will dazzle in Gershwin’s Concerto in F, and the concert opens with George Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, a work our Spanish-American guest conductor François López-Ferrer says is a bonafide Rhumba.

“The percussion section is a big one. The percussion interlude at the end, I think, is so important because it’s a way to let the Fiesta come out,” he told WXXI’s Julia Figueras.

Hear their entire conversation On Record here.