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RPO 2019-2020 Season broadcasts through November 2020

Maestro Ward Stare
Erich Camping
Maestro Ward Stare

WXXI-FM is thrilled to partner with the RPO to present concerts from the the 2019-2020 season with guest artist interviews.   Hosted by Brenda Tremblay.

Get to know the performers and the stories behind the music in these exclusive interviews with WXXI Music Director Julia Figueras.

Learn about future live performances here.

RPO 1               August 17

Ward Stare, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin

MASON BATES Mothership
CINDY MCTEE Einstein’s Dream
STEVE REICH Three Movements for Orchestra
JOHN ADAMS Scheherazade .2

RPO 2              August 24

David Danzmayr, conductor
Orli Shaham, piano

HAYDN Symphony No. 34
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453
DVO?ÁK Symphony No. 8

RPO 3            August 31

Christopher Seaman, Conductor Laureate

Simone Porter, violin

HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

RPO 4                September 7

Ward Stare, conductor
Andrei Ioni??, cello

DEBUSSY Printemps
ELGAR Cello Concerto
BOULANGER D’un soir triste
BOULANGER D’un matin de printemps
STRAVINSKY The Firebird Suite (1919)

RPO 5               September 14

Ward Stare, conductor
Tessa Lark, violin

BACH/WEBERN Ricercar No. 2 from Musical Offering
SCHOENBERG Five Pieces for Orchestra
BERG Violin Concerto
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra

RPO 6                 September 21

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Rebecca Gilbert, flute 

TAILLEFERRE Ouverture pour orchestre
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

RPO 7              September 28

Fabien Gabel, conductor
Juho Pohjonen, piano

BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1
POULENC Suite from Les Animaux modéles
PROKOFIEV Symphonic Suite from War and Peace

RPO 8   October 5

Ward Stare, conductor
Mark Mobley, playwright
Alexa Scott-Flaherty, director

Mayor Lovely Warren…..Shirlyn Washington
Elaine Spaull…..Nancy Berg
Catherine Cerulli…..Jodi Beckwith
Tamara Leigh…..E.B. Okung
Lola DeAscentiis…..Tali Beckwith-Cohen
Interviewer……Rick Staropoli

MENDELSSOHN-HENSEL: Overture in C major
PERRY Short Piece for Orchestra
MARK MOBLEY True and Devoted A documentary-style play consisting of re-enacted interviews with five Rochesterian women (Mayor Lovely Warren, Elaine Spaull, Catherine Ceruli, Tamara Leigh, and Lola DeAscentiis) as a means of investigating the legacy of Susan B Anthony and the suffrage movement, accompanied by the following orchestral selections:
JOAN TOWER Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
   ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK Church Street Serenade 
   SCHUBERT Act III Entr’acte (Andantino) from Rosamunde
   ARVO PÄRT Fratres
   SMITH Allegretto amoravole from Symphony in C minor
   COPLAND Corral Nocturne from Rodeo
   DVORÁK Romanze from Czech Suite in D major, op. 39

RPO 9              October 12

Ward Stare, conductor
Susan Stone Li, director

Susan B. Anthony…..Yelena Dyachek
Daniel Webster…..Sam Handley
Jo the Loiterer….. Brenton Ryan
Indiana Elliot…..Renée Tatum
John Adams…..Sam Levine
Constance Fletcher…..Briana Hunter
Anne……Elisabeth Coster
Gertrude Stein……Gwyneth Paker
Virgil Thomson……Alexander Purser
Andrew Johnson……Jordan Costa
Thaddeus Stevens……Conner McWhirter
Chris the Citizen……Robert Landi
Angel More……Malinda Wagstaff
Henrietta M……..Luisa Hidalgo
Henry B……..Seoyong Lee
Anthony Cornstock……Gabriel O’Shaughnessy
Gloster Heming……Christian Davakis
Isabel Wentworth……Carolena Lara
Anna Hope……Danielle Romano
Lillian Russell…….Sally Curran
Jenny Reefer…….Gabriella Higgins
Ulysses S. Grant…….Murphy Meyn
Herman Atlan…….Brody Brown
Donald Gallup…….Nathaniel Malkow
Indiana Elliot’s Brother…….Gabriel O’Shaughnessy

THOMSON The Mother of Us All

The Mother of Us All, an opera by Virgil Thomson to a libretto by Gertrude Stein, chronicles the life of Susan B. Anthony. In fanciful style, it brings together characters, fictional and non-fictional, from different periods of American history.

RPO 10            October 19

Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Blake Pouliot, violin

TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto

RPO 11             October 26 (2016 Encore)

Stephanie Berg: Ravish and Mayhem R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) Prokofiev: Third Piano Concerto (Vadym Kholodenko, p; Ward Stare, cond)

RPO 12            November 2  (2016 Encore)

John Williams: For New York Gershwin: I Got Rhythm Variations Bernstein: Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront Ives: The Unanswered Question John Adams: Dr. Atomic Symphony (Andrew Russo, p; Ward Stare, cond)

RPO 13            August 3 and November 9    (2017 Encore)

Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Choral (Katie Van Kooten, s; Cassandra Velasco, ms; Paul Groves, t; Michael Chioldi, bs; Eastman-Rochester Chorus, William Weinert, dir; Ward Stare, cond)

RPO 14            August 10  and November 16    (2017 Encore)

Beethoven:   Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor Mussorgsky:  Pictures at an Exhibition (Olga Kern, p; Ward Stare, cond)