Months in Review: April-May

Here’s a recap of what’s going on with your RPO!

Bill Cahn with students of ROCMusic Collaborative

Around the Town Concerts 

Our Around the Town series of concerts took place April 24-26. Conducted by Enrico Lopez-Yañez, two of our community concerts featured students from ROCMusic Collaborative. The program also featured the world premiere of “Bombola,” written by Bill Cahn, a facilitator for the Collaborative’s student drummers. These free programs allow us to inspire, engage, and educate residents of our surrounding neighborhoods in the art of music. 

Tessitura Launch

This month, we finalized our transition to our new ticketing software program. Created by art organizations for art organizations, Tessitura will greatly improve our abilities to service our patrons at all levels. Please note: we will continue using our current ticketing software for concerts dated now through June 2, 2019. Please visit for more information and how to register your Tessitura account. 

Summer with the RPO!

From an evening of classical music at Bristol Mountain, fireworks in Geneseo, or a journey to a galaxy far, far away at Kodak Hall, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this summer with the RPO! Visit for concert listings and information.

As the weather warms up, the Patron Services Center is shifting to summer hours. We are open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm, with the exception of RPO concert dates (July 6, 12, 19, 20). For any questions or concerns, contact the Patron Services Center at (585) 454-2100 or email at

Beyond the Stage Season-End Challenge 

Did you know that Karl Vilcins, bassoon, is a carpenter in his spare time? That Herb Smith is the familiar face for the kids at Camp Good Days? Or a group of RPO musicians are training for a triathlon?

We are proud to announce our BEYOND THE STAGE Season-End Challenge! Every dollar donated to the RPO through our season end on June 30th will be matched $1 for $1 up to $300,000! 

Get to know a bit more about our musicians, revealing little-known interests, hidden passions, and exciting side projects. We are so much more than just musicians – we are parents, educators, pet lovers, and Wegmans devotees.

Learn more about featured musicians on our official blog, and join us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Honoring our incredible retiring musicians.

A Fond Farewell to Our Musicians

As part of our end of year celebrations, we honored three of our musicians who are retiring. Boris Zapesochny (second violin), Joanna Bassett (flute), and David Angus (horn) have contributed towards our mission to provide quality music to the Western New York region. Combined, they have dedicated more than 117 years to the RPO! Thank you for your service. 

Thank you to our volunteers!

Volunteer Recognition Reception 

On May 20, we gave thanks to all of our incredible volunteers at the 25th Annual Volunteer Recognition reception. Musicians and staff nominated nine volunteers for their outstanding commitment to your RPO. This year’s honorees were: Jack Bawden, Janet Dewart, Ilene Flaum, Rus Healy, Margaret Leenhouts, Ingrid Stanlis, Barbara Stevens, Two Point Capital Management, and Jieyi Zhang. Thank you!

Tiny Tots Concerts 

In mid-May, we welcomed more than 3,000 tiny ones from across our region to Say Hello to the RPO! Our Tiny Tots programs are 45-minutes in length and our youngest audiences learn basic musical terms, listening skills, and instruments of the orchestra. Offered in public schools, community centers, and houses of worship across diverse neighborhoods, these performances are free for all who attend.

In a culturally vibrant community, it is essential that all citizens, especially the youngest, have access to live arts experiences, regardless of their financial circumstances. Our educational concerts continue to create experiences that introduce the joy of music to young and old alike.

American Rapture – On Sale Now!

On May 17, Azica Records released American Rapture featuring harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra! Conducted by Music Director Ward Stare, the album includes the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto; Samuel Barber’s Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, Op. 9; and the world premiere recording of Patrick Harlin’s Rapture. Click here and listen to Higdon’s Harp Concerto on Performance Today with host, Fred Child. American Rapture is available on AmazonApple Music, and Google Play

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