Summer in Review

Our 2018/19 Season may have wrapped up back in June, but we brought the art of music during the warm months!  Every summer, we entertain thousands of audiences large and small, from downtown Rochester to the village of Inlet, NY. 

Our performance at I-Square was packed on July 5, as Music Director Ward Stare conducted the orchestra in an evening of patriotic-themed tunes. After a fun evening at Bristol Mountain on July 6, we traveled to the shores of Lake Ontario to perform at Ontario Beach Park. On July 12, we carried our patriotic tunes out to SUNY Geneseo – with fireworks on display! The following day, we performed a series of classical and contemporary pieces following the Rochester Red Wings game and returned to Bristol Mountain on July 14 for an evening of classical’s most celebrated compositions.

The RPO’s Temple Beth Kodesh performance on July 17 was well-received, followed up on July 19 with an evening of Sir Elton’s hits in Music of Elton John Starring Michael Cavanuagh. We then took audiences far, far away in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi on July 20. Cosplayers of the 501st Legion entertained guests before, during, and after the much-beloved concert.  However, we couldn’t complete our summer without a getaway to Inlet, NY on July 26!

We also performed four neighborhood ensemble concerts throughout the month of July and were thrilled to play at CMAC’s Grease in Concert on July 25. We return to Canandaigua on August 6 for an evening with music legend, Sarah McLachlan!

Our new Chairperson of the Board – Ross P. Lanzafame, Esq.

In July, we welcomed our new Chairperson of the Board, Ross P. Lanzafame, Esq. Mr. Lanzafame is a partner in the Rochester-based law firm of Harter Secrest & Emery, LLP.  Ross counsels for-profit and non-profit clients with regard to business, corporate and government regulatory matters, and represents clients before a variety of governmental agencies, bodies, boards and commissions.  He advises health care clients on federal and state regulations governing facility operation, with a focus on reimbursement issues affecting institutional health care providers.  Prior to attending law school, Ross earned a Master’s degree in hospital and health services administration, and worked for a tertiary hospital in the Rochester area for 4 years in unit management.

Ross has served on numerous non-profit and trade association boards over the years, from Eastside Community Center (President, 1991-1994) to the American Lung Association of New York (Chair, 2006-2008). He previously served on the RPO Board between 2010 and 2012.

Ross is a Rochester native who has been attending RPO concerts for decades.

With the help of 4,657 of our caring friends, WE DID IT! Because of you, our generous and dedicated supporters, we surpassed our 2018/19 season-ending $300,000 Matching Gift Challenge goal by $13,427!

Bringing the gift of beautiful orchestral music to the Greater Rochester area and beyond was the vision of George Eastman and together we can continue to carry out his mission.

Your commitment to the RPO is vital to keeping the music playing. To you, we say, “BRAVO,” and we look forward to the 2019-2020 season together!

Tickets to our exciting 2019/20 concerts are now available! Choose from over 20 concerts, including: 

• Scheherazade .2 (September 19 & 21)
• An Evening in Vienna, our annual gala and concert (October 12)
• The Firebird (October 31 & November 2) 
The Little Mermaid – Film in Concert with Orchestra (March 14)
National Geographic’s Symphony for Our World (April 25) 
• Legends: The Paul Simon Songbook (May 22 & 23)

Purchase tickets to our exciting concerts online, or by phone at (585) 454-2100.

Join us Beyond the Stage during our 2019/20 Season! We’ll continue exploring the love of music on and beyond Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Get to know your RPO musicians, as well as talented artists across our art-loving region. And learn more how music is used in science, architecture, health, fashion, and more!

From our official blog, to pre-recorded and live videos, discover how music influences the rhythm of your life.

We look forward seeing you in September!

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