Month in Review: August

From the CEO

Welcome to our 97th Season! I am glad you have joined us. Our 2019-20 Season explores classical music’s trailblazers at the start of the twentieth century, both those who created for and challenged the standards of classical music. Our season also celebrates women’s empowerment and the centenary of women’s suffrage, including an opera on the life of Rochester’s own Susan B. Anthony. 

Curt Long

For nearly a century, the RPO has prided itself on being a vital part of the Rochester community. Through education and community engagement programs, the RPO brings music to all four quadrants of the city and beyond. The Orchestra performs in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, but also in churches, temples, rec centers, and outdoor spaces. Our musicians and staff demonstrate their love for the community by volunteering for a variety of local non-profits, partnering with organizations to spread music and education. We are more than just a music organization: we are part of what makes Rochester a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

The love we have for, and from, our community was evident during our Beyond the Stage Season-End Challenge. Musicians shared their journeys on social media, their passion for the arts, and their commitment to this art-loving region. In turn, community members pledged donations that exceeded our goal. For that, we are grateful. 

Our 2019-20 Season doesn’t just begin with fantastic programming, either. After nearly two decades at 108 East Avenue, we have moved our Patron Services Center and Administrative Offices down the road to 255 East Avenue, located across from The Little Theatre. This new location allows ease of use and access, eliminating the hassles of finding parking. We are excited to showcase our excellent services to you at our new location. 

Now, with another season upon us, we will again strive to make this the best season yet. Please join us throughout the year for exciting music, beautiful memories, and a sense of community that brings us all together. 


We’re MOVING things Around!

Visit us at 255 East Avenue!

You can now find the RPO Administrative Offices & Patron Services Center at 255 East Avenue, across from the Little Theatre! Our new location is great news for you! 255 East Avenue provides:

Convenient Access: Though not too far from the East-Gibbs area, our new site at East & S. Union offers easy (and less hectic) passage to our Patron Services Center.

Free Parking: No more need to wait for a parking spot! Enjoy free parking in the South Union Garage adjacent to our building and new handicap-accessible box office – all with the same convenient hours!

As with any move, we have experienced a few challenges – particularly with our phone system. It has come to our attention that direct office lines are not working at this time. To reach a member of the RPO Administrative staff, please call (585) 454-7311.

Beyond the Stage 

Join us this upcoming season as we continue exploring the love of music on and beyond the Kodak Hall Stage. Get to know your RPO musicians, as well as musicians across our art-loving region. Also, gain insight into the role of music in science, architecture, health, fashion, and more! 

From our official blog to our live sessions, discover how music influences the rhythm of your life.

This Season with the RPYO! 

Sponsored by the RPO’s Education Department, the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra serves about 100 students in grades 8-12.It motivates its student musicians to achieve excellence in performance and a life-long love of music as music professionals or dedicated amateurs and friends of music. Weekly rehearsals, coaching by RPO musicians, an annual Side-by-Side Concert with the RPO, concerts in Rochester’s major performance halls, and periodic trips or other special activities provide musically rich, personally rewarding, and uniquely maturing experiences. 

The RPYO’s 2019-20 Season concerts include:

  • Soundtracks of Individuals, Nov. 10: A showcase of new approaches to music featuring contemporary and traditional pieces. 
  • Capital Orchestra Festival Concert, Feb. 17: The RPYO heads to the nation’s capital for a magnificent performance at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts!
  • The Power of Folk, Mar. 1: RPYO’s annual Side-by-Side concert with RPO musicians, featuring two performances by concerto winners. 
  • Close to Heart & Home, May 3: Concluding their season, the RPYO celebrates American composers. The concert includes a piece composed by Howard Hanson – one of the longest-serving directors of the Eastman School of Music.

Tickets available online at, by phone at 454-2100, or in person at our new Patron Services Center at 255 East Avenue.

Upcoming Concerts
(Click concert titles for ticketing information.)

Sept. 27 & 28
8:00pm – Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Oct. 3 & 4
Dvorak 8
7:30pm & 8:00pm – Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre\

Oct. 12
An Evening in Vienna
8:00pm – Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Oct. 13
Beethoven & Haydn
2:00pm – Hochstein Performance Hall

Oct. 17 & 19
Tchaikovsky 4 
7:30pm & 8:00pm – Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre


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