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Dream Season

Mar 2, 2018

RPO Music Director Ward Stare
Credit Suzi Gorman

After my recent conversation on Connections with Evan Dawson talking to Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's Music Director Ward Stare and CEO Curtis Long about the RPO’s 2018-2019 season, I started thinking, "What if I were in charge?  What would be my dream season for the RPO?"

I could take a whole year or two to think about it, but in an hour or so --- and off the top of my head --- here’s a season of fourteen concerts (in no particular) that includes music by a diverse group of composers to please my omnivorous heart:


Finlandia by Jean Sibelius

Violin Concerto No. 2 (the rediscovered one) by Florence Price

Billy the Kid by Aaron Copland


Flying Fish by Trevor Weston

Composer Trevor Weston

Firebird by Igor Stravinsky

Symphony in D minor by César Franck


Rose Absolute by Karen Tanaka

Piano Concerto No. 23 by W.A. Mozart

Symphony No. 2, “Romantic” by Howard Hanson


The Moldau by Bedrich Smetana

Styx by Octavio Vazquez

Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 97, "Rhenish" by Robert Schumann


A Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Smothered by Sky (2017) by Loren Loiacono

Any Violin Concerto by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Miraculous Mandarin by Bela Bartok


Estampes: 1.Pagodes (orchestrated version) by Claude Debussy

Cantus Arcticus, Op. 61, by Einojuhani Rautavaara

Composer Kevin Puts
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Symphony No. 9 in C major by Franz Schubert


Symphony No. 2 by Kevin Puts

Piano Concerto by Clara Schumann

Ma mère l'Oye by Maurice Ravel


Ethyl Smythe

Delights & Dances for String Quartet and String Orchestra by Michael Abels

Concerto for violin, horn, and orchestra by Ethel Smythe

Symphony No. 1 by Johannes Brahms


The Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin

The things left unsaid by Caleb Burhans (cello octet)

Any Concerto (Elgar? Dvorak?) featuring cellist Steven Doane

Symphony No. 2 by Alexander Zemlinsky


Composer Jennifer Higdon
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Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein

Violin Concerto by Jennifer Higdon

Symphony No. 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven


A Simple Symphony by Benjamin Britten

Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten by Arvo Part

Symphony No. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven


Major choral/operatic works

Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi

Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler,Resurrection”

Eleni (an opera) by Cary Ratcliff


What's on your list? 

See the REAL details of the RPO's upcoming season here.

Watch for details of the RPO 2017-18 season broadcasts coming in the spring of 2018.