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The 2016-2017 Season of the RPO Philharmonic series with Maestro Ward Stare

Classical 91.5’s Brenda Tremblay hosts the radio broadcast series of the 2016-17 season of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. The series airs Mondays at 8 p.m., beginning April 10, 2017.

Since ascending as the RPO’s Music Director, Ward Stare has signaled a taste for adventure, love for American composers, and respect for tradition.   You’ll hear all of these qualities shine in this season, which opens with guest pianist Jon Nakamatsu performing Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.  Later, conductor Laureate Christopher Seaman will lead the orchestra in Edward Elgar's Symphony No. 2, and there’s a generous helping of Beethoven, too.   The season ends with a concert performance of Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème.  (The opera-loving Ward Stare will be conducting at the Metropolitan Opera this coming December 2017.)

Listen for works by American composers including Jennifer Higdon, Charles Ives, George Gershwin, John Williams, and John Adams; his intense "Dr. Atomic" Symphony will get its RPO premiere.

Hear the RPO Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. on 91.5 FM, 90.3 FM, and streaming at

June 2017 Rochester Philharmonic programs

May 30, 2017

6/5        Brahms/Bright Sheng:  Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2, Black Swan Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2   Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (Ingrid Fliter, p; Ward Stare, cond)

6/12      Sean Shepherd: Magiya Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3 (Natasha Paremski, p; Cristian Macelaru, cond)

6/19      Leonard Slatkin: Kinah Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (Ward Stare, cond)

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

May 1/July 31

Recorded November 3 & 5, 2016
Ward Stare, Conductor
Colin Currie, percussion

BARBER  Barber, "Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance"
HIGDON  Percussion Concerto                        
COPLAND  Symphony No. 3                

May 8/August 7

Recorded January 12 & 14, 2017
Ward Stare, Conductor
James Ehnes, violin

BEETHOVEN  Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
RAVEL  Valses nobles et sentimentales
STRAUSS  Rosenkavalier Suite, TrV 227, OP. 59: (1945)    

April 2017 Rochester Philharmonic programs

Mar 28, 2017

4/10      Ron Nelson: Savannah River Holiday Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (Jon Nakamatsu, p; Ward Stare, cond)

4/17      Picker:  Old and Lost Rivers  Beethoven:  Piano Concerto No. 2 Elgar:  Symphony No. 2 (Andrew Von Oeyen, p; Christopher Seaman, cond)

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Clear your schedule on Monday evenings.  Hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra recorded live in concert, starting at 8:00 p.m. on the air and streaming at  Brenda Tremblay hosts.

Broadcast dates in Bold Text. The series airs April 10 through July 3, then the entire series repeats July 10 through October 2.

April 10/July 10

Recorded September 15 & 17
Ward Stare, Conductor
Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Andy Olenick

September RPO ON THE AIR

Aug 27, 2016

There’s nothing like the beautiful group trance of a live concert, but if you missed a night at the RPO last season, no worries.  The 2015-16 season broadcasts will continue on Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. this fall with these performances: See all

September 5