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The music director and conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will be around for a while longer.

The RPO announced on Monday that Ward Stare has renewed his contract for three more years, through the end of the 2020/21 season.

The 35 year old Rochester native became the RPO’s youngest-ever music director in 2014.

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Handel:  Messiah

Christopher Warren Green, Guest Conductor
Rochester Oratorio Society, Eric Townell, director
Klara Ek, soprano
Christopher Ainslie, countertenor
Daniel Weeks, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass-baritone
Rochester Oratorio Society, Eric Townell, director
Michael Leopold, theorbo
Recorded December 10 & 11, 2016

Brenda Tremblay

Jeanne Gray is a force of nature.

She glows with enthusiasm for lifelong music-making.

“When you’ve got senior citizens who are back doing level one solos and enjoying it, why not?”

Born on October 9, 1926 in Endicott, New York, this great-grandmother has witnessed and shaped music programs across New York State through decades of teaching in Corning, New York and in Webster Central Schools until her so-called "retirement" in 1962. 

The RPO has a new president and CEO. The board chairperson of the orchestra, Jules Smith says that Curtis Long has been named to those roles.

He has been president of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra since 2008.

Long previously worked in executive positions with the Dayton Philharmonic and the Delaware Symphony.

He succeeds Ralph Craviso, who came on board with the RPO in 2015, and told WXXI News in June that he was looking to transition out of that job.

Reason #7:
Great in-studio performances and conversations with the artists on Backstage Pass.  Perhaps you've had the opportunity to be in the audience for one of the live Backstage Pass programs. As a sustaining supporter of WXXI, you get special invitations to be part of events like this.

Reason #8:

Mark Chamberlin/City newspaper

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