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Dream Season

Mar 2, 2018
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?"

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Brenda Tremblay hosts birdsong at 6:00 a.m. and classical music from the WXXI library, the latest NPR News, and the Composer’s Datebook at 7:20 a.m.   This week’s Mystery theme: Instrument Anatomy.  What instrument has a “boot joint?”  A “slide?”  Can you name an instrument just hearing the names of its parts?  (6:40 a.m.)

Monday, March 19

Wake to a carpet of snow-drops, daffodils, a gentle lullaby, and a morning dance in pieces by Frederick Delius, Jennifer Higdon, and Sergei Prokofiev.

Tuesday, March 20

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:

All broadcasts begin at 8:00 p.m. ET.

April 9 and July 16     R. Strauss:  Don Juan  Grieg:  Piano Concerto in a  Prokofiev:  Excerpts from Cinderella (Inon Barnatan, piano; Ward Stare, conductor)

April 16 and July 23     Rossini:  Overture to The Barber of Seville  Rimsky-Korsakov:  Capriccio espagnol  Falla:  Three Cornered Hat Suite No. 2  Ravel:  Boléro (Ward Stare, conductor)