May 31, 2011

Don't Miss Christopher Seaman's Final Concerts with the RPO!

After 13 wonderful seasons of music and memories, Christopher Seaman will conclude his tenure as Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in grand fashion. Christopher will lead the RPO in two special farewell concerts, Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, June 4 at 5:30 pm in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Don't miss your chance to celebrate Christopher's time with the RPO, and to wish him a fond farewell!

For his final concert as RPO Music Director, Christopher has selected music that is especially close to his heart. First, the RPO will perform a British classic—Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music. Vaughan Williams composed Serenade to Music at the request of the English conductor Sir Henry Wood, whose legacy lives on through the annual Promenade (Proms) Concerts in London, which he founded in 1895 in an attempt to bring great music to ordinary, working class people.

Next, Christopher will lead the RPO in another British masterpiece, Elgar's Enigma Variations. The Enigma Variations provide sketches of 13 of Elgar's dearest friends. As Christopher noted, "This seems very appropriate when I think of all my Rochester friends, from whom I have received endless kindness and support."

The concert will conclude with Brahms' lyrical and joyous Symphony No. 2. Christopher has a strong personal connection to this particular piece which, as he puts it, got him his first job. Christopher says, "The BBC allowed me to conduct it in a trial concert for an Assistant Conductor job with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Luckily I got the job and my conducting career started, for which I have always been grateful to Brahms!"

Tickets for the concerts June 2nd and 4th can be purchased by calling 454-2100, or by clicking here. Limited seating is still available for A Bow Tie Affair. Tickets are $275 per person, and can be purchased by calling the Eastman Theatre Box Office at 454-2100.

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