May 10, 2011

Go Behind the Music With Your RPO

The long-anticipated 2011-12 Symphony 101 Season has been announced! This special series is a unique blend of music and history. In addition to live music performed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the audience gets to hear the inside story about how these wonderful works came into being, including in-depth looks at the lives of the composers, information about what was happening in the world when the pieces were written, and more. The concerts in this series will take place Friday evenings at 7:30 pm (except where noted) and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm, in Performance Hall at Hochstein.

There are five entertaining and illuminating concerts in the upcoming Symphony 101 Season, four of which will be conducted by new Music Director Arild Remmereit. Arild has chosen to expand upon themes from his innovative Philharmonics Series, and will explore fascinating and thought-provoking topics such as the influence of folk music on classical composers, the evolution of the waltz, and the way in which Beethoven’s legacy was at once inspiring and intimidating for composers that lived in the century following his passing. The concerts also will cover a wide range of cultures and historical eras, from the distinctive rhythms of Latin American music to the music that emerged out of the tumult and censorship of the Russian Revolution. Click here for more information on the topics discussed in each concert. And use this link to view podcasts of Arild talking about the upcoming RPO season.

Arild and the RPO will also be looking to you for input on the pieces performed in these concerts. As a special “thank you,” those who subscribe to the Symphony 101 Series by May 27 will be able to go online and vote on which piece they would like to hear the RPO perform in the first two Symphony 101 concerts!

Ticket packages for the Symphony 101 Series can be purchased by calling 454-2100, or by clicking here.

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