July 1, 2016

Jeff Tyzik 'honors' Wegmans centennial with new work

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Wegmans. Two Rochester institutions that set roots in the Flower City a century ago. Well, almost a century for the RPO.
Jeff Tyzik
c: Sean Turi

Earlier this year, Wegmans Food Markets kicked off a yearlong celebration honoring 100 years in business. The grocer is now a fourth-generation company with 89 stores in six states. John Wegman started it all with the Rochester Fruit and Vegetable Co. in 1916. As you may know as an RPO fan, George Eastman founded the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 1922. As a tribute to the grocer where Eastman himself likely picked up fresh produce, RPO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik has written a new piece commemorating Wegmans.

Tyzik’s Honor will premiere under the baton of Music Director Ward Stare at the RPO’s free concert at Ontario Beach Park on Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30 PM, and then encore at a concert at CMAC on Saturday, July 9, and again at Frontier Field on Friday, July 15, all with Stare. Tyzik is traveling this summer, but will perform Honor at a special concert for the Wegmans' network in December, a fitting holiday gift from Tyzik and the RPO to Wegmans at the end of their centennial year.

“The Wegman family has contributed so much to the Rochester community through their generosity and support of numerous programs that are of great benefit to our region,” said Tyzik, who lives in Pittsford and celebrates 22 years with the RPO this year. "I chose the title because it sums up how I feel about this opportunity to celebrate Wegmans and recognize them for all they’ve done to ‘give their best’ to the Rochester community over the past 100 years.

While the Grammy Award-winning Tyzik has written more than 200 arrangements, orchestrations, and compositions for orchestra, Honor is the first piece he has written for Wegmans. According to the composer, Honor is a four-minute composition that features a driving rhythm and energetic fanfare (as the title may suggest).

“I'm thrilled to have written Honor in honor of Wegmans,” said Tyzik. “I treasure the relationship between the RPO and Wegmans and how we have both made Rochester a better place to live because of our efforts.”

If you go:
Hear Jeff Tyzik's new work, Honor, celebrating the Wegmans centennial. Ward Stare conducts these concerts.

Concerts by the Shore: RPO @ Ontario Beach
Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30 PM
FREE; sponsored by Monroe County

RPO @ CMAC: Movies, Marches, & America
Saturday, July 9 at 8 PM
Tickets from $16; kids 18 and under free; sponsored by Constellation Brands
Tickets available at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000; Blue Cross Arena box office (585-758-5330); and CMAC box offices. Click here for more information on ticketing locations and hours.

Play Ball! RPO @ Frontier Field
Friday, July 15: 6:05 PM game; 8:30 PM concert
Tickets: redwingsbaseball.com, 585-423-WING

Ward Stare and Wegmans' staff.
Wegmans provided cookies and water for the RPO's opening weekend in September 2015.

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