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RPO to Perform Free, “Around the Town” Concerts

By Staff


rpoMayor Lovely Warren, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), have announced two free concerts, which will be offered as part of the RPO’s “Around the Town” concert series. The concerts will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 5, at the Edgerton R-Center, 41 Backus St.; and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 7, at the Thomas P. Ryan R-Center, 530 Webster Ave.

“The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is a treasured Rochester institution, and the city is proud to sponsor the “Around the Town” concert series to help enhance the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” Mayor Warren stated. “Events like these bolster our efforts to create more vibrant neighborhoods.”

The performances will be free of charge, and tickets are not required.

The concerts, conducted by Paul Shewan, will feature music celebrating African-American and Latino cultures.

Baritone Jeffrey McGhee will also perform, as well as students from the ROCmusic Collaborative, directed by Alexander Peña.

The program will include the following musical selections:

  • George Gershwin – Cuban Overture, “Rhumba”
  • Ástor Piazzolla – La Muerta del Angel
  • Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”
  • Harry Burleigh – Three Spirituals
  • George Gershwin – Selections from Porgy and Bess
  • Duke Ellington – Duke Ellington Fantasy
  • Leonard Bernstein – Overture to West Side Story

Call 311 (585-428-5990 outside the city’s limits), or visit, for additional information.