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Your RPO this October: Thrills, Chills & Romance!

In the Community: From Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) 

Photo by Kin Li on Unsplash

Your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) kicked off a spectacular October with Romantic Chopin in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 8 at 8 p.m. Taiwanese-American Music Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, Mei-Ann Chen makes her RPO debut with a program as full of passion as her conducting style.

Starting off with today’s most-performed contemporary orchestra work – blue cathedral by the Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning Jennifer Higdon – the concert continues with renowned Israeli pianist and Rochester favorite Inon Barnatan playing Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor. A young, desperate love inspired the composer, who wrote: “I say to my piano what I would like to be saying to you…” 

The program will close with French composer Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3 in G Minor, her much-admired work was all but forgotten after her death, the RPO will join orchestras around the world in bringing well-deserved attention to her symphonic output.

Three is also the return of You-Know-Who™ along with Harry Potter™, Ron Weasley™, and Hermione Granger™ in an unforgettable event, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™  in Concert on Friday and Saturday, October 14 & 15 at 7 p.m. in Kodak Hall. Audiences will relive the magic on a giant screen in high definition and are encouraged to come in costume. There will be opportunities for photos.

Music Director Andreas Delfs leads Orchestral Showpieces! on Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 22 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall. The collection of music stories begins with Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel, a tone poem that chronicles the merry pranks of a medieval German trickster of the same name. 

Rochester will premiere of American composer and former Eastman School of Music professor Christopher Rouse’s 1997 Der gerettete Alberich, the piece also contains a rock and roll drum solo that has been compared to the style of Led Zeppelin. The concert will close with Igor Stravinsky’s Petrushka, which tells the tragic story of a puppet, a character popular in Russian folktales.

Two free RPO Around-the-Town concerts take place on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Churchville-Chili High School and Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Hilton High School. Guest conductor Paul Shewan will lead a varied, accessible program for all ages.

October ends with the season’s first OrKIDStra: Halloween Tricks & Treats on Sunday, October 30 at 2 p.m. in Hochstein Performance Hall. Costumes are strongly encouraged for the young and the young-at-heart, including the musicians of the RPO and guest conductor Matthew Straw. Hands-on, pre-concert activities are back in person starting one hour prior to curtain. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children, and are available at all the following locations (except Kodak Hall) as well as at Hochstein Performance Hall one hour prior to curtain.

For tickets and additional information , visit, by phone at 585-454-2100 (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and in person at RPO Patron Services at 225 East Avenue (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).