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Christopher Seaman

Christopher Seaman, the Conductor Laureate of your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, is in town for his annual concert. He brings with him a song of protest, a 20th century take on Shakespeare, a suite about love and friendship, and the other solo side of Mozart. Also in the mix: the Rochester debut of Angelo Xiang Yu, who brings a Stradivarius violin and a deep, abiding love for the man whose work he will play. 

Christopher Seaman, Conductor Laureate of your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, is back in town for his annual date with the band. Joining him this time around is pianist Joyce Yang for an evening that will include a Beethoven overture, a Sibelius symphony, and Mozart's dramatic and mysterious Piano Concerto No. 24. Maestro Seaman and Miss Yang chatted with WXXI-FM Music Director Julia Figueras about the complexities of Mozart, the heroics of Sibelius, and the experience of accompanying a dance company...from the stage.

April 2017 Rochester Philharmonic programs

Mar 28, 2017

4/10      Ron Nelson: Savannah River Holiday Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (Jon Nakamatsu, p; Ward Stare, cond)

4/17      Picker:  Old and Lost Rivers  Beethoven:  Piano Concerto No. 2 Elgar:  Symphony No. 2 (Andrew Von Oeyen, p; Christopher Seaman, cond)

Seaman: Marco Borgreve

It's been almost exactly 10 years since pianist Andrew Von Oeyen made his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra with then Music Director Christopher Seaman.  Now, Maestro Seaman is Conductor Laureate for the RPO, and Andrew Von Oeyen has a new recording contract with Warner Brothers.

They're back together again, and made a trip to the WXXI studios to chat with Music Director Julia Figueras about their concert, the decade past, and the dangers of pushing young talent too hard and too soon.

October 2016 Premiere of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Sep 27, 2016

Symphonies from Rachmaninoff and Sibelius, concerti from Grieg and Copland, and even an appearance from RPO's Music Director Emeritus, Christopher Seaman!  These and much more this month with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, here on Classical 91.5.

10/10    Adams: The Chairman Dances, Foxtrot for Orchestra Schuman: Symphony No. 6 Copland: Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra, with Harp and Piano Gershwin: An American in Paris (Todd Levy, cl; Edo de Waart, cond)   See all