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Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

  WXXI Classical 91.5, and the Virtual Little Cafe Present... Harpy Hour!

Join host Grace Browning, RPO Principal Harpist, with the Little Theatre's Scott Pukos at the Vitual Little Cafe on Friday, May 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for the second in a series of Harpy Happy Hours! This new online, virtual series presents live musical performances, special guests, great conversation, trivia, and a featured ROC establishment/ local beverage! 

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Each April, Classical 91.5 celebrates the wealth of musical ensembles in the greater Rochester region with Performance Rochester. This year, we are particularly honored to share these concerts with our listeners in support of the many  groups, and the talented musicians that have had to cancel performances.  Each day you will hear chamber and orchestral music by Rochester’s finest ensembles recorded in our city’s concert halls, churches and schools. So it is in this spirit of joining together to get through this, that we present Performance Rochester 2020.  Read more... 

There have been so many creative responses to keeping people connected to arts and music while we are remaining physically separated. In fact, it's even getting a little difficult to keep track of all the amazing concerts and events happening now online. Here are a few things for you to bookmark to stay connected with online music, arts, and community events. 

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Due to the cancellation of live performances by the RPO due to the COVID-19 virus, Classical 91.5 will be rebroadcasting encore performances from last year for our listeners and members. See the schedule below.

Beating New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the punch by one news cycle, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra announced Thursday afternoon that it was postponing all concerts through May 9.

And by Friday morning, that decision proved to be academic anyway, as Cuomo announced that all workers in nonessential businesses in the state are required to stay home in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

RPO shows affected by its announcement are:

Living in a World of Live-Streams

Mar 17, 2020
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With the spread of COVID-19 around the world, communities are encouraged to practice social distancing. This decision will hopefully protect those most vulnerable and save lives. Unfortunately, this means that countless concerts and public gatherings are being canceled. While this decision is necessary, it leaves audience members without art and leaves artists without means to share.

Luckily, the world is connected digitally like never before. This allows for many concerts and companies to live-broadcast or offer streams to share music and offer comfort.As always, you can stream classical music from our station, classical915.org. This month we are featuring female composers and performers as part of women’s history month. Furthermore, while to me there is no thrill quite like hearing a performance live, in a time where that may not be possible here is what several companies are doing and what concert attendance looks like right now.

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra held its first livestreamed performance Friday morning for classrooms whose field trips were canceled due to coronavirus concerns and precautions.

This week, the RPO had to cancel a series of interactive, educational performances around the concept of voting for fourth- through sixth-graders. According to Marie-Andélina de la Farrière with the RPO, more than 5,000 students in 250 classrooms participated in the live-stream in more than 50 schools.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music have agreed to postpone all RPO concerts in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre effective immediately through April 15.

A statement from the RPO notes that following Governor Andrew Cuomo declaring a ‘state of emergency’ over the weekend, the University of Rochester issued plans to restrict campus events, including Eastman Theatre, in an attempt to limit the impact of the coronavirus.

Why I'm Excited for the RPO's Tosca

Mar 5, 2020
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In the 2020-2021 season, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will be presenting Puccini’s masterpiece Tosca. Although the work is frequently performed, I still gasped to hear the news. Tosca is an opera near and dear to my heart, and I am excited for it to be a part of the community here in Rochester next season. For anyone unfamiliar with the story, check out a synopsis here

This is a week of two large and beloved Russian works: Tchaikovsky's daunting Violin Concerto and Rachmaninov's lush Symphony No. 2. Marcelo Lehninger returns as guest conductor for your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and violinist Blake Pouliot is making his RPO debut.  Both stopped by to chat with Julia Figueras about getting through the pitfalls of the concerto, avoiding potential excesses in the symphony and, in the mix, some fashion tips.

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