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Event: RPO: Primary Concert

Location: Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Time: 10:15 AM to 12:00 PM

Symphonic Stories

Michael Butterman, conductor

This season’s program, Symphonic Stories, will feature works by Smetana, Bernstein, Berlioz, and more. Together with the orchestra, your students will learn how music can tell a story – and will create their own tale in sound. Michael Butterman and the RPO will perform music that uses orchestral color to set a mood, spin melodies to depict a character, and exploit the full range of orchestral color to set scenes. In addition, the students will demonstrate their understanding of these concepts by responding to and interacting with a story that they and members of the orchestra create together.


Rimsky-Korsakov    “Flight of the Bumblebee” from The Tale of Tsar Saltan

Rimsky-Korsakov     Scheherazade, Opus 35
1. Sea and Sinbad’s Ship

Rossini                       Overture to William Tell

Bernstein                   Overture to West Side Story
1. Mambo

Bizet                           Suite No. 1 from Carmen
Ia. Aragonaise

Smetana                     “The Moldau”, No. 2 from Má vlast

Berlioz                        Symphonie fantastique, Opus 14
1. Dream of the Witches’ Sabbath

Providing music education to our community is the core of the RPO’s mission. Every year, over 17,000 students sing, clap, stomp, dance, and interact with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in specially designed concerts held in the Eastman Theatre and public venues throughout our community. Of these students, 7,500 are from the Rochester City School District; 100% of RCSD 3rd grade and 5th grade students attend RPO Education Concerts.  Pre-concert classroom learning materials are provided to enhance and meet New York State curriculum guidelines.

In a culturally vibrant community, it is essential that all citizens, especially the youngest, have access to live arts experiences, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Primary Concerts

  • 50 min concerts for students in grades 1-3.
  • Held in the Eastman Theatre, these concerts teach students about the orchestra families of instruments and how the orchestra musicians use teamwork to play together.
  • 2 concerts per year in February
  • Admission is free for Rochester City School District students. For schools outside the RCSD, there is a $5 admission fee per student.

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