[Unfortunately, RPO has cancelled this evening's performance. All questions/concerns related to the RPO performance cancellation can be directed to: www.rpo.org or 585-454-2100. We apologize for any inconvenience].
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Ford Hall at Ithaca College's Whalen Center for Music.
Presented in partnership with Ithaca College, RPO will be kicking off its multi-season with an Underground Railroad artistic theme. The concert begins with a watershed African American work, Still's "Symphony No. 1 Afro-American Symphony," premiered by the RPO in 1931. The premiere of a new work by Eastman School of Music Dean Douglas Lowry, "The Freedom Zephyris," will follow.
Ward Stare--resident conductor of the St.Louis Symphony--will guest conduct these first two works, then leading the RPO in Hindemith's "Mathis der Maler and Gershwin's headlining classic, featuring Terrence Wilson on piano and Paul Burgett as narrator.
Tickets ($25 for adults / $10 for students) are required and can be purchased here, though Rush Ticketing is available for IC students, as described below:
Ithaca College Student Rush Ticketing
Through partnering with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), Ithaca College students will be able to attend all RPO concerts held in Ford Hall at no cost. Students should stand in line outside of the house left entrance to Ford Hall before each concert and have their Ithaca College Student ID available upon request.
Five minutes before the concert, ushers will seat students in available seats throughout the house. Seats will be available at a first come, first served basis, but every effort will be made to seat as many students as possible. In the occasion that a ticket holder arrives, the student sitting in the ticket holder’s assigned seat should find the nearest usher in order to be reseated.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the School of Music at 607-274-3717.