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RPO to perform at festival at Carnegie Hall in 2014

Rochester Business Journal
January 22, 2013

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has been selected to play in a Spring for Music festival next May at Carnegie Hall.

The orchestra will pair with singers from the voice and opera department of the Eastman School of Music to perform Howard Hanson’s opera “Merry Mount” on May 7, 2014, as part of the 2014 Spring for Music festival.

“It was a thrill to be selected last year to participate in Spring for Music, and it’s now a great pleasure to announce that we’ll be taking a program to Carnegie Hall reflecting both the remarkable musical history of Rochester and its bright future with the RPO and Eastman as a national center for music making,” said Charles Owens, RPO president and CEO.

“Merry Mount” was composed by Hanson, the director of the Eastman School of Music from 1924 to 1964. When it premiered in February 1934, the work based on the Nathaniel Hawthorne story “The Maypole of Merry Mount” received more than 50 curtain calls, RPO officials noted.

The RPO has performed at Carnegie Hall 16 times in its 89-year history, the last coming in 1985 under then-music director David Zinman.
The orchestra has received what it called a significant contribution toward the trip from the Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation. It is also working on fundraising efforts to support the concert.

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