For Immediate Release
October 4, 2012
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Brockport, NY – When they visit The College at Brockport to play a program of works by Mozart, Dvoøák, Liszt, and Lehár, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will be celebrating some of the greatest composers to have ever writtn symphonic music. But upon further examination of where these musicians were born and flourished, you will find yourself taking “A Musical Cruise Along the Danube River.” The RPO will provide this European tour on Friday, October 26, 2012, at 7:30 pm in Tower Fine Arts Center, 180 Holley Street, Brockport. Ticket prices are $15/General, $10/Seniors, Alumni, Faculty and Staff and $8/Students and are available by phone at (585) 395-2787 or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office.
As the Danube wends its way from Germany’s Black Forest to the Romanian coast of the Black Sea, it passes through Hungary, Austria, Serbia, Croatia and several other countries. Of course, what is now the Czech Repbulic was once part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, as well. These were fertile and inspirational areas for musicians for more than three centuries. In fact, during the autumn of 1783, Mozart was traveling from Salzburg to Vienna, and stayed several weeks in Linz, which straddles both sides of the Danube. While he was the guest of a local Count, a concert at which Mozart would conduct was announced. Having no music of his own with him, Mozart wrote his “Symphony No. 36” – known as the “Linz Symphony” – which is reflective of the charming hospitality that he experienced while in that city along the Danube. During the concert, the RPO will play the final movement from the symphony.
Lehár, a Hungarian who composed orchestral works as well as operettas, is best known for his love story involving the royal family of a fictional middle-European country, and will be represented by “The Merry Widow Waltz.” When one thinks of waltzes and the Danube, “The Blue Danube Waltz” immediately comes to mind. Written by waltz “king” Johann Strauss, an Austrian, the piece is a centerpiece of the RPO concert.
The concert will be conducted by Paul Shewan, who is also an RPO musician. Shewan has frequently led the orchestra, a situation that spurred the RPO’s new musical director, Arild Remmereit, to ask if he considered himself to be more of a conductor or a trumpet player. Shewan’s response was an unequivocal “‘Yes.’ They have both taken equal precedence in my career and I am equally attached and committed to both. It can be quite a juggling act, but it is worth the extra time that is required to make them work.”
More information about The College at Brockport’s Fine Arts Series can be found at www.brockport.edu/finearts or on Facebook. -end- Photo Credits: Photo 1: The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will take “A Musical Cruise Along the Danube River” on Friday, October 26, 2012, at 7:30 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage at The College at Brockport.
Photo 2: Paul Shewan will conduct the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on their “Musical Cruise Along the Danube River” on Friday, October 26, 2012, at 7:30 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage at The College at Brockport.
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