The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will kick-off 2017 with various concerts in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester.
Indiana Jones will pay a visit in “Raiders of the Lost Ark: Film with Orchestra” at 8 p.m. Jan. 6. Guest conductor Vinay Parameswaran will lead RPO in performing John Williams’ score while the film plays on the big screen.
Six-time Grammy winner Amy Grant will make her RPO debut at 8 p.m. Jan. 7. Her performance will include “Baby Baby,” “Better than a Hallelujah,” “House of Love,” “Every Heartbeat” and “Emmanuel” under the direction of musician, arranger, composer, producer and conductor David Hamilton. Tickets cost $50 for a pre-show meet-and-greet.
Ward Stare will conduct “Ehnes Plays Beethoven” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 and 8 p.m. Jan. 14. Grammy-winner violinist James Ehnes will perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. The concert will also feature works from Richard Strauss and Maurice Ravel.
Creator, executive producer and guest conductor George Daugherty will lead “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” at 8 p.m. Jan. 20-21. “Looney Tunes” favorites such as “The Rabbit of Seville” and “What’s Opera, Doc?” will be projected on the big screen while RPO performs the original scores inspired by master composers. New additions will include “Pepe Le Pew,” “Show Biz Bugs,” “Robin Hood Daffy,” the East Coast premiere of “Long-Haired Hare” and new Warner Bros. 3-D animated shorts “Rabid Rider” and “Coyote Fall.”
“Music of Mozart” will feature a special performance dedicated to the late William Gamble at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Performance Hall at Hochstein, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester. The tribute will include Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola performed by principal viola Melissa Matson, who was recently named the William L. Gamble chair. Concertmaster Juliana Athayde will be featured on the Sinfonia, and the program will include Mozart’s Symphony No. 39. The performance led by Michael Butterman, principal conductor for education and community engagement, will include Thomas Ades’ Three Studies from Couperin.
RPO will perform its January’s finale, “Stare Conducts Shostakovich 5,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 and 8 p.m. Jan. 28. Opera singer Nicole Cabell, Eastman alumna and winner of the BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff, Wales, will make her RPO debut. Music director Stare will lead the program that features the premiere of American composer Elliot Goldenthal’s Waltz and Agitato, “Pravda.”
Stare will conduct Mozart’s Requiem at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 4. The performance will feature the Eastman-Rochester Chorus, directed by William Weinert, with soloists Kathryn Lewek, soprano; Renee Tatum, mezzo soprano; Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor; and Raymond Aceto, bass.
Tickets start at $23, and student discounts are available. They are available by phone, online or in person at RPO’s Patron Services Center, 108 East Ave., Rochester, and at all Wegmans That’s T.H.E. Ticket! locations.
For more information, call 585-454-2100 or visit rpo.org or bit.ly/1IRH0sM.