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Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra to Perform at Hamilton

Contact Michelle Reiser-Memmer 315-859-4331
Posted February 11, 2010
Tags Performing Arts
Hamilton College Performing Arts continues the Classical Connections series on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m., with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in Wellin Hall with guest conductor Justin Brown and soprano Twyla Robinson. Pieces on the Hamilton program include Richard Strauss’ Don Juan, Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs, with Twyla Robinson, and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3.

Soprano Twyla Robinson has consistently earned tremendous praise for her consummate musicianship and dramatic sensibility. She has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Staatskapelle, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Last season, she performed Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the American Symphony Orchestra and with the ballet of Opéra National de Paris as part of a tribute to well-known choreographer Maurice Béjart. As an opera singer, Robinson has won particular acclaim for her portrayal of Mozart heroines, including Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro.

Known as one of Britain’s leading conductors, Justin Brown is currently music director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. He studied at Tanglewood with Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein, and made his conducting debut with the British stage première of Bernstein’s Mass. Recent highlights include performances of Don Carlos, Das Rheingold, and Die Walküre; concerts with Leon Fleischer and Yo-Yo Ma; and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Future engagements include a return to the Iceland Symphony, and his debut with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra.

Since its founding by George Eastman in 1922, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has been committed to enriching and inspiring its community through the art of music. For more than 80 years, the RPO has been known for its high standard of artistic excellence, unique tradition of musical versatility and deep commitment to education and community engagement. In 2002, the RPO received the New York State Governor’s Arts Award for excellence and community service. In 2005 and 2006, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the American Symphony Orchestra League honored the RPO with an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, recognizing the Orchestra’s commitment to music written in the last 25 years.

Tickets for this event are $18 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. All seating is general admission. For tickets or more information, call the box office at 859-4331 or visit www.hamiltonpa.org.

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