Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will end its 2016-17 season with four grand finales in May and June.
The 2016-17 OrKIDStra Series will end with “100th Anniversary of America’s National Parks” at 2 p.m. May 21 at Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester.
Led by Michael Butterman, principal conductor for education and community engagement, the orchestra will celebrate America’s national parks with photography and music by composer and photographer Stephen Lias. Audiences will be transported to the Gates of the Arctic and Rocky Mountain national parks and hear “Grand Canyon Suite” by Ferde Grofe.
Tickets cost $17 for adults and $13 for children.
“Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’ in Concert” will close out the 2016-17 Philharmonics Series at 7:30 p.m. May 25 and 8 p.m. May 27 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester.
Music director Ward Stare will lead Giacomo Puccini’s tale of poet Rodolfo and seamstress Mimi amidst the backdrop of Paris’ bohemian Latin Quarter. RPO’s “La Boheme” will feature a cast of 11 vocalists, including soprano Inna Dukach as Mimi, tenor Harold Meers as Rudolfo, soprano Jacqueline Echols as Musetta and baritone Alexander Elliott as Marcello. The in-concert production will feature performances by RPO, Madrigalia and Bach Children’s Chorus.
“Opera is very near and dear to my heart, and I’m thrilled to bring semi-staged opera back to our Philharmonics series,” Stare said. “Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’ is a great masterpiece full of gorgeous melodies, lush orchestrations and incredible drama. I can’t imagine a better way to close our phenomenal 2016-17 season.”
Tickets start at $23.
The 2016-17 Pops Series will end with the world premiere of “Women Rock” at 8 p.m. June 2-3 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, led by principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik.
The performance will celebrate women and those who changed rock ‘n’ roll. Katrina Dideriksen, Cassidy Catanzaro and Shayna Steele will perform along with RPO as video footage of the artists are projected onstage.
This production is the result of a recent partnership involving Tyzik; his daughter, Jami Greenberg, from Greenberg Artists; and Schirmer Theatrical LLC, which is part of the G. Shirmer Music Sales Corp. led by Robert Thompson.
“I believe in the power of women and their huge contribution to the arts, especially to pop music,” Tyzik said. “I wanted to create a concert that honors that contribution. Jami, who is extremely creative and without a doubt the best manager I’ve ever had, is on the cutting edge of new trends in the pops orchestra world. Robert Thompson is one of the most innovative leaders in the music industry. It’s been a wonderful experience collaborating with Jami and Robert on this first of many projects, because we all believe in the highest standards of musical integrity in the work we are creating.”
“Women Rock” will include music by Carole King, Holly Knight, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Irene Cara, Aretha Franklin, Minnie Ripperton, Pat Benatar, Heart and Joan Jett. Songs include “I Feel the Earth Move,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “Freeway of Love,” “Proud Mary,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Dancing in the Street,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Invincible,” “These Dreams” and “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman.”
Tickets start at $23.
“Bach & Stravinsky” will end the Sunday Matinee Series and the entire 2016-17 RPO season at 2 p.m. June 4 in Hochstein Performance Hall.
Led by Butterman, the concert will feature pianist Simone Dinnerstein as she performs two of Bach’s concertos: Keyboard Concerto in D minor and Keyboard Concerto in F minor. RPO will play two Stravinsky pieces: Dumbarton Oaks Concerto and a suite from his neoclassical ballet score “Pulcinella.” Tickets cost $27.
Tickets 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. Student discounts are available.
For information, call 585-454-2100 or visit rpo.org or bit.ly/1IRH0sM.