Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

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Administration and Box Office Location
255 East Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14604
Administrative Offices Location
108 East Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14604 [Directions]
Phone #'s
Administration: 585 454-7311
Box Office: 585 454-2100
Eastman Theater

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (commonly known as the RPO) was founded in 1922 by George Eastman, and continues to perform primarily at Eastman Theater. Past music directors include Arild Remmereit, Christopher Seaman and [WWW]Ward Stare. Past educational conductors include Michael Butterman. The principal pops conductor is Jeff Tyzik. On January 26, 2021, the next music director was announced to be [WWW]Andreas Delfs.

Tickets to most shows run $20-$75. Students can get tickets to the Philharmonics series starting the week of the concert for only $10.


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2007-05-07 15:53:51   Seriously, the student price is great. It can be used on any seats, even the most expensive ones. —EastSideStephen

2011-11-23 17:17:13   This is a review I originally posted on Yelp:

Although long-time members were sad to see Christopher Seaman go (some of us still miss David Zinnman), Arild Remmereit shows tremendous promise to be a music director for many years to come. The orchestra has always been top-notch (with the Eastman School associated with it, how could it not?), and the recent remodelling of the theater has improved the sound, as well as the seats.

So, what's still lacking? Yes, as another poster mentioned, their boiler-room fundraising is crass, and has probably cost them members (god knows, we refuse to get season tickets after our previous experiences with telemarketers calling us over and over and over), but my biggest beef is that they never start the concert on time! If you arrive at the Met late for a performance, you get to wait in the lobby, watching the performance on TV, until the first scene ends. They should do the same at the RPO, rather than holding the start of the performance for 15, even 20 minutes (??!!) because a bunch of lazy 'burbanites couldn't get their lard-butts down to the theater on time!

Another beef is with the audience. Are ALL rochesterians turning into mouth-breathing morons and slobs? Can't people wear something better than worn-out jeans and t-shirts to the concert? And don't they have enough sense to know that you can't bring food and drinks into the hall? Sheesh!!

2013-12-15 15:14:36   Since I'm a student and can get awesome tickets for beyond fair pricing, I try to go about once a month. My mom used to take me when I was a teenager and I've always LOVED the RPO. I definitely miss Christopher Seaman, but am still pleased with most of the programs. I have to respectfully disagree with Alex-C. While the majority of people are not super-dressed up, most are dressed nicely. I don't see many jeans, if any. Personally, I use the outing as a chance to dress up :) From Sept-Dec of 2013, all the concerts I've been to have started within 5 minutes of the posted time, and I haven't seen anyone with food or drinks or acting disrespectfully in any way. I highly recommend going to anyone thinking about it. —LauraShum