Around Rochester: Rochester Philharmonic Gala Holiday Pops

By: Stefanie

What a privilege it is to live in a culturally rich city such as Rochester.  We are home to one of the nation's premier orchestras – the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (or RPO for short).  Founded in 1922 by George Eastman, the orchestra calls the beautiful Eastman Theatre home and is a must-do when visiting or living in Rochester. 

On December 19th, I went to a matinee performance of their annual Gala Holiday Pops event.  It was my first time attending this particular show and I was excited for what was to come as I heard great things.  I was not disappointed.  Led by RPO's highly acclaimed principal pops conductor, Jeff Tyzik, the musicians took us on a winter wonderland adventure of Christmas classics such as Do You Hear What I Hear?, The Little Drummer Boy, Let It Snow, We Three Kings, and Ave Maria as well as original score by Mr. Tyzik.  The audience, many all decked out in their holiday best, were also treated to vocals in some songs provided by New York Voices and The Festival High School Chorale – including a beautifully sung version of the Chanukah song, S'vivon.  The afternoon was capped off by a very energized full orchestra and choir rendition of the Gospel Hallelujah.

This was a wonderfully entertaining and festive show and I will definitely be making it an annual part of my holiday season celebration!

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