Rochester Philharmonic gives free outdoor concerts in return to in-person performances

Posted on: June 4, 2021

“For the first time in over a year, part of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performed in front of a live audience Tuesday evening,” writes Lowell Rose Rochester in Tuesday’s (6/1) Spectrum News 1 (Rochester, NY). “ ‘It’s amazing,’ said Mark Dinitto of Rochester. ‘I used to go see the RPO at the Eastman all the time. And spending the whole year without seeing them is kind of a bummer.’ That bummer of a year has now turned into excitement for those looking to get out of the house and enjoy the arts…. The orchestra is also excited to perform in front of a live audience…. ‘We’re ready, we’ve been ready and we’re back!’ said Barbara Brown, director of education for the Rochester Philharmonic. The neighborhood ensemble concerts known as ‘Around the Town’ are held by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in partnership with the city of Rochester. ‘It allows us to go into all four different quadrants of the city and perform free concerts, completely breaking down barriers and making classical music assessable to everyone in the Rochester area,’ said Brown. The [performance] at Barrington Park … was the first of five events held every Tuesday … throughout the month of June.”