RPO Under the Stars is the next big event in the new Downtown Definitely series. The free concert is Friday, July 8 on Parcel 5, 285 E Main St, Rochester, featuring the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra led by Principal Pops Conductor, Jeff Tyzik. No tickets are required. Bring a blanket and chairs. Grounds open at 5:30 p.m. with food and drinks available for purchase. Sidewalk astronomy will be set up with telescopes for anyone to use to look up at the night sky courtesy of the Rochester Museum and Science Center.
RPO Under the Stars is presented by the City of Rochester in partnership with Downtown Definitely, a new series of free events and activities produced by the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation (RDDC) to bring the community together and shine the light on downtown with great new experiences.
This performance will be the first time since 2018 that the full Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has performed in downtown Rochester for a free outdoor concert.
The evening of music starts at 6:30 p.m. with Rochester singer-songwriter Cammy Enaharo.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra plays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. with Tyzik leading an exciting program featuring John Williams’ scores of some of the most iconic films of the 20th century, including Jurassic Park, Jaws, and Star Wars, whose pieces have transported listeners beyond their imagination and to new worlds through heart-pounding adventures.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase from The Poutine Truck, Rob’s Al Dente, Dainty Donut Factory, J. Mills Treats, Rohrbach Brewing Co. and Living Roots Wine & Co. Tables and limited seating will be available.
“The RPO Under the Stars concert offers an opportunity for families and neighbors to experience the joy of classical music right in the heart of Downtown,” said Mayor Evans. “I’m proud of the City’s continued partnership with the RPO to provide unique, family-friendly outdoor concerts around the city. I’d also like to thank Downtown Definitely Events for their help coordinating this fantastic new event.”
Curt Long, president and CEO of the Rochester Philharmonic said, “We always look forward to our free July performances with the City of Rochester. It’s a great chance for Rochester audiences to hear the talented musicians of the RPO performing fun and diverting programs in our parks and in our neighborhoods. Thank you to the City of Rochester for this continuing partnership that brings the sounds of the RPO out into the community. We are eagerly anticipating Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik leading the RPO in our inaugural free concert at Parcel 5 on July 8!”
Galin Brooks, president and CEO of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation said, “We’re thrilled to partner with the City of Rochester in welcoming music fans of all ages to the heart of downtown for a night of free music. The RPO’s world-renowned musicians will perform hits from fan-favorite films, such as Jaws and Star Wars. Programs like these are a wonderful way to connect residents and workers from across the region with the fabulous cultural assets right in their backyard.”
Food and Drinks
The Poutine Truck – Hand-cut French fries, cheese curds, and in-house-made gravy make up the traditional French Canadian comfort food made to order, ensuring fresh, hot food every time.
Rob’s Al Dente – Casual Italian fare made fresh on the truck and prepared to order using only the freshest locally sourced ingredients and cheeses.
Dainty Donut Factory – Handcrafted mini donuts that are prepared hot and fresh and topped with your favorite treats while you wait.
J. Mills Treats – Handcrafted ice cream made the old-fashioned way in flavors such as Don’t Hurt’em Nana (banana pudding), Get Caramel Brownie Wasted, and more.