by GINO FANELLI
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has recently finished one of its best seasons on record, the organization reported today. The RPO set a new record in 2014-15 ticket sales, surpassing the former record-holding 2010-11 season. All told, the RPO gathered $1.66 million in single ticket sales, an increase of 19 percent from the 2013-14 season and 23 percent from the 2012-13 season.
“It is gratifying to note how the Rochester community has responded to our programming initiatives in the past season,” President and CEO Charles Owens said. “From Verdi's 'La Traviata' in concert, to Video Games Live and Audra McDonald, the box office tells us that there is indeed a market for artistically vibrant musical experiences that might not fit the tradition parameters of our subscription series.”
This upswing for the RPO seems to have some continuing momentum, with subscription sales for the 2015-16 Philharmonic, Pops, and Sunday Matinee series already surpassing the 2014-15 final campaign totals. Total subscription revenues and packages are ahead of the prior year by 6 percent and 9 percent, respectively.
The 2015-16 Philharmonic season opens Thursday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m., with Wade Stare conducting “Pines of Rome.”