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CLASSICAL | RPO performs "Romeo and Juliet" 

Music Director Ward Stare returns to the podium to lead the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in the last Philharmonics program of 2015. The program is chock-full of melodically sumptuous works, from the charismatic bravado of Wagner's act three prelude in the opera "Lohengrin" to the consummate refinement and vivid orchestral colors of excerpts from the ballet "Romeo and Juliet" by Sergei Prokofiev. Yet the biggest draw of the program will be the performance of 19-year-old violin sensation Simone Porter, who has already collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Porter will join the RPO in a performance of 20th-century American composer Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto. The concert also includes Ralph Vaughan Williams's "Toward the Unknown Region," featuring the Eastman-Rochester Chorus.

The RPO will perform Thursday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, November 21, at 8 p.m. Eastman Theatre at Kodak Hall, 26 Gibbs Street. $22-$94. rpo.org.

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