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RPO basks in the Carnegie Hall glow

Updated: Friday, May 30 2014, 02:49 PM EDT

New York -- Their time on stage at Carnegie Hall may be over, but members of the RPO continue to bask in the glow of their performance Wednesday night.

13 WHAM's Norma Holland traveled with the orchestra to New York City to report on the musicians' visit to this world famous stage.

Lilac-colored handkerchiefs waved wildly in the air before the first note was even played. The gesture was meant to give the RPO's time on stage a distinctly Rochester-feel.

"It's such a treat to have the audience comprised from Rochester, because we come to Carnegie Hall all the time and there's usually one or two people from Rochester, but not tonight! Not tonight," said an exuberant Don Bartolo, RPO supporter.

The RPO's time on stage was part of the Spring for Music Festival, which highlights orchestras from across the United States.

The RPO was one only six orchestras invited to perform this year. There were more than 300 performers on stage including young people from the Bach Children's Chorus at Nazareth College.

After the triumph on stage at Carnegie, the celebration continued at the famous Russian Tea Room.

The talk-- aside from the opulence of the room-- was all opera and how the RPO did Howard Hanson's Merry Mount justice -- eighty years after it was written.

Wonderful -- and although always world class-- it once again has Carnegie Hall stage-time to prove it.

The RPO has now completed 17 performances there. The musicians are resting Thursday, but they'll be back on stage this weekend at Kodak Hall.


RPO basks in the Carnegie Hall glow

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