The RPO raised $2.16 million in annual campaign gifts and pledges during the 2005-06 season from more than 7,000 individuals and corporations. According to the paper, that's more than the orchestra's 2005 record of $2,096 million.
Janet Newcomb, the RPO's vice president for development, told the D&C, "We definitely have a synergy going. When I came to interview for this job last December, the cab driver who drove from the airport had an opinion about the RPO, and then the bellhop at the hotel gave me his opinion. People in this town care about this orchestra and it shows."
The RPO still records for a commercial label, which is increasingly rare in the classical industry. The orchestra recently recorded Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and Jeff Tyzik conducting. The recording, made at the Eastman School of Music in downtown Rochester, will be released next summer on the Harmonia Mundi label.