Christopher Seaman conducts final concerts as MD of Rochester Philharmonic
Christopher Seaman’s last concert as Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra was marked with emotional scenes in at the Kodak Hall. A flag-waving finale of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, with words specially written for him sung by the entire audience, prompted Christopher spontaneously to join in on timpani, the instrument he played from 1964 to 1968 at the LPO. This concluded a concert of Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music, Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Brahms’s Symphony No. 2. Following the concert, the orchestra held a gala dinner at the Country Club of Rochester in his honour.
Christopher held the position for 13 years, making him the longest serving Music Director in the orchestra’s history. Christopher’s achievements with the orchestra have been recognised by his appointment as Conductor Laureate, a lifetime appointment.