RPO kicks off Pops series with tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

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The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off its Pops series on Friday with a tribute to the Queen of Jazz. It is called “cELLAbrate’ in honor of Ella Fitzgerald.

News 8 got a sneak peek of the performances. Jeff Tyzik returns to conduct the Pops series.

One of the guest soloist for “cELLAbrate” is world-class vibraphonist Joe Locke. He is a Rochester native who is also a member of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame. He talked to News 8 about what it is like to come home.

“I used to sneak into Eastman Theatre to hear the philharmonic rehearse,” said Locke. “So I was that little kid who would sneak in to hear the bands play. To be on stage with this great orchestra is emotional for me.”

“cELLabrate” kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. To see more shows for the upcoming RPO season, click here.

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