The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Pops Series will present “Women Rock” this Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre in Rochester.
Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik and featured vocalist Cassidy Catanzaro discussed the show Friday morning during News 8 at Sunrise.
“We auditioned over 200 vocal artists in New York City and we chose these three incredible women – Cassidy, Katrina Dideriksen and Shayna Steele, and the concert, of course, is the great music of everybody from Tina Turner, Carole King, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Janis Joplin, all of the songs people are going to recognize,” Tyzik said.
Catanzaro will lend her voice to some timeless classics. “I’ll be singing Carole King, the amazing Carole King, so “So Far Away,” “Up on the Roof,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” just amazing songs, and I was saying earlier how they’re memorable, but the melodies are so perfect that you want to get them right, so I feel this unbelievable pressure to do her justice,” she said.
Honoring these legendary women is a concept Catanzaro loves. “Jeff had said that he didn’t feel that women had necessarily been celebrated enough and that people don’t talk enough about how many women have written some of the greatest songs of our generation, and so being a part of something that really celebrates that is probably the most exciting part for me,” she said. “I just want to do my part to serve these songs the best way I can.”
Catanzaro noted the chance to perform with the RPO is exciting and intimidating. Her mother will fly in for the performances Friday and Saturday. “When I hear that he auditioned 200 women I still have to pinch myself, you know, that I got the opportunity to do it. I can’t wait!”
Tickets are available at the Eastman Theatre box office or online, click here.