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On Record with Jeff Tyzik, James Lee III, Thomas Warfield, and Kearstin Piper Brown

L to R, Top to Bottom: Kearstin Piper Brown, Thomas Warfield, Jeff Tyzik, and James Lee III

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Pops conductor Jeff Tyzik was putting together a Juneteeth celebration for the Dallas Symphony when a funny thing happened: he realized that all the pieces had a connection to Rochester, New York. The program includes works by Adolphus Hailstork, William Grant Still, Duke Ellington, a RPO co-commission by James Lee III, narrated by Thomas Warfield, and a suite by Nkeiru Okoye, sung by Kearstin Piper Brown.


Jeff, James, and Thomas chatted with Julia Figueras about the works, the connections to the Flower City, and how to find inspiration for one's aspirations. Kearstin chatted with Julia about Harriet Tubman, blazing a trail and finding that precious work/life balance.

A Strong Memorial baby and Greece Arcadia grad, Julia Figueras is the Music Director and mid-day host for WXXI-FM. She is also the producer and host for the award-winning monthly interview/performance show, Backstage Pass.