RPO's Christopher Seaman, Constellation Brands and varied artists to be honored at Arts & Cultural Council gala

Christopher Seaman
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

By Stuart Low

An exceptionally diverse group of local artists and arts advocates will be honored on Nov. 17 by the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester.

The honorees include a record-breaking maestro, a wine company that also enjoys song and a school for the deaf that produces professional actors.

The annual awards recognize noteworthy track records of service in Rochester's arts community. The following recipients were just announced:

Christopher Seaman — Lifetime Achievement Award. He will retire as the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's music director next summer after 13 seasons — longer than any other RPO leader. The British conductor will be succeeded by Norwegian maestro Arild Remmereit.

"Seaman has made a remarkable impact on the community with his conducting and pre-concert chats," said Council president Sarah Lentini.