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Die Fledermaus
12-11-2013
"Conductor Ward Stare made a piquantly effervescent concoction of Strauss's exquisite score…" (read more)
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Lyric Opera serves up a delightful, funny 'Fledermaus'
12-11-2013
“This "Fledermaus" is, in short, a singing and dancing delight, with plenty of laughs that arise naturally out of the comic situations and don't feel forced. It's the fifth time around for Strauss' melody-rich Viennese confection at Lyric, and most certainly the best.…” (read more)
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‘Die Fledermaus’ soars at Lyric Opera
12-11-2013
"Lyric Opera has whipped up a perfect holiday confection for opera lovers in Die Fledermaus…" (read more)
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It's Back: Symphoria season opener says orchestral music is here to stay
09-22-2013
“Central New Yorkers yearning for exceptional orchestral music found satisfaction Saturday with Symphoria's opening masterworks concert. They cheered for guest conductor Ward Stare, who brought style and precision to the Crouse Hinds Theater... (read more)
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Orchestra, chorus and billboard nearly steal the show at Lyric Opera “Stars” concert at Millennium Park
09-08-2013
"It’s hard to believe that young maestro Ward Stare was the principal trombone player for the Lyric Opera Orchestra only a few short years ago. On the basis of this performance and his widely admired Lyric podium debut in last season’s Hansel and Gretel, it’s no wonder that his gigs are piling up…" (read more)
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Opera review: High-intensity “Il tabarro” and “Pagliacci” in St. Louis
06-24-2013
“One of the stars of the shows is conductor Ward Stare. Highly interactive with the singers, he gets finely detailed playing from members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra...." (read more)
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Reflection: Opera Theatre provides an innovative and moving Italian double bill
06-02-2013
"Under Stare’s baton, the symphony musicians gave a performance the world’s greatest opera houses would envy.…" (read more)
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A powerful double dose of verismo at Opera Theatre
06-02-2013
“In his Opera Theatre debut, Ward Stare—who has done such fine work with the symphony over the years—kept everything humming along beautifully and the orchestra sounded great...." (read more)
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Opera review: Dark 'Tabarro' and 'Pagliacci' grimly satisfying at Opera Theatre of St. Louis
06-02-2013
"Conductor Ward Stare knows the musicians of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra well from his time as resident conductor. He’s manifestly comfortable in an opera house, breathing with his singers and providing optimal tempos throughout. The SLSO split sounded great.…" (read more)
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Concert review: Ward Stare conducts a varied German program at Powell Hall
04-20-2013
“As I have noted before, Ward Stare (who completed his tenure as Resident Conductor of the symphony in 2012 and is now in demand as both and operatic and symphonic conductor) is someone to watch..." (read more)
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Music review: Stare, SLSO and Chorus offer fine playing in exquisite programming
04-20-2013
"No longer on staff, Stare conducted this weekend’s concerts at Powell Symphony Hall as a regular guest conductor, one who should return. On Friday night, he led a program that was unusually thoughtful in its construction, and well-performed by all involved…" (read more)
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Lyric's darkly funny 'Hansel' good enough to eat
12-10-2012
“Stare brought a firm sense of rhythmic impulse to the music, drawing floods of warm, well-blended playing from his former orchestral colleagues…He made the orchestra a well-defined presence in the drama…” (read more)
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Review: Hansel und Gretel (Lyric Opera Chicago)
12-09-2012
This music is magical… The notes mix up childlike simplicity with feisty depth… Under Stare’s baton, the music transports us from cruel reality to dreamlike fantasy to dessert-ed ecstasy. What a ride!…" (read more)
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Ward Stare returns to Lyric Opera, with a baton
12-04-2012
“You've heard of pianist-conductors, violinist-conductors, even the occasional cellist-conductor. But how many conductors can you name who began their careers playing first trombone with a major American opera company while still in their teens?…” (read more)
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Follow the yellow brick road with Ward Stare and the symphony at Powell Hall
10-27-2012
“Oz With Orchestra” is also a reminder of why Ward Stare’s star in on the rise. Conducting a program like this requires a set of skills that are not, I suspect, common in most conservatories… (read more)
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International Conductors’ Academy of the Allianz Cultural Foundation, Royal Festival Hall
04-16-2012
"The dapper Ward Stare is already installed as Resident Conductor at the Saint Louis Symphony and his accomplished account of the evening’s most demanding piece - Stravinsky’s Symphony in C - was cool, collected, super-clear in its intentions, and often beautiful - nowhere more so than in the valedictory (and exceedingly tricky) wind chordings of the closing bars…" (read more)
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11 classical music stories to remember from '11
12-31-2011
"My favorite concerts (symphonic)… the collaboration between conductor Ward Stare and pianist Stephen Hough, in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major…" (read more)
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Music of the spheres and sounds of the seasons with Jennifer Koh, Ward Stare, and the St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall
12-03-2011
"St. Louis Symphony Resident Conductor Ward Stare had neither score nor baton but lots of panache when he stepped up to the podium to conduct an utterly captivating Schubert Symphony No 5…" (read more)
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Musician of the Month: Ward Stare
11-01-2011
"Ward Stare exudes charm as he bounds on stage and bows to the audience from the podium. He’s a good-looking guy, not tall, but with an athletic build, a full head of black hair and blue eyes. And once he picks up the baton, he’s all about the music…" (read more)
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SLSO, Stare and Hough triumph in Friday concert
04-29-2011
“SLSO resident conductor Ward Stare was clearly a phenomenal talent when he arrived here in 2008, but he has continued to mature and to refine his art to an impressive level...” (read more)
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Exciting Tchaikovsky, exotic Scriabin with the St. Louis Symphony
04-30-2011
"clearly a rising star in the conducting firmament... Mr. Stare really took the spotlight in the second half of the program, turning in a tremendously persuasive performance of Alexander Scriabin’s sometimes discursive but always intriguing Symphony No. 2...” (read more)
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A Debut, an Anniversary and a Springboard for Young Players
06-29-2010
"Ward Stare, music director of the youth ensemble (comprising musicians ages 12 to 22) and resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony, has trained his charges exceptionally well...." (read more)
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SLSO gives powerful performance
11-28-2009
"Resident conductor Ward Stare is by now familiar to St. Louis audiences for pops and Youth Orchestra performances. Friday night's performance was his first regular St. Louis Symphony Orchestra subscription program. He definitely has the chops to conduct at that level..." (read more)
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Is That in Your Job Description, Maestro?
04-05-2009
"Ward Stare, the orchestra's able young resident conductor, took Mr. Robertson's place on the podium.....Under Mr. Stare the musicians performed this circus of a score.....More than fun, the piece touches the dark side of childhood fantasy during ethereal passages, wrong-note chorales and bursts of fearsomely pummeling rhythms..." (read more)
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Titans of music and human rights meet on common ground
04-08-2009
"Stare, who is in his second season as the resident conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, is enthusiastic about this weekend's program..." (read more)
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Seen and Heard International Concert Review
03-04-2009
"At ease and assured in his surprise Carnegie Hall debut, Ward Stare led the orchestra in a dynamic performance that ranged from coaxing to merry to downright sinister..." (read more)

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