Ward Stare

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Classical review: RPO performs Mozart's 'Requiem'
“Music Director Ward Stare continues to lead the RPO with a steady hand and a nuanced approach…” (read more)
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Review: Ward Stare leads RPO in impassioned work, world premiere
“Music Director Ward Stare directed the orchestra in one of his most impassioned performances yet…” (read more)
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Classical review: RPO with James Ehnes
“Stare has an obvious affinity for this lusciously orchestrated music. The orchestra dug into every horn whoop and string portamento, and the many waltz melodies were irresistible…” (read more)
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An All-Russian program at the St. Louis Symphony features David Halen's virtuoso violin
“Adding to the sense of occasion was the fact that the guest conductor was Ward Stare, the former SLSO Resident Conductor and a popular figure with local audiences..." (read more)
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Review: Balletic St. Louis Symphony doesn't miss a beat after props go awry
"It was therefore left to the fluid and balletic style of guest conductor Ward Stare, the audience’s own memories of the dancing “Fantasia” mushrooms and the music to compensate for the absence of visual props…" (read more)
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Review: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra shines with Shostakovich
"Richer in musical content than the 5th Symphony, this is a truly great modern work and it was given a highly energized, gripping performance by the CPO led by the young American conductor Ward Stare in his debut with the orchestra…" (read more)
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Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Song and Dance review: The SSO does the waltz
“In between, the dances are by turns sinewy, delicate, languorous and energised. Conductor Ward Stare romped through the piece genially…” (read more)
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Porgy and Bess’ retains its musical theater intimacy at Lyric Opera
"Gershwin’s colorful score sparkled and surge under conductor Ward Stare’s directed, and Lyric’s supplemental chorus was a beautifully blended ensemble, quietly hopeful when singing the blues and bursting with buoyant energy on happier days…" (read more)
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Review: Ward Stare has bold start to career at RPO
“A new era of orchestral music locally began on Thursday as Ward Stare took the podium for the first time as the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's 12th music director…” (read more)
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Saint Louis: A Hit is a Hit is a Hit
"Ward Stare’s conducting found all the underlying spiritual beauty in the rhythmic, lean score. Maestro Stare layered the orchestral colors with commendable balance and taste, and he never lost sight of the musical destination of any given scene or set piece. He elicited especially incisive moments from the winds, and coaxed burnished tones from the brass section. The percussive effects were subtle yet provided a solid foundation for many climactic moments. Best of all he provided a secure cushion of sound as a springboard to encourage the best from the singers. And what a group they were! …" (read more)
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Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis spring season
“Poulenc's ravishingly beautiful score was in good hands in the pit, with Ward Stare – the former first trombone of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, now a rising star in the conducting firmament – enforcing color, nuance and flow in his musicians.…” (read more)
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Die Fledermaus
"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'
“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
"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
“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
"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
“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
"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
“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
"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
“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
"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
“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)
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
“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
“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
"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
"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
"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
"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
“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
"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
"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
"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?
"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
"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
"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)