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Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra part of Grammy win for Contemporary Classical Composition
Democrat and Chronicle 01-27-2020
"The locally produced "Harp Concerto" by composer Jennifer Higdon won for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. It was part of American Rapture, a recording of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of music director Ward Stare with guest harpist Yolanda Kondonassis..."
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Here Are All the Winners From the 2020 Grammys
Billboard 01-26-2020
"Best Contemporary Classical Composition WINNER: Higdon: Harp Concerto, Jennifer Higdon, composer (Yolanda Kondonassis, Ward Stare & The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra)..."
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2020 Classical Music Grammy Nominees Breathe New Life Into The Genre
Capital Public Radio 01-07-2020
"Higdon is no doubt the one to beat in the category of Best Contemporary Classical Composition, with five nominations and two wins in the last 11 years."
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RPO and Ward Stare's recording up for two Grammys 
Rochester City Newspaper 11-20-2019
"The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Ward Stare's recording of composer Jennifer Higdon's "Harp Concerto,” featuring the classical harpist Yolanda Kondonassis,  has been nominated for two Grammys."
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Classical review: ‘Bach to Bartók’ an RPO journey worth taking 
Rochester City Newspaper 11-08-2019
"...violinist Tessa Lark...Ward Stare, and this concerto all seem made for each other."
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Classical IPR in conversation with Yolanda Kondonassis and Ward Stare
Interlochen Public Radio 06-06-2019
"Kondonassis and Stare recently collaborated on the world premiere performance and recording of a new harp concerto by Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon."
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Concert review: Fine music, good humor and surprises from Ward Stare and the SLSO
St. Louis Post Dispatch 01-01-2019
"There were plenty of colors and sparkles onstage. Stare opened with an energetic reading of the “Roman Carnival” Overture by Hector Berlioz. Bright and engaging, it benefited from principal English horn Cally Banham’s beautifully played opening..."
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Album review: 'American Rapture' 
Rochester City Newspaper 05-14-2019
"The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's new album "American Rapture" highlights the most intriguing components of the RPO's musical identity in the Ward Stare era..."
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RPO performs 'Carmen'


Rochester City Newspaper 05-25-2018
“RPO Music Director Ward Stare is an ideal conductor for Bizet's lyrical, dance-like sensibilities, rousing choruses, and intuition for musical momentum…” 
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RPO performs Brahms and a Higdon world premiere 


Rochester City Newspaper 05-11-2018
“The RPO's performance, capably led by Music Director Ward Stare, more than fulfilled the promise of the program…” 
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Guest violinist, Rochester conductor make glorious music with the BPO


Buffalo News 04-06-2018
“Young and slim, he cut a captivating figure, conducting with infectious enjoyment…” 
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An emotionally gripping Britten 'Serenade' from the Fort Worth Symphony and soloists


The Dallas Morning News 03-16-2018
“Everything was shapely and elegantly detailed… this evening moved me, literally, to tears…I was blown away..." 
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Classical review: RPO's 'Bernstein Celebration'


Rochester City Newspaper 03-02-2018
“…(a) tight, knowing performance, which finely balanced comedy and tragedy…” 
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Opera Review: ‘The Merry Widow’ Susan Graham shines at the Metropolitan Opera


The Epoch Times 12-31-2017
“In his Met debut, conductor Ward Stare made the melodic score as delectable as a Viennese pastry..." 
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The Merry Widow: Susan Graham & Andriana Chuchman Shine In Léhar Operetta


Opera Wire 12-18-2017
“Maestro Ward Stare had a good night in the pit…particularly strong at creating a flexible sound world for the singers, always ready to get the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to its most jubilant…the tempi stretched and swooned with the artists, giving this love affair a sense of freedom..."
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Classical review: RPO performs Mozart's 'Requiem'


Rochester City Newspaper 02-03-2017
“Music Director Ward Stare continues to lead the RPO with a steady hand and a nuanced approach…”
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Review: Ward Stare leads RPO in impassioned work, world premiere


Democrat & Chronicle 01-27-2017
“Music Director Ward Stare directed the orchestra in one of his most impassioned performances yet…”
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Classical review: RPO with James Ehnes


Rochester City Newspaper 01-13-2017
“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…”
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An All-Russian program at the St. Louis Symphony features David Halen's virtuoso violin


KDHX 12-05-2016
“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..."
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Review: Balletic St. Louis Symphony doesn't miss a beat after props go awry


St. Louis Post-Dispatch 12-03-2016 
"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 mu

sic to compensate for the absence of visual props…"
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Review: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra shines with Shostakovich


Calgary Herald 03-29-2015
"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…"
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Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Song and Dance review: The SSO does the waltz


The Sydney Morning Herald 03-17-2015
“In between, the dances are by turns sinewy, delicate, languorous and energised. Conductor Ward Stare romped through the piece genially…”
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Porgy and Bess’ retains its musical theater intimacy at Lyric Opera


Chicago Sun Times 11-18-2014 
"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…"
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Review: Ward Stare has bold start to career at RPO


Democrat & Chronicle 09-19-2014
“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…”
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Saint Louis: A Hit is a Hit is a Hit


Opera Today 07-08-2014
"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! …"
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Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis spring season


Chicago Tribune 07-02-2014
“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.…”
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Die Fledermaus


Opera News 12-11-2013 
"Conductor Ward Stare made a piquantly effervescent concoction of Strauss's exquisite score…"
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Lyric Opera serves up a delightful, funny 'Fledermaus'


Chicago Tribune 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.…”
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‘Die Fledermaus’ soars at Lyric Opera


Chicago Sun-Times 12-11-2013 
"Lyric Opera has whipped up a perfect holiday confection for opera lovers in Die Fledermaus…"
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