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04.29.11
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05.29.10
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SLSO's American celebration is a patriotic treat
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11.28.09
Ward Stare, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
SLSO gives powerful performance
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
11.22.09
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Ward Stare conducts SLSO
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
05.24.09
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SLSO's 'Casual Classics' show a lot of energy
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Ward Stare
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Appointed the 12th music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2014, Rochester native Ward Stare has been described as "inspiring musicians to impressive heights" by The New York Times, and "a dynamic music director" by Rochester CITY Newspaper. This December, Stare will make his debut at the Metropolitan Opera for nine performances of Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow, with Grammy-winning mezzo soprano Susan Graham in the title role. 

This season at the RPO, Stare will collaborate with Itzhak Perlman and returning favorite pianists Olga Kern and Misha Dichter. Stare will also lead a Beethoven Festival, Bizet's Carmen in Concert, and two world premieres by celebrated composers Allen Shawn and Jennifer Higdon. Elsewhere in 2017-18, he will be seen as a guest conductor with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Fort Worth Symphony. 2016-17 season highlights included collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma and Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes. Stare also led a three-weekend salute to the music of American composers, as well as Puccini's La Bohème in Concert and a world-concert premiere by Academy-Award winning composer Eliot Goldenthal. 

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