Rochester native Ward Stare named RPO's new Music Director

Ward Stare
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

In a much-anticipated celebration with brass fanfare, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra announced Ward Stare as the twelfth music director of the RPO on Tuesday morning at City Hall in Rochester.


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Darrah: Opera Future

James Darrah
San Francisco Classical Voice

He just turned 30, so his career is ahead of him. But James Darrah, now working on the Merola Program's upcoming Don Giovanni also has an exceptional track record, some of which is reflected on his website (which he is too busy to update, he explains, apologetically).

The UCLA and NYU graduate (music, theater, and the classics) started directing opera at age 22 through a serendipitous invitation to work at the Split Summer Festival in Croatia.

Then, in just eight years, Darrah went hyperactive in Europe, Seattle (Semele), The Juilliard (Radamisto), Chicago (Teseo and Médée), Frank Zappa's 200 Motels with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Omaha Agrippina; collaborations with Peter Sellars in staging John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary in Los Angeles, London, Paris and Lucerne; and with Christopher Alden for the LA Philharmonic’s Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy, and more …

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Silk Road Ensemble will Tour Europe Beginning September 3

Silk Road Ensemble
Silk Road Project

In little more than a month, we’ll board planes in all corners of the world and head for Turkey! After rehearsing and exploring in Istanbul, we head to the beautiful coastal city of Izmir, for the first performance of our Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma 2014 Europe concert tour.

These will be our first-ever performances in Turkey—with concerts in Izmir and in Istanbul’s brand-new Zorlu Center—and in Luxembourg. We’re also thrilled to be returning to Paris and Amsterdam as well, all with performers representing musical traditions from around the world:

Kinan Azmeh, clarinet (Syria) Jeffrey Beecher, bass (USA) Mike Block, cello (USA) Nicholas Cords, viola (USA) Sandeep Das, tabla (India) Haruka Fujii, percussion (Japan) Johnny Gandelsman, violin (Israel/Russia) Joseph Gramley, percussion (USA) Colin Jacobsen, violin (USA) Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh (Iran) Yo-Yo Ma, cello (USA) Cristina Pato, gaita, piano (Spain) Shane Shanahan, percussion (USA) Mark Suter, percussion (Switzerland/USA) Wu Man, pipa (China) Wu Tong, sheng, suona (China)

In Istanbul we’ll be joined by Aynur, an extraordinary local singer of Kurdish ancestry, who will be a special guest vocalist for the world premiere of Kayhan’s Layers of Loneliness. Kayhan’s new work incorporates folk melodies and improvisation based on three Kurdish poems about love, loss, and the longing to find a loved one.

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