Classical review: RPO's 2018-19 season opener

09.14.18
Ward Stare
Rochester City Newspaper

Roman Carnival" Overture [...] is the very definition of orchestral flair, an ideal concert opener. It is also a virtuosic whirlwind for the orchestra, and Stare and the RPO hit just the right tone: heady and brilliant, but also unforced, perfect for the music's energy and wit.

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Is it difficult to make such a familiar piece [as Dvorak's Ninth Symphony] exciting? Maybe so, but it is a great work, and Stare and the RPO succeeded. This interpretation was charged with a dignified kind of emotion, and there was no wallowing in nostalgia. Conductor and players also gave a fresh approach to familiar tunes with a delicate touch here, or a well-judged pause there.

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