Waterford Concert Series 2017 Season

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St. Lawrence String Quartet

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 4.00 PM

Geoff Nuttall, violin; Owen Dalby, violin; Lesley Robertson, viola; and Christopher Costanza, cello, are SLSQ, a quartet renowned worldwide for the intensity of its performances.  Founded in Toronto in 1986, the quartet has an ongoing residency at Spoleto Festival USA and is Stanford’s ensemble-in-residence. SLSQ offers a special Haydn Discovery program, perfect for the intimate Waterford Old School auditorium. Alex Ross of The New Yorker said: “The St. Lawrence are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music-making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection.” Geoff Nuttall has been called the Jon Stewart of classical music for his onstage wit. Listeners are in for a serious treat. Tickets $35/Adult, $15 for Students.

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Red Priest

Sunday April 23, 4:00 pm

British baroque quartet includes Cape Breton violinist David Greenberg on a US spring tour. BBC Music Magazine said: “For sheer technical wizardry, charismatic showmanship and expressive devilment Red Priest is in an exhilarating class of its own.” Red Priest is the only early music group in the world to be compared to the Rolling Stones, the Marx Brothers and the Cirque du Soleil. Piers Adams, recorder, David Greenberg, violin, Angela East, cello, and David Wright, harpsichord, take red-headed Vivaldi’s nickname for the quartet. Their Viva Baroque program intersperses  Vivaldi (Four Seasons) with an array of baroque composers across 17th and 18th c. Europe. Gorgeous works by Cima (Italy), Purcell (England) and Ortiz (Spain) are among the rarely heard pieces on tour. Red Priest causes a sensation in concert halls and on campuses around the world.  Performances are “not so much reconstruction as total re-interpretation—they are sure to introduce a new audience to baroque music,” according to Early Music Today$35 adult/$15 for students.

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Best of Levine

Sunday May 21, 4.00pm

Outstanding faculty, student competition winners and violinist Ariel Horowitz, a Levine graduate now winning rave notices, perform a program to delight all ages. Ms. Horowitz played Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony in 2015 to standing ovations. She studies with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at Juilliard while she pursues a budding international career. Levine Music is one of the nation’s leading community music schools with four campuses in the DC area. This annual family concert is a Waterford favorite. $20 adult/free for students

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Ying Fang, Soprano

Sunday September 24, 4:00 pm

New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini praised Ying Fang: “A warm, agile and appealing voice; a star in the making.” Now a principal soprano at the Met, Ms. Fang sang Elvira in L’Italiana in Algeri and Jano in Jenufa last fall. A native of Ningbo, China, Ying Fang was one of the youngest recipients of the Chinese Golden Bell Award for Music in 2009. Recent solo recitals at Alice Tully Hall and for Vocal Arts DC at the Kennedy Center won accolades. DC fans remember her at Wolf Trap Opera, notably in Giulio Cesare (2014). “The lyrical soprano Ying Fang…dazzled as a fashion-plate Cleopatra.”—Anne Midgette, The Washington Post.” $35 adult/$15 students.

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Trio from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Sunday, November 12, 4 pm

Three leading string players from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center —Arnaud Sussman, violin, Paul Neubauer, viola, and David Finckel, cello—perform an extraordinary showcase of Essential String Trios by Beethoven, Penderecki and Mozart. Many music lovers believe the string trio is even more demanding for performers than the string quartet. Don’t miss hearing three of the world’s best string players perform Essential Trios in the Waterford Old School. $35 adult/$15 for students.

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