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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Angela Meade, Soprano

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Angela Meade, Soprano

Sunday September 24, 4:00 pm

Hailed as “the most talked about soprano of her generation”(Opera News), Metropolitan Opera
Soprano Angela Meade will replace soprano Ying Fang. After winning the Met Opera National
Council Audition in 2007, she made her professional operatic debut on the Met stage as Elvira in
Verdi’s “Ernani” in 2008, and won the Met’s Beverly Sills Artist Award in 2012. “Meade is
astounding . . . She has exceptional dynamic control, able to move from floating pianissimos to
sudden dramatic swells” (New Yorker). Meade has appeared in major opera houses abroad and at
home, including singing a memorable “Norma” with the Washington National Opera in 2013.

Waterford is part of Angela Meade’s current brilliant season, that includes the title roles of Alcina at the Washington National Opera in November, Norma and Semiramide at the Metropolitan Opera this winter, leading opera roles in Germany and Italy, plus other major US bookings. Her Waterford program begins with Casta Diva, the star’s great opening aria in Bellini’s Norma, for which Ms. Meade is justly famed, followed by beautiful Bellini ariettas and Adriana’s first aria from Adriana Lecouvreur. Mahler’s Rückert Leider and the aria Ebben! Ne andrò lontano from La Wally complete an afternoon of gorgeous music.

$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 Sussmann, 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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