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Concerts with the San Fransisco Chamber Orchestra

Dec 31 2014, Jan 2 and 3 2015
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Wed, Dec 31 8pm
First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Thu, Jan 1 3pm
First United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto

Fri, Jan 2 8pm
Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore St, San Francisco

Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra
Ben Simon Conducting

More detail at the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra website

Recent News

December 16, 2014

Never Too Young to Take On Beethoven and Bartok

Stephen Waarts Debuts at Merkin Concert Hall

By: ANTHONY TOMMASINI , The New York Times
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Credit: Richard Termine for The New York Times

“When he first appeared onstage, the lanky Mr. Waarts looked like a typically awkward teenager. He became all grace and assurance, though, once he started playing…”

On Beethoven Sonata No. 8
“a lithe, spirited account of an inventive early piece”

On Bartok Solo Violin Sonata:
“Mr. Waarts, playing commandingly from memory, balanced passages that evolve in the halting dance idiom of the chaconne with rhapsodic stretches that in this gripping account seemed somberly ruminative. He was comparably inspired in the resolute, intricate fugue, the searching slow movement marked Melodia, and the frenetic finale.” (Bartok Solo Sonata)

On Ravel’s Sonata in G:
“gave a colorful, vibrant performance of Ravel’s Sonata in G. The first movement was aptly fluid and dreamy; the jazzy second movement, impish and sly. The breathless perpetual-motion finale had both sparkle and intensity.”

On Waxman Carmen Fantasy:
“dispatched it brilliantly”
December 10, 2014

Teen violinist Stephen Waarts offers imaginative take on classics in local debut

By: Robert Battey, The Washington Post
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“Teen violinist Stephen Waarts offers imaginative take on classics in local debut” “Stephen Waarts, an 18-year-old violinist studying at Curtis, gave an outstanding local debut Tuesday at the Terrace Theater. In a fine program of Beethoven, Bartok, Ravel, and Waxman — difficult music, in a range of styles and impeccably rendered”

“Waarts showed an uncommon, preternatural sense of tonal color and lyrical beauty on the instrument.”

“made (Bartok sonata)… emerge as real music.“

”the (Ravel) “Blues” movement soared, each phrase a slightly different hue.”

” his tonal sensitivity paid dividends time and again.”

November 10, 2014

Violinist Stephen Waarts displays his phenomenal technique in “Gift to the Community’ concert”

By Garaud MacTaggart, The Buffalo News

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“Word must have gotten out into the community about Waarts’ abilities because the room was packed, something that doesn’t necessarily happen when the Bills’ games are televised or played out at The Ralph.”

“Waarts is phenomenal from a technical standpoint and his interpretive skills are already at a high level.”

“The audience left the hall, after a brief encore, fully sated.”

October 3, 2014

Classical Conversations: Violinist Stephen Waarts with Paul E. Robinson

Recorded during the Orford Festival Canada
Youtube Link
“From the first note of Stephen Waarts’ Brahms G Major Sonata I was hooked, and within a few bars I was moved to tears.” —The Strad

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