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RPO names Pittsford native Stare as music director

Rochester Business Journal
July 29, 2014

(Photo by Suzy Gorman)

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Inc. has tapped a Pittsford native dubbed “one of the hottest conductors in America” to serve as its next music director.
Ward Stare will become the RPO’s 12th music director in 91 years, officials said. Stare comes with high accolades, they said, including being called a “rising star” by the Chicago Tribune and “one of the hottest conductors” by the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Stare completed four-year tenure as resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and made his conducting debuts with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Washington National Opera.

Stare will open the 2014-15 season at Kodak Hall with a special RPO Philharmonics series concert featuring guest soloist Midori, RPO officials said.

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