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The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle Presents "The Apex of Romanticism" with Guest Stephen Waarts

Matt Dine

Stephen Waarts

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Durham -- ( Sun., Nov. 15, 2015 )

Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle: "The Apex of Romanticism"
Performed by COT and guest artist Stephen Waarts, violin
Single Tickets $25; All Students Free -- Carolina Theatre , (919) 360-3382 , -- 3:00 PM

November 15, 2015 - Durham, NC:

This preview has been provided by the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

Maestro Lorenzo Muti of Spoleto, Italy continues this 33rd season of the orchestra with a concert filled with the lushness of the Romantic Period, Robert Schumann's Symphony No 1, "Spring" and the rich tapestries of the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3 with the extraordinary young international sensation Stephen Waarts.  It may be Fall in North Carolina, but this concert will warm your heart and thrill your soul with images of Spring.

Violinist Stephen Waarts has been praised for playing "with technical command and a totally natural sense of musical drama" (Strings Magazine).  He has garnered worldwide recognition, having captured the Audience Prize and Fifth Prize at the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition; First Prize at the 2014 Menuhin Competition; Second Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2013 Montreal International Competition; and First Prize in the 2011 International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists.  This season, he appears at the Krzyzowa Music Festival in Poland, FPC Concerts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Morgan Library and Museum, and the Brownville Concert Series, and performs with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, the Brevard Sinfonia, the Bucks County Symphony, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and the Diablo Symphony Orchestra.

Acclaimed from a young age, he has already performed over thirty standard, as well as rarely performed, violin concertos, appearing as soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, as well as with numerous orchestras throughout California, including the Silicon Valley Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Redwood Symphony, the Winchester Orchestra of San Jose, the Prometheus Symphony Orchestra, and the American Philharmonic Sonoma County.  As a Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, he performed the Glazunov Concerto with the Brussels Philharmonic in London, Liège, Brussels, and Bruges, as well as recitals at Festival Musiq'3 and Juillet Musical d'Aulne.  Mr. Waarts has also appeared in recital at the Louvre in Paris and is a frequent participant at Music@Menlo, the French Classical Music Festival of Silicon Valley, the Summit Music Festival, and the Orford and Lake George Music Festivals.  He has also performed recitals at Arts at Abingdon in Virginia, Morning Musicales in Philadelphia, the Jewish Community Alliance in Florida, and the Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh.

As Winner of the 2013 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he made recital debuts this past season at the Kennedy Center and Merkin Concert Hall, to rave reviews.  Mr. Waarts was also honored with YCA's Rhoda Walker Teagle Prize, which sponsors his New York debut, and five other special awards: the Sander Buchman Prize, the Paul A. Fish Prize, the Ronald A. Asherson Prize, and a recital for the Buffalo Chamber Music Society.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Stephen Waarts started his music education with Suzuki violin lessons and piano studies, and studied with Li Lin at the San Francisco Conservatory.  He studied with Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program, and currently works with Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute, where he holds the Frank S. Bayley Annual Fellowship.  In addition to his music studies, he is also an accomplished mathematician and has won several national math awards.

Come early at 2:30pm to the concert and enjoy a "pre-concert concert"--the delightful Piedmont Youth and Family Orchestra of Chapel Hill founded and led by Edith Gettes.  Hearing the future of classical music in our region is always a delight.

About Lorenzo Muti,  Conductor and Artistic Director

Born in Spoleto, Italy, Maestro Muti received his musical education at the Curtis Institute, the Julliard School, and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena.  He has conducted for both the Italian and the Charleston Spoleto Festivals, in major European centers including Rome, Florence, Milan, and London.  In London he conducted with the London Symphony, and the BBC Symphony, and in Amsterdam, The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, and The Netherlands Opera Company.  In addition, he has conducted for several American opera companies (Washington, Michigan, Connecticut, and Providence).  He has been artistic director and conductor of The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle since 1988.

He is co-director of Spoleto Study Abroad, an independent program, co-sponsored by a consortium of independent schools, that offers secondary school students the opportunity to participate in a month long "educational journey" with emphasis on the arts and humanities in the renowned town of Spoleto, Italy. 

About the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle: 
Since 1982, The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle has been received with genuine respect and enthusiasm by music critics and the community. Today, it is considered one of the finest professional ensembles in North Carolina and the Southeast. With its elite corps of musicians, the orchestra continues to present a well-chosen and unusual repertoire that delights audiences and evokes high praise from critics. That standard of excellence has become the hallmark of the orchestra and has distinguished each succeeding season. The 2015-2016 series marks its 33rd concert season. For more information, visit or call 919.360.3382

We are so confident in this orchestra, we provide any new-comer a complementary ticket because we know they will return as happily paying patrons.  In the past ten years our audiences have grown from an average of 100 to an average of 600--an extraordinary statement about the quality of music created by this outstanding ensemble guided by the effervescent Lorenzo Muti.  To emphasize its commitment to engaging young people with great classical music, the orchestra provides free seating at every concert to students of all ages.