A 31-year-old Rochester native will be the next music director and maestro of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ward Stare was chosen by the RPO directors after an 18 month search. He replaces Arild Remmereit, whose stormy tenure was hailed artistically but caused turmoil in the orchestra management
Stare grew up listening to the RPO, played in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and went to Julliard. He's currently a guest conductor based in Chicago. He recently made his debut as a guest with the RPO, which led him back to Rochester.
Stare wants to work for a broad repertoire that includes something in each concert the audience can relate to. He says that's how you build a relationship with the listeners. But he also has thoughts about the future of classical music and orchestral concerts in the 21st Century, including how smartphones and tablets could interact with the music.