Interview & Review

Music in the Couryard: An intimate, Elegant Chamber Concert Features Young Soloist from Kronberg Academy 

 

The overflow of guests into the garden

 

And what a chamber! In the historical tradition of performance at a palace for royal and titled listeners, the Coudert Institute hosted two thrilling young musical talents at an Addison Mizner –designed mansion in Palm Beach.

  

Stephen Waarts playing the demanding Usaye Sonata #4


Exceptional violinist Stephen Waarts and gifted pianist Chelsea Wang transported the audience with perfect performances of works by Mozart, Rachmaninov, Massenet, Ravel and Usaye.  The listeners were in a room open to a lovely courtyard, intimate and close to the performers.

 

Newport Seen managed a seat in view of the keyboard of a wonderful old Steinway baby grand, as the two young performers came out to applause.  Their mastery and interplay was immediately shown in the Allegro of the "Violin Sonata in E Minor, K. 304", by Mozart, followed by the charmingTempo di Minuetto.
 


Hostess Dale Coudert introduces the program

 

Then a solo performance of Eugene Ysaye’s "Sonata # 4 in e minor" left us gasping at the virtuosity of Mr. Waarts.  A master of dynamics as well as technical nuance, he was enthralling, playing two melodies at once, using both spiccato and pizzicato techniques simultaneously.  His performance was simply breathtaking.

 

Chelsea Wang plays
Rachmaninov's Etudes-Tableaux 
solo

 

Ms. Chang played Rachmaninov’s "Etude-Tableaux in E flat minor" with feeling and technical perfection. The well-known "Meditation from Thais" by Massenet was a performance of finesse and feeling by both players, and again had us enthralled with the masterful performance of Maurice Ravel’s "Tsigane'.
 

Young Mr. Waarts pours all his heart and feeling into his playing, while remaining quiet and shy.  The music speaks for him, through him, and he is destined for a great career.
 

Mr. Waarts playing with intensity

 

NewportSeen saw Axel K. Langhorst, President of American Friends of Kronberg Academy, Inc.  Hostess Dale CoudertMark Rubinstein, head of the Curtis Institute of Music, and many Board members of the Coudert Institute attended.  The young artists mingled and spoke with guests after their stellar performance.

 

Images by www.coastalclickphotography.com

 

                                                                            -- Linda Phillips

 

 To learn more about The Coudert Institute:  www.CoudertInstitute.org

  To access the work of Kronberg Academy,  www.usfriendskronbergacademy.org 


A young audience member

 

Mark Rubinstein of Curtis Institute, Mr. Waarts, Ms. Chang, and Axel Langhorst

 

Dale Coudert, the young artists and Dr. Steven Rose

 

A standing ovation at the end of the concert

 

Ms. Coudert moved by the music

 

Playing pizzicato

 

The program

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

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