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 


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.


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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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