"Mr. Stern, whose gestures are broad and balletic, made himself indispensable in Telemann's Concerto Polonois and in the F-major Suite from Handel's 'Water Music.' To both, he brought road maps of coloristic, textural and dynamic manipulations that yielded distinctively shaped, tactile readings."
New York Times
"The orchestra led by Adam Stern played with admirable strength and incisiveness.”
Los Angeles Times
“Stern outdid himself in the luxuriant reading he and the Milwaukee Symphony gave of Vaughan Williams' 'Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus.'”
"Stern's obvious partisanship [for Elgar, Britten and Vaughan Williams] came through in last night's concert, which radiated passionate involvement. As a conductor, Stern has his own particular style: no baton, gestures which arise from the wrist as much as from the hand, and clear, direct, energetic instructions to the orchestra."
"Stern has an ebullient personality, which is reflected in his podium manner. But, that ebullience does not unduly influence his music making. The long pungent lines of Britten's Serenade were readily sustained, and Vaughan Williams' 'Pastoral' Symphony was filled with handsome sonorities and well-developed phrases."
"The Northwest Chamber Orchestra's best playing of the evening came in the familiar Tchaikovsky 'Serenade for Strings' with Stern shaping phrases and bringing out interior voices for a performance of distinction."
"Stern drew performances from the orchestra that embody the best approach to Baroque music on today's instruments. Decisive tempos, crisp articulation and agile, accurate playing characterized all the evening's offerings."
"The Seattle Symphony responded to Stern's obvious love for Elgar's big, buoyant Symphony No. 2 with playing of considerable intensity and precision."
"The [Seattle Philharmonic's] awareness of everything music can be is due to Stern. For him, music is more than notes on a page."
The Gathering Note
July 27, 2017
Marshfield High School Auditorium
Coos Bay OR
Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra
August 13, 2017
Eastsound Village Green
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Players
Jon Kimura Parker, piano
August 24, 2017
Pine Lake Park
Anderson / Copland / Sousa / Rodgers & Hammerstein
October 14, 2017
Handel / Storch
Aloysia Friedmann, viola
Cantare Vocal Ensemble
The Liberty Singers
October 28, 2017
Saint-Saëns / Fauré / Ravel / Vaughan Williams
Cristina Valdés, piano
December 3, 2017
Eastlake Performing Arts Center
December 8, 2017
Christmas in Sammamish
January 27, 2018
Grainger / Mitropoulos / Satie / Sibelius / Respighi
Mara Finkelstein, cello