A gala concert at
Benaroya Hall on Saturday, Sept. 11, inaugurated Gerard
Schwarz’s 20th season as music director of Seattle Symphony.
Joined by such celebrated friends as pianists Gary Graffman
and Lorin Hollander and opera stars Jane Eaglen and Vinson
Cole, Maestro Schwarz launched the new season with renewed
commitment to Seattle as his musical and personal home.
bringing the orchestra to a new level of musical maturity,
Schwarz crowned last year’s Seattle Symphony Centennial Season
with the orchestra’s first-ever East Coast tour, including a
debut concert at Carnegie Hall. Schwarz and the orchestra have
produced a great bounty of recorded music together. They have
received multiple Grammy nominations and awards, commissioned
and performed dozens of new works, and increased international
attention to American composers.
established himself as an active participant in Jewish
communal life over these two decades: among his memorable
commitments, he has involved himself in benefit concerts for
Jewish Family Service, facilitated and conducted Music of
Remembrance commissions and performances, and taken a
leadership role as both performer and board member in the
ambitious Milken Archive of American Jewish Music.
The orchestra, and
the city, have benefited from his long-term commitment to stay
here and, quite literally, to build: the presence of Benaroya
Hall, which opened in 1998, is due in no small measure to the
respect and friendship that Gerard Schwarz has established
with patrons who share his vision.
The coming Seattle
Symphony season includes performances by Itzhak Perlman (Oct.
3) and Pinchas Zukerman (two January concerts, which include a
world premiere by David Schiff). For complete program and
ticket information about Seattle Symphony’s 2004-2005 season,
www.seattlesymphony.org or call 206-215-4747.