Maestro Gerard Schwarz is back in the Northwest this weekend, for two concerts with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. It’s a rare opportunity to hear from the man who guided the Seattle Symphony for 26 years, during a period of immense change and growth.
He’s been extremely busy since stepping down. Last fall PBS stations premiered a series he hosted and produced called All-Star Orchestra. It gathered a dream team of musicians from orchestras throughout the country, to forward the cause of music education.
He sat down with us for an in-depth conversation about his work, and some of the issues facing American orchestras.
And here’s the rough guide to our interview.
00:00 - 02:35 Building the All-Star Orchestra
02:36 - 03:45 Following Bernstein’s tradition of music education
05:45 - 09:28 Working without rehearsals
09:30 - 13:09 Digital broadcasts and local shows
15:50 - 16:57 Making the Symphony part of the community
16:58 - 18:29 Navigating compensation questions
18:30 - 27:10 MN Orchestra, music economics, and the role of conductors
27:12 - 29:07 Life since retiring at the Seattle Symphony
29:10 - 32:00 This weekend’s program at the VSO