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All-Star Orchestra

Fresh from winning its sixth Emmy award, All-Star Orchestra is back this fall for a third season. This unique series brings leading musicians from America’s top orchestras together for an unforgettable experience, giving viewers a front row seat to the world’s greatest music. Led by renowned conductor Gerard Schwarz, the all-new season of All-Star Orchestra is being fed by APT to public television stations in August 2017.  

Maestro Schwarz’s All-Star Orchestra is comprised of top players from some of the country’s greatest orchestra’s including Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Houston, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey, New York (the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Oregon, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle, St Louis, Utah, Washington D.C., and more. Together these musicians perform on one stage under the leadership of Maestro Schwarz, who led the Seattle Symphony for 26 years and now serves as its Conductor Laureate.  

All-Star Orchestra features classical masterpieces as well as new works from leading contemporary American composers, all the while keeping the listening experience informative and accessible. In addition to performances of classical and contemporary works, the programs also feature musical excerpts, images, interviews and educational commentary by Maestro Schwarz, the All-Star Orchestra musicians, and special guests.  

Featuring exceptional performances of the greatest works from the classical repertoire in a fun and accessible format, All-Star Orchestra invites audiences of all ages to experience wonder of classical music.

The orchestra brings top players together from all over the country.

All-Star Orchestra

The orchestra brings top players together from all over the country.

Timpani player Jauvon Gilliam

All-Star Orchestra

Timpani player Jauvon Gilliam

The viola section

All-Star Orchestra

The viola section

Conductor Gerard Schwarz

All-Star Orchestra

Conductor Gerard Schwarz


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