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Yehuda Gilad, music director
Gerard Schwarz, guest conductor
Smoke and Mirrors, percussion ensemble
Takemitsu: From Me Flows What You Call Time
Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Renowned American conductor Gerard Schwarz (Music Director of Seattle Symphony since 1985) leads the Colburn Orchestra in a contrasting program of the works of Toru Takemitsu and Gustav Mahler. From Me Flows What You Call Time showcases Takemitsu's unique blend of “East and West” musical ideas. Central to the work are five percussionists, each representing an aspect of the Tibetan Buddhist principal “Wind Horse.” Colburn Conservatory percussion ensemble Smoke and Mirrors perform. The second half of the program is Mahler’s fifth symphony, requiring both virtuosic orchestral techniques and a widely expressive emotional scope. The work includes the beloved “Adagietto,” arguably Mahler’s most famous single piece of music.
About Gerard Schwarz
Renowned American conductor Gerard Schwarz is internationally recognized for his deeply moving performances, innovative programming, and extensive recording history. Schwarz, born to Viennese parents, has been Music Director of the Seattle Symphony since 1985 where his phenomenal artistic success with the orchestra led to the building of the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall and an increase in the subscription audience from 5,000 to 35,000. He also currently serves as Music Director of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina where he has expanded the Festival's audiences to the largest in its history, enhanced education and programming to include a composer in residence, three new concert series, and increased collaboration with the Appalacian Summer Festival where he is Artistic Partner for Symphonic Music Programming.
Under Schwarz’s leadership, Seattle Symphony has presented numerous festivals of music focusing on composers from various regions of the world. A two-part Made in America Festival in 2005 and 2006, showcasing those American composers who created a distinctive American symphonic voice; in 2007, Music of Central Europe: Bridging the 48th Parallel; during the 2008–2009 season, a year-long celebration of works by immigrant composers, which culminated in a two week festival of performances; and in spring 2010, a region-wide Seattle Celebrates Bernstein Festival.
Schwarz’s considerable discography of some 260 releases showcases his collaborations with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Czech Philharmonic, The London Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, Orchestra National de France, Tokyo Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony, among others. The focus of his distinguished recording career remains with the 19th century German / Austrian repertoire ( complete series of Mahler symphonies and Strauss tone poems ) and contemporary American composers ( complete symphonies of William Schumann and Howard Hanson, and works by Diamond, Foote, Piston, Sheng for example ). Most recent and upcoming releases include the final symphonies of his acclaimed cycles of Shostakovich, Mahler and William Schumman Symphonies, Deems Taylor Peter Ibbetson and Samuel Jones Symphony No 3.
He continues to conduct the major orchestras of the world and maintains his absolute dedication to music education at every level, including his internationally renowned series of Musically Speaking CDs.
Schwarz has served on the National Council of the Arts. He has received two Emmy Awards, 12 Grammy nominations, six ASCAP Awards, and numerous Stereo Review andOvation Awards. In addition, he holds the Ditson Conductor’s Award from Columbia University, was the first American named Conductor of the Year by Musical America, and has received numerous honorary doctorates, including from his alma mater, The Juilliard School. In 2002, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers honoured Schwarz with its Concert Music Award, and, in 2003, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences gave Schwarz its first “IMPACT” lifetime achievement award. He is Chairman of the Board of Young Musicians Excelling which supports music education in the Pacific North West. In 2009 he was honoured with the First Citizen of Seattle Award, the Key to the City of Greensboro, North Carolina, and in 2010 the ArtsFund Award of King and Pierce counties, and the Seattle City of Music Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2011 he was awarded the Seattle Sounders Football Club Golden Scarf for his impact on the State of WA, he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Seattle for his many contributions to the City of Seattle, the City of Seattle recognized his outstanding achievements by naming the street alongside the Benaroya Hall “Gerard Schwarz” Place, and he was awarded the honorary title of General in Washington State for his extraordinary contributions as an individual.
Seating begins approximately 30 minutes prior to the concert. In consideration of our artists and patrons in the hall, late seating will take place at the discretion of management. Certain programs are performed without intermission; therefore, no late seating can be offered at those concerts.
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The Colburn School
The Colburn School is a world-class performing arts school committed to offering the highest level of instruction to students from across the globe.
Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the Community School for Performing Arts (CSPA), provides outstanding faculty and facilities to create an optimal environment where nearly 2,000 students of all ages and backgrounds can excel to their highest potential.
The school presents its students, faculty and guest artists in more than 300 performances each year, many of which are free.
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