Seattle Office of Film + Music


SEATTLE SYMPHONY’S GERARD SCHWARZ TO BE HONORED WITH A STREET NAMING CEREMONY

Seattle City Council
To commemorate the retirement of Seattle Symphony Music Director Gerard Schwarz, the Seattle City Council will adopt a resolution to give University Street from Second Avenue to Third Avenue the honorary name of “Gerard Schwarz Place.” A ceremony hosted by Councilmember Tom Rassmussen will take place today outside Benaroya Hall. A longtime fixture of the classical music community, Schwarz dedicated 26 years to the Seattle Symphony and was integral in the creation of Benaroya Hall, which opened in 1998. Under his leadership, the Seattle Symphony received 12 Grammy nominations and won two Emmy Awards for two self-produced television specials, Seattle Symphony From Benaroya Hall in 2007 and Seattle Symphony From Benaroya Hall: Brahms, Kernis and Kodaly in 2008. Schwarz also worked closely with the Seattle Opera and the Mostly Mozart Festival over many years. Following his retirement, Schwarz will assume the title Conductor Laureate and will continue to conduct the Seattle Symphony for several weeks each season.

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A CONCERTED EFFORT FOR MOVIE MUSIC
October 2, 2009, 12:48 pm
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Variety
Until fairly recently, it was difficult to find a symphony orchestra willing to play movie music in concert. Conductors generally dismissed the form as commercial and unworthy (that is, unless the composers were known classical figures such as Aaron Copland, William Walton or Sergei Prokofiev). Now, however, symphony orchestras are gradually accepting the idea that some film music is strong enough to stand on its own — and, more to the point, it lures audiences eager to hear material that is familiar and evocative of the movie going experience. In other words, say longtime classical observers, it puts patrons in the seats, and that means money at a time when orchestras everywhere are hurting. In the Emerald City, the Seattle Symphony will play Bernard Herrmann’s “Psycho” score live to the Hitchcock picture Oct. 29-31 in Benaroya Hall.



A SALSA DANCE PARTY IN THE LOBBY OF BENAROYA HALL WITH ORCHESTRA ZARABANDA
July 17, 2009, 11:45 am
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Seattle Times
Seattle’s Orchestra Zarabanda will transform Benaroya Hall’s Grand Lobby into a salsa nightclub with its Cuban dance music at 7:30 tonight. Cocktails and tapas will be available for purchase, and dance instructors will be on hand.



SEATTLE SYMPHONY LOOKS TO ‘FINAL FANTASY’ TO HELP SCORE POINTS WITH YOUNG AUDIENCES
July 9, 2009, 2:44 pm
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Seattle Times
Certainly a major concern for the future of orchestral music, in large concert venues such as Benaroya Hall, is how to tempt younger people into developing a lifelong taste for it. Roth has one answer: play more adventurous music young people already know, such as composer Nobuo Uematsu’s fascinating soundtrack for the video game “Final Fantasy.” That’s precisely what will happen tonight through Saturday nights at Benaroya, when Roth leads the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Choral Company and various soloists through a program called “Distant Worlds: The Music of ‘Final Fantasy.’ ” The show features selections from Uematsu’s eclectic score for the massively popular, role-playing game, which has sold 85 million units and spawned numerous sequels since it was introduced in 1987. Uematsu will be in the audience at all three performances, says Roth, and will make an appearance on stage.