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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SEATTLE SYMPHONY MOONLIGHTING AS HOLIDAY FLASH MOB
December 15, 2010, 1:13 pm
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Seattle Symphony
Tra-la-la-la…. Flash Mob! Check out this holiday-tastic video of the Seattle Symphony chorale—led by Gerard Schwartz himself—taking over the downtown Nordstrom over the weekend.

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SEATTLE SYMPHONY MOONLIGHTING AS HOLIDAY FLASH MOB, posted with vodpod


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TONIGHT’S CITYSTREAM’S MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA
December 2, 2010, 1:51 pm
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Seattle Channel
Tonight’s edition of Seattle Channel’s “CityStream” will feature some of Seattle’s finest classical music. Seattle Symphony, Pacific MusicWorks, Seattle Academy of Opera and KING-FM are featured on the episode, which begins at 7 pm. Here’s what “CityStream” is saying about the show: “Maestro Gerard Schwarz is celebrating his 26th, and final, season with Seattle Symphony. Not only has he transformed the symphony into a world-class orchestra, he’s credited with being the driving force behind the symphony’s home, Benaroya Hall. Maestro Schwarz takes a look back at his remarkable career and tells us about his future plans. Then say hello to Pacific MusicWorks and the Seattle Academy of Opera—newer organizations bringing older music to the Seattle scene. And Northwesterners have tuned in to classic KING-FM for fifty years. Now big changes are in the air(waves) for the region’s popular classical music radio station.” Tune in tonight to Seattle Channel or watch it online at seattlechannel.org.

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MISSED THE CITY OF MUSIC AWARDS THIS YEAR? CHECK OUT OUR MINI-DOCUMENTARY RECAP
November 15, 2010, 2:53 pm
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Seattle City of Music
The City of Music Awards event last month was a huge success. The city honored Scott Brown and Clarence Acox with the Impact Award, Brandi Carlile with the Breakthrough Award and Gerard Schwarz with the Achievement Award. Members from the Music Commission attended the event at Showbox at the Market as did Seattleites who support the city’s music community. Now you can see three videos featured at the ceremony as well as a “trailer” of the entire event. These 3-5 minute documentaries were made by local filmmakers, highlighting the careers of those honored by the City of Music. Check out the updated page linked above to watch them! The City of Music Awards was made possible by Wells Fargo, AEG Live, Iceland Air and 206 Inc.

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JOIN US FOR THE CITY OF MUSIC AWARDS
September 21, 2010, 11:47 am
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Seattle City of Music
The Seattle City of Music Commission will honor musicians Brandi Carlile, Clarence Acox and Scott Brown, and Gerard Schwarz at the Second Annual City of Music Awards on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. The City of Music Awards will feature an awards ceremony with special performances by Northern Departure & M.O.V. from Seattle Theatre Group’s More Music @ The Moore; a Garfield and Roosevelt High School All-Star Jazz collaboration playing in honor of Acox and Brown; a Big Brass Tribute to Gerard Schwarz; and a special pre-recorded live video performance by Brandi Carlile. All awards recipients were selected by the 21-member Seattle Music Commission. Limited tickets are available to the public and are free of charge. Get your tickets here. The City of Music Awards is part of the 12-year Seattle City of Music Initiative. The Initiative’s goal is to create action that enhances the climate for Seattle’s music industry and propels Seattle’s leadership role in music throughout the nation and the world. This year’s Awards event will also serve as the kickoff for the inaugural City of Music Festival.

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LUDOVIC MORLOT NAMED MUSIC DIRECTOR OF SEATTLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
June 30, 2010, 12:14 pm
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New York Times
Frenchman Ludovic Morlot, who will become the next music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Gerard Schwarz will step down at the end of next season after 26 years as music director, and Mr. Morlot will assume the mantle in the fall of 2011 with a six-year contract. Born in Lyons, France, Mr. Morlot studied violin at the University of Montreal and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He applied to the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Festival as a conducting fellow, and was the only one chosen. He has guest conducted at the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Seattle Symphony and others. Several players in the orchestras he has led described Mr. Morlot as a thoughtful, intuitive musician with a good sense of phrasing and a collaborative manner. Although Mr. Morlot has won positive reviews and is in high demand as a guest conductor, Seattle is taking something of a risk, because he has never had an orchestra of his own. Mr. Morlot said he felt no fear about that, “just pure excitement.” For further details, follow the link.

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NY TIMES’ ARTS BEAT ON GERARD SCHWARZ’S FAREWELL SEASON AT SEATTLE SYMPHONY
February 4, 2010, 12:14 pm
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New York Times
Gerard Schwarz will bow out after 26 years as music director of the Seattle Symphony with a bang. The orchestra said on Thursday that next season, his last, would open with Schwarz conducting a concert featuring his son Julian playing the world premiere of a cello concerto by Samuel Jones and a work by the conductor himself, “The Human Spirit.” The program also includes Schwarz’s own arrangement of a suite from “Der Rosenkavalier” by Strauss. And the 2010-11 season will close with a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “The Resurrection.”