Saturday, December 01, 2007


161. SCHWARZ, Gerard- SP 8 x 10 color action shot of the long time very popular Mostly Mozart leader now winding down in Seattle.

Love it! (italics are mine)

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  • I have nothing against Mr Schwarz personally. It's the organization he works for that I want to get even with. and he's the face of that organization.

    Omniscient Mussel has posted a desire to see some WWF style action on the classical stage. Immediately there came to my mind a lovely image of Gerry being given an "attitude adjustment" with a metal folding chair by some big muscular guy with a lot of hair.

    I wonder what I would pay to see that live, or on a T-shirt.

    I can only dream.

    Seattle is the only place where Sir Thomas Beecham could get a job when he antagonized everybody back home in England.
    Warned us about becoming a "cultural dustbin"
    But we went on to give "grunge" to the world, didn't we?

    Seattle, the door out of the big time.
    A retirement home for post prime musicians.
    Love it!

    I wish Meredith K's friend would come here and turn that around a bit.



    Blogger Lane Savant said...

    I wonder if I could photoshop just such an image.
    Make my own t-shirt and wear it to the chamber music festival.

    10:52 AM  
    Blogger butch said...

    For we cultureal dummies, here is some Gerard Schwarz data:

    Gerard Schwarz (born August 19, 1947) is an American conductor. He is currently the Music Director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held since 1985, having joined the organization in 1983. He was also Music Director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) and is Music Advisor and Principal Conductor of the five-week summer Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. His contract with the RLPO ended in September 2006.

    Schwarz was born in Weehawken, New Jersey, to Austrian parents. He graduated from New York City's High School of Performing Arts and Juilliard School of Music and began his musical career as a trumpeter, performing until 1973 as principal of the New York Philharmonic under Pierre Boulez, but also began conducting in 1966. He has been Music Director of several other organizations, most notably of New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, which he led from 1982 to 2001.

    Schwarz is noted for championing American composers, past and present. The over 100 recordings he has made with the Seattle Symphony include many American works – in particular, he has won widespread acclaim for his recordings of symphonies and other orchestral works by Alan Hovhaness and David Diamond. Among the other orchestras which Schwarz has led on his other recordings are the Czech Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France. In 1989, he received the Ditson Conductor's Award for his commitment to the performance of American music. He has also recorded all of Mahler's symphonies and Richard Strauss's tone poems with the RLPO.

    Schwarz is particularly noted for his orchestra-building abilities. When he began directing the Seattle Symphony in 1983 the Symphony had 3,000 subscribers; as of 2004, it had nearly 40,000[citation needed]. He also spearheaded the effort to build Seattle Symphony's new home, Benaroya Hall.

    His numerous awards include Musical America's Conductor of the Year in 1994 (the first American to win that award), 11 Grammy nominations, and an Emmy nomination for his performance of Mozart's Requiem on Live from Lincoln Center [1].

    For him to be the face of SSO must be a burden. I would love to see you in that t-shirt parading the streets. But would anyone get it? Perhaps it doesn't matter.

    SSO is always trying to bring new and relevant entertainment to the masses, why not use the WWF as a hook? Benaroya could import some gym sweat essence, and liter the floors with popcorn bags, and peanut shells, and sprinkle beer on the seats. And then they could lower the prices a bit so that the average Joe amongst us could afford to go there to see the classical rumbles.

    Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Baronet, CH (29 April 1879 – 8 March 1961) was a British conductor. He founded the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. From the early twentieth century until his death Beecham was a dominant influence on the musical life of Britain.

    Sixty-six years after his first visit to America, Beecham made his last, beginning in late 1959, conducting in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and Washington. During this tour he also conducted in Canada. He flew back to London on 12 April 1960 and thereafter never left England.[69] Beecham's final concert was at Portsmouth on 7 May 1960. The programme, all characteristic choices, comprised the Zauberflöte Overture, Haydn's Symphony No 100 (the Military), Beecham's own Handel arrangement, Love in Bath, Schubert's Symphony No 5, On the River by Delius, and the Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah.

    So, yes, old Sir Thomas did visit Seattle, the Emerald City, the Jet City, the Billgate village. How astute of you to know that Sir Lane.

    You may have a point about Seattle, and "quality" of the cultural events it offers, but I assure you, when you think of your resident time in LA, and my 7 years living there, I missed the cultural opportunities in Seattle. LA felt like a cultural wasteland, with celebrity participated events strung out like islands in Puget Sound. I was a happy old brute returning to the Northwest in 1985. And now the webs have regrown between my toes, and I am here for the duration, come whatever.


    12:13 PM  
    Blogger Lane Savant said...

    39,999 subscribers to be precise.
    2004 is when that fascist organization repealed a portion of my constitutionally guaranteed civil rights without fair trial or even any kind of honorable explanation.
    So, screw 'em
    What your research does not reveal is that Gerry basically got fired from both the Liverpool and Mostly Mozart.

    Tommy was conductor here for awhile. That's when he made his famous remark, which has been interpreted in several ways since.
    I, of course intend to take it in it's most derogatory sense.
    Or even inject my own venom into it.
    This site is dedicated to insulting
    the SSO as much as possible but I am just a short dog facing a wolf pack, so I try to grin and be funny.
    To return to the tonic;
    So, screw 'em

    12:51 PM  
    Blogger Lane Savant said...

    Or Gustavo Dudamel.
    Knock some of the "stodge" out of the SSO.

    9:11 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Who is Meredith's friend who could turn (what??) around??
    -- Anonomann

    2:02 AM  

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