Boca Symphonia Features Father and Son Guest Performers

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — If you’ve never experienced the Boca Raton Symphonia, the January 27th concert may be a great time to enjoy the arts close to home. The concert will feature a father and son duo — somewhat rare in the world of professional music.

From our friends at Symphonia:

The Boca Raton Symphonia’s January 27th concert will feature Guest Conductor Maestro Gerard Schwarz and his son, Julian Schwarz, as Cello Soloist.  This performance is the second in the Connoisseur Concert series and will begin at 4:00 p.m.  There will also be a Pre-Concert Conversation at 2:45, which is open to anyone with a ticket for the concert that day.  The Pre-Concert Conversation will be an informative discussion about the pieces of music to be performed at the concert.

 

The concert will be held at the Roberts Theater at Saint Andrews School, 3900 Jog Road in Boca Raton. Tickets are $35-$62.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.bocasymphonia.org or call 561-376-3848.

The program will include Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, op. 107, Schubert’s Overture in C major in the Italian Style and Haydn’s Symphony No. 96 in D major, “The Miracle”.

 

Maestro Gerard Schwarz, guest conductor for the concert, is considered to be one of America’s top conductors and is also a gifted trumpet virtuoso, beginning his trumpet studies at the age of eight. He attended the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan and studied at New York’s High School of Performing Arts. He also studied trumpet with William Vacchiano, principal trumpeter of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from the Juilliard School.

 

Schwarz joined the American Brass Quintet in 1965, and with it toured the United States, Europe, and Asia, remaining with the ensemble until 1973. He was a trumpeter in the American Symphony Orchestra from 1966 to 1972, becoming its first trumpet in 1969. He was also a member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Casals Festival Orchestra. Gerard Schwarz was appointed co-principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra from 1972 to 1975.

 

In 1968 he began conducting for the Eliot Feld Dance Company, becoming its Music Director. He was also music director of the Waterloo Festival, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In 1975, he was appointed music director of the 92nd Street Y Chamber Symphony, which was later renamed the New York Chamber Symphony, and he has maintained that position since. In 1981 he founded the Music Today contemporary music series in New York, serving as its music director through 1989. Schwarz became music director of New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival in 1982.

 

In 1983 he was named Music Advisor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. In 1984 he became its Principal Conductor, and in 1985 its Music Director. He has guided the orchestra to its highest artistic level, and seen it through construction and occupancy of its new venue, Benaroya Hall. In addition, he is also artistic advisor of the Tokyo Bunkamura’s Orchard Hall, where he has conducted the Tokyo Philharmonic in six concerts annually. In 2008 Schwarz announced his retirement and was named Conductor Laureate.

Twenty-one year old cellist Julian Schwarz is already being recognized as a cellist destined to rank among the finest of the 21st century.

Mr. Schwarz made his orchestral debut at the age of 11, playing the Saint-Saens Concerto No. 1 with the Seattle Symphony with his father, Maestro Gerard Schwarz, on the podium. Since then, he has appeared as soloist with many of the Seattle area orchestras and, in the winter of 2010, was one of the featured soloists on an extensive US tour with the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra, performing 13 concerts on the East and West coasts.

In the spring of 2013, Julian Schwarz will be a featured soloist with the newly formed All Star Orchestra, playing the Samuel Jones Cello Concerto on a nationally broadcast program for public television. The All Star Orchestra is comprised of American orchestral musicians from all over the country and taped eight programs in August 2012, all of which will be broadcast on public television and then issued on DVD’s by Naxos.

In both 2007 and 2008, Mr. Schwarz won the highly regarded Northwest Sinfonietta Youth Concerto Competition. The resulting performances as soloist with Music Director Christophe Chagnard led to his appointment as assistant conductor under Chagnard with Seattle’s Lake Union Civic Orchestra.

Julian Schwarz started piano lessons at the age of five and began his cello studies the following year. He currently attends The Juilliard School in New York City where he studies with Joel Krosnick.

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