Schwarz's silver anniversary, stars from Perlman to Fleming
by: Michael Upchurch
Conductor Gerard Schwarz will soon celebrate his 25th year as Music Director of the Seattle Symphony. Festivities marking the occasion are part of the Symphony's Sept. 12 Opening Night Concert and Gala, featuring pianist John Lill performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3.
Other highlights of the 2009-2010 season include a Leonard Bernstein celebration, a centennial tribute to Samuel Barber and "The Concerto Project," featuring violin concertos by Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Strauss and Barber, and piano concertos by Rachmaninov, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Beethoven and Prokofiev.
Big performance names returning to Seattle include tenor Vinson Cole; violinists James Ehnes and Dmitry Sitkovetsky; and pianists Lang Lang, Arnaldo Cohen, Simon Trpceski and Peter Serkin. The first subscription series concert will feature pianists Marielle and Katia Labèque presenting the world premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's "Fantasia sobre La Pasión según San Marcos." Other contemporary works enjoying Seattle Symphony premieres are John Adams' "Harmonielehre" and Michael Tippett's sumptuous "Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli."
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