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Gerard Schwarz to step down

Written by Andrew Druckenbrod on .

Gerard SchwarzThis just in in a release: 

Gerard Schwarz, Music Director of the Seattle Symphony since 1985 has announced he will step down from that post when his current contract expires at the end of the 2010-11 season. Maestro Schwarz made the announcement from Benaroya Hall, the majestic venue he helped build ten years ago this season.  Beginning with the 2011-12 season, Schwarz will assume the lifetime title of Conductor Laureate and return to conduct the orchestra for several weeks each season.

A big name, perhaps bigger on the Left Coast than here, but a major American conductor who has been at the post for a long time. It will be interesting to see where he ends up, what the Seattle Symphony does and how much the reported touchy relationship between he and some of the orchestra musicians lately had to do with this. Sometimes, it is just time for a change, and here's hoping both parties the best...

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