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West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
WHERE: Clay Center
TICKETS: $27.50, $40.50, $56.60, $68.50 and $70.50INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Maestro Gerard Schwarz has accomplished quite a lot in his long career. A Julliard-trained musician who went on to play trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, Schwarz eventually became the long-time music director and conductor for the Seattle Symphony.
Over the years, he has earned numerous Grammy nominations, won two Emmy Awards and even had a street named after him in Seattle. But one of his lesser-known accomplishments is that he was one of West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Maestro Grant Cooper's trumpet teachers.
This weekend, he will guest conduct the "Rach 2" program with Cooper, which also includes guest pianist Lola Astanova and features Rimsky-Korsakov's Overture to Tsar's Bride and Scheherazade, op 35 as well as Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2 for Piano.
The gazz spoke with Schwarz in advance of his appearance, about his career, his tastes in music and Grant Cooper.
Q: The rumor is that you were Maestro Grant Cooper's trumpet teacher once upon a time. Is that true?
A: (laughs) Yes. Grant Cooper and I have two things in common. We are both conductors, and we're both trumpet players. When Grant came over from New Zealand, he spent some time studying trumpet with me. He was a very gifted trumpet player, a very gifted musician, and it was a joy teaching him.
Q: What was Cooper like in his 20s?