Has a New Movement
The All-Star Orchestra gives you a front row seat to the world's greatest music and the map to an unforgettable musical journey. The All-Star Orchestra began with a commitment to classical music education and contemporary American composers. We invited leading musicians from American orchestras to be a part of it. And we created a new format so that more people can enjoy, explore, and experience the life-changing wonder of symphonic music. The All-Star Orchestra's thrilling performances, filmed in high-definition with 19 cameras during a once-a-year "summit" in New York's historic The Grand at Manhattan Center, will inspire audiences for classical music via public television, DVDs, and websites dedicated to music education.
Music from All Ages, for All Ages. Each one-hour episode of the All-Star Orchestra pairs a popular symphonic score with a brilliant new work by a contemporary American composer.
And in addition to experiencing the music itself, you'll learn what goes into composing, conducting, and performing each piece through interviews with the conductor, musicians, composers, and special guests. There is a world of classical music waiting. The All-Star Orchestra makes it easier than ever to discover and enjoy.
Gather together top orchestral players
from across the United States.
Produce and broadcast performances featuring classical masterpieces and exciting new works.
Encourage greater appreciation of
classical music as a living tradition
through online education.
Gerard Schwarz serves as Music Director of the All-Star Orchestra and the Eastern Music Festival. Schwarz recently completed his 26th and final season as Seattle Symphony Music Director and now serves as its Conductor Laureate. His previous positions as Music Director include New York's Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Chamber Symphony.
His discography of over 350 releases showcases his collaborations with some of the world's finest orchestras and opera companies, including the Berlin Radio Company, the Czech Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and L'Orchestre National de France. Schwarz has received hundreds of honors and accolades, including two Emmy Awards, 13 GRAMMY nominations, and six ASCAP Awards, and was the first American named Conductor of the Year by Musical America.
John Forsen is an eight-time Emmy Award winner with PBS symphonic music shows and documentaries. His most recent documentary, Violin Masters, Two Gentlemen of Cremona, about Stradivari and Guarneri Del Gesu, is currently airing nationally on PBS.
Paul Schwendener, a veteran recording industry executive, has collaborated with leading international performers and ensembles in creating audio, video, and interactive products for major companies. Highlights include the Complete Mozart Edition and the Milken Archive of Jewish Music.
Habib Azar's Emmy Award–winning career spans opera, film, theater, and television. Most recently, he directed the world premiere of Du Yun's opera Angel's Bone with the International Contemporary Ensemble, and is a staff director at The Young and the Restless on CBS.
Dmitriy Lipay is an audio producer and engineer of over 80 CD releases for major labels, including Sony Classical, Naxos, and Harmonia Mundi. He has led audio production for film, TV, and radio projects; clients include PBS, BBC, FR-3, and Sony Pictures. He is Audio Producer for the Seattle Symphony.
Adam Stern is the Music Director of the Seattle Philharmonic and the Port Angeles Symphony. A prolific recording producer as well as a conductor, Stern was awarded a GRAMMY Award in 1990 as "Classical Producer of the Year."
All-Star Orchestra Board
Gemini Music Productions, owned and operated by Neil Balm and Jonathan Haas, provides services that include hiring "first call" musicians and facilitating union contracts for local, national, and international concerts; tours; radio and TV recordings.
Shuman Associates is a boutique public relations firm with more than 25 years of experience specializing in strategic publicity campaigns, counsel, and support for projects such as recordings, DVDs, and radio and television broadcasts for classical musicians, orchestras, opera companies, and chamber ensembles.
Nancy Gosen is a musician and educator whose career includes leading education departments for the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera, and an appointment on the League of American Orchestras' Education and Community Engagement Leadership Committee.
The Garrigan Lyman Group is an award-winning digital creative agency with offices in New York, Seattle, and San Francisco. Unlike traditional agencies, GLG offers an unmatched depth of brand and interactive experience, strategic insight, creative inspiration, and technology savvy to engage customers with disruptive ideas that deliver results.
The All-Star Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the following persons
and institutions for their generous financial support:
Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences
The Gladys Rubinstein Trust
The Garrigan Lyman Group
Van Ness Feldman LLP
Bruce and Jeanne McNae
The Hearst Foundation
Ralph and Marlys Palumbo
Betty Lou Treiger
Michele and Giuseppe Torroni
Sally Gerber Phinny
Jerome L. Greene Foundation
The Herman and Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation
Benita and Charles Staadecker
Bernice and Sanford Grossman
Robert and Clodagh Ash
David and Jane Davis
Joan S. Watjen
Judith and Robert Rubin
The Seattle Foundation
The Lapkin Foundation
David and Nancy Rossmiller
Jan and Ronnie Greenberg
Nicolas and Jeanne Rohatyn
Robert Ted Parker
Fred Miller and Sharon Mosse
Become a member of the All-Star team! Contact Executive Director Paul Schwendener:
914.833.1762 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Contact: Shuman Associates 212.315.1300