All-Star Orchestra

All-Star Orchestra is an orchestral music project created by Gerard Schwarz, former music director and conductor laureate of Seattle Symphony. It is a television and DVD project, filmed by 18 high definition video cameras without an audience for PBS, the Khan Academy, educators, students, "and enthusiasts." Mr Schwarz assembled 95 leading orchestral musicians, of major symphony orchestras, from across the United States. The assembled players performed over a four-day period. In 2014, the program consisted of eight episodes. The second season began broadcast in the fall of 2015. The organization's web site provides detail of the second season's programs.

The first part of the program consists of Stravinsky's The Firebird, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 and Brahms's Intermezzo in A.[1][2][3][4][5]

Represented citiesEdit

Approximately fifty percent of the musicians were chosen from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Tulsa Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and others. The other fifty percent were chosen from the New York area; the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Orpheus, the Orchestra of St. Luke's and New York City Opera.

Selected prominent musicians represented orchestras based in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Hartford, Houston, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, the Tampa Bay Area, and Washington, D.C.[1][2][3][5]


  1. ^ a b Wakin, Daniel J. (31 August 2012). "Pickup Orchestra of Stars, Made for TV". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b Tommasini, Anthony (6 September 2013). "TV Lets the All-Stars Play Together". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b Upchurch, Michael (16 July 2013). "Gerard Schwarz assembles an 'All-Star Orchestra' for TV". The Seattle Times. Seattle, Washington. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  4. ^ Rothwell, Jessie (11 February 2014). "Minnesota musicians join PBS's All-Star Orchestra". Classical MPR. Minnesota: Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b Morrison, Robert B. (17 September 2014). "From the Trenches: All-Star Orchestra". School Band & Orchestra. Las Vegas. Retrieved 7 January 2015.

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