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Meet You On the Corner of 2nd and Gerard Schwarz Place

Seattle Symphony’s long-time maestro gets a street named after him in his farewell weekend.

By Laura Dannen June 16, 2011

University between 2nd and 3rd has been renamed after Seattle Symphony’s long-time music director.

You know you’ve done something right when a city names a street after you while you’re still alive. This afternoon, Seattle Symphony’s musical director and maestro Gerard Schwarz joined Edgar Martinez in the short list of locals (mostly athletes) who’ve received this honor. The City Council adopted an ordinance earlier this week proclaiming the stretch of University Street between Second and Third avenues—which runs right along Benaroya Hall, home to the symphony—"Gerard Schwarz Place." Not too shabby, Jerry.

After 26 years at the helm— a period of both growth and discord marking one of the longest tenures of an American music director— Schwarz will conduct the final concerts of his farewell season this weekend, capping a prolific career here with Mahler’s Second Symphony. Philip Glass’s Harmonium Mountain and Schubert’s Overture to Rosamunde are also on the program (Schubert tonight only). Don’t think of this as Schwarz’s swan song; he’ll take the baton for several performances next year as conductor laureate, and Marcie Sillman of KUOW News reports that a public TV series may be in the works.

Gerard Schwarz conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony (subtitled the Resurrection Symphony) on June 16 & 18 at Benaroya Hall; tickets ($60-$150) are still available at the box office and

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