"The All-Star Orchestra" four hour-long concerts are expected to air next spring on
The series teaches children and adults more about classical music through free public television, with the aim of expanding the audience for live concerts.
"For me, it's the greatest experience on a musical level," Schwarz said.
An internationally known conductor, Schwarz spends his summers as music director at EMF, the music school and concert series on the
In 2012, in his home city of
Cameras filmed as they performed symphonic masterpieces and contemporary works, mixing in commentary from Schwarz, musicians and experts.
The first season aired in 2013, winning honors for special event coverage and audio post-production at the 2014 New York Emmy Awards.
The series also won the
The project extended beyond television.
Classical music distributor Naxos of America released the series on DVD.
The website at www.allstarorchestra.org has become an interactive educational resource for children and adults who want to learn more.
In addition to the TV episodes, it includes lessons on composers and music fundamentals, interviews with musicians -- even a conducting lesson from Schwarz.
Materials also are available on the website of the
"There is so much we are able to do because we have these wonderful shows, this great music and these great players to make music education really vibrant," Schwarz said.
Now, Schwarz prepares to record the second season.
He has raised about
He has recruited about 100 players from major orchestras such as the
The 11 EMF faculty members who will perform include concertmaster
The second season will feature the world premiere of a violin concerto by composer
The orchestra also will perform Mozart's "Posthorn" serenade,
The final concert will feature a jazz-influenced program of
"For me, it's a dream come true," Schwarz said. "It's what I have been working toward all my life -- a series with great performances and great artists, with a serious educational connection to help grow the audience for classical music."
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