Seattle Chamber Music Society Lecture

Join us for a free public lecture sponsored by the Seattle Chamber Music Society -- Beethoven and Brahams: Rebellion and Tradition. Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms are two giants of chamber music composition. One was a constant rule-breaker, and the other clung to the old forms even in the face of the "Music of the Future." Join composer and conductor Adam Stern to learn more about them and to previews works featured on the Seattle Chamber Music Society's upcoming Summer Festival.

Adam Stern is the Music Director of the Seattle Philharmonic, the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, and Assistant Conductor/Visiting “Pops” Conductor of the Oregon Coast Music Festival. He has been a guest-conductor with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Boulder Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble at Michigan State University, the Sacramento Symphony, Chamber Music Northwest, and the New York Chamber Symphony. Locally, Stern served as Associate Conductor at the Seattle Symphony from 1996 to 2001 and as Assistant Conductor from 1992 to 1996, conducting in all of the Symphony’s major concert series.

As a composer, Stern has written for the concert hall and the stage, winning a prize at the Delius Composition Competition and the Los Angeles Dramalogue Award for Best Original Score. Stern is also an award-winning recording producer, earned a Grammy as Classical Producer of the Year in 1990, principally for his recordings with Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony.

Stern is also an enthusiastic and indefatigable music educator. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts, where he teaches composition, conducting, orchestral repertoire and film music history. He was the conductor of the orchestra at the Seattle Center Academy from 1993 until its final year (2008). From 2001 until 2009 he was Director of Instrumental Music at the Lakeside Upper School. From 2005 until 2014 he was Music Director of the Port Angeles Symphony.

Concerts for the 2018 Summer Festival will be taking place July 2nd - 28th at various locations throughout the Seattle area.