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The All-Star Orchestra, similar to Major League Baseball’s All-Star team, is composed of the finest orchestral “athletes”  from  leading  orchestras  across  the  country.  Featuring  exceptional  performances  of symphonic  masterpieces  and  contemporary  works,  the All-Star  Orchestra  programs  seek  to  expose  broad audiences to classical music through a format that is both informative and accessible.

 

All-Star Orchestra
The 95 players could well have constituted the most accomplished pickup ensemble of all time.
— Musical America

The All-Star  Orchestra  comprises  prominent  musicians  from  the  major  orchestras in  Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Houston, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Nashville, New  Jersey,  New  York  (including  the  New  York  Philharmonic  and  Metropolitan Opera  Orchestra),  Oregon, Philadelphia,  Pittsburgh,  St.  Louis,  San  Francisco,  Seattle,  Utah,  Washington  D.C.,  and  more.  Together these  musicians  perform  on  one  stage  under  the  leadership  of  Music  Director  Gerard  Schwarz.  The ensemble  is  featured  in  the All-Star  Orchestra  television  series  seen  nationally  on  public  broadcasting stations. The series has won the 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Broadcasting Award and three Emmy© Awards in 2014 and 2015 including two for Special Event Coverage and one for Audio Post-Production.

The series is designed to appeal to classical music neophytes and connoisseurs alike.  The one hour programs  present  dynamic  performances –  recorded  in  HD –  prefaced  with  lively  commentary  and storytelling by  Mr. Schwarz, the composers, and musical experts. The TV programs entertain, educate and encourage greater understanding of classical music as a living tradition that spans and unites generations.  

The  first  season  of  eight  episodes  aired  on  public  television  stations  nationwide  in  the  fall  of  2013 and the second season of four episodes will air beginning October 1, 2015.  Programs from the first season were  also  released  on  DVD  by  Naxos  of  America  and  are  available  from  Amazon  and  other  retailers. Episodes from the first season are available to stream at http://www.thirteen.org/programs/all-star-orchestra/. 

In 2014, the All-Star Orchestra partnered with Khan Academy, the free educational website that has more  than  15  million  monthly  users  on  average.The  collaboration  brings  music  education  to  the  widely visited  website  that  teaches  math,  science,  economics, humanities  and  many  other  subjects.  To  date, All-Star Orchestra  lessons  and  features  on  the  Khan Academy  website  have garnered  over  1.8 million  unique page views.  

 

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