Toledo Symphony to premiere Liebermann’s Cello Concerto

Cellist Julian Schwarz (Photo provided)


The Toledo Symphony announced on Monday that it will perform the world premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s Cello Concerto on its Classics series at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater on October 27 and 28. This is the first of two world premieres by the Toledo Symphony during the 2017-2018 concert season.
“The world premiere of Liebermann’s Cello Concerto allows the Symphony to advance the orchestral repertoire and present the finest contemporary music to our audiences,” said Zak Vassar, President and CEO of the Toledo Symphony. “We just received the parts hot off the press, and we’re excited to rehearse and perform this gorgeous piece of music for all of you.”
Cellist Julian Schwarz is the featured soloist on the program. He was born in Seattle into a musical family—father Gerard Schwarz is a famous American conductor—and is already being recognized as a cellist destined to rank among the finest of the 21st century. He made his orchestral debut at the age of 11 with the Seattle Symphony with his father on the podium. Since then, he has performed around the world. Julian performs on a cello made in Naples by Gennaro Gagliano in 1743.
Composer Lowell Liebermann is one of America’s most frequently performed and recorded living composers. He has written more than 130 works in all genres, some of which have become standard repertoire for their instruments. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the inaugural American Composers Invitational Award by the 11th Van Cliburn
Competition. He is head of the composition department at the Mannes School of Music at the New School in New York City, where he was the founding conductor of MACE, a large ensemble devoted to performing works of living American composers.
The two performances of the Liebermann Cello Concerto on the Classics concert titled Shostakovich’s Tenth will take place at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater. Pre-concert lectures begin at 7 p.m., and performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Student rush tickets are available for $5 at the door. Parking at the Museum is free for members and $7 for
non-members. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Toledo Symphony Box Office at 419-246-8000 or visit