Cascadia Art Museum to host ‘Conversation with the Conductor’ Nov. 18

Adam Stern

Conductor Adam Stern will be featured in a “Conversation with the Conductor” at Cascadia Art Museum Saturday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.

Stern, music director of the Seattle Philharmonic and the Sammamish Symphony and a Grammy Award-winning recording producer, has had a long and varied career as a conductor, composer, pianist, producer and writer. Stern’s presentation will focus on his life on the podium, the ways in which a conductor obtains a performance from an orchestra, collaborations with soloists, and his interactions over the years with some of the major names in the music world. He will also share anecdotes about some of the world’s leading conductors, including Leopold Stokowski, George Szell and Leonard Bernstein.

In addition, Stern will delve into different musical interpretations, illustrated by musical quotations played on the piano. And there will be time for audience questions to conclude the one-hour presentation.

“This is a special Music at the Museum event, a variation from the museum’s concert series,” said Cal Lewin, Cascadia Art Museum concert committee chair. “Adam’s passion for music is infectious, and a he’s a terrific raconteur. This will be an unusual chance to discover what it’s like to conduct an orchestra, to inspire a great performance, and the creative process of interpreting orchestral music.”

Music at the Museum is a continuing concert series, the third Saturday of every month at 6 p.m. Future Music at the Museum concerts will feature chamber music, choral groups and classical soloists, in programs of about an hour.

General admission is $15 ($10 for museum members), and includes complementary admission to the museum exhibits. Tickets are limited and are available on-line at or by calling 425-336-4809. The museum is located at 190 Sunset Ave. S; Edmonds, opposite the ferry ticket booths. There’s plenty of free parking.

The current exhibition “Territorial Hues: The Color Print and Washington State 1920-1960” will be open for viewing before and after the concert. The Cascadia Art Museum was founded in 2015 in Edmonds, primarily dedicated to artwork of the Pacific Northwest from the 1880s to the 1960s, and to rediscovering Northwest artists largely forgotten today.

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