Gerard Schwartz reminisces about an event during his long tenure witht he Seattle Symphony:
I am completing my twenty-sixth, and final season as Music Director of Seattle Symphony and that has given me a chance to reflect on some events that occurred during my tenure. I would love to share with you one of my favorite stories of one individual who has become a devotee of symphonic music and classical music in general.
Most of you know the name Benaroya since our great concert hall in Seattle is called Benaroya Hall. This is a family of remarkable and wonderful people. Jack and Becky Benaroya, the father and mother of Alan, Donna and Larry, were the ones who spearheaded the building of our hall in downtown Seattle. I became friendly with Jack and Becky close to the beginning of my time here in 1983. They are absolutely phenomenal people who are great human beings, caring, thoughtful, elegant, brilliant and very dear friends of mine and my wife Jody. I’ve gotten to know their children as well and one of them, Alan Benaroya, is the subject of my story for Take a Friend to the Orchestra.