Assistant Professor of Cello Julian Schwarz, M.M., participated in a number of live, in-person performances; presented a virtual masterclass; and was featured in a podcast during the month of January.
On Jan. 7, he performed the Haydn C Major Cello Concerto and the Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos with the Mozart Orchestra of New York on tour at the Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond, Oklahoma, for a live, in-person audience.
On Jan. 21, he gave a virtual masterclass for the cello studio of Wesley Baldwin at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
On Jan. 24 and Jan. 25, he performed two concerts with the Olmos Ensemble in San Antonio, Texas, for live, in-person audiences. Repertoire included the clarinet trios of Nino Rota and Johannes Brahms, plus the Mozart D Major Flute Quartet.
COVID-19 Health & Safety Precautions
For both the San Antonio performance and Oklahoma performance, Schwarz was asked not to wear a mask as the featured guest. This adhered to state guidelines in both states as social distancing is meant to account for unmasked interaction, whereas masks are intended for interaction that is closer than six feet (both Oklahoma and Texas guidelines). On stage, he was measured out six feet on both sides prior to taking the stage.
For San Antonio, each member of the playing ensemble received a negative COVID-19 test that same week. Each member of the audience was required to wear a mask at all times and was spaced 6-feet apart, at minimum. Performers wore masks at all times when not playing, including entering and leaving the stage.
For Oklahoma, each member of the orchestra and conductor received a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding the plane to Oklahoma. Each member of the audience was spaced 6 feet apart. If anyone elected to be unmasked, they were spaced 10 feet apart, per Oklahoma guidelines. Schwarz wore a mask at all times while not playing, including entering and leaving the stage.