Remembering Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (1923-2017)

Remembering Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (1923-2017)

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski passed away, at the age of 93.

Tributes to Maestro Skrowaczewski have poured in following the news of his death, and here are a collection of them that outline his life and legacy.

Maestro Skrowaczewski was a giant in the history of the Minnesota Orchestra. He served as music director for 19 seasons, from 1960 to 1979, and he returned each season since then to lead the Orchestra as conductor laureate. Although he traveled the world conducting major orchestras until just last year, he continued to make Minnesota his home across the decades. He was a champion of new music, an extraordinary interpreter of Bruckner, a celebrated composer, an advocate for musicians during the lockout—and the major force behind the creation of Orchestra Hall in 1974. In total, his partnership with the Minnesota Orchestra spanned 56 years of music-making.

Memorial Service and Broadcast

The Memorial Service for Maestro Stanislaw Skrowaczewski was held at Orchestra Hall at 3pm on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. The service included both remarks and musical performances, including one by the full Minnesota Orchestra.

Friday, March 31 at 8pm Classical Minnesota Public Radio (99.5 FM) will broadcast the Stanislaw Skrowaczewski Memorial Service that was held earlier this week at Orchestra Hall. The Service included touching personal tributes to Maestro Skrowaczewski and special musical performances, including the Adagio from Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, performed by Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Order of Service

Musical Prelude:
Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, Music Director

An Artist and a Visionary Leader—Anthony Ross, Principal Cellist, Minnesota Orchestra

Musical Selection:
For Krystyna (2011) by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, including Young-Nam Kim, Ariana Kim, Daniel Kim, Thomas Turner and Anthony Ross

A Courtly Friendship—Linda Hoeschler, Past Chair, Board of Directors, American Composers Forum

Musical Selection:
Duet for Violin and Viola (2015) by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Ariana Kim and Daniel Kim

An Artistic Life Well Lived—Frederick Harris, Skrowaczewski Biographer and Director of Wind and Jazz Ensembles at MIT

Musical Selection:
Lent from Sonata for Violin and Cello by Maurice Ravel
Jorja Fleezanis and Lynn Harrell

When Great Trees Fall by Maya Angelou
Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chair, Minnesota Orchestra Board of Directors

Closing Musical Selection:
Adagio, from Symphony No. 7, Anton Bruckner
Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, Music Director

Thank you on behalf of the family:
Nicholas Skrowaczewski, Son and Paul Sebastien, Son

Press Release from Intermusica (PDF)

Facebook album of historical Skrowaczewski photos »

Tributes from the classical music world »

Contributions to honor the memory of Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski may be made to the Skrowaczewski Fund for Artistic Excellence, established to support the Minnesota Orchestra’s extraordinary ensemble of musicians. Contribute online »

In the media

Star Tribune: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Minnesota musical giant, dead at 93

Pioneer Press: Longtime Minnesota Orchestra collaborator Stanislaw Skrowaczewski dies at 93

Minnesota Public Radio: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Minnesota Orchestra's conductor laureate, dies at 93

NPR: Beloved Conductor Of The Minnesota Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Dies

MinnPost: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski — 'the legend' and the legacy

Associated Press: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, who led Minnesota Orchestra for 19 years, dies at 93

Rhinegold: Stanisław Skrowaczewski (3 October 1923 – 21 February 2017)

Philly News: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski dies - once a Philadelphia Orchestra regular

Gramophone: Stanisław Skrowaczewski has died at the age of 93

Musical America: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski dies at 93 (PDF)

Arts Desk: Farewell, Stanisław Skrowaczewski

The Guardian: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski Obituary

Videos of Stan

Photo, top: Skrowaczewski in Orchestra Hall by Mark Luinenburg    

Minnesota Orchestra Staff