at 93. a giant--and active almost to the very end.
the minnesota orchestra had this notice on facebook:
It is with aching hearts that we share the news that Maestro Stanisław Skrowaczewski, who suffered a second stroke earlier this month, died earlier today. He was 93.
It is hard to express all that Maestro Skrowaczewski has meant to the Minnesota Orchestra. He served as music director for 19 seasons, from 1960 to 1979, equaling our founding Music Director Emil Oberhoffer for the longest tenure in that position. He returned each season since then as our 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, and we are deeply grateful for more than a half-century of music-making with him.
A memorial service to celebrate his legacy will be held on Tuesday, March 28 at Orchestra Hall, with more details to follow. We offer our deepest condolences to his family.
i drink whisky from time to time with his son nick, who is just the sweetest guy (orik has met him too)--the maestro was clearly very good at things that weren't music-related as well.