FOR RELEASE Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Esteemed U.S. Conductor-Arranger Assumes Role for the Orchestra’s 2013–2014 Season

Tyzik will conduct two Pops concerts during the current 2012–2013 season, including Holiday Pops, stepping in for the late Marvin Hamlisch

Seattle, WA — Today at a special event for Seattle Pops subscribers and Seattle Symphony donors, Executive Director Simon Woods announced that Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik has been named the Seattle Symphony’s Principal Pops Conductor. Tyzik’s contract will be for three years, for the 2013–2014, 2014–2015 and 2015–2016 seasons. Tyzik, who has earned a reputation as one of America's most innovative pops conductors, is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. He has served as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for 19 years; he also serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Oregon and Vancouver symphonies and The Florida Orchestra. His appointment will begin September 1, 2013.

Tyzik has guest conducted numerous Seattle Pops programs since 1999, and is scheduled to guest conduct two Pops programs during the Orchestra’s current 2012–2013 season, including December’s Holiday Pops concerts that were originally scheduled to be conducted by the late Marvin Hamlisch. Hamlisch, who was the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor since 2008, passed away suddenly on August 6, 2012. Next June, Tyzik will conduct A Night at the Cotton Club. (See below for more information on the remaining 2012–2013 Seattle Pops programs.)

Woods commented, “In Jeff Tyzik we have found the consummate musician to continue the tradition of great Seattle Pops performances following the sad loss of Marvin Hamlisch. We welcome Jeff into our Symphony family of conductors. He is an incredible musician and a great entertainer. But what makes him unique is that he has a real love of music of all styles and genres, and an infectious ability to share his enthusiasm. I know that Seattle audiences are going to take him instantly to their hearts!”

In response to his appointment, Tyzik stated “I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to make magnificent music with the Seattle Symphony, and to follow in the footsteps of the late Marvin Hamlisch. I have admired the Seattle Symphony for many years and have thoroughly enjoyed every time we have performed together during the past decade. I love the city of Seattle and I look forward to creating wonderful programs that will not only excite current Pops concertgoers, but will also interest new audiences to come and experience this great Orchestra. I'm also excited about the opportunity to work with Music Director Ludovic Morlot. His ideas of how to connect the musicians and the community are extraordinary, and I'm so glad to be a part of it all.”

Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot also shared his enthusiasm for the appointment: “I know that our musicians are really excited to work with Jeff, and our dedicated Seattle Pops audiences are going to be terrific partners for him as he brings his magic and the great canon of American popular music to our wonderful Hall. I look forward to welcoming him to Seattle.”

Jeff Tyzik
Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik is recognized as one of America's most innovative pops conductors. Described by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle as “among the best pops conductors in America,” Tyzik is known for his brilliant arrangements, original programming and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. Now in his 19th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Tyzik also currently serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Oregon Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, he became the Principal Pops Conductor of the Florida Orchestra.

In his 19 years with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), Tyzik has developed an incredible relationship with devoted Rochester audiences who appreciate his creative pops programming. Over the course of his tenure, he has written over 180 works for the orchestra. A consummate musician, Tyzik is so appreciated in Rochester that the RPO has taken the unusual step of inviting him to appear as a guest conductor in the orchestra’s classical subscription series calendar on a regular basis. On his classical series concerts, Tyzik has performed works by some of the greatest American composers to critical acclaim. He has also been commissioned to compose original works for orchestra, including his Trombone Concerto, which was funded by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and subsequently performed at Carnegie Hall. His Timpani Concerto, commissioned by the RPO, was premiered in January 2010. Tyzik led the world premiere of his original work New York Cityscapes with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in June 2010. In May 2007, the Harmonia Mundi label released his recording of works by Gershwin with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and the RPO; the recording stayed in the Top 10 on the Billboard Classical chart for over 3 months. Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, called it “one of the snappiest Gershwin discs in years.” In the 2012–2013 season, Tyzik will conduct the RPO on the subscription series in the world premiere of his new suite: Images: Musical Impressions of an Art Gallery.

Highly sought after as a guest conductor, Tyzik has recently appeared with orchestras including the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the New York Pops, The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Dallas Symphony at the Vail Valley Music Festival. In addition to his commitments in Rochester, Oregon, Florida and Vancouver, during the 2012–2013 season he performs with orchestras across North America including the Detroit, Milwaukee and Toronto symphony orchestras. In June 2010, Tyzik made his UK debut in Edinburgh and Glasgow with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in a three-week series of four popular programs.

A native of Hyde Park, New York, Tyzik began his life in music at 9 years of age, when he first picked up a cornet. He studied both classical and jazz throughout high school, and went on to earn both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied composition and arranging with Radio City Music Hall’s Ray Wright and jazz studies with the great band leader Chuck Mangione, both of whom profoundly influenced him as a musician. He also studied composition with American composer Samuel Adler who has greatly influenced his broad musical perspective. Tyzik spent the 1970s working with Mangione, soaking in every part of the music business. He became a skilled record producer and key member of Mangione's musical dynasty. He also wrote arrangements for the Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman orchestras; and, later met and became an arranger and producer for the legendary Doc Severinsen.

Tyzik worked closely with Severinsen on many projects including orchestrating many of the great bandleader’s symphony orchestra programs. Tyzik produced a Grammy Award–winning album, The Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen, Vol. 1, as well as four other recordings for Severinsen, which were honored with three additional Grammy nominations.

As an accomplished composer and arranger, Tyzik has had his compositions recorded by ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Summit Brass, and his arrangements have been recorded by groups including Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the RPO, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Doc Severinsen with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. He has also produced and composed theme music for many of the major television networks, including ABC, NBC, HBO and Cinemax, and released six of his own albums on Capitol, Polygram and Amherst Records.

Committed to performing music of all genres, Tyzik has collaborated with such diverse artists as Tony Bennett, Art Garfunkel, Dawn Upshaw, Marilyn Horne, Arturo Sandoval, Wynonna Judd, The Chieftains, Mark O'Connor, Doc Severinsen, John Pizzarelli, Billy Taylor and Lou Rawls, and has created original programs that include the greatest music from jazz and classical to Motown and swing. He has recently conducted several orchestra programs for jazz superstar Chris Botti.

Actively sharing his passion for music with others, Tyzik has been recognized for his community service and educational work by Rotary International, the Monroe County Music Educators and the Rochester Philharmonic League. He is also the recipient of the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester 2002 Performing Artist Award. He has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Eastman School of Music and was elected to the first ever class of the Rochester Musicians Hall of Fame in 2012.

Tyzik currently serves on the Board of Managers of the Eastman School of Music. He lives in Rochester, New York, with his wife Jill.

About the Seattle Symphony
Founded in 1903, the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard live from September through July by more than 315,000 people. Its pioneering education and community engagement programs reach over 100,000 children and adults each year. The Orchestra has completed more than 140 recordings, and has received 12 Grammy nominations, two Emmy awards and numerous other accolades. The Seattle Symphony performs in one of the world’s finest concert venues — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle.


Thursday, December 6, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 7, 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 9, 2 p.m.

Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Christiane Noll, vocals
Doug LaBrecque, vocals
Seattle Symphony

Enjoy talented vocalists Doug LaBrecque and Christiane Noll for a delightful program of holiday favorites that concludes with a special sing-along.

Thursday, February 21, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 22, 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 23, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 24, 2 p.m.

Larry Blank, conductor
Susan Egan, vocals
Lisa Vroman, vocals

Featuring best-loved music for stage and screen by the late composer Marvin Hamlisch.

Thursday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 5, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 6, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m.

Nick Hilscher, vocals
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

One of the best big-band orchestras comes to Benaroya Hall to perform the music that put Dorsey and Sinatra on the map. A timeless musical experience!

Thursday, June 6, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 7, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 8, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 9, 2 p.m.

Jeff Tyzik, conductor/arranger
Byron Stripling, trumpet & vocals
Carmen Bradford, vocals
Ted Louis Levy, tap dance & vocals
Bob Breithaupt, drums
Seattle Symphony

Smoky, sultry and swingin’! Enjoy a salute to the “Hi De Ho” swing of Cab Calloway, the elegant “Satin Doll” sheen of Duke Ellington, and the Blistering blast of Satchmo.

Ticket information
Seattle Pops single tickets, starting at $19, may be purchased at, through the Seattle Symphony’s new iPhone and Android apps, by calling the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at 206-215-4747, or by visiting the Ticket Office in Benaroya Hall, located on the corner of Union Street and Third Avenue. Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturday, 1–6 p.m.

Seattle Symphony Pops Series is sponsored by MCM