Music of Wash U's William Schatzkamer Featured at His Memorial

The pianist, conductor, teacher and co-found of the Gateway Festival Orchestra died in September; his memorial service at Washington University's Graham Chapel is Nov. 10.

The program for a memorial service dedicated to Olivette's William Schatzkamer, Washington University professor emeritus of music, is coming together under the direction of his daughter, Nina Miller—also of Olivette.

The memorial for the co-founder of the Gateway Festival Orchestra, will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the university's Graham Chapel. , was 96 at the time of his death.

Miller said it was important to her and her family that music play a large and central role in the memorial service.

"Mostly the focus is on the music," she told Patch. "It will be kind of like a concert with a combination of recorded and live music. It's very hard to cut anything because the music is all wonderful."

The service for the renowned local musician will feature live performances from members of the community—with some surprises.

"My dad himself is also going to appear by way of several piano recordings he played early in his career," Miller said.

The memorial service will be at 9:30 a.m. at the chapel, 1 Brookings Drive, on the Wash U campus. Here's a draft of the program that Miller shared with Patch, with the understanding that it will likely be in flux until the last minute as nails down the timing.

  1. William Maul, playing organ, J. S. Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor
  2. Recording of Paul Robeson Chassidic Chant
  3. Reverend John Reigstad welcoming remarks
  4. William Schatzkamer, piano recording, Beethoven Sonata Number 30 in E, opus 109  first movement 
  5. Laura Schatzkamer, daughter, remarks
  6. Ivy Allen, Gateway Festival Orchestra, remarks
  7. Recording of Gateway Festival Orchestra under William Schatzkamer's baton playing Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 from the New World, movement 4
  8. Bill Pohlman or David Mendelson, remarks (this is unsure, but they would speak about his athletic achievements at the JCC and Senior Olympics)
  9. String ensemble playing William Schatzkamer's Postlude 
  10. String ensemble playing William Schatzkamer's Sephardic Tango
  11. Recording of Gateway Festival Orchestra under William Schatzkamer's baton playing Smetana's Die Moldau 
  12. Mark Schatzkamer, son, remarks 
  13. Mark Schatzkamer, vocal and guitar performance of Balm in Gilead, a song originally sung by Paul Robeson
  14. William Schatzkamer, piano recording, Aleksander Scriabin (not sure name of this piece, but he was the first to record it)
  15. Benjamin Scott, grandson, remarks
  16. Darwyn Apple, violin and piano accompaniment, William Maul playing Kol Nidrei by Max Bruch 
  17. Leon Burke, University City Symphony and former student of William Schatzkamer, remarks
  18. Leon Burke on piano, B flat minor Prelude from Book 1 of the Well Tempered Clavier by Bach 
  19. Recording of By an' By by Paul Robeson and Lawrence Brown 
  20. William Maul on organ playing Ralph Vaughan Williams' Rhosymedre


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