Obituary: Former San Diego Symphony clarinetist Peter Swanson, 78

Posted on: July 23, 2010

In Friday’s (7/23) San Diego Union-Tribune, Blanca Gonzalez writes, “Aptitude tests nudged Peter Swanson toward studying accounting but Igor Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ pulled him into a career as a classical musician. … He went on to perform for nearly half a century with the San Diego Symphony, both witnessing and playing a role in the growth and development of the group into a leading professional orchestra. Over the years, he was also a member of the San Diego Opera orchestra, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the La Jolla Chamber Orchestra and the Firenze Woodwind Quintet. Mr. Swanson died of cancer July 12 in San Diego. He was 78. He and his wife, Anthony, were both part of the symphony for several decades. … Anthony Swanson said her husband was a quiet person who felt he expressed himself best through his music. Throughout his career, he served on committees that did contract negotiations between the musicians and both the symphony and San Diego Opera orchestra.”

Posted July 23, 2010