Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers have named William White as music director and principal conductor of the organization beginning with the 2018–2019 season. White led the orchestra and chorus as a guest conductor in a November 2017 concert as part of the organization’s music-director search. “Will is bold,” says OSSCS Board Chair Stephen Hegg. “His joy in music-making, and his deep, fascinating knowledge thrilled the chorus and the orchestra from the very first rehearsal.”
“For me, this is an ideal musical partnership,” says White. “What I appreciate most about OSSCS is that it is a group of volunteer musicians who have a professional attitude and an inquisitive spirit. Having studied the organization’s history, I have become deeply impressed by its commitment to innovative programming that also maintains a strong connection to the classical tradition. I am humbled by the contributions OSSCS has made to Seattle’s artistic life under both of my predecessors, George Shangrow and Clinton Smith, and I am committed to advancing its artistic goals, furthering its growth, and expanding its engagement with the community at large.” Details of the upcoming 2018–2019 season will be announced this summer.
Conductor Alastair Willis returns to lead Orchestra Seattle in Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 (considered by many to be his greatest achievement in that form) and the Seattle Chamber Singers in Felix Mendelssohn’s setting of Psalm 42 (which the composer considered his “very best sacred composition”). The program also includes the world premiere of the winning entry from the 2018 OSSCS Composer Competition, The Migration and Death of Esperanza Soledad Hernández by Robert Brooks.