William White, music director George Shangrow, founder

The Bounty of the Earth: October 6

The Bounty of the Earth, October 6

We open our season reveling in nature’s splendor with music that celebrates the Earth itself, including a bold introduction to the music of Lili Boulanger, a fanfare by our new music director (William White), rustic choral music by Franz Joseph Haydn (with soloists Catherine Haight, Brendan Tuohy and Ryan Bede), and Aaron Copland’s masterpiece, Appalachian Spring.

OSSCS 2018–2019 Season

Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers are pleased to announce their 49th season, the first under new music director William White.

We’ve titled this season “Introductions”: a chance for Maestro White to introduce himself to you, our OSSCS patrons and fans, and a chance for him to introduce you to many of his favorite works, with a focus on the music of Lili Boulanger, who was born 125 years ago in 1893 and died 100 years ago in 1918.


Boulanger’s death at the age of 24 and her subsequent neglect belie her significance as a composer of masterpieces for chorus and orchestra. Over the course of our season, we will pair five of her works with music by other composers who influenced her, were influenced by her, or who wrote upon similar themes as those explored in her music.

There will be plenty of the great canonic masterworks that OSSCS is known for — music of Bach, Haydn, Handel and Brahms — as well as major works by Aaron Copland, Maurice Ravel and Antonín Dvořák that will receive their first OSSCS performances.