Clinton Smith, music director George Shangrow, founder

2015–2016 Season: Expect the Unexpected


Don’t you love a good book with a twist at the end? Or when seemingly simple words have incredible resonance and meaning in your life? This season, where opposites attract, we will focus on the surprising and the uncharted. We will shed new light on favorites, and unearth the little-known truths about the composers and the music. The 2015–2016 season promises to be a thrilling one, so put your conventions on a shelf and expect the unexpected.

In our 46th season, we are implementing some new initiatives, including a run-out performance of our beloved Messiah in Everett. After launching our successful local concerto and nationwide composer competitions last season, we will again bring ascending young talent to the concert stage, and perform a world premiere in May.

Our ever-expanding catalogue of soloists hails from the rosters of the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Cincinnati Opera and Opéra National de Bordeaux, to name a few.

Join us for a season of world-class singing and incredible music making. Whether you’re new to OSSCS or part of our loyal family of listeners and supporters, there’s something for everyone.

Yellow River Cantata


To com­mem­o­rate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on August 15, 1945, OSSCS partners with the Hong Kong Association of Washington, Seattle Chinese Chorus and Seattle Chinese Arts Group to present a performance of Xian Xinghai’s Yellow River Cantata under the direction of conductor Yayu Khoe. Funds raised through this event including ticket sales will be donated to China Tomorrow Education Foundation to improve education in rural China. The concert takes place at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 15, in Meany Hall on the University of Washington campus. For further information, please visit the event Web site:

The Art of Fugue


Members of Orchestra Seattle and friends present a free performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s masterpiece The Art of Fugue on Sunday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church. For further information, please visit the event Web site: