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April 12: Bach’s Mass in B Minor

Music director Clinton Smith conducts a work that Bach biographer Karl Geiringer proclaimed “belongs to the immortal documents of man’s quest for the eternal truths.” Bach completed his Mass in B Minor shortly before his death, drawing upon liturgical music he had composed over the preceding 35 years and assembling these diverse sources into a seamless whole. The work was not performed during Bach’s lifetime, and its true purpose remains something of a mystery—perhaps Bach intended this late-in-life composition to be a magnum opus, encompassing all he had learned as a composer of religious music.

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May 4: Spring Gala Lunch and Auction

On Sunday, May 4, our Annual Spring Gala Lunch and Auction will bring together our biggest supporters—including you!—at The Canal in Ballard for wine, champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a buffet lunch on the waterfront! We need your support to keep the experience of live classical music abundant and affordable in Seattle! This springtime celebration of rejuvenation will feature a wide selection of wonderful auction items donated by generous business and individual sponsors for you to win in fun, competitive live and silent auctions!

Please join us for this joyous celebration of New Growth from Deep Roots! Eat, drink, bid and watch the boats go by at The Canal! Check-in and silent auction begin promptly at 2:00 p.m.

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An Invitation from Clinton Smith

I am thrilled to welcome you to OSSCS’s 44th season and my first as music director. What a joy it is to make music with such dedicated and experienced musicians who have had your loyal support for so many years. We are proud to present an exciting season of seven concerts inspired by the human spirit. Timeless masterworks, new composers, and a spectacular roster of soloists will connect you to the music and the rich history of OSSCS.

I invite you to bring your own experience to each concert—to reflect on the themes and fascinating stories behind each work. Allow yourself to think, reminisce and feel. Together we will have a unique experience within the same emotional context through our own personal resonance with the music and our own lives.

Music dares to inspire, to bring people together, and teach us all something about ourselves and our place in the world. Whether you are new to Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers or have been a part of our rich history, I look forward to our time together in the coming season and beyond.

Clinton Smith
OSSCS Music Director

Napoleon Martin Safaa Darwish-Elhaji Imani Western-Womack Megan Bean Tiffany Greer AYMARD IRAKOZE