William White, music director George Shangrow, founder

Happy Holidays from OSSCS!

In the spirit of the season, Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber singers present a socially distanced performance of “Glory to God!” composed and conducted by OSSCS music director William White:

Setting the traditional text for Christmas Eve, “Glory to God!” received its premiere at about 11:30 p.m. on December 24, 2006. Originally composed for chorus, organ, brass and percussion, Maestro White re-scored it for chorus and full orchestra for the occasion of this virtual performance.

We can’t wait to perform for you again in person, but hope this musical Christmas card helps brighten your holiday season as we close out 2020 and look forward to a return to all the things we hold so dear — including live musical performances — in 2021.

Shangrow conducts Messiah

While we wish we could bring you Handel’s Messiah live and in person, a tradition that has become so important to so many of you, we are nevertheless proud to present this beloved holiday masterpiece by harnessing one of OSSCS’s great assets: our archive of recorded concerts.

This particular performance from 2007 (when OSSCS produced a series of television broadcasts in collaboration with SCCTV) features soprano Catherine Haight, mezzo-soprano Melissa Plagemann, tenor Stephen Wall and baritone Brian Box. It is conducted by the maestro himself, the late, great George Shangrow, who also offers insights into this music that he knew so well. The performance will remain online — free of charge — for the remainder of December.

Of course, the reason that we have access to recorded productions such as this Messiah is that our donors have been so generous in the past. I know that we all get tired of being asked for money, and perhaps some of us are simply no longer in a position to do so, but when you consider the quality of the investment, I think OSSCS offers an excellent value proposition, and that being able to share this concert 15 years after the fact shows just how far your donated dollar can go.

I should also mention that in spite of everything, OSSCS has been pretty active during these past several months, hosting Zoom trivia nights, producing videos of new compositions and — most importantly — commissioning several new works to be featured on next season’s programs.

So with that in mind, I would encourage you to think deeply about the value of music in your own life, the legacy that you would like to leave to the future, and the magical performances that await us at the end of this dark tunnel. Just now we are starting to see the light at the end of it, the guiding star that will lead us to the other side.

The easiest way to donate is right here online. Meanwhile, allow me to thank you on behalf of OSSCS for everything you do to make this community so strong and so caring, and to wish you a joyous holiday season.



P.S. To whet your appetite …