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May 10: Reflection and Wonder

The season finale for Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers presents music of Ives, Faurè, Bach, Barber and Elgar. Soprano Karin Wolverton sings Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, with a text by James Agee that casts the soloist “as a young child who sometimes acts as an adult” to “paint the nostalgia of childhood.” Edward Elgar’s The Music Makers (featuring soloist Sarah Mattox) quotes from a number of the composer’s previous works, most notably the Enigma Variations. “The performers of OSSCS are the music makers,“ notes music director Clinton Smith, “and this rarely performed masterwork provides the perfect anthem with which to conclude our initial season together.”

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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

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