Clinton Smith, music director George Shangrow, founder

Hidden Gems: A Scandinavian Celebration


Our November 14 program features four rarely performed works in celebration of the 150th birthdays of Scandinavian composers Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. The North American premiere of Sibelius’ Preludio took place here in Seattle in 1991; his evocative melodrama Snöfrid tells of a young man’s encounter with a magical female being. Nielsen’s Sleep begins and ends blissfully but its central section conjures up horrific nightmares, while his Symphony No. 2, inspired by a painting he encountered in a pub, illustrates humanity’s four temperaments: choleric, phlegmatic, melancholic and sanguine.

New Subscriber Offer: Save 50%!


As a special offer to new subscribers, OSSCS is offering tickets to all seven subscription concerts of the 2015–2016 season at a savings of 50% off single-ticket prices. Or select any four concerts to attend and save 25%. As always, youth 7–17 attend free of charge. From our season opener on October 3 to Handel’s Messiah in December to Bach’s St. John Passion in March, our 2015–2016 season has something for everyone.

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.

2015–2016 Concerto & Composer Competitions

Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers are pleased to announce our second annual Concerto and Composer Competitions. The Concerto Competition encourages professional development of gifted young musicians: the soloist will collaborate with music director Clinton Smith and Orchestra Seattle on a performance at our February 6, 2016, subscription concert. For the Composer Competition, we are excited to welcome submissions from composers of all ages, seeking new works for orchestra, chorus, and orchestra & chorus. One winner will be selected for a world-premiere performance on May 22, 2016.