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December 21: Messiah

No other work has become more closely associated with OSSCS than Georg Frideric Handel’s most celebrated oratorio, Messiah. For four decades, audiences have delighted in our complete and uncut performances. This year, music director Clinton Smith and OSSCS welcome soprano Angela Mortellaro, mezzo-soprano Melissa Plagemann, tenor Brad Benoit and baritone Jeffrey Beruan.

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Marie Leou Wins Concerto Competition

OSSCS music director Clinton Smith is pleased to announce the winner of the 2014–2015 Concerto Competition: violinist Marie Leou, a ninth grader at Interlake High School. Selected from a pool of 17 incredibly talented applicants, Marie will perform the first movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto on our February 8, 2015, concert, “Turning Points.”

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OSSCS Announces Composer Competition

Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers are pleased to announce the 2014–2015 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 our May 17, 2015, subscription concert.

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An Invitation from Clinton Smith

Seen any great movies lately? What was your favorite? Today, we see a trend in entertainment: In the movie theaters, there’s Iron Lady and Lincoln. On TV, it’s Mad Men and Downton Abbey. In the opera house, Silent Night and Heart of a Soldier. These dramas capture a moment in time and deliver it to us so that we may relive it. Our 2014–2015 season brings that trend to the concert stage. Together, we will explore important moments in composers’ lives, events in history, the year 1954 and shifts in human destiny.

This season is our 45th, and to celebrate we have expanded our concert series to nine programs, including the addition of a Holiday Pops performance and an afternoon of chamber music. We’ve created two new initiatives: a concerto competition for students and a nationwide competition for composers, which will result in a world premiere in May.

Join us as you, our loyal listeners and supporters, make history together with our incredible musicians and fabulous roster of soloists in this anniversary season.

Clinton Smith
OSSCS Music Director