William White, music director George Shangrow, founder

GiveBIG May 4–5

After the long winter, spring is upon us, and I am genuinely optimistic that a renewal for the performing arts in general — and OSSCS in particular — is in our immediate future.

Speaking of which, we now have plans in place to recommence musical activity this summer. Now, if I’ve learned anything these past months, it’s just how quickly things can change, so I won’t announce anything specific just yet, but I’m feeling abnormally confident that music-making is imminent.

For that reason this year’s GiveBIG campaign couldn’t have come at a better time. We’ve weathered the storm and now it’s time to rebuild, and your support is — really and truly — a vital part of our plans going forward.

I know that we have all lost many things this year, but for those of us who have been fortunate in our financial lives, now is absolutely the time to give — and to give BIG. That slogan has been in use for several years now, but I urge you to consider what it really means: that we have to think in an audacious way about the power of the arts, culture and community in our lives, and act not just as “responsible stewards” of our institutions, but as visionaries and transformers.

So please, join me in giving BIG to OSSCS today.


Shangrow conducts Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers

We are very pleased once again to bring you a classic performance from the OSSCS archives: George Shangrow conducting a 2007 presentation of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Virgine on Friday, January 29, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. PST.

This phenomenal performance features soloists Catherine Haight, Carrie Henneman, Stephen Rumph, Stephen Wall, Dustin Kaspar, Brian Box and Andrew Danilchik. Watch at the link above, or click on over to YouTube to participate in the live chat.

Once again, we’re so glad that we can bring this to you this archived video free of charge. If you are so moved (and so able) we would welcome your financial contributions. You can think of this as a donated ticket, or you can think of it as a contribution toward our future. We have used the past several months to initiate several major projects, commissioning your favorite composers to write new pieces that we’ll premiere as soon as we get back in the concert hall. OSSCS is proud to continue to support local artists during the pandemic, and our outlook for the future of music in Seattle remains strongly optimistic.

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.