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March 8: The Planets & Duruflé’s Requiem

Join us on Sunday, March 8 as Clinton Smith leads OSSCS in music of Maurice Duruflé and Gustav Holst. Turn from the frenzy of everyday life to contemplate the end of existence—and what follows it—through Duruflé’s heart-stoppingly beautiful Requiem, a rich and powerful work choral work dedicated to the memory of the composer’s father. Then reflect on the incomprehensible enormity of the universe—and our tiny place in it—as you experience Holst’s ever-popular masterpiece The Planets.

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Stacey Philipps’ Breathe Premieres May 17

Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers are pleased to announce the winning entry in the 2014–2015 Composer Competition: Breathe by Portland-based composer Stacey Philipps, which will receive its world-premiere performance on our May 17, 2015, subscription concert. A work for chorus and orchestra, Breathe features lyrics drawn from the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Paul Dunbar’s poem “Sympathy.” Written during the months following protests in response to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, Breathe “raises the continuing question of how this country, founded on the principles of equality, continues to struggle with questions of social justice.”

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Save the Date: OSSCS Auction May 9

The 2015 OSSCS Gala Dinner and Auction will be held the evening of Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the beautiful 415 Westlake event space near South Lake Union. We’ll have live music throughout the evening and be joined by talented actor, auctioneer and MC Matt Smith, whose screen credits include Spider-Man, Sleepless in Seattle, Almost Live!, Outsourced and Northern Exposure. He’s known in Seattle for his humorous monologues My Last Year with the Nuns, My Boat to Bainbridge, Helium and Beyond Kindness. We’re going all out to make this our most exciting gala to date!

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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