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November 9: Daybreak of Freedom

OSSCS and Clinton Smith join with vocal soloists Kimberly Giordano, Sarah Larsen, Eric Neuville and Charles Robert Stephens to present Beethoven’s iconic Ninth Symphony—a work that stands as a testament to equality, brotherhood and universal joy. This performance, underwritten by Petra Heussner-Walker, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the German Consulate General in San Francisco, commemorates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The concert opens with New Morning for the World, a work by American composer Joseph Schwantner that draws from Martin Luther King’s most influential speeches about racial inequality and the fight for justice and freedom for all. Narrator Vivian Phillips joins Orchestra Seattle for this powerful and moving composition.

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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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OSSCS Announces Concerto Competition

Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers are pleased to announce the 2014–2015 Concerto Competition. The purpose of the contest is to encourage professional development of gifted young musicians and provide an opportunity to perform on a subscription-series concert with an orchestra. The soloist will work closely with the music director and will receive a professional edited recording of the performance.

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2014–2015 Season Tickets Now Available

Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers proudly announce a series of nine concerts for 2014–2015 with three subscription options: the full nine-concert series, a six-concert Sunday afternoon series, or a four-concert series comprising three Saturday performances plus our ever-popular presentation of Handel’s Messiah.

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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