Music director Clinton Smith returns for a progam entitled “Death and Remembrance”: Samuel Jones composed his Elegy for string orchestra in the immediate aftermath of the Kennedy assassination, while Franz Liszt’s Totentanz (“Dance of the Dead”) consists of a set of variations on the Dies irae melody. For what may be Liszt’s most dramatic work for piano and orchestra, we welcome back Mark Salman, a frequent collaborator with Orchestra Seattle over the past two decades and a renowned interpreter of Liszt’s music. And for Mozart’s best-loved choral work, his Requiem, Clinton Smith and OSSCS join soloists Lindsay Ohse, Melissa Plagemann, Wesley Rogers and Stephen Fish.
Bach biographer Karl Geiringer proclaimed that the composer’s monumental Mass in B Minor “belongs to the immortal documents of man’s quest for the eternal truths.” Soloists Catherine Haight, Melissa Plagemann, Wesley Rogers and and Stephen Fish join Clinton Smith and OSSCS to perform this stunning Baroque masterpiece.
An Invitation from Clinton Smith
I am thrilled to welcome you to OSSCS’s 44th season and my first as music director. What a joy it is to make music with such dedicated and experienced musicians who have had your loyal support for so many years. We are proud to present an exciting season of seven concerts inspired by the human spirit. Timeless masterworks, new composers, and a spectacular roster of soloists will connect you to the music and the rich history of OSSCS.
I invite you to bring your own experience to each concert—to reflect on the themes and fascinating stories behind each work. Allow yourself to think, reminisce and feel. Together we will have a unique experience within the same emotional context through our own personal resonance with the music and our own lives.
Music dares to inspire, to bring people together, and teach us all something about ourselves and our place in the world. Whether you are new to Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers or have been a part of our rich history, I look forward to our time together in the coming season and beyond.
OSSCS Music Director