William White, music director George Shangrow, founder

Quarantine Cabaret 6: I’ll Take Romance

Friday, May 29 at 5:00 p.m. PDT, OSSCS music director William White will present a command performance for the University of Chicago Department of Romance Languages and Literature in celebration of the end of their school year. Featuring songs in each of the romance languages taught by the university: Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, French, Italian, plus a totally non-romance language that is also housed in the department: Basque! Songs by Federico Mompou, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Francis Poulenc, Mary Rodgers, Osvaldo Farres, Paolo Conte one William C. White.

Watch above, or click through to YouTube to participate in the live chat.

You did it!

I’d like to thank the entire OSSCS community, on behalf of the organization for donating, bidding, spreading the word, and participating in myriad other ways to make our first-eve online auction week the sparkling success that it was!

Because of you, we are in a financial position to continue fulfilling our mission during the quarantine period and to spring back to action once things return to normal. I hope you also felt that the auction week was, in and of itself, a festive occasion that really celebrated what makes this organization so special. I certainly did.

So What’s Next?

Well, that’s the big question, isn’t it? Basically, it’s like this: we have about 100 plans and 1,000 contingency plans on top of those for how to move forward. We’ll keep bringing you music online during the quarantine in a variety of guises. But as to the specifics of the 2020–2021 season, the basic plan is to delay any announcements as long as possible so that we are sure to operate from a place of maximum information.

I’m not kidding when I say we’ve got 100 plans, though, because we have creative ideas in every area of music and community, from how to mount concerts, how to stream them, how to publicize them, and even how to adjust our ticket pricing model.

It’s a brave new world, but I’m feeling braver now after what we accomplished this week.

Thanks again,


P.S. Be sure to check out (if you haven’t done so already) these world-premiere performances OSSCS musicians premiered during our auction week: