No other work has become more closely associated with OSSCS than Georg Frideric Handel’s most celebrated oratorio, Messiah. For four decades, audiences have delighted in our complete and uncut performances. After a three-year interval, Handel’s masterpiece returns on Sunday, December 15 with our new music director leading Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers along with soloists Angela Mortellaro, Sarah Larsen, Brad Benoit and Charles Robert Stephens.
OSSCS welcomes Stilian Kirov, associate conductor of the Seattle Symphony, to the podium for a performance on Saturday, February 8 featuring Mendelssohn’s beloved violin concerto (with the Seattle Symphony’s Elisa Barston as soloist) and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, dazzlingly orchestrated by Maurice Ravel.
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