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Don't miss Mozart, Bruckner and Beethoven, this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door!
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New Beethoven symphony discovered...
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Thanks to everyone who joined us Sunday for a spectacular concert of Russian masterpieces conducted by Eric Garcia. Let us know what you thought of the performance -- we hope to see you at our next concert on March 11!
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Seattle Symphony assistant conductor Eric Garcia, who leads our Meany Hall program this weekend, says of the Shostakovich Festive Overture: "The work was composed in 1954 for a concert at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow commemorating the 37th anniversary of the October Revolution. This brief overture reveals no sarcasm, unrelenting dissonance, or long stretches of desolate orchestra textures—as one might expect from knowing his symphonies. It’s a 6 minute romp, in my opinion to be taken at face value."
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Tonight on KING-FM (98.1 or http://king.org) around 8:27 p.m. Sean MacLean plays Stravinsky's "Firebird" Suite, previewing our Meany Hall program this Sunday: http://osscs.org/concerts/2012_02_05/
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Tune in to KING-FM (98.1 or http://king.org) tonight at 9:00 p.m. to hear Prokofiev's Lt. Kije Suite -- one of four fantastic Russian masterworks on our Meany Hall program this Sunday: http://osscs.org/concerts/2012_02_05/
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No fooling: this afternoon's concert conducted by Darko Butorac has something for everyone. Bach's festive Easter Oratorio, Sibelius' haunting Valse Triste and Strauss' unabashedly romantic Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.
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Did you remember to set your clocks ahead one hour? You don't want to miss Alastair Willis' downbeat at 3:00 p.m. PDT this afternoon as he conducts OSSCS in an all-British program that includes Britten's Four Sea Interludes and Walton's Belshazzar's Feast!
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Our Super Concert kicks off at 3:00 this afternoon in Meany Hall. Eric Garcia leads OSSCS in four Russian masterpieces. Tickets available at the door beginning one hour prior to the performance.
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Tonight at 9:30 KING-FM (http://www.king.org or 98.1 on the air) plays Dmitri Shostakovich's Festive Overture, which opens our Meany Hall concert this weekend: http://www.osscs.org/concerts/2012_02_05/
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Conductor Eric Garcia, who leads OSSCS this Sunday at Meany Hall, says about Igor Stravinsky's Firebird, which closes the program: "Even though the work is over 100 years old, there are those that still view it as a modern work. Works of the 20th century seem to have been stored in this capsule that keeps them perpetually 'modern.' I prefer to look at Stravinsky’s music as endlessly inventive and refreshing. Perhaps 'modern' is just another word for that concept."
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Read the program notes for next weekend's concert of Russian masterpieces at Meany Hall, conducted by Eric Garcia.
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Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers form a partnership unique among Pacific Northwest musical organizations, combining a 60-member orchestra with a 40-voice chorus to perform oratorio masterworks alongside symphonic repertoire and world premieres by Seattle-area composers.

George Shangrow (1951–2010) founded the Seattle Chamber Singers in 1969, when still a teenager. The group performed a diverse array of music, from works of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods to contemporary pieces and world premieres, partnering with an ad hoc group of instrumentalists to present Bach cantatas and Handel oratorios—many of which received their first Seattle performances under Shangrow’s direction.

A decade later, in 1979, Shangrow formed an orchestra at the request of those musicians who frequently accompanied the Seattle Chamber Singers in oratorio repertoire. Originally called the Broadway Symphony (after the Broadway Performance Hall on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, where it gave its first concerts), the group changed its name—to Orchestra Seattle—at the beginning of the 1991–1992 season.

With Shangrow on the podium (or conducting from the harpsichord), OSSCS became renowned for performances of the Bach Passions and numerous Handel oratorios—particularly Messiah. During the “Bach Year” of 1985, the ensembles presented 35 concerts devoted to dozens upon dozens of Bach’s works to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Over the past four decades, OSSCS has performed all of the greatest choral-orchestral masterpieces, from Beethoven’s Ninth and Missa Solemnis to Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Mendelssohn’s Elijah to Brahms’ German Requiem, and Haydn’s The Creation and The Seasons to Britten’s War Requiem. Meanwhile, Orchestra Seattle, partnering with world-class soloists, explored the symphonic repertoire, programming beloved warhorses alongside seldom-performed gems. Throughout, Shangrow championed the music of local composers (especially Robert Kechley, Carol Sams and Huntley Beyer), presenting well over 100 world premieres.
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