William White, music director George Shangrow, founder

Messiah: December 18 & 19

A timeless classic and a Seattle tradition, Harmonia once again presents the region’s only performances of Handel’s full and unabridged score. Music director William White conducts from one of our two harpsichords. Soloists this year are soprano Ellaina Lewis, countertenor José Luis Muñoz, tenor Brendan Tuohy and baritone Ryan Bede.

We are offering two performances: Saturday, December 18 at First Free Methodist Church in Seattle and Sunday, December 19 at Bastyr Chapel in Kenmore. The Saturday performance will be livestreamed.

The Kenmore performance is now sold out; the Seattle performance is selling quickly and fewer than 150 tickets remain.

Full-price admission is just $25, with discounted tickets available to those who need them, plus free tickets for students and youth. Everyone who purchases an in-person ticket will also receive a link to the Saturday livestream in case your plans change. (All in-person attendees will need to show proof of vaccination and mask up while inside the venues.)

2021–2022 Season: Renewal

Our theme for this season is “Renewal,” and it’s about more than just a new season or a new name. This season is about renewing our relationship with music, exploring its edges and boundaries, and leaving ourselves open to what it has to teach us. After being away from live performance for so long, we’re all in store for some major surprises, and I, for one, am restless with anticipation to embark upon the journey.

In order to maximize the safety of this journey (and adhere to local health policies), in-person attendees will need to be fully vaccinated. But there’s good news for those of you who are not quite ready to come back to the concert hall: we’re offering a streaming option for (almost) all of our concerts this year.

I have missed you all dearly these past months and I cannot tell you how excited I am to be back with you, completing the circuit of energy that flows from the stage to the hall at a live performance. There’s nothing like it, and I know none of us will ever again take it for granted. Season subscriptions and tickets to individual concerts are now available — whether in person or online, we hope you will join us!

William White
Harmonia music director

OSSCS is now Harmonia!

It is with tremendous excitement that the organization formerly known as “Orchestra Seattle (and the) Seattle Chamber Singers” announces the adoption of its new name: Harmonia.

We love this name because it’s such an elegant way of suggesting who we are: a harmonious blend of voices and instruments. It’s musical, memorable and mellifluous. Our board voted unanimously to approve this name, and we hope that you, the valued members of our community, will find a place for it in your hearts as well.

To be clear: this is a change in name, not a change in purpose. The core mission, board, personnel, style and approach of Harmonia is the exact same as that of OSSCS. And that’s for one very good reason: the organization is fantastic!

Everything about it is great, from its devoted following to its talented musicians to its commitment to exploring the unexplored realms of musical endeavor. We know that you come to our concerts for our people and our music, and none of that is going to change.

What’s next?

Now it’s time to make sure people know about the name, and that’s where you can help. If you’ve been a part of our organization — as a musician, an audience member or a friend of a friend — we’d love you to help spread the word about our new name. It’s a fantastic excuse to tell someone about what we are and what we do, and maybe invite them to a concert!

Speaking of which, I’m happy to say that we have planned an optimistic 2021–2022 season with our normal six-concert mainstage series. We’re calling it “Renewal,” a theme that I’m sure will be meaningful to all of us.

So please, have a look at our concert programs for the season and help spread the word. A new dawn is upon us.