Harmonia’s signature piece, we once again present our raucous rendition of this beloved masterwork. With the spirited interplay of our two double harpsichords, our commitment to singing and playing every single note of the score, and a number of special interpolations and traditions, you haven’t experienced Messiah until you’ve heard Harmonia perform it.
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You won’t want to miss Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat, Beethoven’s Ninth or (of course) Handel’s Messiah. Four world premieres feature music by Quinn Mason, Huntley Beyer, Sheila Bristow and Robert Kechley.
A concert of choral favorites pairs works in dialogue with each other, a theme that permeates our season, which opens with a sparkling overture by Gian Carlo Menotti followed by Samuel Barber’s rapturous violin concerto with soloist Rachel Lee Priday. Quinn Mason’s new symphony shares the stage with two rarely heard works by William Grant Still (including a tribute to Jean Sibelius, whose thrilling third symphony closes the concert). Our season finale at Benaroya Hall juxtaposes Beethoven 9 with the second-ever performances of choral works by Florence Price and Carlos Garcia.
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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.
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.