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The Seattle-area music community mourns the loss of longtime classical-music conductor, teacher and radio host George Shangrow, who was killed Sunday in a car collision while in route to lecture at the Methow Valley Chamber Orchestra Festival.
Shangrow was founder and music director of Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers, which he founded more than 40 years ago. Over his lengthy career in Seattle, he built a reputation for diverse and innovative musical programs. In 2008, when asked by a local music blogger why he didn’t just program baroque or classical music for the Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers concerts, Shangrow replied, “Because I don’t just eat Thai food.”
Shangrow also hosted the nightly radio program “Live, by George” on KING FM, which featured live classical performances by local musicians, and served as a guest conductor for the Seattle Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Tacoma Opera, Oregon Symphony, and many others.
In a piece posted yesterday on Crosscut, fellow KING FM host Peter Newman wrote the following about Shangrow’s contribution to the Seattle music scene: “If you wonder why Seattle has such a rich classical music scene, why we enjoy chamber music, choral concerts, opera, ballet, symphonic music — all out of proportion to the size of our community — then you have George in large part to thank for this heritage.”
A collection of community tributes to Shangrow can be found on the Orchestra Seattle website.
In this issue:
Message from the Director: “Will the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights?”
…an artist to develop a site-specific art project for Fire Station 30 in Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood.
…an artist to develop site-specific artwork for the Mercer West street improvement project.
The Office will celebrate Salon, a new public artwork by artist team SuttonBeresCuller, Aug. 21.
Eight local emerging artists will provide images of original artwork for temporary panels for the fence surrounding the Civic Square construction site in downtown Seattle.
Kick it this summer with free concerts at City Hall’s outdoor plaza, Thursdays from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Bumbershoot visual artists and designers dish about their work.
See 28 rarely seen artworks from the city of Seattle’s portable works collection.
The latest Seattle OnHold mix is available by podcast.
Take advantage of the warm nights with free outdoor movies and concerts.
Image: John Fleming, 17 Year Old Eyes (detail), 2009, recycled stencils, chipboard, and plywood, 25″ x 50″. Artwork will be photographed and produced on a temporary panel surrounding the Civic Square construction site. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Catching up on the national front, Seattle’s reputation as a fertile incubator for successful public artists was enhanced with the recognition of a number of regional artists’ work at the Americans for the Arts 2010 Public Art Year in Review. The awards were presented at Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network Public Art Preconference in Baltimore in June. Seattle artists Peter Reiquam, Beliz Brother, Dan Corson, Norie Sato, Carolyn Law and the team of Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan all received nods for artworks they created throughout the country.
Sato and Corson (who had two projects recognized) serve on the Public Art Advisory Committee, which advises the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs’ Public Art program. Sato serves as a Seattle Design Commissioner and Corson as a Seattle Arts Commissioner. In addition to Sato and Corson, Reiquam, Law and Brother all have artworks in the city’s permanent public art collection. Law developed the ProParks Art Plan for the office, setting the direction for artworks funded out of the 2000 Parks Levy. Haddad and Drugan have worked on integrated artwork projects for Seattle Parks and Recreation.
Pennsylvania artist Stacy Levy and New York artist Tony Oursler also submitted projects that were recognized this year. Levy and Oursler are also represented in the city’s public art collection.
Congratulations to these artists for their innovative and evocative artwork projects.
We also want to congratulate our local sister agencies whose artworks were recognized: Washington State Arts Commission, Sound Transit, 4Culture, King County Library System and Snohomish County Arts Commission. The abundance of public artworks and artists in Seattle and Washington state has the nation looking to this region for leadership in public art.
We received a joint press release today from the National Endowment for the Arts and U.S. Housing and Urban Development inviting “the arts and creative sector to participate in a joint webinar on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. EDT to learn about two new, innovative community development funding opportunities.”
According to the release, “Last week, HUD and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released two Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs): $100 million in grants available through HUD’s Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program, and up to $75 million in grants available through a joint HUD and DOT Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant Program. Under both programs, arts organizations are eligible to partner with state and local governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), transit agencies, philanthropic and non-profit organizations and other eligible applicants to develop consortia grant proposals.”
Read the full release here.
Message from the director: Americans for the Arts 2010 convention
The Office, in partnership with Shunpike, seeks up to 12 artists to develop temporary installations for vacant storefronts in Seattle’s Pioneer Square and Chinatown/International District neighborhoods.
From the quirky pop of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band to urban square dance with The Tallboys, check out Seattle Presents summer concert series.
We are giving away over a dozen studio tracks and live recordings.
Seattle-based individual artists working in the performing arts have until Tuesday, July 20 to apply for funding through the CityArtist Projects program.
Mayor Mike McGinn recently announced the recipients of the eighth annual 2010 Mayor’s Arts Awards.
The dedication of Marvin Oliver’s A Salish Welcome at the Salmon Bay Natural Area will be 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 17.
An exhibition at City Hall will feature posters and original artwork from the artists who defined Bumbershoot’s look over the past four decades.
In October Arts Crush, a month-long festival, will connect artists and audiences with invigorating new experiences at hundreds of events.
Mayor Mike McGinn recently introduced the Seattle Music Commission.
Head to Seattle Center this month for some free summer fun.
Because of inclement weather today’s Seattle Presents performance by DANCE This has been moved to the City Hall lobby. The concert will start at noon and conclude at 1 p.m.
Every now and then, someone writes a compelling piece on the importance and value of the arts and humanities. David Brooks’ recent column “History for Dollars” in The New York Times is a nice reminder that in difficult economic times, and despite our obsession with “quantified outcomes,” there is tremendous value in the ambiguities of human emotion, art, history and music.
In this issue:
- Arts-related businesses and arts employment in Seattle saw a slight uptick in 2009.
- We’re seeking up to eight emerging artists to develop temporary large-scale, colorful panels for the fence surrounding the Civic Square construction.
- Funding is now open for Seattle-based individual artists working in the performing arts.
- Our annual Youth Arts program recently provided $200,000 to 31 youth arts programs.
- Funding cycle for organizations extended to 2011, next opening postponed.
- Seattle artist Dan Webb will create a three-dimensional, permanent artwork for the Chief Sealth Trail.
- A new public artwork will be dedicated at Lake City’s new Fire Station 39, June 12.
- A new public artwork will be dedicated at Salmon Bay Natural Area, June 12.
- More than 1,000 small, cast-iron wind chimes will fill the new Theater Commons at Seattle Center.
- Kiddie-pop and Celtic folk come to City Hall this June.
- Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park will shine with dynamic art in all its forms this summer.
- From soul/rock to kiddie-pop, catch Art Zone with Nancy Guppy this June.
- Explore life between the buildings at downtown parks this summer.
- Attention artists seeking health care.