RIP George Shangrow

George Shangrow, one of Seattle’s finest musicians and musical personalities, died last night in an auto collision.  Shangrow was driving to give a talk at the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival when a teenager crossed the center lane of the highway, crashing into Shangrow’s car, killing him.

This is a tremendous loss for Seattle’s classical music community.  Shangrow was a charismatic, sometimes awkward advocate for music that wouldn’t make it to the concert stage otherwise.  His performances of Bach, Monteverdi, and Handel’s Messiah with Orchestra Seattle drew a cult following.

Rest in peace, George.  You will be missed. Orchestra Seattle has posted a statement on their web page. KUOW has a nice piece on Shangrow.

A clip of George doing what he did best: conducting Handel’s Messiah.

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2 thoughts on “RIP George Shangrow

  1. The end of an era! I played in the Broadway Chamber Orchestra in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Just returned to Seattle after 20 years expecting to find George deeply involved in the classical musical scene…shocked to learn he is no longer with us. Such a talent, such a lover of classical music, such a wit. Heaven has reclaimed this great musician and I just know that he is conducting there too.

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