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