Thousand Foot Krutch, The Gothard Sisters, The Seattle Firefighters Pipes, the NW Symphony Orchestra, and more
We love stories about Seattleites doing great things around the world and giving back locally – Mateo Messina is one of them. He’s a Grammy Award-winning composer, a West Seattle native, and creator of the Annual Benefit Concert for Seattle Children’s Hospital at Benaroya Hall. Join him this month in a celebration of the enduring voice and unbreakable spirit of Seattle Children’s patients.
Messina will be joined on stage by The Gothard Sisters, The Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drum Brigade, the NW Symphony Orchestra, the NW Boychoir, Thousand Foot Krutch, and many others – totaling over 250 performers on stage.
The show is known for combining everything from rock bands and DJs to orchestras and choirs from around the world. This year, through music and live paintings, Messina and his team will turn the walls of the Symphony Hall into a 100 foot long cinema that tells the story of Finnegan Farrell, a young Irish boy who doesn’t know how to speak.
Messina wrote the song “I’ll Use My Voice Until the Day I Die” with one of the patients at Children’s Hospital. The 7th grader lives in Shelton, WA and was born with kidney failure and has been on the transplant waitlist list twice.
Over a decade ago Messina decided to pursue his dreams in Hollywood. He is best known for his musical scores to Oscar winning films such as Juno and Up in the Air. Back in Seattle now, he continues to write music for some of today’s biggest films, TV shows, and commercials. With the annual benefit concert, he simultaneously works to give the opportunity to the patients at Children’s hope to pursue their own dreams.