4:00 pm Ticket Sales Open at Orcas Center
5:30 pm Volunteer Reception – Toast 2015 Festival and New Executive Director
Opening day of ticket sales for the 2015 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is Thursday, April 30th. The traditional “Early Birds” will start at 4:00 pm. For years, loyal patrons have lined up in order to make their concert choices before sales open online or by phone. All are welcome to come to the Madrona Room at Orcas Center beginning at 4:00 pm to select your favorite seats and concerts. The friendly Festival staff will be there to help with ticket orders and answer questions about this Summer’s music and musicians.
Then at 5:30 pm, the kick-off celebration continues with a reception for Festival volunteers! Leslie Rae Schmitz, new Executive Director for the Chamber Music Festival, will welcome the terrific team of volunteers, and staff will preview the much-anticipated concerts and events. Hors d’oeuvres from Orcas Village Store and Thurston Wolfe wine will complement the occasion.
The 18th Annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival takes place August 6th through August 22nd. This year’s Festival is going to be spectacular! Cellos play a big part this year, including one concert with eight cellists on stage! Opening and closing weekends feature the beautiful two-piano music of Rachmaninoff. Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann and Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker welcome saxophonist Timothy McAllister, fresh from winning a 2015 Grammy! He will perform everything from Gershwin to William Walton’s colorful Façade. Metropolitan Opera’s Principal oboist Nathan Hughes brings his warmth of sound to Mozart and more. Add masterworks of Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schönberg’s haunting Verklärte Nacht – all being performed by superstar musicians – and you’ll want to be part of this exhilarating two-week Festival.
If you can’t join us in person, online ticket sales open April 30th at 9 pm. Visit our web site www.oicmf.org to purchase tickets. Phone sales begin May 1st by calling the Box Office @ 376-2281. To view the complete concert schedule and performing artists, visit www.oicmf.org or call the Festival office @ 376-6636 for further information.
Imagine the moment when three generations of the Friedmann/Parker family stepped onto the stage of Rosario Resort’s Music Room! It was both emotional and inspirational for the artists and audience alike. Performing Bach’s Allegro con moto from Quintet in F Major were Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s founder and Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann, Artistic Advisor (& husband) Jon Kimura Parker, piano; parents Laila Storch, oboe, and Martin Friedmann, viola; and daughter Sophie Parker, viola. An 80-year age difference disappeared from the very first note!
The entire evening at Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Annual ”Leaves of Gold” fundraising concert in December was filled with special moments. Baritone Philip Cutlip performed beautiful selections from Bach, Schubert and Mendelssohn, as well as holiday favorites. Aloysia captured the spirit of the season playing the traditional carol Greensleeves as well as the glorious Ave Maria. Ian Parker lit up the night with his solo piano version of Rhapsody in Blue.
The historic Rosario Mansion, adorned for the holidays, was the perfect setting for this heart-warming evening. A reception followed with delectable hors d’oeuvres, delicious desserts and wine in the Orcas Room of the Mansion. The event was hosted by Rosario Resort owners Jan and Jerry Barto.
Pianist extraordinaire Jon Kimura Parker lit up a dark November night with an incredible solo performance for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. The “Simply Jackie” Salon Concert took place Wednesday, November 12th at 7:00 pm at Orcas Center. The world of fantasy and “the fantastic” combined in this brilliant program, which featured the following works:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, “Moonlight” Quasi una fantasia
William Hirtz: Bernard Hermann Fantasy (Music from Mysterious Island, Psycho, and North By Northwest)
Franz Schubert: Fantasie in C Major, “Der Wanderer”, D. 760, Op. 15
Robert Schumann: Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17
“The word fantasy has inspired composers in many ways,” Jackie Parker says. “Schubert took the simplest possible theme and created his most overtly virtuosic work, the Wanderer Fantasy. Beethoven called his Moonlight Sonata an “almost fantasy”, alluding to the atmosphere created by the well-known first movement. William Hirtz weaved together multiple Hitchcock soundtracks by Bernard Hermann in his latest fantasy, and Schumann chose the fantasy form for what is often considered his most inspired work.”
“Both Schubert and Schumann’s fantasies are considered to be among their most technically and artistically challenging works. Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata is among his most famous, and Hirtz’s stated intent in the Bernard Hermann Fantasy was to create a work ‘as effective as the Wizard of Oz Fantasy, a little easier on the hands, but in a virtuoso style.’ “
ARTISTS: Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann and Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker lead an amazing group of artists performing for the 17th Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, August 8 – 23, 2014.
Many of your favorites are returning this Summer – Canada’s celebrated Gryphon Trio, violinists Chee-Yun, Andrés Cárdenes and Monique Mead, cellist Anne Martindale Williams, clarinetist Owen Kotler, violist Yizhak Schotten, and baritone Philip Cutlip.
We’re also excited to announce musicians that will be new to Orcas in 2014 – famous Argentinian pianist Pablo Ziegler and his Classical Tango Quartet, cellist Bion Tsang and pianist Ian Parker.
TICKETS: Pre-Sale Tickets: April 16
(For donors $500+. Call Office for information 360-376-6636)
Ticket Sales Open: May 7 www.oicmf.org
Concerts will take place on the following dates. Each concert is performed twice, the first night at 7:30pm, the second night at 5:30pm.
August 8 – 7:30 pm, August 9 – 5:30 pm
August 10 – 4:00 pm on Lopez Island
Piazzolla (arr. Ziegler) Works for Two Pianos Michelangelo 70 Buenos Aires Hora Cero Revirado Ziegler, JK Parker
Ziegler Milonga Del Adios for Clarinet and Piano Elegante Canyenguito Ziegler, Kotler
Piazzolla (arr. Ziegler) Oblivion for Violin and Piano
Piazzolla (arr. Ziegler) Elegia Sobre Adios Nonino (arr. Ziegler) for Cello and Piano Libertango Ziegler, Tsang
A Selection of Tango Works Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet Ziegler, Del Curto, Ok, Giruado
August 12 – 7:30 pm, August 13 – 5:30 pm
Mozart A selection of Operatic Arias from The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute Cutlip, Ian Parker
Beethoven Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11 for Clarinet, Cello and Piano Kotler, Martindale Williams, Ian Parker
Zoltán Kodály Sérénade for Two Violins and Viola Cárdenes, Mead, Schotten
Mozart Selected Concert Arias Cutlip, JK Parker
Brahms Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99 Tsang, JK Parker
Wednesday, August 13 – 1:00pm CHILDREN’S CONCERT
August 15 – 7:30 pm, August 16 – 5:30 pm
Joaquín Turina Scène Andalouse, Sextet for Viola Solo, Piano and String Quartet Friedmann, JK Parker, Cárdenes, Mead, Schotten, Martindale Williams
Saint-Saëns Sonata No. 1 in D minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 75 Chee-Yun, Ian Parker
Schubert A set of beloved Lieder including Erlkönig Cutlip, JK Parker
Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 Cárdenes, Mead, Friedmann, Martindale Williams, JK Parker
Aug 19 – 7:30 pm, August 20 – 5:30 pm
Orcas~trations: The Three Parkers
Can six hands fit on one keyboard? Jackie, Jamie and Ian Parker and friends take turns in every possible musical combination in this musical family celebration!
Fritz Kreisler Short works for Violin and Piano
Piazzolla/Gubaidulina Le Grand Tango
Samuel Barber Souvenirs Suite for Piano four-hands
Rare gems of the six-hand piano repertoire
Cárdenes, Chee-Yun, Friedmann, Gryphon Trio, Kotler, Martindale Williams, Schotten, Ian Parker, Jamie Parker, JK Parker
Friday, August 22 – 1:00 pm Open Rehearsal for Seniors
Aug 22 – 7:30 pm, August 23 – 5:30 pm
Brahms in Vienna
Brahms Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114 Kotler, Borys, Jamie Parker
Brahms Lieder Cutlip, Ian Parker
Brahms Hungarian Dances for Piano four-hands Ian Parker, JK Parker
Brahms Sextet in G Major, Op. 36 Cárdenes, Patipatanakoon, Schotten, Friedmann, Martindale Williams, Borys
It’s two weeks filled with fabulous music and musicians, enlightening lectures, community concerts, post-concert receptions and fun. Please make your lodging reservations early and join our 17th Season celebration!
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The dynamic duo of pianist Viktor Valkov and cellist Lachezar Kostov brought their incredible gifts of music – and fun – to our annual fundraising concert
“Leaves of Gold … with a Touch of Red” December 12th and 13th.
The Music Room at Rosario Resort was the magical venue for two exciting evenings, filled with standing ovations.
The Valkov/Kostov duo performed works by Debussy, Kreisler and Buxton Orr’s Carmen Fantasy, before being joined by Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann for
Brahms’ beautiful Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major. And what an amazing finale! Viktor and Lachezar performed Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody to an amazed audience.
Due to Lachezar’s love of red shoes, we invited patrons to wear a touch of red … and the result was overwhelming. Red shoes, red sweaters, red jackets, red scarves and more made for a very festive audience. Thanks to everyone for getting in the holiday spirit. This fundraiser was a huge hit!
June 23-29, 2014, 5 concert nights click here for complete program
An unforgettable musical experience is coming to Orcas! The internationally renowned Miró Quartet will perform one of the greatest musical gifts ever created – the 16 string quartets of Beethoven. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enjoy Beethoven’s extraordinary artistic journey in five unforgettable concerts. The concerts will be performed over 5 nights, June 23 – 29, 2014: June 23, 24, 25 and 28 at 7:00 pm, closing concert Sunday June 29 at 4:00 pm. *See below for specific concert information. The Miró Quartet, comprised of violinists Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer, violist John Largess and cellist Joshua Gindele, have become favorites to Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival audiences. They perform throughout the world on the most important chamber music series and on the most prestigious concert stages, garnering accolades from critics and audiences alike.
Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann and the Festival are extremely proud and excited to bring the Miró to Orcas to perform the complete Beethoven “cycle.” It’s a major musical event audiences are sure to treasure. Tickets are on sale at www.oicmf.org. Patrons can purchase the five-concert package for $150, or individual concert tickets for $30. Tickets for students 18 and under are $10. For more information, call the OICMF Office 360-376-6636.
String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op 18, No. 3
String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2
String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5
String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
String Quartet No. 6 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6
String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, “Razumovsky” Op. 59, No. 1
String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, “Razumovsky” Op. 59, No. 2
Quartet No. 9 in C Major, “Razumovsky” Op. 59, No. 3
String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74, “Harp”
String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”
String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 127
String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132
String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130
Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp minor, Op. 131
String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135
“Leaves of Gold … with a Touch of Red”
December Concert Stars Summer Favorites
It was their first appearance at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival this Summer. And their performances had audiences leaping to their feet! Patrons affectionately referred to them as the “Bulgarian Boys.” Many asked when they’re coming back – and we’re thrilled to say – IN DECEMBER!
Pianist Viktor Valkov and Cellist Lachezar Kostov will perform for our annual “Leaves of Gold” Fundraising Concert at Rosario Resort on Thursday, December 12th at 6:00 pm and Friday, December 13th at 6:00 pm. Rosario’s historic and beautiful Music Room, adorned for the holidays, is the magical setting for this spectacular concert. Following the music, guests will enjoy an hors d’oeuvres buffet and wine reception in the Orcas Room of the Rosario Mansion. OICMF would like to thank Hosts and Reception Sponsors Jerry and Jan Barto, owners of Rosario Resort.
Valkov, winner of the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition, has been highly acclaimed by the critics as “lion of the keyboard” and “sensational.” He is pursuing a DMA Degree at Rice University with Jon Kimura Parker. Kostov, National Winner at the 2006 MTNA Young Artists Competition, is hailed for the “awesome purity of his playing,” and as a “prodigiously skilled protagonist.” He is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Rice University where he studies with Norman Fischer, and was recently named a cellist with the San Antonio Symphony. The Kostov-Valkov Duo gave their Carnegie Hall debut in 2009, and won First Prize at the Liszt-Garisson International Competition in 2011.
We’re adding “a touch of Red” to this holiday event – for the festive timing and in honor of Lachezar’s love of red shoes! For those who attended the summer Festival, they know Lachezar slipped into his red velvet shoes during the receptions – and we’re sure he’ll wear them in December, too! We’d like to encourage everyone to wear a touch of red, and be part of the colorful holiday spirit!
Tickets to this fundraising event are $150. For reservations, call 360-376-6636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds benefit Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival programming, as well as music education. OICMF is committed to providing skill-building techniques and inspiration to Orcas islanders of all ages, from preschoolers to community musicians. For those unable to attend, a wonderful way to support the Chamber Music Festival in the winter months is to be among the “guests in spirit” listed in the program, which is a 100% tax deductible donation.
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is bringing brass to the island the week of Oct. 6th. C Street Brass is the Ensemble in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, playing trumpets, horns and trombones. This dynamic quintet will lead educational workshops and entertain with ensemble performances as part of the Festival’s Musician-in-Residence program.
During the day, C Street Brass will be coaching students at Orcas elementary, middle and high schools, counseling with school music teachers and presenting spirit school assemblies in school and at Orcas Center. The group will continue to coach and perform at night, too. On Monday, Oct. 7th at 7pm, C Street will take part in the Community Band rehearsal, with a focus on coaching brass members. On Thursday, Oct. 10th there will be a Brass Master Class with Orcas Island’s Turtleback Brass. Other island brass players are welcome to join this session. If interested, please call the OICMF Office 376-6636. On Friday, Oct. 11th, there will be a special concert at The Grange, “Classy Brass: A Chamber Music Festival Community Concert.” The program is at 7:00 pm, followed by a post-concert coffee bar reception. Tickets are $15, $10 students 18 and under. To reserve your seat for this exciting concert, call OICMF 376-6636 or email email@example.com.
C Street Brass performs classical, jazz, commercial, and chamber music – and you can hear them online at www.cstreetbrass.com. They have appeared in chamber music series across the country, and toured internationally in Tbilisi, Georgia as Resident ensemble of the Traveling Notes Music Festival and in Doha, Qatar as ambassadors for Carnegie Mellon University. The quintet has received outreach and community education training from violinist and educator Monique Mead, who Orcas students and audiences know well as OICMF’s popular Musician-in-Residence and Festival performer. C Street Brass is teaching and performing on Orcas thanks to a Music Education Sponsorship from the following donors: Bill Anders, Janet Ketcham, James Connell and Win Rhodes.
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Featured in Prime Time on KING FM All Week!
It’s opening week for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and KING FM in Seattle is rolling out the red carpet. All this week on Northwest Focus on Classical KING FM 98.1 at 8:00pm, announcer Sean MacLean will feature some of the music to be performed during the Festival, as well as concert information, during his program. Tune in or listen online at www.king.org.
Following are the selections they’ll feature, the times you can hear them, and the Festival concerts in which they’ll be performed:
Monday, Aug. 5 – Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60, airing at approximately 8pm. To be performed
Aug. 9 at 7:30pm and Aug. 10 at 5:30pm on Orcas, and Aug. 11 at 5pm on Lopez Island in Three’s Company concerts.
– Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op.27, No. 2 Moonlight, at approximately 8:34pm. To be featured Aug. 13 at 7:30pm and Aug. 14 at 5:30pm in Moonlit Music concerts.
Tuesday, Aug. 6 – Shostakovich Viola Sonata, Op. 147 at approximately 8:05pm. To be performed Aug. 13 at 7:30pm and Aug. 14 at 5:30pm in Moonlit Music concerts.
Wednesday, Aug. 7 – Mozart Piano Trio in G, K.496 at approximately 9:18pm. Performed Aug. 9 at 7:30pm and
Aug.10 at 5:30pm on Orcas and Aug. 11 at 5pm on Lopez Island in Three’s Company concerts.
Thursday, Aug. 8 – Ravel Piano Trio in A minor at approximately 8:08pm. To be performed Aug. 9 at 7:30pm and Aug. 10 at 5:30pm
on Orcas and Aug. 11 at 5pm on Lopez Island in Three’s Company concerts.
– Jon Kimura Parker performing Chopin Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31 at approximately 8:38pm.
Friday, Aug. 9 - Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K.478, airing at approximately 9pm. To be performed Aug. 13 at 7:30pm and
Aug. 14 at 5:30pm in Moonlit Music concerts.
Northwest Focus showcases the best of the northwest music scene by presenting local concert performances, concert previews and new releases. We’d like to thank KING FM for supporting the arts community and featuring Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival throughout August!
Just weeks before the 16th Annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, four friends will perform an intimate Salon Concert. On Tuesday, July 23rd at 6:00 pm, horn virtuoso William VerMeulen and his wife, violinist Sylvia VerMeulen, will join friends Aloysia Friedmann, violist and Artistic Director of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival and Jon Kimura Parker, pianist and Artistic Advisor, for a very special evening. The concert will take place in a private home in Deer Harbor, featuring an elegant music room with incredible acoustics.
William has been Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony since 1990, as well asperforming as guest Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and others. In Tune magazine says “the horn playing of William VerMeulen is miraculous! …clearly one of today’s superstars of the international brass scene.” Sylvia is a violinist with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet orchestras, as well as the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.
We’re excited for the return of the VerMeulens, who last performed in the 2007 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Together, with Jackie Parker and Aloysia Friedmann, this foursome promises to be one hot summer ticket!
Seating is limited to 35, so please don’t delay in reserving your special spot!
Tickets are $75. Call the OICMF office today 360-376-6636 today. www.oicmf.org