2016 Summer Festival!

                 Announcing the 2016 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival!

They’re high energy, high profile, and they’re kicking off the 2016 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. “Time for Three,” an electrifying trio of classically trained musicians, will perform August 4th on Lopez Island and August 5th and 6th on Orcas Island.  Members include violinists Nick Kendall and Nikki Chooi, and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer.  “Simply put, they’re a knockout…conveyers of an infectious joy that I find both touching and moving,” said Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Artistic Director and violist Aloysia Friedmann has crafted two weeks of fabulous concerts, filled with renowned artists. You’ll experience four centuries of music, a moving journey of emotions!
             The Argentinian rhythms and fire of the Ginastera 1st Quartet
             The melancholy and excitement of Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet
             The passionate and melodic Smetana Trio
             The luscious E-flat Piano Quartet by Dvorak
             The exciting Dohnanyi Sextet
             The brilliant clarinet sonata of Poulenc
             The dramatic new Rhapsodos by Betinis
             The lyrical Horn Trio of Brahms
            And in our Festival Finale, you decide how the program ends! 

We’ll welcome amazing artists who are performing for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival for the first time, and welcome back Festival friends. Flying in from England for the Northwest premiere of Abbie Betinis’s Rhapsodos is clarinetist Michael Collins, who will perform with pianist Jon Kimura Parker.
Other major artists new to Orcas this year include pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Craig Sheppard, hornist Julie Landsman, cellists Beth Rapier and Anthony Ross, and Time for Three. We’re excited to welcome back many Festival favorites: the Miró Quartet, violinists Chee-Yun, Ida Levin, and Sandy Yamamoto, and violist Toby Appel!

Aloysia and Jackie will host a special event Monday, August 15th, celebrating the legacy of violinist Jascha Heifetz. “An Evening with Heifetz” features pianist/violinist Dr. Ayke Agus, who worked with Heifetz as a violin student and as piano accompanist to his studio. She will share stories about Heifetz, including excerpts from the documentary God’s Fiddler.  In addition, Chee-Yun will perform a selection of Heifetz’s famous violin transcriptions. 

It promises to be an exciting 19th Season, and we encourage you to purchase you tickets early. To view the complete repertoire, click here for concert information

April 14:  Pre-sale ticketing
                     for donors $500+
 May 2:  Tickets go on sale
                2:00 pm – Tickets can be purchased  at Orcas Center
 This “Early Bird” tradition gives Orcas Islanders the opportunity to purchase tickets before online sales open to the public later in the day.           
               7:00 pm – Online ticket sales open 
  Visit our web site and click on Buy Summer Festival Tickets.

Phone Orders can be made through the Orcas Center Box Office, Wednesday through Friday, noon to 2:00 pm.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the OICMF office at 360-376-6636 or 866-492-0003 or email

Star-Studded Concert!

                                                                                                       A HOLIDAY TREAT
                                                            Star-Studded Trio Lights Up “Leaves of Gold” Concert
Concert photo 4It was the perfect way to begin the holiday season! Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s “Leaves of Gold” Concert at Rosario Resort, December 10th and 11th, 2015 was magical – with magnificent musicians performing beautiful music in an historic music room.  The concert featured the Montrose Trio, an exciting new piano trio comprised of pianist Jon Kimura Parker and two former members of the famous Tokyo String Quartet, violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith.  The Washington Post (Feb. 8, 2015) raved about their “absolutely top-notch music-making, as fine as one could ever expect to hear…they are poised to become one of the top piano trios in the world.” 

Also performing were OICMF Artistic Director and violist Aloysia Friedmann, as well as clarinetist Richie Hawley, a versatile and critically acclaimed artist who ranks among the most distinguished clarinetists of his generation, and currently Professor of Clarinet at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. 

Concert photo 1Formed in 2014, The Montrose Trio is a collaboration stemming from a long relationship between Jon Kimura Parker and the Tokyo String Quartet.  Jackie was the Quartet’s final guest pianist, and a backstage conversation with Martin Beaver and Clive Greensmith led to The Montrose Trio’s creation. Named after Chateau Montrose, a storied Bordeaux wine long favored after concerts, The Montrose Trio has quickly established a reputation for performances of the highest distinction. 
Violinist Martin Beaver has appeared as soloist with the orchestras of San Francisco, Indianapolis, Montreal, Toronto, and Sapporo, among others. Cellist Clive Greensmith has performed as soloist with the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Mostly Mozart Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the RAI Orchestra in Rome.

A reception featured a wonderful buffet with hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine in the Rosario Mansion’s Dining Room, beautifully adorned for the holidays.  We’d like to thank Rosario owners Jan and Jerry Barto for hosting this event.

A Stage Filled with Grandeur!

The 2015 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival –  A Stage Filled with Grandeur! 

Amazing artists filled the stage …
 From August 6th  through 23rd , more than 25 renowned musicians brought audiences to their feet!  The “Façade” concert featured a wonderful mix of artists: Adam Stern, reciter; James Paul, conductor; Lorna McGhee, flute/piccolo; Owen Kotler, clarinet/bass clarinet; Timothy McAllister, alto saxophone; Charlie Porter, trumpet; Paul Hansen, percussion; and cellists Lachezar Kostov and Oliver Aldort in William Walton’s famous “Façade – An Entertainment.”


_MG_0472-L[1]Grand pianos filled the stage …
Opening the Festival in grand fashion were pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Viktor Valkov performing Rachmaninoff’s Fantasie-Tableaux, Suite No. 1 for two pianos.   Closing night Parker and pianist Orli Shaham performed John Adams’ incredible Hallelujah Junction and Rachmaninoff’s powerful Suite No. 2 for two pianos.



_MG_0204-L[1]Cellos filled the stage …
Cellos were very prominent during the Festival, and popular with patrons, including David Popper’s Requiem for three cellos and piano in F-sharp minor, Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro for four cellos, Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville for four cellos, and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for eight cellos and voice, with Orcas Island soprano Sharon Abreu. 



_MG_0306-L[1]And beautiful artwork filled the stage …
Fiber Artist Geoffrey Shilling created the perfect backdrop to transport audiences deep “Into the Woods” for the “Orcas~trations” concert, as violinists Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer, violists John Largess and Aloysia Friedmann, and cellists Joshua Gindele and Desmond Hoebig performed Schonberg’s moving Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night) for String Sextet. 

The two week Festival was filled with magnificent music and musicians, and we’d like to thank OICMF Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann for making it all possible!

Chamber Music Festival Tickets on Sale

AUGUST 6   – 22, 2015

Tickets are on sale for the 18th Annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, which 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.

Visit our web site to purchase tickets, or call the Box Office @ 376-2281 between noon and 2 pm Wednesday through Friday.
To view the complete concert schedule and performing artists,  go to or call the Festival office @ 376-6636 for further information. 

Three Generations Gift

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! 

_MG_9691-L[1]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.

“Simply Jackie” Concert

Jon Kimura ParkerPianist 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 HirtzBernard Hermann Fantasy (Music from Mysterious IslandPsycho, 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.’ “


Wow! Look Who’s Coming in August

Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet

Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet

Jon Kimura Parker and Aloysia Friedmann

Jon Kimura Parker and Aloysia Friedmann

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
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
Nuevo Tango!
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
Welcome Back!
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
European Interlude
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!

*All elements subject to change

It Was A Red Hot Concert!

Valkov Kostov 1The 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!
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Miró | Beethoven | An Epic Journey

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  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.

*June 23
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

June 24   
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

June 25
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

June 28
String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132
String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130
Grosse Fuge, Op. 133

June 29
String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp minor, Op. 131
String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135

Red Hot Concert!

“Leaves of Gold … with a Touch of Red”
December Concert Stars Summer Favorites

Viktor Valkov & Lachezar KostovIt 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 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.