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“Simply Jackie” Concert

Jon Kimura ParkerPianist extraordinaire Jon Kimura Parker will light up a dark November night with an incredible solo performance for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.  The “Simply Jackie” Salon Concert will take place Wednesday, November 12th at 7:00 pm at Orcas Center.  The world of fantasy and “the fantastic” combine in this brilliant program, featuring 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.’ ”

OICMF Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann says, ” You will be dazzled with Jackie’s brilliant technique, but long after the final notes of Jackie’s Fantasy program, you will be left with a sense of profound knowledge of having heard a true artist performing some of the most beautiful music ever written for solo piano.”

A reception of light hors d’oeuvres and Thurston Wolfe wine will follow the concert.  Tickets are $75.  To purchase, please email joyce@oicmf.org or call the office 360-376-6636.  www.oicmf.org

Chamber Music Festival Tickets on Sale May 7 !

Opening day of ticket sales for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is Wednesday, May 7th.   And the kickoff is happening at a new, more convenient time – 5:00 PM!
All are welcome to come to the Madrona Room at Orcas Center beginning at this time to select your favorite seats and concerts for this popular Festival.  The 17th Annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival takes place August 8 through 23.

For years, “Early Bird” patrons have lined up in the pre-dawn hours in order to make their concert choices before sales open online or by phone.  Now in 2014, the “Early Birds” are migrating from AM to PM.  Mary Poletti will still bring her goodies to keep folks happy as the friendly Festival staff help with ticket orders and answer questions about this Summer’s music and musicians.

Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango QuartetCome join the fun and get your tickets early. This year’s Festival is going to be spectacular!  Opening weekend you’ll journey to Buenos Aires for a true tango adventure, as Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann and Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker welcome tango pianist extraordinaire Pablo Ziegler and his Classical Tango Quartet.  It will be a musical family celebration August 19 and 20 when three famous pianists, brothers Jackie Parker, Jamie Parker and cousin Ian Parker perform for the featured “Orcas~trations” Concert.  Other concerts feature Canada’s celebrated Gryphon Trio, baritone Philip Cutlip, renowned violinists Andrés Cárdenes and Chee-Yun, cellists Bion Tsang and Anne Martindale Williams, and other amazing musicians.  Online ticket sales will open May 7th at 9pm at www.oicmf.org.  Phone sales will begin May 8th and can be made by calling the Box Office Wednesday through Friday from noon to 4 pm @ 376-2281.  To view the complete concert schedule and performing artists, visit the OICMF website or call the Festival office @ 376-6636 for further information.

 

 

 

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    www.oicmf.org
 CONCERTS:
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

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 joyce@oicmf.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.

Fall Salon Concert

Gryphon Trio photo by Shin Sugino

Canada’s celebrated Gryphon Trio is making a special trip down to Orcas on
Sunday, October 20th to present a Salon Concert for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.  The concert will take place at 5:00 pm in a beautiful Deer Harbor home, the perfect setting for an intimate concert.

The Trio, consisting of violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys and pianist Jamie Parker, are celebrating their 20 anniversary this year.  They are two time award-winners of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences JUNO Award, and were recently honored as the 2013 winner of the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. Presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, this prize recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by Canadian artists. According to the committee, “Stability is the bedrock of these three exceptional musicians who think, breathe and act as one. Theirs is a powerful and majestic sound, regardless of musical genre.”

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival patrons will certainly remember their amazing performances during the 2011 Festival, which included Hatzis’s Old Photographs, Beethoven’s Ghost Trio and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.

The Salon Concert will be accompanied by hors d’oeuvres and Thurston Wolfe wine. Tickets are $75. Seating is limited. To reserve, please call the OICMF office 360-376-6636 or email joyce@oicmf.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classy Brass Quintet Coming to Orcas

C Street BrassOrcas 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 joyce@oicmf.org.

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.

KING for 5 nights!

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Featured in Prime Time on KING FM All Week!
NW Focus 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!

4 Friends, 1 Hot Summer Ticket!

Four Friends Play

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

Jon Kimura Parker CD Release Concert!

Jon Kimura Parker CD Release Concert!
Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00 pm
The Grange on Orcas Island

It will be a grand evening at The Grange when Jon Kimura Parker performs a special CD release concert! This is Jackie’s first solo recording in ten years, and features his own transcriptions of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Petrouchka. Released as a celebration of the centenary of the 20th century’s most famous (and infamous) work, The Rite of Spring, the concert will include Jackie’s description of how he came to tackle this monstrously difficult work, a complete performance of The Rite, and some of his secrets in bringing a whole orchestra to life at the piano. The program will also include short works including Vladimir Horowitz’s favorite encore, Schumann’s Träumerei.

Following the concert, Jackie will be available for a CD signing, and guest will enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres from Orcas Village Store and Thurston Wolfe wine.  Tickets are $75.  To reserve, call the OICMF Office, 360-376-6636 or email joyce@oicmf.org.

 

 

Make This a December to Remember!

Miro on Orcas Island

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Annual Fundraising Concert, “Leaves of Gold,” will feature the magnificent Miro Quartet.  Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, John Largess and Joshua Gindele will perform two concerts in the Music Room at Rosario Resort on Thursday, December 6th at 6pm and Friday, December 7th at 6pm.  Tickets to this gala event are $150.  All proceeds benefit Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival programming and music education.  It promises to be an elegant evening of music and delectable cuisine you won’t want to miss!  For reservations, call 360-376-6636 or email joyce@oicmf.org.   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.

Hailed by the New York Times as possessing “explosive vigor and technical finesse,” the Miro Quartet is one of America’s highest-profile chamber groups.  They serve as the Faculty String Quartet-in-Residence at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas in

Austin, while maintaining an active international touring schedule.  This summer, the Miro were the Musicians-in-Residence at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, performing a whirlwind schedule of events, and we’re thrilled that this popular Quartet is returning to dazzle patrons for our December concert.