Looking Ahead to Season 20 in 2017!

The Next Festival will be Our 20th!

(How did we get here so quickly?)

We look toward Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s 20th Season in August of 2017 with great anticipation and excitement! We will welcome back many of our Festival alumni, and we will welcome new Festival musicians to the great family of OICMF Artists that has developed over the last 19 years.

Our dates are yet to be cast in stone, but we do know that the Festival will begin near the first weekend in August and will run for the next two weeks. The 20th season will include many celebratory events, including our gift to the island, a free outdoor Concert in the Park on Sunday, August 13th, at the Stage on the Green in Eastsound.

More information will be available as we get closer to next summer!


An Evening with Heifetz

13502132_10153482499861213_1832149839711538860_nOICMF celebrates the legacy of violinist Jascha Heifetz with violinist/pianist Ayke Agus and violinist Chee-Yun Kim. Dr. Agus studied with Jascha Heifetz at University of Southern California early in her career. This began a lasting professional association and friendship with the great violinist. Dr. Agus was accompanist to Heifetz for the last fifteen years of his life. After his death she wrote the book “Heifetz, as I Knew Him,” which was subsequently a source for the documentary “Jascha Heifetz, God’s Fiddler.” 

Dr. Agus will discuss her time with Heifetz and accompany violinist Chee-Yun, who will perform from Heifetz’s broad repertoire of transcriptions. Ayke Agus will also perform several of Jascha Heifetz’s favorite transcriptions on violin, accompanied by Jon Kimura Parker. Video clips, including Heifetz playing, will round out this entertaining and educational multi-media event. The concerts will take place at Orcas Center on Mount Baker Road. Aloysia Friedmann and Jon Kimura Parker will host.

13445411_10153482499896213_8994110083363300996_nAfter the show sold out two months in advance, the Festival added a second show the following afternoon, Tuesday, August 16, at 2:30 pm.

Seats for all of this season’s Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival concerts are selling briskly. You are encouraged to get your tickets soon, available at the Orcas Center box office or online at

2016 Summer Festival

                 The 2016 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival was a Rousing Success!

 From the kick-off weekend with the inimitable “Time for Three,” all the way through to the innovative menu options of the final “Á la Carte!” concerts, the 2016 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival took listeners on a moving journey through centuries of music and a spectrum of emotions.

Artistic Director and violist Aloysia Friedmann crafted two weeks of fabulous concerts, filled with renowned artists, including:
             The Argentinian rhythms and fire of the Ginastera 1st Quartet
             The melancholy and excitement of Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet
             Smetana’s passionate and melodic Piano Trio in G minor
             Dvorak’s luscious E-flat Piano Quartet
             The exciting Dohnanyi Sextet
             Poulenc’s brilliant clarinet sonata
             The dramatic new Rhapsodos by Betinis
             The lyrical Horn Trio by Brahms

We welcomed amazing artists who performed for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival for the first time, and welcomed back Festival friends. Flying in from England for the Northwest premiere of Abbie Betinis’s Rhapsodos, clarinetist Michael Collins performed with pianist Jon Kimura Parker.
Other major artists new to Orcas this year included pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Craig Sheppard, hornist Julie Landsman, cellists Beth Rapier and Anthony Ross, and Time for Three, and we welcomed back many Festival favorites with great enthusiasm: the Miró Quartet, violinists Chee-Yun and Sandy Yamamoto, and violist Toby Appel!
Aloysia and Jackie hosted a special event on August 15th and 16th, celebrating the legacy of violinist Jascha Heifetz, featuring pianist/violinist Dr. Ayke Agus, who worked with Heifetz as a violin student and as piano accompanist to his studio. She shared stories about Heifetz, including excerpts from the documentary God’s Fiddler.             

A heart-felt thank you to all who made this 19th Season of Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival such a glowing success. The memories linger long after the last bow was taken.

Two “Signature” Events at 2015 Chamber Music Festival!

Miro Quartet Transcendent  Evening
It was a special honor when the Miró Quartet selected Orcas Island as the perfect setting for a much-anticipated event.  During our 2015 Season, the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival presented the pre-release of Miró Quartet|transcendence, an incredible double disc set (Blu-ray/CD) of Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887. Last year the Quartet recorded and filmed the making of this iconic work in Seattle at Benaroya Hall on David Fulton’s instrument collection, including several Stradivari and Guarneri.  Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, John Largess and Joshua Gindele were supported by benefactor David Fulton in embarking on this beautiful and transcendent musical journey.

The evening included a live performance, an exciting multimedia debut of this award-winning documentary, and a fascinating question and answer session with the Miró Quartet, OICMF Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann and OICMF Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker.  Patrons were thrilled to Miro 11be part of this one-of-a-kind event, and didn’t want to see the evening end!  Our thanks to concert sponsors Lee and Stuart Rolfe, and reception sponsor Carl de Boor!
The Miró Quartet also unveiled educational aspects of this project: the “Play It Forward” educated initiative, and “The Miró Transcendence Education Contest,” in partnership with Carnegie Hall. To learn more about these programs, 

Kostov/Valkov CD Premiere
Lachezar and Viktor 5Opening night of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival was the perfect time and place for the CD release of Lachezar Kostov and Viktor Valkov’s Kostov-Valkov Duo Transcriptions & Paraphrases for cello and piano.  The lines were long during intermission and post-concert receptions, as adoring fans looked forward to autographed copies of their CD.

This exciting duo have performed together since 2000, performing across the United States, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Japan.  Bulgarian cellist Lachezar Kostov has been hailed for the “awesome purity of his playing” and described as a “prodigiously skilled protagonist.”  Winner of the 2012 New Orleans _MG_9140International Piano Competition, Bulgarian pianist Viktor Valkov has been highly acclaimed by critics as a “lion of the keyboard.”  The CD features Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1 and 2 and Evocation a la Chapelle Sixtine, Buxton Orr’s A Carmen Fantasy, Martinu’s Variations on a Theme of Rossini and  Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Figaro.

The CD was produced by Aloysia Friedmann and sponsored by The Anders Foundation, William and Valerie Anders.


Miró Quartet Transcendence Pre-Release Event


                    Monday, August 17th –  7:30 pm
                                   Orcas Center

This summer the Miró Quartet is back, and in addition to their concert performances during the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, there’s an added bonus!  They’re having a pre-release party of an incredible double disc set (Blu-ray DVD/CD)  of Schubert’s Great G Major String Quartet. Last year the quartet recorded and filmed the making of this disc in Seattle at Nordstrom Hall on David Fulton’s instrument collection, including several Stradivari and Guarneri.  Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, John Largess and Joshua Gindele were commissioned by benefactor David Fulton to embark on this bold and beautiful journey.

The quartet has chosen Orcas Island as the perfect setting to make this announcement,  as they embark on their 20-year anniversary, and a select number of patrons will have the opportunity to be a part of this exclusive event.  The evening includes a live performance, an exciting multimedia debut, and informative Q&A with the Miró Quartet.

Tickets are $40 and includes a copy of the Miró Quartet “Transcendence”  Blu-ray Disc and audio CD.  Guests will also enjoy a reception of delicious
hors d’oeuvres and Thurston Wolfe wine in the Madrona Room.    To purchase, visit   

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. 

Spring Brings Visiting Artists

March, April and May …  filled with music, singing and teaching!
MARCH:DSCN0904  Violinist Monique Mead will return March 4 -10th as Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Musician-in-Residence to work with Orcas School string students, the Orcas Island Community Band, and provide Master Classes with students and community musicians. In addition, both Monique and Adam Stern, pianist, will work with Island Sinfonia on ensemble building and conducting. They will present a free concert on Sunday, March 8th at 3 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, Bach/Gounod Ave Maria, and popular pieces by Fritz

APMiho and DiegoRIL:  Miho Takekawa & Diego Coy will visit Orcas Island for the first time the week of April 6-10 as OICMF Musicians-in-Residence.  The Miho & Diego Duo has been boldly blending Latin and Japanese musical traditions in Washington, Oregon, California and Japan since 2006, encouraging cultural understanding through music. The Duo will spend time with Orcas School band students, as well as coaching and teaching percussion to elementary students.  They will share their “Musical Trip Around the World,” an award-winning musical education program for preschool through K-2 students, on Wednesday April 8 at 1:00 pm, at Orcas Center. This program is designed to have children understand different cultures and languages by introducing a new genre of music.  In addition, Miho and Diego will perform at the Senior Center on Friday, April 10th at 1:00 pm.

  MADSCN1451Y:  Baritone Philip Cutlip will return as a Musician-in-Residence May 18-22.
Philip has been a popular artist for several Orcas Island Chamber Music Festivals, and was a featured performer for our “Leaves of Gold” Fundraising Concert in December. Last year he was also a teaching coach, working with student and community musicians.  As one choir member said, “How fortunate for us to be graced with the expertise of a professional and an opera singer taking time to give beneficial instructions.” 

Funding for the 2014-15 Musicians-in-Residence programs is from the National Endowment for the Arts, Orcas Island Community Foundation, Washington State Arts Commission, Monique Mead, Mimi and Slim Sommerville, and the Gould Family Foundation.

Music Education donors know the deep satisfaction of giving musical times to young ones in the community on Orcas and Lopez Islands with their gifts. Let us know that you’d like to direct your gift to help continue the momentum. click here   Thank you in advance!

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Free Concert

 Sunday, March 8th at 3:00 pMonique and Adamm
 Emmanuel Episcopal Church
All are invited to attend a special Sunday afternoon concert on Sunday, March 8th  at 3:00 featuring Monique Mead, violin, and Adam Stern, piano.  Admission is free, and music students and music lovers of all ages are encouraged to attend.  The concert takes place at the historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church in the center of Eastsound. Monique and Adam will be performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47,  Bach/Gounod Ave Maria, and popular pieces by Fritz Kreisler.

Monique is the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Musician-in-Residence March 4 through 10.  She will work with string students in grades K- 12, the Orcas Island Community Band, and provide Master Classes with students and community musicians.  In addition, both Monique and Adam will work with Island Sinfonia on string ensemble building and conducting.  Funding for these 2014-15 Musicians-in-Residence programs is from the National Endowment for the Arts, Orcas Island Community Foundation, Washington State Arts Commission, Monique Mead, Mimi and Slim Sommerville, and the Gould Family Foundation.

Runners’ Night Out on Orcas Island

Jen Timmins 2014 race

Orcas Island trail runner Jen Timmins, January 2014.

First ever Runners’ Night Out on Orcas! event.

The idea is that our runners enjoy some of their free time by staying over and getting acquainted with island good life. Here’s the plan:

Saturday January 31 after the 25k race day the dinner-theater style Random Howse in Eastsound is ready to welcome Rainshadow’s trail runners and friends for an evening of celebration and camaraderie. Tunes by Martin Lund’s hand-picked quartet move smoothly through moods and genres. Free first glass of wine or beer is our island welcome – just show your race bib. $20 in advance or at the door. Early reservations advised. Limited Seating. 6-9PM. Sponsored by Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival with helpful funding from the San Juan County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee and co-promotion with the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce.

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Savory Add-On: Want appetizers or dinner, too? Chef and Culinary Artist Bill Patterson offers a special menu for Rainshadow Runners from $12-$30 showcasing his famous earthy Italian cuisine.

Star-Studded Concert!

 Star-Studded Trio Lights Up “Leaves of Gold” Concert
Concert-photo-4-300x179It 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 was 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.

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