OICMF 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.
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 www.orcascenter.org.
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.
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 be 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
Opening 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 International 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.
Monday, August 17th – 7:30 pm
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 www.oicmf.org.
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 www.oicmf.org or call the Festival office @ 376-6636 for further information.
March, April and May … filled with music, singing and teaching!
MARCH: 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
APRIL: 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.
MAY: 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.
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Sunday, March 8th at 3:00 pm
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.
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.
A HOLIDAY TREAT
Star-Studded Trio Lights Up “Leaves of Gold” Concert
It 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.
Formed 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.
Keep updated with the Montrose Trio at: http://montrosetrio.com.
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.’ “