Press Release

Music Lovers Seminars Set the Stage!

                “Transforming!”                              
Before the curtains open for the 18th Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival August 6 – 22, 2015, go behind the scenes for what many call a “transforming experience.”  Music Lovers Seminars are presented for each program by five Lecturers who are highly respected musicians and classical music experts.  OICMF Board Member and Seminar sponsor Glenn Prestwich summarizes his seminar experience: “Before attending phenomenal concerts featuring the world’s top artists, you have learned about the personal lives and sociopolitical challenges of each composer, you’ve understood the arc and key “what-makes-it-great” elements of each musical composition, and you’ve attended a live rehearsal of one of the works. Then, at the concert, you can really appreciate each work and the performers’ artistry and collaboration to the fullest!”

Opening weekend we’re delighted to welcome Robert Baldwin as Lecturer for the “Russian Tableaux” program being performed August 6 on Lopez Island, and August 7 and 8 on Orcas. Dr. Baldwin is an accomplished violist, the Music Director of the Salt Lake Symphony, and Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Utah. He performs and conducts concerts across the United State and Europe. His pre-concert talks and community music classes are popular mainstays of the Utah Arts scene, and you can view his award-winning blog on music and creativity at before the downbeat.  Dr. Baldwin, a specialist in Russian music, will present these lectures on both Lopez and Orcas Islands!
Lopez:  Thursday, August 6, Port Stanley School, 9 am – noon.
For tickets, visit Lopez Bookshop, Paper Scissors on the Rock or email lopez@oicmf.org
Orcas:  Friday, August 7, St. Francis Catholic Church 9 am – 12:30 pm.
For tickets, visit our web site.
 
On Tuesday, August 11th, Steve Reeder, who we’re also welcoming as a new Festival Lecturer this year, will provide insights into the “Façade” concert. Steve is an announcer at Northwest Public Radio, and served as on-air host and Program Director for Classical KING-FM in Seattle.
Friday, August 14th, Stephen Rumph, associate professor of music history at the University of Washington and internationally recognized scholar, explores “The Romantic Cello” concert. Patrons will remember Stephen Rumph’s fascinating lecture last year for “Miró|Beethoven|An Epic Journey” Concerts.
On Tuesday, August 18th the Miró Quartet’s amazing violist, John Largess, will educate and entertain patrons with his seminar exploring “Orcas~trations:Into the Woods.”  John is also performing in this concert for Arnold Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night).
Friday, August 21st, popular Lecturer Lisa Bergman will return to provide insights for the magnificent closing concert, “Hallelujah Junction.” A passionate promote of classical music and concert pianist, Lisa is founder and Artistic Director of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series and is a national Gracie award-winning radio announcer on KING-FM.
 
Music Lovers Seminars take place at St. Francis Church from 9 am – 12:30 pm, with the exception of the August 14 Seminar, which will be held at the Eastsound Fire Hall. All Seminars on Orcas include a coveted visit to a rehearsal. Tickets are $30, students 18 and under free.   To purchase, visit our web site!  A limited number of seats may be sold at the door, depending on available space. Call the OICMF Office for more information 360-376-6636.  www.oicmf.org

 

OICMF Honors Students!

The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival was proud to award four High School seniors with The Marilyn Anderson Young Musician’s Award, supported by the Thyra and Bud Anderson Advised Fund.  OICMF Board of Directors Emeritus Marilyn Anderson, and OICMF Executive Director Leslie Rae Schmitz presented awards to Mikaela Hansen, Celestine Jensen, Emy Carter and Lisa Carter at the Celebration of Success ceremony on June 12, 2015. This annual $500 award for graduating seniors honors students who have demonstrated that music is an important element in their lives.  Their music involvement could include singing, playing an instrument, composing, or recording of music.  The award is named for founding OICMF Board member Marilyn Anderson and her dedication to music education. This tradition began in 2007, and has been a source of encouragement for music students, acknowledging the importance of their practice, performance, enjoyment and love of music.  Congratulations Young Musicians!

 

Chamber Music Festival Tickets on Sale

SUMMER FESTIVAL
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. 

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
                                        Kreisler.

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.

ADD TO THE SUCCESS:
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.

You’re a Piece of the Puzzle!

Exceptional experiences happen when the pieces of a puzzle come together.piece-5 Jackie, Monique, Anne
 For the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, the pieces are many and varied:

  – Guest artists travpiece-4 preschoolersel to the islands to perform.
 – Full-house audiences rise to their feet with spontaneous applause during the Festival season, Salon Concerts and community performances.
 – Hundreds of volunteers complement every donor gift through countless hours and needed skills.
 – Eager preschoolers greet Orcas Island Chamber Music Singing Pied Pipers each week and share a Tune-Up Summer Camp with Teaching Artists on Orcas and Lopez islands.
 – Generous in-kind and supporting business contributions augment what is possible.
 – You – our Donors – send gifts from both near and far.
 
We’d like you to be a piece of our wonderful puzzle.
And thank you for trusting us to put it all together with you in mind.
To contribute, click here

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.’ “

 

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.

 

 

 

Music Lovers Seminar: Miró Beethoven An Epic Journey

Monday, June 23, 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Stephen Rumph

Stephen Rumph

This Music Lovers Seminar will set the stage for the Miró Quartet’s performance of Beethoven’s 16 string quartets, which will take place over 5 concert nights June 23 – 29, 2014.  The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is honored to bring internationally recognized scholar Stephen Rumph, Associate Professor of Music History at the University of Washington, for this special afternoon on Monday, June 23 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm at the Orcas Senior Center.

This seminar will explore Beethoven’s sixteen quartets as a microcosm of the composer’s entire oeuvre, tracing the changing stylistic, aesthetic, and ideological landscape of Beethoven’s music from his early Viennese years until his death. Professor Rumph’s observations will combine biographical and historical information with close musical readings, and will offer music lovers of every level an accessible and stimulating introduction to these masterpieces of the chamber music repertory. Rumph has lectured widely on Beethoven’s music, and published a prominent study of the composer’s political thought, “Beethoven After Napoleon: Political Romanticism in the Late Works” (University of California Press, 2004).

 “A brilliant and unfailingly provocative reading of Beethoven’s music. Rumph challenges and refines our views of the subject, reinterpreting overly familiar music in striking new ways. Wonderful critical and interpretive observations abound…”
– Scott Burnham, author of “Beethoven Hero.”

Professor Rumph teaches and publishes on a wide range of topics, including opera, film music, French art song, Mozart, and Beethoven.  His writings appear in numerous music journals, and he recently published a second book, Mozart and Enlightenment Semiotics (University of California Press, 2011). He served as Reviews Editor for Beethoven Forum, 2005-2008.  He joined the UW School of Music faculty in 2002, after studying voice at Oberlin Conservatory and earning a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Rumph also sings professionally as a lyric tenor, performing widely in concert, oratorio, and opera.