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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.

 

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!

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Wind Quintet Coming to Orcas Classrooms

WindSyncThey’re called WindSync, a quintet of virtuoso players who show just how exciting a flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn can be. This fresh, energetic group will be the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Musicians-in-Residence the week of March 10th.

The five members of WindSync will work with K-12 music students and teachers, offering skill-building techniques which focus on finding a group sound together, while providing enthusiasm and inspiration.  In addition, the Quintet will conduct workshops with community musicians.  Their busy week on Orcas will end with a Spirit Assembly for students.

Based in Houston, WindSync has thrilled audiences nationwide with their unique approach to classical music. The Quintet specializes in creative and interactive concerts that inspire audiences of all ages, and are pioneers in unconventional performance practices. They have frequently performed in schools representing Young Audiences of Houston, an arts program which applauded WindSync for its “extraordinary ability to connect students, educators, administrators, and parents in a powerful and meaningful way.”  Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync was winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh International Competition. The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is thrilled that WindSync is bringing their talent and passion for education to Orcas schools in March.  This project is underwritten by gifts to the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Music Education Fund.

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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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!

Gould Family Foundation Supports Future of Music Education

Pied Piper Sharon AbreuThe Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival received a generous gift that will expand our successful music education efforts. The mission of the Gould Family Foundation is to support innovative programs that promote experimental learning and the Arts. The foundation prefers programs that demonstrate a strong plan for sustainability and/or growth, and they fund organizations in Southern California, New York, Washington State and Washington, D.C.

The $5,000 grant will provide $1,000 each to our four island preschools to replace and expand the much loved music instrument and music education inventory that has provided eight years of joyful service to hundreds of preschool hands and hearts.
And it will provide $1,000 to augment the music education materials available to island kindergarteners through third grade in our public school. The Festival will work with the Preschool Directors, Pamela Wright from the public school and our Singing Pied Pipers
(community musicians recruited by OICMF) to develop a list of purchases for each of the four preschools and K-3rd grade curriculum. Our education program also includes  week-long visits by guest Musicians-in-Residence several times a year. These Teaching Artists focus on Rachel Buchmanengaging the youngsters in song and song-play while providing coaching for preschool staff through demonstration and discussion. In addition, Musicians-in-Residence for Kindergarten through early elementary build on the experiences of the preschoolers as they continue their education at the public school, working closely with the public school music teacher.

The importance of experiencing music and participating in musical activities at a very early age is well documented. The Gould Family Foundation has played a founding and central role in the success of the music education offered to preschool and school age children by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival on Orcas Island by providing start-up funding for training and the purchase of music resources.

The OICMF Board, Artistic Staff and Executive Director Victoria Parker would like to thank the Foundation for investing in the community of Orcas Island, and most specifically with the focus on music education for young people.

Young Musicians Honored

Young Musicians Award 2013 003The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival was proud to award three Orcas High School seniors with The Marilyn Anderson Young Musician’s Award, supported by the Thyra and Bud Anderson Advised Fund.  Juliette Mann, Adelaine Newcombe and Rhys Thompson received their awards at the Celebration of Success ceremony on June 14, 2013 from OICMF Board Member Catherine Pederson. This annual $500 award for a graduating senior honors a student who has demonstrated that music is an important element in his or her life.  Their music involvement could include singing, playing an instrument, composing, or recording of music. The Marilyn Anderson Young Musician’s Award may be used at the full discretion of the recipient. This tradition began in 2007 and has been a steady source of encouragement for music students, acknowledging the importance of their practice and enjoyment.

 

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