Press Release

Chamber Music Festival Ticket Sales Open April 30

                                              4:00 pm Ticket Sales Open at Orcas Center
    5:30 pm  Volunteer Reception – Toast 2015 Festival and New Executive Director
 
Opening day of ticket sales for the 2015 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is Thursday, April 30th.  The traditional “Early Birds” will start at 4:00 pm. For years, loyal patrons have lined up in order to make their concert choices before sales open online or by phone.  All are welcome to come to the Madrona Room at Orcas Center beginning at 4:00 pm to select your favorite seats and concerts. The friendly Festival staff will be there to help with ticket orders and answer questions about this Summer’s music and musicians.   

Then at 5:30 pm, the kick-off celebration continues with a reception for Festival volunteers!  Leslie Rae Schmitz, new Executive Director for the Chamber Music Festival, will welcome the terrific team of volunteers, and staff will preview the much-anticipated concerts and events. Hors d’oeuvres from Orcas Village Store and Thurston Wolfe wine will complement the occasion.

The 18th Annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival 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.

If you can’t join us in person, online ticket sales open April 30th at 9 pm. Visit our web site www.oicmf.org to purchase tickets. Phone sales begin May 1st by calling the Box Office @ 376-2281. To view the complete concert schedule and performing artists, visit 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.

 

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

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.