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.’ “
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Violinist Monique Mead, accompanied by pianist Deborah Rambo Sinn, will perform an intimate and elegant Salon Concert in the home of dear friends on Sunday, June 2 at 3PM in the afternoon. Concert hosts have opened their home and gardens to concert attendees for this spring performance in support of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival and for Monique’s return to visit the island.
A passionate ambassador of classical music, Monique has developed a multi-faceted career as a performer, presenter, pedagogues, and consultant. Inspired by her collaborations with Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Monique has devoted her career to building new audiences for orchestras, choirs, and music festivals in the United States and Europe. Her relationship with the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival includes visits as Musician-in-Residence coaching school and community musicians and island music groups. 2012 marked her 5th appearance as a guest artist during the Summer Festival.
Deborah Rambo Sinn is the Founder/Director of the Olympic Music School in Sequim, WA. Most recently, she has written a book on music interpretation, Playing Beyond the Notes, (she will be at Darvill’s Bookstore in Eastsound on Wednesday evening, May 29th for a book signing event) published by Oxford University Press. Deborah has given concerts and master classes on four continents and taught students from more than 14 countries. She holds a Doctorate and a Masters degree from Indiana University where she studied with Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio) and James Tocco. Dr. Sinn is a nationally certified teacher of music through Music Teachers National Association.
The musical and teaching collaboration on Orcas Island of these two talented musicians offers a rare opportunity for island residents to learn and listen, both!
Salon Concert Tickets: $75. Seating limited to 35.
Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
Violin Concerto in B minor
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andantino quasi allegretto
III. Molto moderato e maestoso
Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
Sicilienne and Rigaudon
Schön Rosmarin (Beautiful Rosemary)
Liebesleid (Love’s Sorrow)
Liebesfreud (Love’s Joy)
Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
Meditation from “Thais”
Miniature Viennese March
George Gershwin (1898-1937) (arr. Jascha Heifetz)
From “Porgy and Bess”
I. Summertime/A Woman is a Sometimes Thing
II. It Ain’t Necessarily So
Monique Mead, violin
Deborah Rambo Sinn, piano
Jon Kimura Parker CD Release Concert!
Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00 pm
The Grange on Orcas Island
It will be a grand evening at The Grange when Jon Kimura Parker performs a special CD release concert! This is Jackie’s first solo recording in ten years, and features his own transcriptions of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Petrouchka. Released as a celebration of the centenary of the 20th century’s most famous (and infamous) work, The Rite of Spring, the concert will include Jackie’s description of how he came to tackle this monstrously difficult work, a complete performance of The Rite, and some of his secrets in bringing a whole orchestra to life at the piano. The program will also include short works including Vladimir Horowitz’s favorite encore, Schumann’s Träumerei.
Following the concert, Jackie will be available for a CD signing, and guest will enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres from Orcas Village Store and Thurston Wolfe wine. Tickets are $75. To reserve, call the OICMF Office, 360-376-6636 or email email@example.com.
A private music room on Orcas Island was the setting for our 2012 Fall Salon Concert. Jon Kimura Parker, piano, and Desmond Hoebig, cello, performed as if they had known each other for a lifetime. In fact, they have.“Jackie” noted that he knew Desmond before he knew his little sister! And now these former Canadians are both Professors at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. The audience was treated to Beethoven’s Twelve Variations on “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Op. 66; Brahms’ Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38; and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33. It was a Salon Concert to cherish – elegant setting, incredible acoustics, amazing musicians.
Rich musical color characterizes the collaboration of Desmond Hoebig, Professor of Cello at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, with pianist Jon Kimura Parker, Professor of Piano at Rice University, concert soloist, prizewinner and known as “Jackie” when on Orcas as OICMF’s Artistic Advisor. The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival welcomes these two distinctive guest artists who return to visit Orcas from their respective touring and teaching schedules for two evenings of singular performances, October 2nd and 3rd. The setting for these concerts is an elegant, intimate music room in a private home. Salon Concert tickets are $75 and seating is limited. To attend call 360-376-6636.
On Monday, February 27, 2012, world-renowned pianist Jeffrey Kahane performed for an enthusiastic, limited-seating audience of 60 on the Orcas Center OffCenter Stage. Kahane has frequently appeared in the annual Summer Festival of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival (OICMF). He is conductor and Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Afterward, Valerie Anders, OICMF Board President said, “To experience a concert by a remarkable musician such as Jeffrey in this intimate setting is absolutely thrilling!”
On this night, Kahane performed Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G, G. Kahane’s Django and Chopin’s Mazurkas, Barcarolle and Polonaise-Fantasie. This Salon Concert, one of three planned for 2012 by OICMF, was followed by a “nightcap reception” for all who attended.
The next OICMF Salon Concert for 2012 is scheduled for May 19 at 5 pm. It will feature violinist Monique Mead, who will be accompanied by pianist Deborah Rambo Sinn, according to Victoria Parker, Executive Director of OICMF. The May concert will be in a private residence on Buck Mountain for a limited-seating audience of 35. Tickets are available for $75. To reserve, call the OICMF office at 360-376-6636.