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3 Parkers Pandemonium!

_mg_8970 (2)It was all in the family sharing one piano bench for the “Orcas~trations: The Three Parkers” concerts August 19 and 20.  And before the concert ended, brothers Jackie and Jamie Parker, and cousin Ian Parker, needed another bench! 

In the first half of the program, strings, clarinet and voice mixed and matched with one Parker at a time. Violinists Andrés Cárdenes, Chee-Yun and Annalee Patipatanakoon; violists Aloysia Friedmann and Yizhak Schotten; and cellists Roman Borys and Anne Martindale Williams took turns for a wonderfully entertaining first half. Then after intermission our Steinway got a real workout when the Parkers teamed up for six hands on one keyboard! Then it was pure pandemonium when the amazing encore, Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance, saw the trio playfully jumping from one end of the piano bench to the other – while not missing a beat. 

Festival Friends & Favorites Aug. 12 & 13

Welcome-Back-Slider-for-websiteBack by popular demand are many of Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival patrons’ favorite performers.  The “Welcome Back!” concerts August 12th at 7:30 pm and August 13th at 5:30 pm featured renowned violinists Andrés Cárdenes and Monique Mead, baritone Philip Cutlip, violist Yizhak Schotten, clarinetist Owen Kotler and cellist Anne Martindale Williams.

Audiences were charmed by arias from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute and enjoyed pianist Ian Parker’s Orcas Island debut in Beethoven’s joyous trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Kodaly’s Sérénade performed by Cárdenes, Mead and Schotten, and the monumental Brahms F Major Cello sonata played by Bion Tsang and Jon Kimura Parker.

3 Parkers, 1 Piano!

“Orcas~trations: The Three Parkers”
Tuesday, August 19 at 7:30 pm, Wednesday, August 20 at 5:30 pm

ThreeParkers (3)Can six hands fit on one keyboard?  Brothers Jackie and Jamie Parker, and cousin Ian Parker, take turns in every possible musical combination in this musical family celebration.  Strings, clarinet and voice mix and match with one Parker at a time.  This star-studded concert also welcomes the return of the Gryphon Trio with  Annalee Patipatanakoon, Roman Borys and Jamie Parker.  The program concludes with Parker mayhem as the Steinway handles multiple Parkers at once!

The 2014 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival takes place August 8 through 23.
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. Other concerts feature baritone Philip Cutlip, renowned violinists Andrés Cárdenes, Chee-Yun and Monique Mead, cellists Bion Tsang and Anne Martindale Williams, and other amazing musicians.  Order tickets online at  To view the complete concert schedule and performing artists, click on Concerts or Artists on the OICMF website or call the Festival office @ 360-376-6636 for further information.

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.

Classy Brass Quintet


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

C Street Brass performs classical, jazz, commercial, and chamber music  - and you can hear them online at 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.

New CD Takes You Around the World

We’re excited to announce the release of our latest CD – “Destinations.”This amazing array of classics will transport you to destinations near and far.

Featured are live performances from the 2011 and 2012 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festivals.

Cuban Overture recalls a memorable vacation taken by George Gershwin. It features Jon Kimura Parker’s debut on the congas, while playing the piano alongside brother Jamie.

Fly to France and enjoy Frederica von Stade singing La Vie en Rose and Bois de Boulogne. 

Joaquin Turina takes you to exotic Spain in the three movements of his Trio No. 2.  Rendezvous with Alan Shulman in 1940s New York in a work originally written for Benny Goodman.

Journey to England as Samuel Barber channels Matthew Arnold’s evocation of Dover Beach, featuring baritone Philip Cutlip.

Travel to South Carolina for Gershwin’s Summertime, performed by Chee-Yun.

Take a train ride with Aloysia Friedmann and the Miró Quartet on the Orange Blossom Special.

Experience an American jazz club in Mike Garson’s virtuosic Paganini Variations.

Your final destination is upstate New York, the birthplace of the moving Ashokan Farewell.

A very special thanks to OICMF Board President Valerie Anders for underwriting the production of this CD!

Destinations CD | $20
Live Performances from the 2011-12 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival

View other available CDs on the Merchandise page  | CLICK HERE

2013: A Fabulous Festival!

The 2013 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival was filled with superstar musicians … and two young musicians who are well on their way to superstar status!
Three virtuosos set the stage opening weekend in an extraordinary reunion:
renowned pianist Jeffrey Kahane, international violin soloist Joseph Swensen and New York Philharmonic Principal Cellist Carter Brey, performing classics by Mozart, Ravel and Brahms.
Viktor & Lachezar 3Then came the arrival of two artists that were new to the Festival.  Orcas audiences affectionately referred to them as the “Bulgarian Boys,” even though they’re hardly boys and have been performing internationally for years.  Pianist Viktor Valkov and cellist Lachezar Kostov had adoring fans leaping to their feet.

Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann, viola, and Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker, piano, were excited to welcome a host of superb musicians:  violinists William Preucil, Martin Chalifour, Margaret Batjer, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio and Alexandra Preucil; violist Toby Appel; and cellist Eric Kim.
The 16th Season was spectacular!  Thank you to the musicians for their amazing performances, and to our loyal patrons and supporters who make it possible.

Mark your calendars to join us in 2014:  August 8 – 23

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.

Festival Office Trio

Festival Office Trio

Joyce, Victoria, Laura

Behind the doors of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival sits a hard-working trio!  Executive Director Victoria Parker, Office and Marketing Manager Joyce Stone, and Festival Production Manager Laura Gibbons are dedicated to assure the success of the two-week Summer Festival, the concerts and educational programs throughout the year, and its strong tradition of volunteer participation and community support.
Serving on and working for regional and state-wide management teams, policy boards, and action committees, Victoria has gained a reputation for dynamic camaraderie, leadership and governance. Joyce brings a career in television marketing, as an award-winning writer and producer of news and entertainment promotion, public service campaigns, sales presentations and fundraising videos. Laura joined the staff in the summer of 2012, and brings a diverse communications and event production background, from award-winning talk shows to commercials, public affairs programming, public speaking and community events.
A few changes are in store in the next few months. Victoria and Joyce will be reducing their work schedule, and Laura will be increasing hers! It’s both a talent and budgetary win/win!  More talent, same bottom line. We’re all excited about this new chapter, and we want to let you know that our door is always open!