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Brass Players Coach Students and Musicians

 Music education took center stage in October when two members of C Street Brass came to Orcas as part of the Chamber Music Festival’s Musician-in-Residence program. Hakeem Bilal, bass trombone, and Kyle Anderson, trumpet, coached K-12 students by day, and adult community musicians in the evenings. The talented duo was a hit with all ages, and everyone welcomed their expertise and fun, energetic style of teaching. As one Community Band member said, “Their love of music and enthusiasm was infectious.”

C Street Brass is the Ensemble in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. 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.

 

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 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.

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.  www.oicmf.org

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!

Elegant Salon Concert June 2nd

Elegant Salon Concert June 2nd

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.

Repertoire:

 Camille Saint-Saens   (1835-1921)

            Violin Concerto in B minor             

                        I.    Allegro non troppo        

                        II.   Andantino quasi allegretto

                        III.  Molto moderato e maestoso

 Intermission

 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”                              

 Fritz Kreisler

            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

 

 

 

 

Singing Pied Pipers

The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival brings new voices to the four Orcas preschools and toddler centers, introducing two talented musicians and singers.

Sharon Abreu (pictured on slider) visits Kaleidoscope and Children’s House weekly while Anita Orne (pictured below leading one of her favorite songs about a moose) visits Salmonberry and Montessori. They are enthusiastically referred to as the “Singing Pied Pipers” when teaching our island young ones new and familiar songs.

Sharon, an acclaimed classical soprano, and Anita, of the popular fiddle trio JP and the OK Rhythm Boys, have jointly developed a list of songs that includes American folk tunes and a diversity of cultural traditions. You’d not be surprised to hear such home-grown classics as “Old MacDonald”, “This Land is Your Land”, (complete with sign language accompaniment) Row Row  Row Your Boat”, and “You are My Sunshine”. The children are now heard to use their new and increasing musical vocabulary such as ENCORE! to request repeats of favorites. Listening skills are practiced with these engaged young ones as they imagine forests and chilly weather on snowy days, for example, when  Sharon plays “Winter” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Classical music is woven in and among the 40 minutes of music times.

This shared canon of songs and lessons in musical language and listening are aimed at providing a continuity of musical experience for our youngest islanders. As they enter kindergarten they will have a common language to begin new friendships – their “library” of songs. The Chamber Music Festival introduced the instrumental Pied Piper program to Orcas preschools several years ago, bringing talented community musicians to show how their instruments look, sound and bring joy to their lives. The Singing Pied Pipers is a grand and important addition to OICMF’s Music Education on Orcas.

The Chamber Music Festival’s preschool Music Education is sponsored by several  generous community members. Most recently a distinct Music Education Endowment Fund was established to help sustain these important OICMF offerings. Interested in learning more and helping? Contact Victoria at 360-376-6636.

 

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival at Lopez Center May 19th!

It’s the concert Lopez Islanders have been waiting for.  World famous pianist Jon Kimura Parker and extraordinary
violist/violinist  Aloysia Friedmann will be performing together at Lopez Center on Sunday, May 19th at 1:00 pm. You’ll hear them perform composer Jake Heggie’s “Orcas Island Ferry,” commissioned for Aloysia and Jackie and premiered at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival in 2012.  The program also includes beautiful works by Rachmaninoff and Clara and Robert Schumann.  In addition, guests will be treated to Jackie Parker’s magnificent  performance of his new transcription of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. According to the Toronto Star, “Parker’s work is nothing short of mesmerizing as the music flows by in all of its passionate, visceral, energetic glory.
What an amazing way to mark the 100th anniversary of The Rite of Spring.”  This exciting CD has just been released, and will be available for purchase. Jackie will autograph CDs during the post-concert reception.

Friedmann, Artistic Director of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and Parker, Artistic Advisor, bring the world’s top performers to Orcas Island – and now to Lopez Island, too. This special May concert is a wonderful introduction to the summer Festival and one you won’t want to miss.  Following the concert, patrons can visit with Aloysia and Jackie, and enjoy wine and cheese. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students.  To purchase, go online www.lopezcenter.org or locally at Lopez Bookshop, Paper Scissors on the Rock and Blossom Grocery.