The 2013 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is just weeks away! I hope you’re making plans to come to Orcas to enjoy the island and the music. Joining me on our opening weekend of concerts is the reunion of three magnificent musicians: Jeffrey Kahane, piano; Joseph Swensen, violin; and Carter Brey, cello. Also, three well known concertmasters will be featured together in one program – William Preucil (Cleveland Orchestra), Martin Chalifour (Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Margaret Batjer (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra). As always, we welcome returning favorites and new artists to the Festival. The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is two amazing weeks that musicians, patrons and islanders look forward to with anticipation every year. I hope you’ll join us!
2012 marked the celebration of OICMF’s 15th Anniversary: we featured the world premiere Orcas Island Ferry by renowned composer Jake Heggie written for Jackie and myself; new venues were introduced to new audiences with the Miró Quartet performing Hamlet Concerts at community centers around Orcas, and our first ever concert on neighboring Lopez Island; one of the world’s most beloved mezzo-sopranos, Frederica von Stade, presented a beautiful and intimate program; and hundreds came to our free concert on the Village Green, where they were treated to everything from Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals to Broadway show tunes performed by entertaining baritone Rod Gilfry.
I’m very proud that our 15th Anniversary was featured in the American Record Guide November/December issue. Seattle’s classical music critic and correspondent Melinda Bargreen captured all the highlights of our OICMF’s history in a wonderful article which I’d like to share with you. Please click the PDF below to read.
Thank you! Aloysia