August 8 – 23, 2014
The 17th Annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, August 8 -23, 2014, is going to be incredible! On our opening weekend, Nuevo Tango! will take you to Buenos Aires for a true tango adventure, as we welcome tango pianist extraordinaire Pablo Ziegler and his Classical Tango Quartet. Our 2nd concert, Welcome Back! brings celebrated baritone Philip Cutlip back to Orcas, together with festival favorites violinist Andrés Cárdenes and Monique Mead, violist Yizhak Schotten, cellist Anne Martindale Williams, and clarinetist Owen Kotler.
In European Interlude virtuoso violinist Chee-Yun will thrill us with the sensational Saint-Saëns Sonata, and Jon Kimura Parker and I will play Turina’s evocative Scene Andalouse amidst the glories of Schubert and Schumann. It will be a musical family celebration August 19 and 20 when three famous pianists, brothers Jon Kimura “Jackie” Parker, Jamie Parker and cousin Ian Parker perform for the featured Orcas~trations Concert. Can six hands fit on one piano? The festival finishes with a quartet of works by Johannes Brahms. Other musicians featured include cellist Bion Tsang and Canada’s celebrated Gryphon Trio. We hope you’ll join us!
15th Anniversary Highlights – 2012
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