2014 Music Lovers Seminars
9:00 am – 12:30 pm; August 8, 12, 15, 19 and 22 on Orcas Island
9:30 am – noon August 7 on Lopez Island
Comprehensive in scope, these in-depth seminars during the Summer Festival feature highly regarded lecturers from the Northwest and guest artists, representing unique aspects of the classical music world. These seminars are rich in detail, reflecting the social and historical context of each composer and the specific repertoire of the concert evening. Each is augmented by a coveted visit to a concert rehearsal. Tickets are $30 on Orcas, $25 on Lopez, students 18 and under are free. Purchase a seminar ticket the same way you purchase a concert ticket. A limited number of seats may be sold at the door, depending on available space. All Orcas Island Seminars take place at St. Francis Catholic Church, with the exception of the Aug. 15th Seminar, which will be held in Orcas Center’s Madrona Room. The Lopez Island Music Lovers Seminar takes place at Port Stanley Schoolhouse.
“Nuevo Tango!” with Spencer Hoveskeland
Thursday, August 7 - 9:00 – noon on Lopez Island
Friday, August 8 - 9:30 – 12:30 on Orcas Island
As a musician, Spencer Hoveskeland is primarily a classical double bassist arranger and composer, but also an opportunist with the guitar, ukulele, piano, and cello. He has performed in a myriad of situations from electric bass with members of the rock group Heart to representing the LA Philharmonic abroad on double bass in a quintet. With his group The Duet with cellist wife Traci, he has toured extensively in the US, Mexico, and Canada plus contributed hundreds of school outreach concerts to thousands of school aged students in North America.
Tuesday, August 12 - “Welcome Back!” with Heather Bentley
Violist Heather Bentley has dedicated herself to chamber music, both as a performer and as an educator. As a member of Trio Pardalote, she has premiered numerous new works alongside classic chamber repertoire, including the ongoing project Club Shostakovich, traversing the fifteen Shostakovich String Quartets one concert at a time. She is currently Principal Viola of the Northwest Sinfonietta and was, for seven years, Conductor of the Northwest School Chamber Orchestra. Also a violinist, she is Concertmaster of the improvising string orchestra “Scrape.”
Friday, August 15 – “European Interlude” with Melinda Bargreen
Melinda Bargreen is a Seattle-based writer and composer who was classical music critic of The Seattle Times from 1977 to 2008. She now writes freelance reviews and articles for several national and international publications, including the U.K.-based MusicWeb International, The American Record Guide, Symphony Magazine, Muso Magazine, TheClassicalReview.com, and The Christian Science Monitor. Voted “Seattle’s Best Critic” in a survey by The Seattle Weekly, she also is a former contributor to NPR’s “Performance Today” series.
Tuesday, August 19 - “Orcas~trations: The Three Parkers” with Lisa Bergman
A passionate promoter of classical music, Lisa Bergman is the founder and Artistic Director of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series presented at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle, as well as Executive Director of NOISE (Northwest Opera in Schools, Etcetera). She served for seven years as Executive Director and is the Classical Music Program Advisor of Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth. She appears daily on Classic KING-FM 98.1 in Seattle as an on-air announcer, also streaming worldwide on the internet. She gained national acclaim as a 2013 Gracie Award winner for her work as writer and host of Exploring Music, an adventure in music designed to introduce all ages to the fascinating and unusual stories behind classical music.
Friday, August 22 - Brahms in Vienna with Roupen Shakarian
An active composer and conductor in the Pacific Northwest, Roupen Shakarian is in his ninth season as Music Director of the Skagit Symphony. For twenty-four years he served as the Music Director of Philharmonia Northwest and has appeared as guest conductor with the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Victoria Symphony, Oregon’s Peter Britt Festival Orchestra and various other regional orchestras. His work with Skagit Opera includes Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.
Miró | Beethoven | An Epic Journey
Monday, June 23, 2014 1:30 – 4:30 pm
This Music Lovers Seminar will set the stage for the Miró Quartet’s performance of
Beethoven’s 16 string quartets, which will take place over 5 concert nights June 23 – 29, 2014.
The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is honored to bring internationally recognized scholar Stephen Rumph, Associate Professor of Music History at the University of Washington, for this special afternoon on Monday, June 23 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm at the Orcas Senior Center.
This seminar will explore Beethoven’s sixteen quartets as a microcosm of the composer’s entire oeuvre, tracing the changing stylistic, aesthetic, and ideological landscape of Beethoven’s music from his early Viennese years until his death. Professor Rumph’s observations will combine biographical and historical information with close musical readings, and will offer music lovers of every level an accessible and stimulating introduction to these masterpieces of the chamber music repertory.
Rumph has lectured widely on Beethoven’s music, and published a prominent study of the composer’s political thought, “Beethoven After Napoleon: Political Romanticism in the Late Works” (University of California Press, 2004).
”A brilliant and unfailingly provocative reading of Beethoven’s music. Rumph challenges and refines our views of the subject, reinterpreting overly familiar music in striking new ways. Wonderful critical and interpretive observations abound…”
- Scott Burnham, author of “Beethoven Hero.”
Professor Rumph teaches and publishes on a wide range of topics, including opera, film music, French art song, Mozart, and Beethoven. His writings appear in numerous music journals, and he recently published a second book, “Mozart and Enlightenment Semiotics” (University of California Press, 2011). He served as Reviews Editor for Beethoven Forum, 2005-2008. He joined the UW School of Music faculty in 2002, after studying voice at Oberlin Conservatory and earning a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Rumph also sings professionally as a lyric tenor, performing widely in concert, oratorio, and opera.