Date Night Concert!

Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango QuartetWould you like to attend a fabulous concert at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, but need babysitting services?  Announcing the first ever Date Night Concert.
You’ll hear the famous Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet perform on Saturday, August 9th at 5:30 pm in the “Nuevo Tango!” concert.
And while you’re enjoying the concert, your children will be having fun at Kaleidoscope Daycare and Pre-school.  Tickets are $30 each and include a concert ticket, child care at Kaleidoscope, and courtesy beverage of your choice at the catered NightCap reception.

During the concert, the audience will be transported to Buenos Aires for a true tango adventure, as tango pianist extraordinaire Pablo Ziegler takes the stage with cellist Bion Tsang, violist Aloysia Friedmann, pianist Jon Kimura Parker and clarinetist Owen Kotler in the first half of the program. Then Pablo and his Classical Tango Quartet heat things up with their rhythm and music for a sizzling finale!
Reserved seating has been set aside for the first 20 people, so please call the OICMF office as soon as possible at 376-6636!  Deadline for reservations is July 31st.

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.

Young Musician Award Winners!

Orcas Island Chamber Celebration of SuccessMusic Festival Board President Sam Coleman presented two $500 awards to graduating seniors Brigid Ehrmantraut and Eric Eagan during Orcas High School’s “Celebration of Success” ceremony June 13, 2014.  Intended to “honor students who have demonstrated that music is an important element in his/her life through playing an instrument, composing or mixing music, or recording music,” the award is named for and supported by Director Emeritus Marilyn Anderson for her dedication to music education. In his comments, Sam noted that Brigid has excelled as a composer, student of the viola, performer, and member of the Orcas Youth Orchestra. Eric’s letters of support and application applauded his life-long love of music and performance skills as a clarinetist.  Congratulations Young Musicians!  The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival encourages you to continue your love of music as an integral part of your lives going forward.


Classic Volunteers!

“I totally look forward to [the Festival] and think it a great privilege to be one of the helpers. My childhood was filled with wonderful music and musicians, so these concerts fill my spirit and bring me “’home” again in so many ways.” –  OICMF Volunteer

August 23 & 24 192The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is fortunate to have a terrific team of dedicated volunteers for the Summer Festival. You’ll see them ushering you to your seats, pouring your glass of Festival wine, helping you select CDs, hats and t-shirts. Moving pianos, chairs and music stands during the concerts.  And there are volunteers you don’t see.  Those who create beautiful floral arrangements for the stage, lobby and reception areas – and those who actually grow the flowers.  Or who lovingly set the tables for the post-concert dinners, even folding napkins shaped like swans!   Or preparing Artist lunches donated by local restaurants. Or who arrive earlyAugust 13, 2013 002 in the morning to set up facilities for Music Lovers Seminars and rehearsals. Or who spend hours laundering and pressing linens.Our volunteers give of their time and themselves for many different reasons. For the music, for memories, for sense of community, for the love of being an important part of an exciting two-week event.  We couldn’t do it without them!

If you’d like to join this incredible team, please give us a call! 

Chamber Music Festival Tickets on Sale May 7 !

Opening day of ticket sales for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is Wednesday, May 7th.   And the kickoff is happening at a new, more convenient time – 5:00 PM!
All are welcome to come to the Madrona Room at Orcas Center beginning at this time to select your favorite seats and concerts for this popular Festival.  The 17th Annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival takes place August 8 through 23.

For years, “Early Bird” patrons have lined up in the pre-dawn hours in order to make their concert choices before sales open online or by phone.  Now in 2014, the “Early Birds” are migrating from AM to PM.  Mary Poletti will still bring her goodies to keep folks happy as the friendly Festival staff help with ticket orders and answer questions about this Summer’s music and musicians.

Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango QuartetCome join the fun and get your tickets early. 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.  It will be a musical family celebration August 19 and 20 when three famous pianists, brothers Jackie Parker, Jamie Parker and cousin Ian Parker perform for the featured “Orcas~trations” Concert.  Other concerts feature Canada’s celebrated Gryphon Trio, baritone Philip Cutlip, renowned violinists Andrés Cárdenes and Chee-Yun, cellists Bion Tsang and Anne Martindale Williams, and other amazing musicians.  Online ticket sales will open May 7th at 9pm at  Phone sales will begin May 8th and can be made by calling the Box Office Wednesday through Friday from noon to 4 pm @ 376-2281.  To view the complete concert schedule and performing artists, visit the OICMF website or call the Festival office @ 376-6636 for further information.




Music Lovers Seminar: Miró Beethoven An Epic Journey

Monday, June 23, 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Stephen Rumph

Stephen Rumph

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.


Wow! Look Who’s Coming in August

Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet

Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet

Jon Kimura Parker and Aloysia Friedmann

Jon Kimura Parker and Aloysia Friedmann

ARTISTS:  Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann and Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker lead an amazing group of artists performing for the 17th Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, August 8 – 23, 2014.

Many of your favorites are returning this Summer – Canada’s celebrated Gryphon Trio, violinists Chee-Yun, Andrés Cárdenes and Monique Mead, cellist Anne Martindale Williams, clarinetist Owen Kotler, violist Yizhak Schotten, and baritone Philip Cutlip.
We’re also excited to announce musicians that will be new to Orcas in 2014 – famous Argentinian pianist Pablo Ziegler and his Classical Tango Quartet, cellist Bion Tsang and pianist Ian Parker.

     TICKETS:   Pre-Sale Tickets:  April 16
(For donors $500+. Call Office for information 360-376-6636)

    Ticket Sales Open:  May 7
Concerts will take place on the following dates.  Each concert is performed twice,  the first night at 7:30pm, the second night at 5:30pm.
August 8 – 7:30 pm, August 9 – 5:30 pm
August 10 - 4:00 pm on Lopez Island
Nuevo Tango!
Piazzolla (arr. Ziegler) Works for Two Pianos Michelangelo 70 Buenos Aires Hora Cero Revirado Ziegler, JK Parker

Ziegler Milonga Del Adios for Clarinet and Piano Elegante Canyenguito Ziegler, Kotler

Piazzolla (arr. Ziegler) Oblivion for Violin and Piano

Piazzolla (arr. Ziegler) Elegia Sobre Adios Nonino (arr. Ziegler) for Cello and Piano Libertango Ziegler, Tsang

A Selection of Tango Works Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet Ziegler, Del Curto, Ok, Giruado

August 12 – 7:30 pm, August 13 - 5:30 pm
Welcome Back!
Mozart A selection of Operatic Arias from The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute Cutlip, Ian Parker

Beethoven Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11 for Clarinet, Cello and Piano Kotler, Martindale Williams, Ian Parker

Zoltán Kodály Sérénade for Two Violins and Viola Cárdenes, Mead, Schotten

Mozart Selected Concert Arias Cutlip, JK Parker

Brahms Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99 Tsang, JK Parker

                           Wednesday, August 13 – 1:00pm   CHILDREN’S CONCERT

August 15 - 7:30 pm, August 16 – 5:30 pm
European Interlude
Joaquín Turina Scène Andalouse, Sextet for Viola Solo, Piano and String Quartet Friedmann, JK Parker, Cárdenes, Mead, Schotten, Martindale Williams

Saint-Saëns Sonata No. 1 in D minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 75 Chee-Yun, Ian Parker

Schubert A set of beloved Lieder including Erlkönig Cutlip, JK Parker

Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 Cárdenes, Mead, Friedmann, Martindale Williams, JK Parker

Aug 19 – 7:30 pm, August 20 - 5:30 pm
Orcas~trations: The Three Parkers
Can six hands fit on one keyboard? Jackie, Jamie and Ian Parker and friends take turns in every possible musical combination in this musical family celebration!

Fritz Kreisler Short works for Violin and Piano

Piazzolla/Gubaidulina  Le Grand Tango

Samuel Barber Souvenirs  Suite for Piano four-hands

Rare gems of the six-hand piano repertoire

Cárdenes, Chee-Yun, Friedmann, Gryphon Trio, Kotler, Martindale Williams, Schotten, Ian Parker, Jamie Parker, JK Parker

                          Friday, August 22 – 1:00 pm  Open Rehearsal for Seniors

Aug 22 – 7:30 pm, August 23 – 5:30 pm
Brahms in Vienna
Brahms Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114 Kotler, Borys, Jamie Parker

Brahms Lieder Cutlip, Ian Parker

Brahms Hungarian Dances for Piano four-hands Ian Parker, JK Parker

Brahms Sextet in G Major, Op. 36 Cárdenes, Patipatanakoon, Schotten, Friedmann, Martindale Williams, Borys








It’s two weeks filled with fabulous music and musicians, enlightening lectures,  community concerts, post-concert receptions and fun.  Please make your lodging reservations early and join our 17th Season celebration!

*All elements subject to change

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.

It Was A Red Hot Concert!

Valkov Kostov 1The dynamic duo of pianist Viktor Valkov and cellist Lachezar Kostov brought
their incredible gifts of music – and fun  – to our annual fundraising concert
“Leaves of Gold … with a Touch of Red” December 12th and 13th.
The Music Room  at Rosario Resort was the magical venue for two exciting evenings,
filled with standing ovations.
The Valkov/Kostov duo performed works by Debussy, Kreisler and Buxton Orr’s
Carmen Fantasy, before being joined by Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann for
Brahms’ beautiful Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major.  And what an amazing finale!
Viktor and  Lachezar performed Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody to an amazed audience.

Due to Lachezar’s love of red shoes, we invited patrons to wear a touch of red … and the result was overwhelming.  Red shoes, red sweaters, red jackets, red scarves and more made for a very festive audience.   Thanks to everyone for getting in the holiday spirit. This fundraiser was a huge hit!
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Miró | Beethoven | An Epic Journey

An Unforgettable Musical Experience!     click here for complete program

_MG_7711-M[1]The internationally renowned Miró Quartet performed one of the greatest musical gifts ever created – the 16 string quartets of Beethoven in five incredible concerts, June 23-29, 2014 on Orcas Island. There were tears of joy in the audience as they played, tears of sadness when the concerts ended.  The Miró Quartet, comprised of violinists Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer, violist John Largess and cellist Joshua Gindele, have become favorites to Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival audiences.  They perform throughout the world on the most important chamber music series and on the most prestigious concert stages, garnering accolades from critics and audiences alike.

Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann and the Festival were extremely proud and excited to bring the Miró to Orcas to perform the complete Beethoven “cycle.”
It was a major musical event audiences will treasure.


*June 23
String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op 18, No. 3
String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2
String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5
String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
String Quartet No. 6 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6

June 24   
String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, “Razumovsky” Op. 59, No. 1
String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, ”Razumovsky” Op. 59, No. 2
Quartet No. 9 in C Major, “Razumovsky” Op. 59, No. 3

June 25
String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74, “Harp”
String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”
String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 127

June 28
String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132
String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130
Grosse Fuge, Op. 133

June 29
String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp minor, Op. 131
String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135