“Leaves of Gold … with a Touch of Red”
December Concert Stars Summer Favorites
It was their first appearance at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival this Summer. And their performances had audiences leaping to their feet! Patrons affectionately referred to them as the “Bulgarian Boys.” Many asked when they’re coming back – and we’re thrilled to say – IN DECEMBER!
Pianist Viktor Valkov and Cellist Lachezar Kostov will perform for our annual “Leaves of Gold” Fundraising Concert at Rosario Resort on Thursday, December 12th at 6:00 pm and Friday, December 13th at 6:00 pm. Rosario’s historic and beautiful Music Room, adorned for the holidays, is the magical setting for this spectacular concert. Following the music, guests will enjoy an hors d’oeuvres buffet and wine reception in the Orcas Room of the Rosario Mansion. OICMF would like to thank Hosts and Reception Sponsors Jerry and Jan Barto, owners of Rosario Resort.
Valkov, winner of the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition, has been highly acclaimed by the critics as “lion of the keyboard” and “sensational.” He is pursuing a DMA Degree at Rice University with Jon Kimura Parker. Kostov, National Winner at the 2006 MTNA Young Artists Competition, is hailed for the “awesome purity of his playing,” and as a “prodigiously skilled protagonist.” He is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Rice University where he studies with Norman Fischer, and was recently named a cellist with the San Antonio Symphony. The Kostov-Valkov Duo gave their Carnegie Hall debut in 2009, and won First Prize at the Liszt-Garisson International Competition in 2011.
We’re adding “a touch of Red” to this holiday event – for the festive timing and in honor of Lachezar’s love of red shoes! For those who attended the summer Festival, they know Lachezar slipped into his red velvet shoes during the receptions – and we’re sure he’ll wear them in December, too! We’d like to encourage everyone to wear a touch of red, and be part of the colorful holiday spirit!
Tickets to this fundraising event are $150. For reservations, call 360-376-6636 or email email@example.com. All proceeds benefit Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival programming, as well as music education. OICMF is committed to providing skill-building techniques and inspiration to Orcas islanders of all ages, from preschoolers to community musicians. For those unable to attend, a wonderful way to support the Chamber Music Festival in the winter months is to be among the “guests in spirit” listed in the program, which is a 100% tax deductible donation.
Canada’s celebrated Gryphon Trio is making a special trip down to Orcas on
Sunday, October 20th to present a Salon Concert for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. The concert will take place at 5:00 pm in a beautiful Deer Harbor home, the perfect setting for an intimate concert.
The Trio, consisting of violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys and pianist Jamie Parker, are celebrating their 20 anniversary this year. They are two time award-winners of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences JUNO Award, and were recently honored as the 2013 winner of the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. Presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, this prize recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by Canadian artists. According to the committee, “Stability is the bedrock of these three exceptional musicians who think, breathe and act as one. Theirs is a powerful and majestic sound, regardless of musical genre.”
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival patrons will certainly remember their amazing performances during the 2011 Festival, which included Hatzis’s Old Photographs, Beethoven’s Ghost Trio and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.
The Salon Concert will be accompanied by hors d’oeuvres and Thurston Wolfe wine. Tickets are $75. Seating is limited. To reserve, please call the OICMF office 360-376-6636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orcas 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 email@example.com.
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.
Featured are live performances from the 2011 and 2012 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festivals.
Cuban Overture recalls a memorable vacation taken by George Gershwin. It features Jon Kimura Parker’s debut on the congas, while playing the piano alongside brother Jamie.
Fly to France and enjoy Frederica von Stade singing La Vie en Rose and Bois de Boulogne.
Joaquin Turina takes you to exotic Spain in the three movements of his Trio No. 2. Rendezvous with Alan Shulman in 1940s New York in a work originally written for Benny Goodman.
Journey to England as Samuel Barber channels Matthew Arnold’s evocation of Dover Beach, featuring baritone Philip Cutlip.
Travel to South Carolina for Gershwin’s Summertime, performed by Chee-Yun.
Take a train ride with Aloysia Friedmann and the Miró Quartet on the Orange Blossom Special.
Experience an American jazz club in Mike Garson’s virtuosic Paganini Variations.
Your final destination is upstate New York, the birthplace of the moving Ashokan Farewell.
A very special thanks to OICMF Board President Valerie Anders for underwriting the production of this CD!
Destinations CD | $20
Live Performances from the 2011-12 Orcas Island Chamber Music 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.
Then 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
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Featured in Prime Time on KING FM All Week!
It’s opening week for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and KING FM in Seattle is rolling out the red carpet. All this week on Northwest Focus on Classical KING FM 98.1 at 8:00pm, announcer Sean MacLean will feature some of the music to be performed during the Festival, as well as concert information, during his program. Tune in or listen online at www.king.org.
Following are the selections they’ll feature, the times you can hear them, and the Festival concerts in which they’ll be performed:
Monday, Aug. 5 – Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60, airing at approximately 8pm. To be performed
Aug. 9 at 7:30pm and Aug. 10 at 5:30pm on Orcas, and Aug. 11 at 5pm on Lopez Island in Three’s Company concerts.
- Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op.27, No. 2 Moonlight, at approximately 8:34pm. To be featured Aug. 13 at 7:30pm and Aug. 14 at 5:30pm in Moonlit Music concerts.
Tuesday, Aug. 6 – Shostakovich Viola Sonata, Op. 147 at approximately 8:05pm. To be performed Aug. 13 at 7:30pm and Aug. 14 at 5:30pm in Moonlit Music concerts.
Wednesday, Aug. 7 – Mozart Piano Trio in G, K.496 at approximately 9:18pm. Performed Aug. 9 at 7:30pm and
Aug.10 at 5:30pm on Orcas and Aug. 11 at 5pm on Lopez Island in Three’s Company concerts.
Thursday, Aug. 8 - Ravel Piano Trio in A minor at approximately 8:08pm. To be performed Aug. 9 at 7:30pm and Aug. 10 at 5:30pm
on Orcas and Aug. 11 at 5pm on Lopez Island in Three’s Company concerts.
- Jon Kimura Parker performing Chopin Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31 at approximately 8:38pm.
Friday, Aug. 9 - Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K.478, airing at approximately 9pm. To be performed Aug. 13 at 7:30pm and
Aug. 14 at 5:30pm in Moonlit Music concerts.
Northwest Focus showcases the best of the northwest music scene by presenting local concert performances, concert previews and new releases. We’d like to thank KING FM for supporting the arts community and featuring Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival throughout August!
The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival received a generous gift that will expand our successful music education efforts. The mission of the Gould Family Foundation is to support innovative programs that promote experimental learning and the Arts. The foundation prefers programs that demonstrate a strong plan for sustainability and/or growth, and they fund organizations in Southern California, New York, Washington State and Washington, D.C.
The $5,000 grant will provide $1,000 each to our four island preschools to replace and expand the much loved music instrument and music education inventory that has provided eight years of joyful service to hundreds of preschool hands and hearts.
And it will provide $1,000 to augment the music education materials available to island kindergarteners through third grade in our public school. The Festival will work with the Preschool Directors, Pamela Wright from the public school and our Singing Pied Pipers
(community musicians recruited by OICMF) to develop a list of purchases for each of the four preschools and K-3rd grade curriculum. Our education program also includes week-long visits by guest Musicians-in-Residence several times a year. These Teaching Artists focus on engaging the youngsters in song and song-play while providing coaching for preschool staff through demonstration and discussion. In addition, Musicians-in-Residence for Kindergarten through early elementary build on the experiences of the preschoolers as they continue their education at the public school, working closely with the public school music teacher.
The importance of experiencing music and participating in musical activities at a very early age is well documented. The Gould Family Foundation has played a founding and central role in the success of the music education offered to preschool and school age children by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival on Orcas Island by providing start-up funding for training and the purchase of music resources.
The OICMF Board, Artistic Staff and Executive Director Victoria Parker would like to thank the Foundation for investing in the community of Orcas Island, and most specifically with the focus on music education for young people.
The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival was proud to award three Orcas High School seniors with The Marilyn Anderson Young Musician’s Award, supported by the Thyra and Bud Anderson Advised Fund. Juliette Mann, Adelaine Newcombe and Rhys Thompson received their awards at the Celebration of Success ceremony on June 14, 2013 from OICMF Board Member Catherine Pederson. This annual $500 award for a graduating senior honors a student who has demonstrated that music is an important element in his or her life. Their music involvement could include singing, playing an instrument, composing, or recording of music. The Marilyn Anderson Young Musician’s Award may be used at the full discretion of the recipient. This tradition began in 2007 and has been a steady source of encouragement for music students, acknowledging the importance of their practice and enjoyment.
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