4:00 pm Ticket Sales Open at Orcas Center
5:30 pm Volunteer Reception – Toast 2015 Festival and New Executive Director
Opening day of ticket sales for the 2015 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is Thursday, April 30th. The traditional “Early Birds” will start at 4:00 pm. For years, loyal patrons have lined up in order to make their concert choices before sales open online or by phone. All are welcome to come to the Madrona Room at Orcas Center beginning at 4:00 pm to select your favorite seats and concerts. The friendly Festival staff will be there to help with ticket orders and answer questions about this Summer’s music and musicians.
Then at 5:30 pm, the kick-off celebration continues with a reception for Festival volunteers! Leslie Rae Schmitz, new Executive Director for the Chamber Music Festival, will welcome the terrific team of volunteers, and staff will preview the much-anticipated concerts and events. Hors d’oeuvres from Orcas Village Store and Thurston Wolfe wine will complement the occasion.
The 18th Annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival takes place August 6th through August 22nd. This year’s Festival is going to be spectacular! Cellos play a big part this year, including one concert with eight cellists on stage! Opening and closing weekends feature the beautiful two-piano music of Rachmaninoff. Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann and Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker welcome saxophonist Timothy McAllister, fresh from winning a 2015 Grammy! He will perform everything from Gershwin to William Walton’s colorful Façade. Metropolitan Opera’s Principal oboist Nathan Hughes brings his warmth of sound to Mozart and more. Add masterworks of Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schönberg’s haunting Verklärte Nacht – all being performed by superstar musicians – and you’ll want to be part of this exhilarating two-week Festival.
If you can’t join us in person, online ticket sales open April 30th at 9 pm. Visit our web site www.oicmf.org to purchase tickets. Phone sales begin May 1st by calling the Box Office @ 376-2281. To view the complete concert schedule and performing artists, visit www.oicmf.org or call the Festival office @ 376-6636 for further information.
March, April and May … filled with music, singing and teaching!
MARCH: Violinist Monique Mead will return March 4 -10th as Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Musician-in-Residence to work with Orcas School string students, the Orcas Island Community Band, and provide Master Classes with students and community musicians. In addition, both Monique and Adam Stern, pianist, will work with Island Sinfonia on ensemble building and conducting. They will present a free concert on Sunday, March 8th at 3 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, Bach/Gounod Ave Maria, and popular pieces by Fritz
APRIL: Miho Takekawa & Diego Coy will visit Orcas Island for the first time the week of April 6-10 as OICMF Musicians-in-Residence. The Miho & Diego Duo has been boldly blending Latin and Japanese musical traditions in Washington, Oregon, California and Japan since 2006, encouraging cultural understanding through music. The Duo will spend time with Orcas School band students, as well as coaching and teaching percussion to elementary students. They will share their “Musical Trip Around the World,” an award-winning musical education program for preschool through K-2 students, on Wednesday April 8 at 1:00 pm, at Orcas Center. This program is designed to have children understand different cultures and languages by introducing a new genre of music. In addition, Miho and Diego will perform at the Senior Center on Friday, April 10th at 1:00 pm.
MAY: Baritone Philip Cutlip will return as a Musician-in-Residence May 18-22.
Philip has been a popular artist for several Orcas Island Chamber Music Festivals, and was a featured performer for our “Leaves of Gold” Fundraising Concert in December. Last year he was also a teaching coach, working with student and community musicians. As one choir member said, “How fortunate for us to be graced with the expertise of a professional and an opera singer taking time to give beneficial instructions.”
Funding for the 2014-15 Musicians-in-Residence programs is from the National Endowment for the Arts, Orcas Island Community Foundation, Washington State Arts Commission, Monique Mead, Mimi and Slim Sommerville, and the Gould Family Foundation.
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Sunday, March 8th at 3:00 pm
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
All are invited to attend a special Sunday afternoon concert on Sunday, March 8th at 3:00 featuring Monique Mead, violin, and Adam Stern, piano. Admission is free, and music students and music lovers of all ages are encouraged to attend. The concert takes place at the historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church in the center of Eastsound. Monique and Adam will be performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, Bach/Gounod Ave Maria, and popular pieces by Fritz Kreisler.
Monique is the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Musician-in-Residence March 4 through 10. She will work with string students in grades K- 12, the Orcas Island Community Band, and provide Master Classes with students and community musicians. In addition, both Monique and Adam will work with Island Sinfonia on string ensemble building and conducting. Funding for these 2014-15 Musicians-in-Residence programs is from the National Endowment for the Arts, Orcas Island Community Foundation, Washington State Arts Commission, Monique Mead, Mimi and Slim Sommerville, and the Gould Family Foundation.
The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is pleased to announce the appointment of Leslie Rae Schmitz to Executive Director effective April 1, 2015. Most recently, Leslie worked with the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle as Director of Education/Membership/Pilot Funding with the Institute of Translational Health Sciences. Her responsibilities included overseeing a team of operations managers, technology managers and financial analysts, working together with faculty and administrators to deliver education and training events and programs.
Upon receiving the news of her appointment, Leslie said “I have great respect for this organization and the people who have created such success. I look forward to joining the Festival going forward.”
Her life-long attachment to Orcas Island began as a YMCA Camp Orkila camper, then as a staff member for ten years. She has been a full and part-time resident of Orcas Island since 1999 and held consulting appointments with OPAL Community Land Trust, San Juan County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, Orcas Island Parks & Recreation, San Juan Island Community Foundation and Frontline Call Center. Her husband Brian works for the Washington State Ferry system and they have a daughter, Vivian.
OICMF Board President Sam Coleman welcomed Leslie saying, “During her interview conversation times, Leslie has shown the warmth of her personality. She’s a people person as well as a skilled manager.”
Leslie holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs. She began her career in Washington, D.C. as the Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President for National Security Policy for Science Applications International Corporation. Her work with the U.S. Department of Energy/Defense Programs to restructure and realign national security programs and infrastructure at the end of the Cold War led to the receipt of the Hammer Award for Reinventing Government, awarded by Vice President Al Gore.
Leslie’s expertise as a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) has involved the successful management of events, programs and projects involving distributed work teams on local, national and international levels. She has provided operations, event and project management leadership and oversight in a myriad of sectors, including foundations, non-profit, technology, medical research, academia, capital improvements, human resources, financial and government.
Exceptional experiences happen when the pieces of a puzzle come together.
For the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, the pieces are many and varied:
– Guest artists travel to the islands to perform.
– Full-house audiences rise to their feet with spontaneous applause during the Festival season, Salon Concerts and community performances.
– Hundreds of volunteers complement every donor gift through countless hours and needed skills.
– Eager preschoolers greet Orcas Island Chamber Music Singing Pied Pipers each week and share a Tune-Up Summer Camp with Teaching Artists on Orcas and Lopez islands.
– Generous in-kind and supporting business contributions augment what is possible.
– You – our Donors – send gifts from both near and far.
We’d like you to be a piece of our wonderful puzzle.
And thank you for trusting us to put it all together with you in mind.
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First ever Runners’ Night Out on Orcas! event.
The idea is that our runners enjoy some of their free time by staying over and getting acquainted with island good life. Here’s the plan:
Saturday January 31 after the 25k race day the dinner-theater style Random Howse in Eastsound is ready to welcome Rainshadow’s trail runners and friends for an evening of celebration and camaraderie. Tunes by Martin Lund’s hand-picked quartet move smoothly through moods and genres. Free first glass of wine or beer is our island welcome – just show your race bib. $20 in advance or at the door. Early reservations advised. Limited Seating. 6-9PM. Sponsored by Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival with helpful funding from the San Juan County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee and co-promotion with the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce.
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Savory Add-On: Want appetizers or dinner, too? Chef and Culinary Artist Bill Patterson offers a special menu for Rainshadow Runners from $12-$30 showcasing his famous earthy Italian cuisine.
Music education took center stage in October when two members of C Street Brass came to Orcas as part of the Chamber Music Festival’s Musician-in-Residence program. Hakeem Bilal, bass trombone, and Kyle Anderson, trumpet, coached K-12 students by day, and adult community musicians in the evenings. The talented duo was a hit with all ages, and everyone welcomed their expertise and fun, energetic style of teaching. As one Community Band member said, “Their love of music and enthusiasm was infectious.”
C Street Brass is the Ensemble in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Funding for these 2014-15 Musicians-in-Residence programs is from the National Endowment for the Arts, Orcas Island Community Foundation, Washington State Arts Commission, Monique Mead, Mimi and Slim Sommerville and the Gould Family Foundation.
Imagine the moment when three generations of the Friedmann/Parker family stepped onto the stage of Rosario Resort’s Music Room! It was both emotional and inspirational for the artists and audience alike. Performing Bach’s Allegro con moto from Quintet in F Major were Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s founder and Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann, Artistic Advisor (& husband) Jon Kimura Parker, piano; parents Laila Storch, oboe, and Martin Friedmann, viola; and daughter Sophie Parker, viola. An 80-year age difference disappeared from the very first note!
The entire evening at Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Annual ”Leaves of Gold” fundraising concert in December was filled with special moments. Baritone Philip Cutlip performed beautiful selections from Bach, Schubert and Mendelssohn, as well as holiday favorites. Aloysia captured the spirit of the season playing the traditional carol Greensleeves as well as the glorious Ave Maria. Ian Parker lit up the night with his solo piano version of Rhapsody in Blue.
The historic Rosario Mansion, adorned for the holidays, was the perfect setting for this heart-warming evening. A reception followed with delectable hors d’oeuvres, delicious desserts and wine in the Orcas Room of the Mansion. The event was hosted by Rosario Resort owners Jan and Jerry Barto.
Pianist extraordinaire Jon Kimura Parker lit up a dark November night with an incredible solo performance for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. The “Simply Jackie” Salon Concert took place Wednesday, November 12th at 7:00 pm at Orcas Center. The world of fantasy and “the fantastic” combined in this brilliant program, which featured the following works:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, “Moonlight” Quasi una fantasia
William Hirtz: Bernard Hermann Fantasy (Music from Mysterious Island, Psycho, and North By Northwest)
Franz Schubert: Fantasie in C Major, “Der Wanderer”, D. 760, Op. 15
Robert Schumann: Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17
“The word fantasy has inspired composers in many ways,” Jackie Parker says. “Schubert took the simplest possible theme and created his most overtly virtuosic work, the Wanderer Fantasy. Beethoven called his Moonlight Sonata an “almost fantasy”, alluding to the atmosphere created by the well-known first movement. William Hirtz weaved together multiple Hitchcock soundtracks by Bernard Hermann in his latest fantasy, and Schumann chose the fantasy form for what is often considered his most inspired work.”
“Both Schubert and Schumann’s fantasies are considered to be among their most technically and artistically challenging works. Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata is among his most famous, and Hirtz’s stated intent in the Bernard Hermann Fantasy was to create a work ‘as effective as the Wizard of Oz Fantasy, a little easier on the hands, but in a virtuoso style.’ “
A beautiful evening in Europe for the August 15th and 16th “European Interlude” concerts began in Spain, in Turina’s rarely heard Scène Andalouse, played by Aloysia Friedmann and Jon Kimura Parker. Then it was on to France as Chee-Yun and Ian Parker performed Saint-Saëns’ Violin Sonata. Philip Cutlip took the audience into Schubert’s home in Vienna for a set of Lieder, then it was a very grand finale indeed in Germany for Schumann’s rousing Piano Quintet!