Holiday Concerts Sparkle!

2014-Leaves-of-Gold-graphic (3)Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Annual ”Leaves of Gold” fundraising concert will be glittering with three amazing artists this December!  Baritone Philip Cutlip, violist/violinist Aloysia Friedmann and pianist Ian Parker will light up Rosario Resort’s beautiful Music Room Thursday, December 11th at 6:00 pm and Friday, December 12th at 6:00 pm.

Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann says, “Joining me will be the charismatic and beloved artists, baritone Philip Cutlip and pianist Ian Parker, performing music reflective of the season. Get in the holiday spirit with Philip singing Bach, Schubert and some holiday favorites! I’ll play the traditional carol Greensleeves and the glorious Ave Maria. We celebrate Gershwin with Ian Parker’s solo piano version of Rhapsody in Blue. There’ll be other surprises revealed along the way!  I know this will be an evening of pure enchantment.”

The historic Rosario Mansion, adorned for the holidays, is the perfect setting for this very special evening. A reception filled with delectable hors d’oeuvres, delicious desserts and wine will followed in the Orcas Room of the Mansion. Tickets are $150, of which $75 is tax deductible. All proceeds benefit Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival programming and music education. The event is hosted by Rosario Resort owners Jan and Jerry Barto. For reservations, call 360-376-6636 or email joyce@oicmf.org

 

“Simply Jackie” Concert

Jon Kimura ParkerPianist extraordinaire Jon Kimura Parker will light up a dark November night with an incredible solo performance for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.  The “Simply Jackie” Salon Concert will take place Wednesday, November 12th at 7:00 pm at Orcas Center.  The world of fantasy and “the fantastic” combine in this brilliant program, featuring the following works:

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Piano Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, “Moonlight” Quasi una fantasia

William HirtzBernard Hermann Fantasy (Music from Mysterious IslandPsycho, 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.’ ”

OICMF Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann says, ” You will be dazzled with Jackie’s brilliant technique, but long after the final notes of Jackie’s Fantasy program, you will be left with a sense of profound knowledge of having heard a true artist performing some of the most beautiful music ever written for solo piano.”

A reception of light hors d’oeuvres and Thurston Wolfe wine will follow the concert.  Tickets are $75.  To purchase, please email joyce@oicmf.org or call the office 360-376-6636.  www.oicmf.org

3 Parkers Pandemonium!

_mg_8970 (2)It was all in the family sharing one piano bench for the “Orcas~trations: The Three Parkers” concerts August 19 and 20.  And before the concert ended, brothers Jackie and Jamie Parker, and cousin Ian Parker, needed another bench! 

In the first half of the program, strings, clarinet and voice mixed and matched with one Parker at a time. Violinists Andrés Cárdenes, Chee-Yun and Annalee Patipatanakoon; violists Aloysia Friedmann and Yizhak Schotten; and cellists Roman Borys and Anne Martindale Williams took turns for a wonderfully entertaining first half. Then after intermission our Steinway got a real workout when the Parkers teamed up for six hands on one keyboard! Then it was pure pandemonium when the amazing encore, Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance, saw the trio playfully jumping from one end of the piano bench to the other – while not missing a beat. 

European Evening BRAVO!

A beautiful evenEuropean Interlude ing 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!

A Full House Welcome!

Back by popular demand are many of Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival patrons’ favorite performers.  The “Welcome Back!” concerts August 12th at 7:30 pm and August 13th at 5:30 pm featured renowned violinists Andrés Cárdenes and Monique Mead, baritone Philip Cutlip, violist Yizhak Schotten, clarinetist Owen Kotler and cellist Anne Martindale Williams.

Audiences were charmed by arias from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute and enjoyed pianist Ian Parker’s Orcas Island debut in Beethoven’s joyous trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Kodaly’s Sérénade performed by Cárdenes, Mead and Schotten, and the monumental Brahms F Major Cello sonata played by Bion Tsang and Jon Kimura Parker.

Festival Friends & Favorites Aug. 12 & 13

Welcome-Back-Slider-for-websiteBack by popular demand are many of Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival patrons’ favorite performers.  The “Welcome Back!” concerts August 12th at 7:30 pm and August 13th at 5:30 pm featured renowned violinists Andrés Cárdenes and Monique Mead, baritone Philip Cutlip, violist Yizhak Schotten, clarinetist Owen Kotler and cellist Anne Martindale Williams.

Audiences were charmed by arias from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute and enjoyed pianist Ian Parker’s Orcas Island debut in Beethoven’s joyous trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Kodaly’s Sérénade performed by Cárdenes, Mead and Schotten, and the monumental Brahms F Major Cello sonata played by Bion Tsang and Jon Kimura Parker.

Tango Triumph!

Pablo Ziegler

Pablo Ziegler

What a thrilling way to open the 17th Annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival!
“Nuevo Tango!” concerts August 8th and 9th featured the internationally famous Pablo Ziegler. Buenos Aires-born Latin Grammy-winning pianist, composer and arranger, Pablo is currently the leading exponent of Argentinian Nuevo Tango, the musical hybrid of classic tango with counterpoint, improvisation and jazz. He performed in Astor Piazzolla’s legendary quintet for over a decade and has led his own groups for more than twenty years, refining and reimagining the bounds of the tango tradition.

Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann says, “It is an honor to have Pablo Ziegler and his colleagues in the Classical Tango Quartet starting this year’s festival.”  Performing in his Quartet are Héctor Del Curto, bandoneon, Jisoo Ok, cello; and Pedro Giraudo, bass.

The audience was transported to Buenos Aires for a true tango adventure, as tango pianist extraordinaire Pablo Ziegler took 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 heated things up with their rhythm and music for a sizzling finale!

 

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 www.oicmf.org.  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! 
360-376-6636.