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.
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 ofRhapsody 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pianist 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 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.’ “
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 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!
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.
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.
“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
The 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 early 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!
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.
Come 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 www.oicmf.org. 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.
Monday, June 23, 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.
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 www.oicmf.org
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
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
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
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!
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