Chamber Music Festival Names New Executive Director

Leslie Rae SchmitzThe 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.

You’re a Piece of the Puzzle!

Exceptional experiences happen when the pieces of a puzzle come together.piece-5 Jackie, Monique, Anne
 For the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, the pieces are many and varied:

  – Guest artists travpiece-4 preschoolersel 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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Runners’ Night Out on Orcas Island

Jen Timmins 2014 race

Orcas Island trail runner Jen Timmins, January 2014.

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.

Brass Players Coach Students and Musicians

 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.

 

Three Generations Gift

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! 

_MG_9691-L[1]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.

“Simply Jackie” Concert

Jon Kimura ParkerPianist 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 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.’ “

 

European Evening BRAVO!

European Evening BRAVO!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!

3 Parkers Pandemonium!

3-parkers-pandemoniumIt 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. 

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.

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.

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