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.
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Annual ”Leaves of Gold” fundraising concert glittered with three amazing artists this December! Baritone Philip Cutlip, violist/violinist Aloysia Friedmann and pianist Ian Parker. Rosario Resort’s beautiful Music Room was the magical setting on Thursday, December 11th at 6:00 pm and Friday, December 12th at 6:00 pm.
Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann said, “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, was the perfect setting for this very special evening. A reception followed with delectable hors d’oeuvres, delicious desserts and wine in the Orcas Room of the Mansion. All proceeds benefit Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival programming and music education. 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!
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.