2018 Summer Festival

2018 Festival Recap

September, 2018

The 2018 Festival season is now behind us. As the weather cools, we look back at our 21st season with fond memories. Artists came from all across the United States, Canada, and as far away as Denmark and Portugal to perform in the Festival. Several of this year’s musicians have played at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival many times before. They were joined in creating musical memories on the Festival stage and beyond by quite a few new performers; all were happy to be greeted by welcoming home hosts and sponsors.

photography by Barry Carlton

Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann has once again proven herself to be extraordinarily gifted at programming each Festival concert as both a stand-alone event and a cohesive component of the five-program, ten-concert Festival. The first concert opened with what is considered the greatest work written for piano four hands, Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor, performed with gusto by the inimitable Jon Kimura Parker and Scott Cuellar. The energy and enthusiasm didn’t let up until after the last sublime notes of the Dvorák Piano Quartet on August 18th. There were many highlights this year; audience members all have their particular favorites, but most would agree that the Brandenburg Concertos were truly over the top in their contagious exuberance. Harpsichordist Jeffrey Kahane led the ensemble in all six concertos, each with a different mix of brilliant soloists, and his harpsichord cadenza in Concerto #5 was electrifying. Frederica von Stade’s beautiful mezzo-soprano voice graced the stage during the Channel Crossing concerts in a lovely, heartfelt performance with pianist Laurana Mitchelmore in memory of Laurana’s husband and Festival friend Charles Mitchelmore. The Windy Day in Paris concerts included an impromptu collaboration between Jon Kimura Parker and American Idol past contender Sanjaya Malakar, who Miró Quartet violinist (and avid Idol fan) Daniel Ching had recognized creating craft cocktails at The Barnacle in Eastsound!

The main events of the Festival were the evening concerts, but many activities kept musicians and audiences busy during the daytime as well. The church next door was filled to capacity for a lively Concerto Chat™, an informative talk given by Jon Kimura Parker at the piano, all about performing solos with orchestras. Our five Know the Score lecturers enlightened listeners over morning coffee and treats and then returned in the evening to entertain audiences with lively Pre-Concert Talks. Who knew pianist and classical radio host Lisa Bergman was such a ham? Young people of all ages met Peter, the Wolf, Grandma, and the rest of Prokofiev’s menagerie in WindSync’s lively Children’s Concert, an imaginative version of Peter and the Wolf. WindSync also performed short and lively Hamlet Concerts for residents of Olga, West Sound, and Deer Harbor. Orcas and Lopez senior citizens were gathered for lunch at the Orcas Senior Center before the Open Rehearsal for Seniors when the power went out! So, instead of the seniors caravanning over to the very dark Orcas Center, the musicians brought the rehearsal to the Senior Center. And OICMF took the show “on the road” (actually, on the boat!) to Lopez Island for a Know the Score lecture and the seventh annual OICMF concert for Lopez residents.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of the remarkable musicians, volunteers too numerous to list, and to you, our fabulous donors and supporters, for making this season’s Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival such an exciting, invigorating, and rewarding experience.

2018 Know the Score Lectures

Know the Score Lectures
 Comprehensive in scope, the Know the Score lectures during the Summer Festival are given by highly-regarded lecturers from the Northwest and Festival artists, all representing unique aspects of the classical music world. These lectures are rich in detail, reflecting the social and historical context of the composers and the  repertoire of the concerts. The lectures take place at St. Francis Catholic Church, next door to Orcas Center, and each lecture is augmented by a visit to a concert rehearsal. One Know the Score lecture also takes place on Lopez Island each Festival season, at the historic Port Stanley Schoolhouse, on the morning of the Chamber Music on Lopez Concert. Purchase Orcas lecture tickets through the Box Office at Orcas Center, and at various Lopez outlets for the Lopez lecture. A limited number of seats may be sold at the door, depending on available space. 

Our 2018 Know the Score Lecturers:

Jonathan Pasternack

Jonathan Pasternack
Know the Score: Music Among Friends 
Orcas Island – Friday, August 3, 9:00am – 12:30pm
Lopez Island – Sunday, August 5, 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Jonathan Pasternack conducts orchestras, opera and ballet in the United States and Europe, with such ensembles as the London Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest of The Hague, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, among others. Currently Music Director and Conductor of the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Pasternack has held appointments with the Oregon Symphony, Bellevue Opera, Icicle Creek Music Center, Ithaca College, Pacific Lutheran University, and the University of Washington School of Music. Born and raised in New York City, Jonathan Pasternack studied violin, cello, trombone, piano, and percussion. He won a trombone scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music at the age of sixteen and later transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue studies in astronomy, philosophy, and political science. Mr. Pasternack made his conducting debut when he was eighteen, while a student at MIT, where he founded and led the MIT Chamber Orchestra for three seasons. 

John Largess

John Largess
Know the Score: Channel Crossing 
Tuesday, August 7, 9:00am – 12:30pm 

Violist John Largess began his studies in Boston at age 12 in the public schools, studying with Michael Zaretsky of the Boston Symphony, and later as a student of Michael Tree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In 1995, he graduated from Yale University to join the Colorado String Quartet as interim violist, with whom he toured the United States and Canada, teaching and concertizing. The following year, he was appointed principal violist of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina, a position he held until joining the Miró Quartet in 1997. Also an active speaker and writer about all things chamber?musical, in 2004 Mr. Largess was invited to give a week?long audience lecture series as a part of the Eighth International String Quartet Competition at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. He repeated this series in 2007 and again in 2010.With his training in Greek and Latin Literature and his Bachelor’s degree in Archeology from Yale University, as well as studies at the Hebrew University in Israel, Mr. Largess has participated in excavations in Greece, Israel, and Jordan. John Largess serves as Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of String Chamber Music at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music.

Roger Sherman

Roger Sherman
Know the Score: The Brandenburg Concertos
Friday, August 10, 9:00am – 12:30pm

A native of Seattle, Roger Sherman is the Associate Organist Emeritus of St. Mark’s Cathedral and Artistic Director Emeritus of the Orcas Choral Society. For the past 25 years, he has produced and hosted The Organ Loft, a popular weekly radio program about choral and organ music on Classical KING FM. Mr. Sherman is president of the Grammy Award winning Gothic Catalog, which publishes recordings on the Loft, Gothic, Clarion, and ReZound labels. Mr. Sherman holds degrees in music history, computer science, and organ performance from Oberlin College. He has performed as harpsichord soloist with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Strings, and the Milwaukee Symphony, and has played organ recitals in such diverse places as Stanford University, Venice, Italy, and Walla Walla, Washington. Mr. Sherman has also had a significant career in technology. He was the first full-time Director of Testing for Microsoft and was on the team that produced the first versions of Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Money, and Microsoft Works for Windows. He was the Director of Testing when Windows 95 and Office 95 were released and created Microsoft’s first Games products. Roger Sherman is now a full-time resident of Orcas Island.

Lisa Bergman

Lisa Bergman
Know the Score: A Windy Day in Paris
Tuesday, August 14, 9:00am – 12:30pm 

Lisa is Founder and Artistic Director of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series and Executive Director of NOISE (Northwest Opera in Schools, Etcetera). She is a national Gracie Award-winning radio announcer on Classic KING-FM, appearing daily, streaming worldwide on the internet. Bergman served for seven years as the Executive Director and is the Classical Music Program Advisor of the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth. Lisa is also a concert pianist specializing in the fields of collaborative piano and chamber music, and is a graduate of the Juilliard School, the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the University of Washington. She served as an Artist in Residence and member of the University of Washington Music Faculty (1989-1999), teaching in the fields of accompanying and opera coaching. As a recording artist her discography includes six chamber music CDs and one solo CD. She made her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1983. The Washington State Music Teachers Association cited her for “extraordinary service, outstanding musicianship, dedication and leadership which have significantly contributed to the development and growth of music education in the State of Washington.”
 

Svend Rønning

Svend Rønning
Know the Score: Dvorák Finale!
Friday, August 17, 9:00am – 12:30pm

Violinist Svend Rønning is Chair of the String Division at Pacific Lutheran University where he is Professor of Music. He is one of the most active performers in the Puget Sound, serving as Concertmaster of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra as well as performing frequent soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist. He is also Artistic Director of the Second City Chamber Series, Tacoma’s award winning producer of chamber music concerts and chamber music educational programs. Svend has appeared in venues around the world, including the Aspen, Eastern, Harkness, Jerusalem, Methow, Pacific, Rhode Island, Spoleto and Wintergreen Music Festivals, and has served as Concertmaster of various orchestras including the Charlottesville Symphony, the San Jose Symphony, the Spoleto U.S.A. Chamber Orchestra, and the Tacoma Opera Orchestra. 

Our 21st Season, August 2018

“I am very pleased to announce the line-up for our 21st Season, August 3rd – 18th, 2018.
We are so excited to be presenting the following concerts – a great line-up of stellar performers and thrilling programs. More details will follow, but here’s the basic line-up.” — Aloysia Friedmann, OICMF Artistic Director

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Music Among Friends
Friday, August 3, 7:30pm / Saturday, August 4, 5:30pm
We open our 21st Season with the greatest work written for piano four hands and finish with the stunningly beautiful Brahms G Major viola quintet, in which Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann surrounds herself with musical friends. Mozart and Turina round out this elegant program.

Franz Schubert, Fantasie in F minor for piano four-hands
Scott Cuellar, Jon Kimura Parker

Joaquín Turina, Piano Quartet in A minor
Benjamin Beilman, Aloysia Friedmann, Barry Gold, Scott Cuellar

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Duo for violin and viola in G Major, KV 423
Carmit Zori, Toby Hoffman

Johannes Brahms, Viola Quintet in G Major, Op. 111
Carmit Zori, Benjamin Beilman, Toby Hoffman, Aloysia Friedmann, Desmond Hoebig

 


Channel Crossing
Tuesday, August 7, 7:30pm / Wednesday, August 8, 5:30pm
The European Union waves to the United Kingdom in this program, beginning with a classic Haydn string Quartet and the Czech flavors of the Dvorak String Sextet, and culminating with the burnished and quintessentially British sensibilities of the Elgar Piano Quintet. The Festival welcomes mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and pianist Laurana Mitchelmore in a tribute to Laurana’s late husband, Charles Mitchelmore. They will perform works by Jake Heggie, Gabriel Fauré, and Francis Poulenc.

Franz Joseph Haydn, Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 71, No. 3
Miró Quartet

Antonín Dvorák, String Sextet in A Major
Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, John Largess, Toby Hoffman, Joshua Gindele, Barry Gold

Johann David Heinichen, Trio Sonata for oboe, violin, and continuo in C minor
Nathan Hughes, Margaret Batjer, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Jon Kimura Parker

Edward Elgar, Piano Quintet in A minor
Scott St. John, Carmit Zori, Aloysia Friedmann, Desmond Hoebig, Scott Cuellar

 


Orcas~trations: The Brandenburg Concertos
Friday, August 10, 7:30pm / Saturday, August 11, 5:30pm
Johann Sebastian Bach takes center stage in a program that Aloysia Friedmann has wanted to present for two decades: the complete Brandenburg Concertos. These concertos are considered amongst the greatest achievements of the Baroque era, and festival favorite Jeffrey Kahane leads an all-star ensemble from the harpsichord. 

Johann Sebastian Bach Six Brandenburg Concertos
No. 1 in F Major, No. 3 in G Major, No. 5 in D Major
No. 6 in B-flat Major, No. 4 in G Major, No. 2 in F Major

Jeffrey Kahane, Director and Harpsichord; Violins: Margaret Batjer, Scott St. John, Carmit Zori, Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer; Violas: Aloysia Friedmann, Toby Hoffman, John Largess; cellos: Desmond Hoebig, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Barry Gold, Joshua Gindele; Double Bass: David Grossman; Oboe: Nathan Hughes, Emily Tsai, Tad Margelli; flutes: Joachim Becerra Thomsen, Garrett Hudson, Bassoon: Kara LaMoure; horns: Danielle Kuhlmann, Anni Hochhalter; trumpet: David Washburn


A Windy Day in Paris
Tuesday, August 14, 7:30pm / Wednesday, August 15, 5:30pm
Bonjour! OICMF takes a trip to France and features a cavalcade of wind instruments playing music filled with color and imagery. You’ll have a chance to revisit your childhood with Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and we’ll even take you to Outer Space!

Jacques Offenbach (arr. WindSync), Overture to A Trip to the Moon
WindSync

Lili Boulanger, Deux Morceaux for violin and piano
Robyn Bollinger, Jon Kimura Parker

Voyager Golden Record Suite (arr. WindSync)
A multimedia presentation of sounds and images sent to space 40 years ago, portraying the diversity of life and culture on Earth.
WindSync

Sergei Prokofiev (arr. Trevor Cramer), Peter and the Wolf
WindSync

Camille Saint-Saëns, Septet for piano, trumpet, and strings
Jon Kimura Parker, David Washburn, Carmit Zori, Robyn Bollinger, Toby Hoffman,
Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, David Grossman

Francis Poulenc, Sextet for winds and piano
WindSync, Jon Kimura Parker

Jean Françaix, Les petits nerveux (Nervous Children)
WindSync, Jon Kimura Parker

 


Dvorák Finale!
Friday, August 17, 7:30pm / Saturday, August 18, 5:30pm
We celebrate the final concert of our 21st Season with a program filled with contrasts. You’ll experience the lightness and joy of Haydn, the intensity and darkness of Loeffler, and the brilliance and romance of Dvorak. Thanks for joining us!

Franz Joseph Haydn, Trio in C Major, Hob. XV:27
Robyn Bollinger, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Jon Kimura Parker

Charles Loeffler, Two Rhapsodies for oboe, viola and piano
Aloysia Friedmann, Tad Margelli, Jon Kimura Parker

Antonín Dvorák, Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87
Robyn Bollinger, Aloysia Friedmann, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Jon Kimura Parker

 


Concerto Chatwith Jon Kimura Parker
Thursday, August 9, at St. Francis Catholic Church
 


Children’s Concert – Peter and the Wolf 

Wednesday, August 15, 1:00pm
WindSync
 

Open Rehearsal for Seniors
Friday, August 17, 1:00pm
 

Chamber Music on Lopez Island
Music Among Friends
Sunday, August 5, 5:30pm at Lopez Center

Franz Schubert, Fantasie in F minor for piano four-hands
Scott Cuellar, Jon Kimura Parker

Joaquín Turina, Piano Quartet in A minor
Benjamin Beilman, Aloysia Friedmann, Barry Gold, Scott Cuellar

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Duo for violin and viola in G Major, KV 423
Carmit Zori, Toby Hoffman

Johannes Brahms, Viola Quintet in G Major, Op. 111
Carmit Zori, Benjamin Beilman, Toby Hoffman, Aloysia Friedmann, Desmond Hoebig

Chamber Music on Lopez Concert Tickets are available at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts beginning May 2, and at the Lopez Farmers Market beginning June 2.

Information and tickets for the August 5 Know the Score lecture event on Lopez are available beginning June 2 at Lopez Bookshop, Paper Scissors on the Rock, and at the Lopez Farmers Market.

For more information on our Lopez events, please contact us: lopez@oicmf.org or at the Festival Office, 360-376-6636.