Be sure to catch the Miró Quartet, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s “Quartet in Residence,” the week of October 9-13 while the string quartet is here for an action-packed week of fun activities for all islanders! From pop-up appearances and a community concert to a mini concert “tour” onboard the inter-island ferry and several events in between, the Miró Quartet will surely strike a chord with the Orcas Island community and beyond.
From Carnegie Hall to Random Howse: On Monday, October 9th, the Miró Quartet arrives on Orcas Island in the early evening, just in time to play a couple of sets at Random Howse. The quartet played a sold-out Carnegie Hall concert earlier this year; don’t miss this opportunity to hear them while you dine in Eastsound! The music begins at 6:30, with no cover charge. Call Random Howse at 360-376-1111 to reserve a table.
A Musical Afternoon for Island Seniors: On Tuesday, October 10th, the Miró Quartet entertains Orcas Island seniors with a concert at the Orcas Senior Center at 2:00. The concert is free to all senior citizens on the island, and will be followed by a reception with treats, coffee, and tea.
Fun Family Concert at the Grange: On Thursday, October 12th, at 7:00pm, the Miró Quartet performs a wide variety of music, from classical composers to modern and maybe even a fiddle tune or two. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students 18 and younger, and can be purchased by cash or check at Darvill’s Bookstore.
Shhh…it’s education: Between all of the concerts and activities during the week, the Miró Quartet entertains and engages Kim Freeman’s Orcas Island Middle School students in two sessions at the Orcas Public Library.
Pop-up string quartet rides the Inter-Island: On Friday, October 13th, the quartet expands their audience to Shaw and Lopez Islands to wrap up their residency. The four musicians board the inter-island ferry from Orcas and perform for passengers and crew as the boat makes its way around the islands. They will disembark at Shaw Island for an afternoon of music with the Shaw School students, then get back on the ferry bound for Lopez Island, where they play a Salon Concert for a very appreciative audience.
This week of exciting Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival events is generously underwritten by the Valerie and William Anders Foundation and kind patrons like you.
Concerts and Workshops on Orcas, Lopez, and Shaw Islands
The exciting Miho & Diego Duo is coming to the San Juan Islands March 28th through April 1st as part of Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Musicians-in-Residence program. In addition to their work in the schools on Lopez, Shaw, and Orcas, Miho and Diego will bring free family concerts to all three islands and free World rhythm workshops to the Orcas and Lopez communities, thanks in part to a generous grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Miho & Diego Duo has been boldly blending Latin and Japanese musical traditions since 2006, encouraging cultural understanding through music. Miho Takekawa and Diego Coy formed their duo after years of admiring each other’s work and discovering that their sounds could be combined to make something genuinely new and unique. Miho graduated from Kunitachi School of Music in her native Japan before earning her Master’s and Doctorate in percussion performance from the University of Washington School of Music. She now teaches at Pacific Lutheran University, where she heads the percussion studio and directs the school’s percussion and steel pan ensembles. Diego was born in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, and is former musical director of “Fundacion Viva La Musica” and “Fundacion Funmusica.” He is currently a master of exploring the musical traditions of his own native culture by playing Andean flute, panpipes, and many other traditional instruments. Together, this talented duo introduces their distinctive, warm native music and encourages the audience to join in the fun, clapping rhythms and singing in both Japanese and Spanish. Miho and Diego understand the importance of cultural awareness and believe music is a key component.
Miho and Diego begin their residency on Orcas Island Tuesday, March 28th. They will work with Orcas Island High School and Middle School bands and at Salmonberry, Montessori, Kaleidoscope, and Children’s House preschools.
Tuesday evening, all who have an interest in percussion are invited to a free World Rhythm Workshop at the Orcas Island Odd Fellows Hall from 6:00-7:00pm. All skill levels are welcome at this workshop.
On Wednesday, March 29th, it’s Lopez Island’s turn to play at the World Rhythm Workshop, from 7:00-8:00pm at Grace Church. Again, all skill levels are welcome at this free event.
The next evening, Thursday, March 30th, Lopez Islanders are invited to a “Musical Trip Around the World,” a free family concert at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts at 6:30pm.
Miho and Diego will be busy in the daytime during their Lopez Island stay, working with Lopez Public School kindergarten through high school classes and the little ones at Lopez Island Children’s Center.
Miho and Diego make a stop on Shaw Island on Friday, March 31st, to work with the Shaw School students during the day, and then present their “Musical Trip Around the World” to Shaw Islanders young and young at heart. Enjoy this free family concert at the Shaw Island Community Building at 6:30pm.
On Saturday, April 1st, at 2:00pm, Orcas Islanders will be treated to the Miho & Diego Duo’s “Musical Trip Around the World” at the Odd Fellows Hall. This free concert will be fun for all!
Don’t miss these educational and entertaining workshops and concerts! For more information, contact Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival at 360-376-6636 or email email@example.com.
They came to Orcas Island with a marimba, taiko drum, Andean flute and more.
They left one week later, leaving a decided impact on students of all ages. The exciting duo of Miho Takekawa and Diego Coy, who teach and perform in the Seattle area, were the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Musicians-in-Residence in February.
“The visit provided the children with a wonderfully engaging tour of songs and instruments from around the world,” said Tom Rubottom, Montessori School teacher. “The performers, with their drums, piano, percussion, flutes and whistles captivated the children’s minds and moved their bodies, leaving the class with great big smiles and, perhaps, a deeper appreciation of how music can bring us all together.”
Miho is from Japan, Diego from Colombia. They came together in 2006 after admiring each other’s works and discovering their sounds could be combined to make something genuinely new and unique. Their primary goal is to encourage cultural understanding through music.
“Miho and Diego’s visits to both Kaleidoscope preschool and Salmonberry primary were exceptional experiences,” said Tom Rawson, OICMF Pied Piper. “The children received a rich experience in understanding both rhythm and dynamics, as well as a taste of the cultures that the music comes from. I can’t say enough wonderful things about the fabulous presentations Miho and Diego gave.” At one preschool, Miho played “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on their steel drum and invited the children to sing along. They surprised her by singing it in Japanese, too!
In addition to visiting the preschools, Miho and Diego coached Band Director Darren Dix’s 5th, 6th, Middle School and High School Band students. They were enthusiastically welcomed as they taught and performed for Pamela Wright’s kindergarten through 4th grade music classes. In the evening, they worked with Community Band members and conducted a Master Class in percussion, which were educational and entertaining for all. And the duo performed a special concert at the Senior Center, where the marimba, wooden flutes, piano, drum and maracas added up to fun Friday event.
“We can’t thank enough Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival and the Washington State Arts Commission for this wonderful opportunity,” said Miho Takekawa.
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Pied Piper program brings local musicians to our island preschools each week during the school year, and special sessions during the Summer. “We couldn’t imagine a week without the Pied Piper music program in our classrooms,” said Susan Anderson, Executive Director at Children’s House. “Young children gain so much through music and motion, and the shared experience brings them together in highly unique ways that support their development. Music helps enhance language, develop listening skills, and they learn respect for the instruments and the talent. Nothing beats a live performance to connect with a child!”
This Fall, OICMF is welcoming two new members to the Pied Pipers team: Tom Rawson and Mandy Troxel. They’ll join Anita Orne in visiting four island preschools. Tom is a local folksinger and storyteller. He taught preschool and primary grades in public and private schools in the Seattle area, and on Orcas for 30 years. Tom is the music teacher at Salmonberry School, and performs regularly at children’s concerts, libraries, and folk festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest. Mandy has lived and made music on Orcas Island for over 13 years. Alongside Anita Orne, she co-leads the “Girls with Ukes” ensemble and frequently contributes to the soundtrack of many Orcas community events. An accomplished singer-songwriter, she has released two recordings, and currently performs solo and with her band “The Bitter Ends.”
The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is dedicated to sharing music, musicians and music education with our preschools. This early childhood musical opportunity involves playing instruments, singing and creating musical stories, and provides a strong music-based foundation from which our young ones learn and grow.
Before the curtains open for the 18th Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival August 6 – 22, 2015, go behind the scenes for what many call a “transforming experience.” Music Lovers Seminars are presented for each program by five Lecturers who are highly respected musicians and classical music experts. OICMF Board Member and Seminar sponsor Glenn Prestwich summarizes his seminar experience: “Before attending phenomenal concerts featuring the world’s top artists, you have learned about the personal lives and sociopolitical challenges of each composer, you’ve understood the arc and key “what-makes-it-great” elements of each musical composition, and you’ve attended a live rehearsal of one of the works. Then, at the concert, you can really appreciate each work and the performers’ artistry and collaboration to the fullest!”
Opening weekend we’re delighted to welcome Robert Baldwin as Lecturer for the “Russian Tableaux” program being performed August 6 on Lopez Island, and August 7 and 8 on Orcas. Dr. Baldwin is an accomplished violist, the Music Director of the Salt Lake Symphony, and Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Utah. He performs and conducts concerts across the United State and Europe. His pre-concert talks and community music classes are popular mainstays of the Utah Arts scene, and you can view his award-winning blog on music and creativity at before the downbeat. Dr. Baldwin, a specialist in Russian music, will present these lectures on both Lopez and Orcas Islands!
Lopez: Thursday, August 6, Port Stanley School, 9 am – noon.
For tickets, visit Lopez Bookshop, Paper Scissors on the Rock or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orcas: Friday, August 7, St. Francis Catholic Church 9 am – 12:30 pm.
For tickets, visit our web site.
On Tuesday, August 11th, Steve Reeder, who we’re also welcoming as a new Festival Lecturer this year, will provide insights into the “Façade” concert. Steve is an announcer at Northwest Public Radio, and served as on-air host and Program Director for Classical KING-FM in Seattle.
Friday, August 14th, Stephen Rumph, associate professor of music history at the University of Washington and internationally recognized scholar, explores “The Romantic Cello” concert. Patrons will remember Stephen Rumph’s fascinating lecture last year for “Miró|Beethoven|An Epic Journey” Concerts.
On Tuesday, August 18th the Miró Quartet’s amazing violist, John Largess, will educate and entertain patrons with his seminar exploring “Orcas~trations:Into the Woods.” John is also performing in this concert for Arnold Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night).
Friday, August 21st, popular Lecturer Lisa Bergman will return to provide insights for the magnificent closing concert, “Hallelujah Junction.” A passionate promote of classical music and concert pianist, Lisa is founder and Artistic Director of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series and is a national Gracie award-winning radio announcer on KING-FM.
Music Lovers Seminars take place at St. Francis Church from 9 am – 12:30 pm, with the exception of the August 14 Seminar, which will be held at the Eastsound Fire Hall. All Seminars on Orcas include a coveted visit to a rehearsal. Tickets are $30, students 18 and under free. To purchase, visit our web site! A limited number of seats may be sold at the door, depending on available space. Call the OICMF Office for more information 360-376-6636. www.oicmf.org
The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival was proud to award four High School seniors with The Marilyn Anderson Young Musician’s Award, supported by the Thyra and Bud Anderson Advised Fund. OICMF Board of Directors Emeritus Marilyn Anderson, and OICMF Executive Director Leslie Rae Schmitz presented awards to Mikaela Hansen, Celestine Jensen, Emy Carter and Lisa Carter at the Celebration of Success ceremony on June 12, 2015. This annual $500 award for graduating seniors honors students who have demonstrated that music is an important element in their lives. Their music involvement could include singing, playing an instrument, composing, or recording of music. The award is named for founding OICMF Board member Marilyn Anderson and her dedication to music education. This tradition began in 2007, and has been a source of encouragement for music students, acknowledging the importance of their practice, performance, enjoyment and love of music. Congratulations Young Musicians!
March, April and May … filled with music, singing and teaching!
MARCH: Violinist Monique Mead will return March 4 -10th as Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Musician-in-Residence to work with Orcas School string students, the Orcas Island Community Band, and provide Master Classes with students and community musicians. In addition, both Monique and Adam Stern, pianist, will work with Island Sinfonia on ensemble building and conducting. They will present a free concert on Sunday, March 8th at 3 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, Bach/Gounod Ave Maria, and popular pieces by Fritz
APRIL: Miho Takekawa & Diego Coy will visit Orcas Island for the first time the week of April 6-10 as OICMF Musicians-in-Residence. The Miho & Diego Duo has been boldly blending Latin and Japanese musical traditions in Washington, Oregon, California and Japan since 2006, encouraging cultural understanding through music. The Duo will spend time with Orcas School band students, as well as coaching and teaching percussion to elementary students. They will share their “Musical Trip Around the World,” an award-winning musical education program for preschool through K-2 students, on Wednesday April 8 at 1:00 pm, at Orcas Center. This program is designed to have children understand different cultures and languages by introducing a new genre of music. In addition, Miho and Diego will perform at the Senior Center on Friday, April 10th at 1:00 pm.
MAY: Baritone Philip Cutlip will return as a Musician-in-Residence May 18-22.
Philip has been a popular artist for several Orcas Island Chamber Music Festivals, and was a featured performer for our “Leaves of Gold” Fundraising Concert in December. Last year he was also a teaching coach, working with student and community musicians. As one choir member said, “How fortunate for us to be graced with the expertise of a professional and an opera singer taking time to give beneficial instructions.”
Funding for the 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.
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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.
They’re called WindSync, a quintet of virtuoso players who show just how exciting a flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn can be. This fresh, energetic group will be the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Musicians-in-Residence the week of March 10th.
The five members of WindSync will work with K-12 music students and teachers, offering skill-building techniques which focus on finding a group sound together, while providing enthusiasm and inspiration. In addition, the Quintet will conduct workshops with community musicians. Their busy week on Orcas will end with a Spirit Assembly for students.
Based in Houston, WindSync has thrilled audiences nationwide with their unique approach to classical music. The Quintet specializes in creative and interactive concerts that inspire audiences of all ages, and are pioneers in unconventional performance practices. They have frequently performed in schools representing Young Audiences of Houston, an arts program which applauded WindSync for its “extraordinary ability to connect students, educators, administrators, and parents in a powerful and meaningful way.” Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync was winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh International Competition. The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is thrilled that WindSync is bringing their talent and passion for education to Orcas schools in March. This project is underwritten by gifts to the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Music Education Fund.
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is bringing brass to the island the week of Oct. 6th. C Street Brass is the Ensemble in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, playing trumpets, horns and trombones. This dynamic quintet will lead educational workshops and entertain with ensemble performances as part of the Festival’s Musician-in-Residence program.
During the day, C Street Brass will be coaching students at Orcas elementary, middle and high schools, counseling with school music teachers and presenting spirit school assemblies in school and at Orcas Center. The group will continue to coach and perform at night, too. On Monday, Oct. 7th at 7pm, C Street will take part in the Community Band rehearsal, with a focus on coaching brass members. On Thursday, Oct. 10th there will be a Brass Master Class with Orcas Island’s Turtleback Brass. Other island brass players are welcome to join this session. If interested, please call the OICMF Office 376-6636. On Friday, Oct. 11th, there will be a special concert at The Grange, “Classy Brass: A Chamber Music Festival Community Concert.” The program is at 7:00 pm, followed by a post-concert coffee bar reception. Tickets are $15, $10 students 18 and under. To reserve your seat for this exciting concert, call OICMF 376-6636 or email email@example.com.
C Street Brass performs classical, jazz, commercial, and chamber music – and you can hear them online at www.cstreetbrass.com. They have appeared in chamber music series across the country, and toured internationally in Tbilisi, Georgia as Resident ensemble of the Traveling Notes Music Festival and in Doha, Qatar as ambassadors for Carnegie Mellon University. The quintet has received outreach and community education training from violinist and educator Monique Mead, who Orcas students and audiences know well as OICMF’s popular Musician-in-Residence and Festival performer. C Street Brass is teaching and performing on Orcas thanks to a Music Education Sponsorship from the following donors: Bill Anders, Janet Ketcham, James Connell and Win Rhodes.