Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann, violin/viola, and Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker, piano, welcome several Festival alumni and exciting new performers to this year’s 20th Festival Season, August 5-20. Highlights will be our quinquennial Concert on the Village Green and a newly-commissioned work by Jake Heggie for saw and string Quartet.
The days of the concerts are slightly different from our usual pattern; our artists have very busy performance itineraries and we decided to vary our calendar just a bit so we can have exactly the right musicians to perform this 20th Season.
Ticket pre-sales for those who donate $600 and up for this season will begin on April 18th. Early Birds will be able to purchase tickets in person at Orcas Center the morning of May 2nd, and online ticket sales begin at 7:00 that evening.
(Please note: all programs and artists are subject to change.)
Founding festival artist William Preucil returns to join his colleagues in the glorious Mendelssohn Octet, a work of profound genius written when the composer was only 16! Preucil also joins Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker in the festival’s first ever performance of Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Orchestra. Expect musical fireworks!
Mendelssohn – Double Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minor
A Preucil, W Preucil, Parker, Kawahara, Yamamoto, Friedmann, Benjamin, Tsang, Martindale Williams, Hoebig, Swanson
Mendelssohn – Song Without Words for cello and piano
Mendelssohn – Octet in E-flat Major
A Preucil, W Preucil, Kawahara, Yamamoto, Friedmann, Benjamin, Martindale Williams, Hoebig
Adria Benjamin, Aloysia Friedmann, Desmond Hoebig, Karl Kawahara, Jon Kimura Parker, Alexandra Preucil, William Preucil, Stephen Swanson, Bion Tsang, Anne Martindale Williams, Sandy Yamamoto
Often called the most beloved work in the entire chamber music repertoire, Schubert’s Trout Quintet beguiles the listener with beautiful melodies and old world elegance. Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann is joined in the Schubert by founding festival artist Desmond Hoebig, Jon Kimura Parker, Andrés Cárdenes, and Stephen Swanson. This program also features the return of flutist Lorna McGhee. Cellist Bion Tsang and pianist Andrew Staupe will captivate all in the passionate Cello Sonata of Rachmaninoff.
J. K. Parker – Pan Dreams for flute and piano
Bruch – Three Pieces for saxophone, viola and piano
Friedmann, McAllister, Parker
Rachmaninoff – Cello Sonata in G minor
Schubert – Trout Quintet
Cárdenes, Friedmann, Hoebig, Swanson, Parker
Andrés Cárdenes, Aloysia Friedmann, Desmond Hoebig, Timothy McAllister, Lorna McGhee,
Jon Kimura Parker, Andrew Staupe, Stephen Swanson, Bion Tsang
Four centuries of music are represented in this potpourri of musical expression. Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Timothy McAllister returns by popular demand, and violinists Andrés Cárdenes, Martin Chalifour, Chee-Yun, Monique Mead, and Sandy Yamamoto will thrill with everything from the purity of Bach to the impressionism of Debussy to Mike Garson’s jazzy take on Paganini. Can there ever be too much “sax and violins”?
Handel / Halvorsen – Passacaglia for violin and viola
R. Clarke – Morpheus for viola and piano
Etezady – Recurring Dreams for saxophone and piano trio (West Coast Premiere)
McAllister, Yamamoto, Martindale Williams, Staupe
Schumann – Fairy Tales for clarinet, viola and piano
Collins, Friedmann, Parker
Gershwin – Selections from Porgy and Bess for saxophone and string quartet
McAllister, Cárdenes, Mead, Harding, Martindale Williams
J.C. Bach – Quintet in F Major for oboe, violin, viola, cello and piano
Lawyer, Cárdenes, Friedmann, Hoebig, Parker
Debussy – Syrinx
Debussy – Violin Sonata in G minor
Mike Garson – Jazz Variations on a Theme of Paganini
Cárdenes, Parker, Chee-Yun, Mead, Friedmann, Martindale Williams, Swanson, Lawyer, McGhee, Collins, McAllister, Alboucq, Folsom
Steve Alboucq, Andrés Cárdenes, Martin Chalifour, Chee-Yun, Michael Collins, Gunnar Folsom, Aloysia Friedmann, David Harding, Desmond Hoebig, Alecia Lawyer, Timothy McAllister, Lorna McGhee, Monique Mead, Jon Kimura Parker, Andrew Staupe, Stephen Swanson, Anne Martindale Williams, Sandy Yamamoto
The Robert Henigson Concert on the Village Green is the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s musical gift to the island! Part 1 contrasts the brilliance of Vivaldi’s concerto writing, featuring festival favorite Anne Martindale Williams and Orcas Island’s own Oliver Aldort, and Gershwin’s unique take on the piano concerto with Jon Kimura Parker as soloist in Rhapsody in Blue. In Part 2, Jackie Parker is joined by iconic Police drummer Stewart Copeland and three brilliant colleagues in Off The Score, a unique take on everything from classical and blues to jazz and rock!
Vivaldi – Concerto for Four Violins
Beilman, Chalifour, Chee-Yun, Cárdenes
Vivaldi – Concerto for Two Cellos
Martindale Williams, Aldort
Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue
Parker, Stern, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Jazz Band
Off The Score with Stewart Copeland and Jon Kimura Parker
Copeland, Parker, Kwon, Martinez, Miller
Oliver Aldort, Benjamin Beilman, Andrés Cárdenes, Martin Chalifour, Chee-Yun, Aloysia Friedmann, Anne Martindale Williams, Miró Quartet, Jon Kimura Parker, OICMF Jazz Band and Orchestra, Adam Stern, Off The Score
Now OICMF’s Quartet-in-Residence, the Miró Quartet is joined by two illustrious colleagues, clarinetist Michael Collins and cellist Desmond Hoebig, in two stunning masterworks from the Romantic era, the Brahms Clarinet Quintet and the Schubert Cello Quintet. Each of these works is filled with endless beauty and a lifetime of experience.
Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor
Collins, Miró Quartet
Schubert Cello Quintet in C Major
Hoebig, Miró Quartet
Michael Collins, Desmond Hoebig, Miró Quartet
How often does the Executive Director of a festival have a chance to perform onstage? And how often is that work commissioned by one of the world’s leading composers? Anita Orne joins the Miró Quartet in Earthrise for saw and string quartet, written by Jake Heggie in honor of William Anders in reflection of his iconic photograph taken from Apollo 8, framed by a stunning textile piece by fibre artist Geoffrey Shilling. Also in a festival first, new guest violinist Benjamin Beilman joins Jon Kimura Parker in the stunning Schubert Fantasie. The festival concludes in grand fashion with Tchaikovsky’s triumphant Souvenir of Florence!
Bartók – Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano
Beilman, Collins, Kahane
Schubert – Fantasie for violin and piano in C Major
Jake Heggie – Earthrise for saw and string quartet (world premiere)
Orne, Miró Quartet
Tchaikovsky – Souvenir of Florence for string sextet
Chalifour, Chee-Yun, Friedmann, Harding, Hoebig, Aldort
Oliver Aldort, Benjamin Beilman, Martin Chalifour, Chee-Yun, Michael Collins, Aloysia Friedmann, David Harding, Desmond Hoebig, Jeffrey Kahane, Miró Quartet, Anita Orne, Jon Kimura Parker, Geoffrey Shilling
This program of delightful musical stories includes the children’s book Owl and the Moon, featuring Rachel Buchman as narrator. She also leads children dancing to Schumann’s beautiful Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) performed by pianist Jeffrey Kahane. Other artists participating are clarinetist Michael Collins, violinist Martin Chalifour, and cellist Oliver Aldort.
Owl and the Moon by Arnold Lobel
Schumann – Kinderszenen
Rachel Buchman, narrator
Jeffrey Kahane, piano
Martin Chalifour, violin
Michael Collins, clarinet
Oliver Aldort, cello
Wednesday, August 9 Svend Rønning
Friday, August 11 Jonathan Pasternak
Monday, August 14 Jeffrey Kahane (concert is on Tuesday, Aug. 15)
Saturday, August 19 Melinda Bargreen
Know the Score Lecture at 10:30am with Melinda Bargreen
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.
Jon Kimura Parker returns to Orcas Island for a solo Salon Concert on Sunday, March 12, at 3:30 PM. The audience will be treated to a diverse selection of engaging works by composers classical to contemporary. The setting for this concert will be the intimate living room of a lovely island home.
Jackie will perform Beethoven’s beautifully complex Sonata in F minor Opus 57, familiarly known as the Appassionata. Also on the program are Ravel’s Jeux d’Eau (Fountains), Scenes from a Jade Terrace by Alexina Louie, and, back by popular demand, two fantasies by William Hirtz, one on movie themes scored by Bernard Herrmann for thriller and sci-fi classics North by Northwest, Mysterious Island, and Psycho, and an audience favorite, the Wizard of Oz Fantasy. Watch and listen to Jackie talk about (and play excerpts from) William Hirtz’s Wizard of Oz Fantasy on Jackie’s YouTube video.
Enjoy the post-concert reception and join us for a glass of Thurston Wolfe wine and light appetizers provided by Bill Patterson of William Patterson Foods.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival office. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 360-376-6636 or (toll-free) 866-492-0003. Tickets are $75 and are available only at OICMF. Seating is very limited, so reserve your tickets soon!
More 20th Season details are emerging! Dates are set, artists are being lined up, and fabulous repertoire and special events are planned for the 2017 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s 20th Season, Saturday, August 5th through Sunday, August 20th, will include the return of many Festival favorite artists, including William Preucil, Alexandra Preucil, Martin Chalifour, Chee-Yun, David Harding, Bion Tsang, Desmond Hoebig, Anne Martindale Williams, Michael Collins, Timothy McAllister, Lorna McGhee, Jeffrey Kahane, the Miró Quartet, and our Artistic Leaders, Aloysia Friedmann and Jon Kimura Parker. Rising star violinist Benjamin Beilman will join the Festival for the first time. Look for romantic works by Franz Schubert throughout the program, and a work for saw and string quartet by Jake Heggie has been commissioned.
The 2017 season will also bring the return of the Children’s Concert, Open Rehearsal for Seniors, Know the Score lectures, Pre-Concert Talks, Hamlet Concerts, and OICMF on Lopez. We are thrilled to offer our quinquennial gift to the island, a free Concert in the Park on Sunday, August 13th, this year featuring the return of Jon Kimura Parker and the OICMF Stage Band performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Ticket pre-sales for those who donate $600 and up will begin on April 18th. Early Birds will be able to purchase tickets in person at Orcas Center the morning of May 2nd, and online ticket sales begin at 5:00 that evening.
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is very pleased to present its annual Leaves of Gold concert at 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 8. “A Bach Celebration!” will feature music by J.S. Bach, the composer Beethoven called the “Immortal God of Harmony.”
Two violinists will join Rosario Resort’s grand piano, and the historic pipe organ in the Music Room at the Rosario mansion will be tuned up and ready to add a big, dramatic thrill to this season’s concert. OICMF Artistic Director and violinist Aloysia Friedmann and OICMF Artistic Advisor and pianist Jon Kimura Parker are joined by two returning Festival musicians, both internationally renowned, violinist Lilit Gampel and organist Gregory D’Agostino.
Currently, Lilit Gampel lives in New York and has performed as concerto soloist with the New York Philharmonic, among other great orchestras. She also plays in the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. The Chicago Tribune commented on her “super-accurate ear…control of tone…prodigious talent.”
Gregory D’Agostino has performed around the world. He’s the Director of Music and Organist at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament near Lincoln Center and is on faculty at the Mannes School of Music. His playing has been described by The American Organist magazine as a “stunning, controlled delirium.”
The concert will take place in the Music Room at Rosario Resort, which sparkles with holiday cheer. A reception will follow in the Mansion Dining Room, featuring a wonderful buffet with hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and wine, prepared by executive chef Raymond Southern and his staff. Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is grateful to Rosario Resort owners Jan and Jerry Barto for hosting this event. Tickets are $150 ($75 is tax deductible). To reserve your seat, email email@example.com or call 360-376-6636.
The Next Festival will be Our 20th!
(How did we get here so quickly?)
We look toward Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s 20th Season in August of 2017 with great anticipation and excitement! We will welcome back many of our Festival alumni, and we will welcome new Festival musicians to the great family of OICMF Artists that has developed over the last 19 years.
Our dates are yet to be cast in stone, but we do know that the Festival will begin near the first weekend in August and will run for the next two weeks. The 20th season will include many celebratory events, including our gift to the island, a free outdoor Concert in the Park on Sunday, August 13th, at the Stage on the Green in Eastsound.
More information will be available as we get closer to next summer!
OICMF celebrates the legacy of violinist Jascha Heifetz with violinist/pianist Ayke Agus and violinist Chee-Yun Kim. Dr. Agus studied with Jascha Heifetz at University of Southern California early in her career. This began a lasting professional association and friendship with the great violinist. Dr. Agus was accompanist to Heifetz for the last fifteen years of his life. After his death she wrote the book “Heifetz, as I Knew Him,” which was subsequently a source for the documentary “Jascha Heifetz, God’s Fiddler.”
Dr. Agus will discuss her time with Heifetz and accompany violinist Chee-Yun, who will perform from Heifetz’s broad repertoire of transcriptions. Ayke Agus will also perform several of Jascha Heifetz’s favorite transcriptions on violin, accompanied by Jon Kimura Parker. Video clips, including Heifetz playing, will round out this entertaining and educational multi-media event. The concerts will take place at Orcas Center on Mount Baker Road. Aloysia Friedmann and Jon Kimura Parker will host.
Seats for all of this season’s Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival concerts are selling briskly. You are encouraged to get your tickets soon, available at the Orcas Center box office or online at www.orcascenter.org.
The 2016 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival was a Rousing Success!
From the kick-off weekend with the inimitable “Time for Three,” all the way through to the innovative menu options of the final “Á la Carte!” concerts, the 2016 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival took listeners on a moving journey through centuries of music and a spectrum of emotions.
Artistic Director and violist Aloysia Friedmann crafted two weeks of fabulous concerts, filled with renowned artists, including:
The Argentinian rhythms and fire of the Ginastera 1st Quartet
The melancholy and excitement of Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet
Smetana’s passionate and melodic Piano Trio in G minor
Dvorak’s luscious E-flat Piano Quartet
The exciting Dohnanyi Sextet
Poulenc’s brilliant clarinet sonata
The dramatic new Rhapsodos by Betinis
The lyrical Horn Trio by Brahms
We welcomed amazing artists who performed for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival for the first time, and welcomed back Festival friends. Flying in from England for the Northwest premiere of Abbie Betinis’s Rhapsodos, clarinetist Michael Collins performed with pianist Jon Kimura Parker.
Other major artists new to Orcas this year included pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Craig Sheppard, hornist Julie Landsman, cellists Beth Rapier and Anthony Ross, and Time for Three, and we welcomed back many Festival favorites with great enthusiasm: the Miró Quartet, violinists Chee-Yun and Sandy Yamamoto, and violist Toby Appel!
Aloysia and Jackie hosted a special event on August 15th and 16th, celebrating the legacy of violinist Jascha Heifetz, featuring pianist/violinist Dr. Ayke Agus, who worked with Heifetz as a violin student and as piano accompanist to his studio. She shared stories about Heifetz, including excerpts from the documentary God’s Fiddler.
It was a special honor when the Miró Quartet selected Orcas Island as the perfect setting for a much-anticipated event. During our 2015 Season, the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival presented the pre-release of Miró Quartet|transcendence, an incredible double disc set (Blu-ray/CD) of Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887. Last year the Quartet recorded and filmed the making of this iconic work in Seattle at Benaroya Hall on David Fulton’s instrument collection, including several Stradivari and Guarneri. Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, John Largess and Joshua Gindele were supported by benefactor David Fulton in embarking on this beautiful and transcendent musical journey.
The evening included a live performance, an exciting multimedia debut of this award-winning documentary, and a fascinating question and answer session with the Miró Quartet, OICMF Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann and OICMF Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker. Patrons were thrilled to be part of this one-of-a-kind event, and didn’t want to see the evening end! Our thanks to concert sponsors Lee and Stuart Rolfe, and reception sponsor Carl de Boor!
The Miró Quartet also unveiled educational aspects of this project: the “Play It Forward” educated initiative, and “The Miró Transcendence Education Contest,” in partnership with Carnegie Hall. To learn more about these programs,
Kostov/Valkov CD Premiere
Opening night of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival was the perfect time and place for the CD release of Lachezar Kostov and Viktor Valkov’s Kostov-Valkov Duo Transcriptions & Paraphrases for cello and piano. The lines were long during intermission and post-concert receptions, as adoring fans looked forward to autographed copies of their CD.
This exciting duo have performed together since 2000, performing across the United States, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Japan. Bulgarian cellist Lachezar Kostov has been hailed for the “awesome purity of his playing” and described as a “prodigiously skilled protagonist.” Winner of the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Bulgarian pianist Viktor Valkov has been highly acclaimed by critics as a “lion of the keyboard.” The CD features Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1 and 2 and Evocation a la Chapelle Sixtine, Buxton Orr’s A Carmen Fantasy, Martinu’s Variations on a Theme of Rossini and Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Figaro.
The CD was produced by Aloysia Friedmann and sponsored by The Anders Foundation, William and Valerie Anders.
Monday, August 17th – 7:30 pm
This summer the Miró Quartet is back, and in addition to their concert performances during the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, there’s an added bonus! They’re having a pre-release party of an incredible double disc set (Blu-ray DVD/CD) of Schubert’s Great G Major String Quartet. Last year the quartet recorded and filmed the making of this disc in Seattle at Nordstrom Hall on David Fulton’s instrument collection, including several Stradivari and Guarneri. Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, John Largess and Joshua Gindele were commissioned by benefactor David Fulton to embark on this bold and beautiful journey.
The quartet has chosen Orcas Island as the perfect setting to make this announcement, as they embark on their 20-year anniversary, and a select number of patrons will have the opportunity to be a part of this exclusive event. The evening includes a live performance, an exciting multimedia debut, and informative Q&A with the Miró Quartet.
Tickets are $40 and includes a copy of the Miró Quartet “Transcendence” Blu-ray Disc and audio CD. Guests will also enjoy a reception of delicious
hors d’oeuvres and Thurston Wolfe wine in the Madrona Room. To purchase, visit www.oicmf.org.