Make This a December to Remember!

Miro on Orcas Island

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Annual Fundraising Concert, “Leaves of Gold,” will feature the magnificent Miro Quartet.  Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, John Largess and Joshua Gindele will perform two concerts in the Music Room at Rosario Resort on Thursday, December 6th at 6pm and Friday, December 7th at 6pm.  Tickets to this gala event are $150.  All proceeds benefit Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival programming and music education.  It promises to be an elegant evening of music and delectable cuisine you won’t want to miss!  For reservations, call 360-376-6636 or email   For those unable to attend, a wonderful way to support the Chamber Music Festival in the winter months is to be among the “guests in spirit” listed in the program, which is a 100% tax deductible donation.

Hailed by the New York Times as possessing “explosive vigor and technical finesse,” the Miro Quartet is one of America’s highest-profile chamber groups.  They serve as the Faculty String Quartet-in-Residence at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas in

Austin, while maintaining an active international touring schedule.  This summer, the Miro were the Musicians-in-Residence at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, performing a whirlwind schedule of events, and we’re thrilled that this popular Quartet is returning to dazzle patrons for our December concert.




Salon Concert Pairs Famous Friends

A private music room on Orcas Island was the setting for our 2012 Fall Salon Concert. Jon Kimura Parker, piano, and Desmond Hoebig, cello, performed as if they had known each other for a lifetime.  In fact, they have.“Jackie” noted that he knew Desmond before he knew his little sister!  And now these former Canadians are both Professors at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. The audience was treated to Beethoven’s Twelve Variations on “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Op. 66; Brahms’ Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38; and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33.  It was a Salon Concert to cherish – elegant setting, incredible acoustics, amazing musicians.



Fabulous Fall Salon Concerts

Rich musical color characterizes the collaboration of Desmond Hoebig, Professor of Cello at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, with pianist Jon Kimura Parker, Professor of Piano at Rice University, concert soloist, prizewinner and known as “Jackie” when on Orcas as OICMF’s Artistic Advisor.  The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival welcomes these two distinctive guest artists who return to visit Orcas from their respective touring and teaching schedules for two evenings of singular performances, October 2nd and 3rd.  The setting for these concerts is an elegant, intimate music room in a private home.  Salon Concert tickets are $75 and seating is limited.  To attend call 360-376-6636.



Early Birds Open Festival Ticket Sales

The Early Bird tradition calls dedicated Chamber Music Festival devotees to a dawn event inspired by the desire to purchase summer Festival tickets as early as possible! Patrons arrive with the morning light, receive a sequence number plus piping hot coffee, homemade cakes and breads served while they await their concert and seat selection moment.  Seasonsales are launched at 8AM on Wednesday, May 23rd. The momentum for the 15th Season of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, August 9-25, began on April 18th for donors of $500+ and now opens for all.

Click the papaya-colored Ticket Sales Button for on-line access beginning at noon on the 23rd.

Barn Dance

Sunday, April 29th at 3:00
It’s our first Barn Dance for preschoolers and their families! Rachel Buchman and local talent will lead a fun afternoon filled with music, dancing and goodies at an historic Orcas Island barn. Teachers will be providing details to parents, or call the OICMF office for information: 360-376-6636.


Salon Concert with Jon Kimura Parker – Extra Performance Added!

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Salon Concert on Thursday, Dec. 29th sold out quickly. Now, pianist Jon Kimura Parker has generously agreed to perform a second concert so that others may attend. The concert will take place Friday, Dec. 30th, at 7:00 pm at Orcas Center’s OffCenter Stage.

It promises to be a wonderful holiday evening to share with family and friends.

Jackie will perform the same concert December 29th and December 30th. The program features Pictures at an Exhibition, Modest Mussorgsky’s most famous piano composition. Jackie will also perform Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 3 From Old Notebooks. Pictures at an Exhibition is an epic and hugely popular work with a fascinating history. Mussorgsky was a member of “The Five,” a 19th-century group of Russian composers. He was devastated by the sudden death of architect and artist Viktor Hartmann, one of his closest companions. An exhibition was organized in honor of Hartmann, using his sketches of architecture, characters and scenes from everyday life. This exhibit inspired Mussorgsky to compose Pictures at an Exhibition in six weeks, as he imagines himself walking down the hallway that showcased his friend’s work. The original piano version is rarely heard, but you can hear it performed by one of the world’s great pianists, Jon Kimura Parker, December 29th and 30th.

 Following the concert, guests will enjoy a nightcap reception, with Thurston Wolfe Festival wines and festive hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets are available now. Call the OICMF office 360-376-6636. Tickets are $75.

Proceeds benefit Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival programming and music education.

Winter Salon Concert with Pianist Jeffery Kahane

Monday, February 27, 2012 7:00 pm  |  Orcas Center OffCenter Stage

Jeffrey Kahane, world renowned pianist, conductor and Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, will perform Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G, G. Kahane’s Django and Chopin’s Mazurkas, Barcarolle and Polonaise-Fantasie.

Following the concert, guests will enjoy a nightcap reception.

Tickets are $75. To reserve, call the office 360-376-6636.