Sunday, March 8th at 3:00 pm
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
All are invited to attend a special Sunday afternoon concert on Sunday, March 8th at 3:00 featuring Monique Mead, violin, and Adam Stern, piano. Admission is free, and music students and music lovers of all ages are encouraged to attend. The concert takes place at the historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church in the center of Eastsound. Monique and Adam will be performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, Bach/Gounod Ave Maria, and popular pieces by Fritz Kreisler.
Monique is the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Musician-in-Residence March 4 through 10. She will work with string students in grades K- 12, the Orcas Island Community Band, and provide Master Classes with students and community musicians. In addition, both Monique and Adam will work with Island Sinfonia on string ensemble building and conducting. 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.
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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A HOLIDAY TREAT
Star-Studded Trio Lights Up “Leaves of Gold” Concert
It was the perfect way to begin the holiday season! Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s “Leaves of Gold” Concert at Rosario Resort, December 10th and 11th, 2015 was magical – with magnificent musicians performing beautiful music in an historic music room. The concert featured the Montrose Trio, an exciting new piano trio comprised of pianist Jon Kimura Parker and two former members of the famous Tokyo String Quartet, violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith. The Washington Post (Feb. 8, 2015) raved about their “absolutely top-notch music-making, as fine as one could ever expect to hear…they are poised to become one of the top piano trios in the world.”
Also performing was OICMF Artistic Director and violist Aloysia Friedmann, as well as clarinetist Richie Hawley, a versatile and critically acclaimed artist who ranks among the most distinguished clarinetists of his generation, and currently Professor of Clarinet at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
Formed in 2014, The Montrose Trio is a collaboration stemming from a long relationship between Jon Kimura Parker and the Tokyo String Quartet. Jackie was the Quartet’s final guest pianist, and a backstage conversation with Martin Beaver and Clive Greensmith led to The Montrose Trio’s creation. Named after Chateau Montrose, a storied Bordeaux wine long favored after concerts, The Montrose Trio has quickly established a reputation for performances of the highest distinction.
Violinist Martin Beaver has appeared as soloist with the orchestras of San Francisco, Indianapolis, Montreal, Toronto, and Sapporo, among others. Cellist Clive Greensmith has performed as soloist with the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Mostly Mozart Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the RAI Orchestra in Rome.
A reception featured a wonderful buffet with hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine in the Rosario Mansion’s Dining Room, beautifully adorned for the holidays. We’d like to thank Rosario owners Jan and Jerry Barto for hosting this event.
Keep updated with the Montrose Trio at: http://montrosetrio.com.
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.’ “
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.
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.
ARTISTS: Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann and Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker lead an amazing group of artists performing for the 17th Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, August 8 – 23, 2014.
Many of your favorites are returning this Summer – Canada’s celebrated Gryphon Trio, violinists Chee-Yun, Andrés Cárdenes and Monique Mead, cellist Anne Martindale Williams, clarinetist Owen Kotler, violist Yizhak Schotten, and baritone Philip Cutlip.
We’re also excited to announce musicians that will be new to Orcas in 2014 – famous Argentinian pianist Pablo Ziegler and his Classical Tango Quartet, cellist Bion Tsang and pianist Ian Parker.
TICKETS: Pre-Sale Tickets: April 16
(For donors $500+. Call Office for information 360-376-6636)
Ticket Sales Open: May 7 www.oicmf.org
Concerts will take place on the following dates. Each concert is performed twice, the first night at 7:30pm, the second night at 5:30pm.
August 8 – 7:30 pm, August 9 – 5:30 pm
August 10 – 4:00 pm on Lopez Island
Piazzolla (arr. Ziegler) Works for Two Pianos Michelangelo 70 Buenos Aires Hora Cero Revirado Ziegler, JK Parker
Ziegler Milonga Del Adios for Clarinet and Piano Elegante Canyenguito Ziegler, Kotler
Piazzolla (arr. Ziegler) Oblivion for Violin and Piano
Piazzolla (arr. Ziegler) Elegia Sobre Adios Nonino (arr. Ziegler) for Cello and Piano Libertango Ziegler, Tsang
A Selection of Tango Works Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet Ziegler, Del Curto, Ok, Giruado
August 12 – 7:30 pm, August 13 – 5:30 pm
Mozart A selection of Operatic Arias from The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute Cutlip, Ian Parker
Beethoven Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11 for Clarinet, Cello and Piano Kotler, Martindale Williams, Ian Parker
Zoltán Kodály Sérénade for Two Violins and Viola Cárdenes, Mead, Schotten
Mozart Selected Concert Arias Cutlip, JK Parker
Brahms Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99 Tsang, JK Parker
Wednesday, August 13 – 1:00pm CHILDREN’S CONCERT
August 15 – 7:30 pm, August 16 – 5:30 pm
Joaquín Turina Scène Andalouse, Sextet for Viola Solo, Piano and String Quartet Friedmann, JK Parker, Cárdenes, Mead, Schotten, Martindale Williams
Saint-Saëns Sonata No. 1 in D minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 75 Chee-Yun, Ian Parker
Schubert A set of beloved Lieder including Erlkönig Cutlip, JK Parker
Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 Cárdenes, Mead, Friedmann, Martindale Williams, JK Parker
Aug 19 – 7:30 pm, August 20 – 5:30 pm
Orcas~trations: The Three Parkers
Can six hands fit on one keyboard? Jackie, Jamie and Ian Parker and friends take turns in every possible musical combination in this musical family celebration!
Fritz Kreisler Short works for Violin and Piano
Piazzolla/Gubaidulina Le Grand Tango
Samuel Barber Souvenirs Suite for Piano four-hands
Rare gems of the six-hand piano repertoire
Cárdenes, Chee-Yun, Friedmann, Gryphon Trio, Kotler, Martindale Williams, Schotten, Ian Parker, Jamie Parker, JK Parker
Friday, August 22 – 1:00 pm Open Rehearsal for Seniors
Aug 22 – 7:30 pm, August 23 – 5:30 pm
Brahms in Vienna
Brahms Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114 Kotler, Borys, Jamie Parker
Brahms Lieder Cutlip, Ian Parker
Brahms Hungarian Dances for Piano four-hands Ian Parker, JK Parker
Brahms Sextet in G Major, Op. 36 Cárdenes, Patipatanakoon, Schotten, Friedmann, Martindale Williams, Borys
It’s two weeks filled with fabulous music and musicians, enlightening lectures, community concerts, post-concert receptions and fun. Please make your lodging reservations early and join our 17th Season celebration!
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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.
The dynamic duo of pianist Viktor Valkov and cellist Lachezar Kostov brought their incredible gifts of music – and fun – to our annual fundraising concert
“Leaves of Gold … with a Touch of Red” December 12th and 13th.
The Music Room at Rosario Resort was the magical venue for two exciting evenings, filled with standing ovations.
The Valkov/Kostov duo performed works by Debussy, Kreisler and Buxton Orr’s Carmen Fantasy, before being joined by Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann for
Brahms’ beautiful Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major. And what an amazing finale! Viktor and Lachezar performed Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody to an amazed audience.
Due to Lachezar’s love of red shoes, we invited patrons to wear a touch of red … and the result was overwhelming. Red shoes, red sweaters, red jackets, red scarves and more made for a very festive audience. Thanks to everyone for getting in the holiday spirit. This fundraiser was a huge hit!
Canada’s celebrated Gryphon Trio is making a special trip down to Orcas on
Sunday, October 20th to present a Salon Concert for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. The concert will take place at 5:00 pm in a beautiful Deer Harbor home, the perfect setting for an intimate concert.
The Trio, consisting of violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys and pianist Jamie Parker, are celebrating their 20 anniversary this year. They are two time award-winners of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences JUNO Award, and were recently honored as the 2013 winner of the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. Presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, this prize recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by Canadian artists. According to the committee, “Stability is the bedrock of these three exceptional musicians who think, breathe and act as one. Theirs is a powerful and majestic sound, regardless of musical genre.”
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival patrons will certainly remember their amazing performances during the 2011 Festival, which included Hatzis’s Old Photographs, Beethoven’s Ghost Trio and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.
The Salon Concert will be accompanied by hors d’oeuvres and Thurston Wolfe wine. Tickets are $75. Seating is limited. To reserve, please call the OICMF office 360-376-6636 or email email@example.com.