Press Release

Classy Brass Quintet Coming to Orcas

C Street BrassOrcas 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 joyce@oicmf.org.

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.

KING for 5 nights!

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Featured in Prime Time on KING FM All Week!
NW Focus It’s opening week for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and KING FM in Seattle is rolling out the red carpet.  All this week on Northwest Focus on Classical KING FM 98.1 at 8:00pm, announcer Sean MacLean will feature some of the music to be performed during the Festival, as well as concert information, during his program.  Tune in or listen online at www.king.org.

Following are the selections they’ll feature, the times you can hear them, and the Festival concerts in which they’ll be performed:


Monday, Aug. 5
– Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60, airing at approximately 8pm.  To be performed
Aug. 9 at 7:30pm and Aug. 10 at 5:30pm on Orcas, and Aug. 11 at 5pm on Lopez Island in Three’s  Company concerts.
–      Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op.27, No. 2 Moonlight,  at approximately 8:34pm. To be featured Aug. 13 at 7:30pm and Aug. 14 at 5:30pm in Moonlit Music concerts.
Tuesday, Aug. 6 – Shostakovich Viola Sonata, Op. 147 at approximately 8:05pm.  To be performed Aug. 13 at 7:30pm and Aug. 14 at 5:30pm in Moonlit Music concerts.
Wednesday, Aug. 7 – Mozart Piano Trio in G, K.496 at approximately 9:18pm.  Performed Aug. 9 at 7:30pm and
Aug.10 at 5:30pm on Orcas and Aug. 11 at 5pm on Lopez Island in Three’s Company concerts.
Thursday, Aug. 8  –  Ravel Piano Trio in A minor at approximately 8:08pm.  To be performed  Aug. 9 at 7:30pm and Aug. 10 at 5:30pm
on Orcas and Aug. 11 at 5pm on Lopez Island in Three’s Company concerts.
–  Jon Kimura Parker performing Chopin Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31 at approximately 8:38pm.
Friday, Aug. 9  
–    Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K.478, airing at approximately 9pm. To be performed Aug. 13 at 7:30pm and
Aug. 14 at 5:30pm in Moonlit Music concerts.

Northwest Focus showcases the best of the northwest music scene by presenting local concert performances, concert previews and new releases. We’d like to thank KING FM for supporting the arts community and featuring Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival throughout August!

Gould Family Foundation Supports Future of Music Education

Pied Piper Sharon AbreuThe Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival received a generous gift that will expand our successful music education efforts. The mission of the Gould Family Foundation is to support innovative programs that promote experimental learning and the Arts. The foundation prefers programs that demonstrate a strong plan for sustainability and/or growth, and they fund organizations in Southern California, New York, Washington State and Washington, D.C.

The $5,000 grant will provide $1,000 each to our four island preschools to replace and expand the much loved music instrument and music education inventory that has provided eight years of joyful service to hundreds of preschool hands and hearts.
And it will provide $1,000 to augment the music education materials available to island kindergarteners through third grade in our public school. The Festival will work with the Preschool Directors, Pamela Wright from the public school and our Singing Pied Pipers
(community musicians recruited by OICMF) to develop a list of purchases for each of the four preschools and K-3rd grade curriculum. Our education program also includes  week-long visits by guest Musicians-in-Residence several times a year. These Teaching Artists focus on Rachel Buchmanengaging the youngsters in song and song-play while providing coaching for preschool staff through demonstration and discussion. In addition, Musicians-in-Residence for Kindergarten through early elementary build on the experiences of the preschoolers as they continue their education at the public school, working closely with the public school music teacher.

The importance of experiencing music and participating in musical activities at a very early age is well documented. The Gould Family Foundation has played a founding and central role in the success of the music education offered to preschool and school age children by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival on Orcas Island by providing start-up funding for training and the purchase of music resources.

The OICMF Board, Artistic Staff and Executive Director Victoria Parker would like to thank the Foundation for investing in the community of Orcas Island, and most specifically with the focus on music education for young people.

Young Musicians Honored

Young Musicians Award 2013 003The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival was proud to award three Orcas High School seniors with The Marilyn Anderson Young Musician’s Award, supported by the Thyra and Bud Anderson Advised Fund.  Juliette Mann, Adelaine Newcombe and Rhys Thompson received their awards at the Celebration of Success ceremony on June 14, 2013 from OICMF Board Member Catherine Pederson. This annual $500 award for a graduating senior honors a student who has demonstrated that music is an important element in his or her life.  Their music involvement could include singing, playing an instrument, composing, or recording of music. The Marilyn Anderson Young Musician’s Award may be used at the full discretion of the recipient. This tradition began in 2007 and has been a steady source of encouragement for music students, acknowledging the importance of their practice and enjoyment.

 

4 Friends, 1 Hot Summer Ticket!

Four Friends Play

Just weeks before the 16th Annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, four friends will perform an intimate Salon Concert.  On Tuesday, July 23rd at 6:00 pm, horn virtuoso William VerMeulen and his wife, violinist Sylvia VerMeulen, will join friends Aloysia Friedmann, violist and Artistic Director of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival and Jon Kimura Parker, pianist and Artistic Advisor, for a very special evening.  The concert will take place in a private home in Deer Harbor, featuring an elegant music room with incredible acoustics.

William has been Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony since 1990, as well asperforming as guest Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and others.  In Tune magazine says “the horn playing of William VerMeulen is miraculous! …clearly one of today’s superstars of the international brass scene.”  Sylvia is a violinist with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet orchestras, as well as the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.

We’re excited for the return of the VerMeulens, who last performed in the 2007 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.  Together, with Jackie Parker and Aloysia Friedmann, this foursome promises to be one hot summer ticket!
Seating is limited to 35, so please don’t delay in reserving your special spot!
Tickets are $75.  Call the OICMF office today 360-376-6636 today.  www.oicmf.org

Jon Kimura Parker CD Release Concert!

Jon Kimura Parker CD Release Concert!
Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00 pm
The Grange on Orcas Island

It will be a grand evening at The Grange when Jon Kimura Parker performs a special CD release concert! This is Jackie’s first solo recording in ten years, and features his own transcriptions of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Petrouchka. Released as a celebration of the centenary of the 20th century’s most famous (and infamous) work, The Rite of Spring, the concert will include Jackie’s description of how he came to tackle this monstrously difficult work, a complete performance of The Rite, and some of his secrets in bringing a whole orchestra to life at the piano. The program will also include short works including Vladimir Horowitz’s favorite encore, Schumann’s Träumerei.

Following the concert, Jackie will be available for a CD signing, and guest will enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres from Orcas Village Store and Thurston Wolfe wine.  Tickets are $75.  To reserve, call the OICMF Office, 360-376-6636 or email joyce@oicmf.org.

 

 

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A Classic Class!

“What a tremendous experience we all had thanks to the Miró Quartet!” Ned Griffin, Conductor of Island Sinfonia, said.   The community musicians had looked forward to their master class with the world famous Miró Quartet, and on a rainy December day at Emmanuel Episcopal Church Parish Hall, the workshop took place.

The Miró Quartet, featuring Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, John Largess and Joshua Gindele, was on island performing for Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s “Leaves of Gold” Fundraising Concert.  Island Sinfonia, comprised of both adult and student musicians, has orchestra members from Orcas, Lopez, Shaw and San Juan Islands.  They selected two works to perform for the coaching session: Dvorak’s Czech Suite and Copland’s Variations on a Shaker Melody. The Miró Quartet then offered guidance to the musicians, emphasizing technical, practical and listening skills. “I am so grateful for the insights they gave us to improve our playing. Besides being consummate musicians, they are such personable people. I look forward to putting their suggestions to work at our rehearsals,” Griffin said. 

Moana Kutsche, flute player, added “We were playing better almost immediately. The gentlemen of the Miró were exceptionally perceptive and helpful, and kind as well.  We gained a much greater awareness of what to listen for across the ensemble, and how the different parts combine to construct the whole piece.” 

The class was made possible with support from the 2012 Chamber Music America Residency Grant, in partnership with Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.  OICMF’s Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann joined the coaching session, as well as lending a hand in the viola section.  www.oicmf.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 joyce@oicmf.org.   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.