Know the Score Lectures

Comprehensive in scope, these in-depth lectures during the Summer Festival involve highly-regarded lecturers from the Northwest and guest artists, representing unique aspects of the classical music world. These lectures are rich in detail, reflecting the social and historical context of the composers and the  repertoire of the concerts. The first lecture takes place on Lopez Island at the historic Port Stanley Schoolhouse, the morning of the August Chamber Music on Lopez Concert. All remaining lectures take place on Orcas Island at St. Francis Catholic Church, and each is augmented by a visit to a concert rehearsal. Purchase a lecture ticket through the Box Office at Orcas Center or at various Lopez outlets for the Lopez lecture. A limited number of seats may be sold at the door, depending on available space.

Our 2016 Know the Score Lecturers:

Bergman, Lisa 2016 Lisa Bergman
 Lisa is Founder and Artistic Director of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series and Executive Director of NOISE (Northwest Opera in Schools, Etcetera). She is a national Gracie Award-winning radio announcer on Classic KING-FM, appearing daily, streaming worldwide on the internet. Bergman served for seven years as the Executive Director and is the Classical Music Program Advisor of the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth. Lisa is also a concert pianist specializing in the fields of collaborative piano and chamber music, and is a graduate of the Juilliard School, the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the University of Washington. She served as an Artist in Residence and member of the University of Washington Music Faculty (1989-1999), teaching in the fields of accompanying and opera coaching. As a recording artist her discography includes six chamber music CDs and one solo CD. She made her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1983. The Washington State Music Teachers Association cited her for “extraordinary service, outstanding musicianship, dedication and leadership which have significantly contributed to the development and growth of music education in the State of Washington.”

Reeder, Steve photo 2015 Steve Reeder
A Seattle native and a University of Washington graduate, Steve worked for more than two decades at Classical KING-FM in Seattle, serving as an announcer, interviewer, producer, and host of various live concert broadcasts (including the Seattle Chamber Music Society) and film previews. Prior to that, he enjoyed nine years in Chicago, working as an on-air host at WFMT-FM, along with teaching at Northwestern and Roosevelt universities. Steve’s tenure at Northwest Public Radio’s classical music service began in January, 2012. He now hosts the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. shift (M-F). When not sitting through, and blogging about, movies, he offers music appreciation courses at Edmonds Community College and writes program notes for organizations including the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and the Seattle International Film Festival. 

 Svend Rønning
Violinist Svend Rønning is Chair of the String Division at Pacific Lutheran University where he is Professor of Music. He is one of the most active performers in the Puget Sound, serving as Concertmaster of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra as well as performing frequent soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist. He is also Artistic Director of the Second City Chamber Series, Tacoma’s award winning producer of chamber music concerts and chamber music educational programs. Svend has appeared in venues around the world, including the Aspen, Eastern, Harkness, Jerusalem, Methow, Pacific, Rhode Island, Spoleto and Wintergreen Music Festivals, and has served as Concertmaster of various orchestras including the Charlottesville Symphony, the San Jose Symphony, the Spoleto U.S.A. Chamber Orchestra, and the Tacoma Opera Orchestra.  

Largess, John 2012 John Largess
Violist John Largess began his studies in Boston at age 12 in the public schools, studying with Michael Zaretsky of the Boston Symphony, and later as a student of Michael Tree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In 1995, he graduated from Yale University to join the Colorado String Quartet as interim violist with whom he toured the United States and Canada teaching and concertizing. The following year he was appointed principal violist of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina, a position he held until joining the Miró Quartet in 1997. Also an active speaker and writer about all things chamber musical, in 2004 Mr. Largess was invited to give a week long audience lecture series as a part of the Eighth International String Quartet Competition at the Banff  Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada; he repeated this series in 2007 and again in 2010. John serves as Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of String Chamber Music at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music.

Pasternack, Jonathan 2016 USE THIS ONE Jonathan Pasternack
Jonathan conducts orchestras, opera and ballet in the United States and Europe, with such ensembles as the London Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest of The Hague, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, among others. Currently Music Director and Conductor of the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra, Pasternack has held appointments with the Oregon Symphony, Bellevue Opera, Icicle Creek Music Center, Ithaca College, Pacific Lutheran University, and the University of Washington School of Music. Born and raised in New York City, Jonathan studied violin, cello, trombone, piano, and percussion. He won a trombone scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music at the age of sixteen and later transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue studies in astronomy, philosophy, and political science. Jonathan made his conducting debut when he was eighteen, while a student at MIT, where he founded and led the MIT Chamber Orchestra for three seasons.