OICMF Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann, in consultation with Executive Director Anita Orne and Board President Sam Coleman, is thrilled to announce a major live-stream online initiative to feature the Miró Quartet performing the complete cycle of Beethoven string quartets, produced by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.
“It became clear that it is not possible to present an in-person festival in August,” said Aloysia, “and only musicians who are quarantined together can perform live chamber music online. I am incredibly grateful to the members of the Miró Quartet for being so accommodating with their personal schedules to make these live-stream concerts possible.”
This subscription-based live-stream concert series will occur between July 16th and August 14th, and includes a special OICMF encore concert on the final evening. These 13 concerts will take the place of both the originally planned in-person Miró Quartet performances on Orcas Island and the planned annual August Orcas Island Festival. The Miró Quartet will perform live from their hometown of Austin, Texas. These online concerts will be shorter in length than the in-person performances and will feature opportunities for members of the Miró Quartet to answer viewer questions.
Aloysia commented, “I am not aware of another organization or string quartet of this caliber planning on presenting the complete Beethoven Cycle online. Given the special relationship between OICMF and the Miró Quartet and this special Beethoven 250th Anniversary year, I am especially happy that we are able to present these concerts.” Following the Beethoven quartet series, Aloysia is planning an ‘OICMF Encore Evening’ on August 14th. She and her husband, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, will be joined remotely by other Festival artists. “I’ve been speaking to our guest artists about creative ways they can perform live from their homes to yours.”
After speaking with Aloysia about the online performances, OICMF Board President Sam Coleman commented, “It’s exciting that there’s this wonderful opportunity in this new world we’re now living in, to still bring live music to all of you, and to an even broader audience.”
Tickets are available beginning June 25 at ourconcerts.live. If you purchased tickets to the June Beethoven concerts at Orcas Center, please contact OICMF Executive Director Anita Orne to discuss options for your ticket returns. Updates will be posted at www.oicmf.org.
(Posted May 21, 2020/ed. June 19, 2020)