Mark Your Calendars – the 2020 Festival Dates are Set!

The dates for Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s 23rd Season are Friday, August 7, through Saturday, August 22, 2020.

Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann is creating a lineup of musicians with newcomers as well as returning performers from past Festivals. New to the summer festival is the Montrose Trio, but many audience members will recognize the group from the Festival’s lovely 2015 Leaves of Gold Concert in the Music Room at Rosario Resort.

Early ticketing for donors ($600 and up) begins 2-4 weeks before tickets are available to the public in late April.

Contact OICMF at info@oicmf.org to be added to Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s monthly newsletter, Scherzo, or to be added to our brochure mailing list.

Leaves of Gold Concert at 5:30 on Thursday,
December 19, 2019

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Mark your calendars! At 5:30 pm on Thursday, December 19, the Music Room in the mansion at Rosario Resort will again be the setting for the 2019 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Leaves of Gold Concert. OICMF Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann, violin, and Artistic Advisor and pianist Jon Kimura Parker will be joined by horn player William VerMeulen and violinist Sylvia VerMeulen, who have been enthusiastically received by past Festival audiences.

The concert will include works by J.S. Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, Paul Basler, and John Williams, along with familiar holiday tunes. You won’t want to miss this early evening concert, which is followed by a lavish buffet dinner in the Mansion Dining Room. Rosario goes all out to set a warm, festive holiday atmosphere in the Mansion with twinkling lights and festoons of decorations amid the many colorful holiday trees.

Aloysia Friedmann founded Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival in 1998 with a one-weekend concert series. The Festival has grown into a two-plus-week series of summer concerts and outreach activities in the San Juan Islands, along with educational events and concerts throughout the year. Since 2016, Ms. Friedmann has sat on the board of Chamber Music America, and in 2018 she was named a Musical America Top Professional of the Year. She serves as Associate Concertmaster for the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and performs with the Houston Grand Opera. She also performs in numerous chamber music festivals, including Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, Napa Valley’s Music in the Vineyards, the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

A true Canadian ambassador of music, Jon Kimura Parker has given command performances for Queen Elizabeth II, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Prime Ministers of Canada and Japan. He is an Officer of The Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian honor, and he was recently appointed Artistic Director of the Honens International Competition and Festival in Calgary, Alberta. Beginning in 2020, he will be the Creative Partner for Summer Programming at the Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest, where he will host, perform in, and help design its summer shows. Mr. Parker’s concerto performances are in high demand among the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonie, and London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A committed educator, Jon Kimura Parker is Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

Sylvia VerMeulen has been a member of the first violin sections of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet orchestras for more than 20 years. She is a leading freelance player in Houston and has recorded with the Houston and Columbus symphonies. She has also been a first violinist with the Sun Valley Music Festival for the past 22 years, and as a chamber musician, she has collaborated in many prestigious chamber music festivals. Ms. VerMeulen made her concerto debut at the age of seventeen with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra after winning First Prize in the Dallas Symphony Young Artist Competition, and she received her advanced training at Indiana University with Paul Biss, Joseph Gingold, and Henryk Kowalski.

Hailed as “one of today’s superstars of the international brass scene,” William VerMeulen leads a varied musical life as a soloist, orchestral principal, chamber musician, master teacher, and music publisher. Mr. VerMeulen has been Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony since 1990 and is a performer and on faculty with several music festivals and chamber music presenters, including Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music @ Menlo, Banff, Tanglewood, Santa Fe, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, where he also serves as Principal Horn. Mr. VerMeulen is Professor of Horn at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and Brass Artist-in-Residence at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School.

Tickets for the Leaves of Gold Concert and post-concert dinner are $150, $75 of which is tax-deductible to the extent allowable by the IRS. Contact the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival office at (360) 376-6636 or info@oicmf.org for tickets and more concert information.

Save the Dates! Beethoven Quartets

In honor of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized December 17, 1770; actual birth date unknown), Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is pleased to announce that the complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle, performed by the Miró Quartet, will return in June of 2020. The Cycle will consist of six concerts, June 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, and 25th, all performed at Orcas Center in Eastsound, Washington. Ticketing information and other details to follow, but for now – save the dates!

2019 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival — Such a Special Season!

Aloysia Friedmann, Artistic Director
Jon Kimura Parker, Artistic Advisor

Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann presented a brilliant assemblage of internationally renowned performers in the ten concerts of Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s 22nd season. The festival began August 2nd and 3rd with the stunning mezzo-soprano and Metropolitan Opera star Susan Graham, accompanied by the inimitable pianist Jon Kimura Parker. The final concerts on August 16th and 17th featured the world premiere of a new string quartet by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts, performed by the Miró Quartet. This year’s Festival also featured returning violinist Chee-Yun, playing the dazzling Chausson Concerto, and LA Philharmonic concertmaster and principal violinist Martin Chalifour, performing a Piazzolla tango and several Eastern European folk songs with the sensational Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgic.

The Festival welcomed several other performers from near and far to the Festival: violinists Robyn Bollinger, Lilit Gampel, and Charlotte Marckx, cellists Olivia Marckx and Julian Schwarz, Red Cedar Chamber Music performers Jan Boland, flute, Carey Bostian, cello, and John Dowdall, guitar with silent-film curator Michael Zahs, a surprise performance by pianist Yurie Farnsworth, and even a magician, Matthew Laslo.

A fresh development this year was a pair of engaging daytime talks with former Seattle Symphony director Gerard Schwarz and well-known Canadian radio personality Eric Friesen.

Here’s what we and our audiences enjoyed during the 2019 Festival, which took place Friday, August 2, through Saturday, August 17:

Festival Concerts

New this year: Free Pre-Concert Talks one hour before all evening concerts!

An Evening with Susan Graham

Fri. Aug. 2, 7:30pm / Sat. Aug. 3, 5:30pm  Pre-Concert Talks with Gerard Schwarz

Hector Berlioz
Roman Carnival Overture for piano four-hands
Artem Kuznetsov, Yurie Farnsworth (who replaced Jon Kimura Parker, her graduate piano studies instructor, on this piece)

Hector Berlioz
Les Nuits d’été (Summer Nights)
Susan Graham, Jon Kimura Parker

Reynaldo Hahn
Piano Quintet
Lilit Gampel, Charlotte Marckx, Aloysia Friedmann, Julian Schwarz, Artem Kuznetsov

Gustav Mahler
Piano Quartet in A minor
Lilit Gampel, Aloysia Friedmann, Olivia Marckx, Artem Kuznetsov

Gustav Mahler
Rückert Lieder
Susan Graham, Jon Kimura Parker

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Violin Variations

Tue. Aug. 6, 7:30pm / Wed. Aug. 7, 5:30pm  Pre-Concert Talks with Lisa Bergman

Friedrich Hermann
Burlesque in G Major for three violins
Lilit Gampel, Chee-Yun, Charlotte Marckx

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1
Lilit Gampel, Aloysia Friedmann, Olivia Marckx

Gerard Schwarz
Duo for violin and cello
Lilit Gampel, Julian Schwarz

Camille Saint-Saëns
Danse macabre for solo piano (arr. Liszt/Horowitz)
Artem Kuznetsov

Robert Schumann
Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44
Chee-Yun, Charlotte Marckx, Aloysia Friedmann, Julian Schwarz, Artem Kuznetsov

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Orcas~trations: Music, Magic, and Movies

Fri. Aug. 9, 7:30pm / Sat. Aug. 10, 5:30pm  Pre-Concert Talks with Michael Zahs

Ástor Piazzolla
Histoire Du Tango (History of the Tango) for violin and guitar
Martin Chalifour, Mak Grgic

Special performance to live music by Magician Matthew Laslo
Robyn Bollinger, Martin Chalifour, Chee-Yun, Aloysia Friedmann, Mak Grgic, Julian Schwarz, Jon Kimura Parker

Early Films from the Brinton Silent Film Collection – Original Scores and Music Performed Live by Red Cedar Chamber Music – In collaboration with the Orcas Island Film Festival
Jan Boland, flute
Carey Bostian, cello
John Dowdall, guitar
Michael Zahs, speaker

Antonín Dvorák
Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81
Robyn Bollinger, Chee-Yun, Aloysia Friedmann, Julian Schwarz, Jon Kimura Parker

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Dedication for Martin Friedmann

Tue. Aug. 13, 7:30pm / Wed. Aug. 14, 5:30pm  Pre-Concert Talks with Eric Friesen

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quartet in B-flat Major, KV 458 The Hunt
Miró Quartet

Kevin Puts
Arcana for solo cello and string quintet (2008)
Julian Schwarz, Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, John Largess, Aloysia Friedmann, Joshua Gindele

Franz Schubert
Andante con moto from Death and the Maiden
Miró Quartet

Clara Schumann
Scherzo No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 14, for solo piano 
Jon Kimura Parker

Johannes Brahms
Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
Miró Quartet, Jon Kimura Parker

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World Premiere Finale

Fri. Aug. 16, 7:30pm / Sat. Aug. 17, 5:30pm  Pre-Concert Talks with Eric Friesen

Hugo Wolf
Italian Serenade
Miró Quartet

Béla Bartók
Romanian Folk Dances for violin and guitar (arr. Grgic)
Martin Chalifour, Mak Grgic

Miroslav Tadic
Three Macedonian Pieces for solo guitar
Mak Grgic

Vittorio Monti
Csárdás for violin and guitar (arr. Grgic)
Martin Chalifour, Mak Grgic

Selected works for guitar and violin
Martin Chalifour, Mak Grgic

Kevin Puts
Home for string quartet (World Premiere 2019)
Composed for the Miró Quartet
Lead Commissioner: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Miró Quartet

Kevin Puts
Air for violin and piano (2000)
Chee-Yun, Jon Kimura Parker

Ernest Chausson
Concerto in D Major for violin, piano, and string quartet
Chee-Yun, Jon Kimura Parker, Martin Chalifour, Robyn Bollinger, Aloysia Friedmann, Julian Schwarz

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Chamber Music on Lopez Island:World Premiere Finale

Thurs. August 15, 5:30pm / 4:30 Pre-Concert Talk with Eric Friesen and Kevin Puts

Lopez Center for Community and the Arts | 204 Village Rd | Lopez Island WA 98261 | 360-468-2203

Concert Repertoire and artists are the Same as Aug. 16 & 17 above

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Festival Lectures

Mon. Aug. 5, 1:00pm Behind the Baton with Gerard Schwarz

Wed. Aug. 14, 10:00am Meet the Composer with Eric Friesen
Interviewing composer Kevin Puts with the Miró Quartet

Free Festival Events

Wed. Aug. 7, 1:00pm Children’s Concert

Fri. Aug. 16, 1:00pm Open Rehearsal for Seniors

Hamlet Concerts for Orcas Island Residents (at various island community centers)

2019 Festival Artists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aloysia Friedmann, Artistic Director, violin, viola

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jon Kimura Parker, Artistic Advisor, piano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robyn Bollinger, violin

 

Martin Chalifour, violin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chee-Yun, violin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Friesen, broadcaster/writer/speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lilit Gampel, violin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mak Grgic, guitar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artem Kuznetsov, piano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Laslo, magician

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Marckx, violin
https://www.fromthetop.org/musician/charlotte-marckx/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olivia Marckx, cello
https://www.fromthetop.org/musician/olivia-marckx/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miró Quartet
            Daniel Ching, violin
            John Largess, viola
            Joshua Gindele, cello
            William Fedkenheuer, violin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Puts, composer-in-residence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Cedar Chamber Music
            Jan Boland, flute
            Carey Bostian, cello
            John Dowdall, guitar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gerard Schwarz, conductor/composer speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julian Schwarz, cello

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Zahs, historian/speaker
https://time.com/5280029/brooklyn-bridge-early-film-rediscovered/

 

Time for Three Concert April 17

Time-for-Three-Orcas-Island

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is thrilled to bring Time for Three back to Orcas Island. After their knockout performances at the 2016 Festival, the trio is ready to dazzle once again with their infectious trailblazing, genre-bending music! Time for Three will be on Orcas Island April 16th and 17th to be OICMF Musicians-in-Residence, performing, teaching, and entertaining at school assemblies, a workshop for musicians of all genres, and an evening concert at Orcas Center.

At 7:30pm on Wednesday, April 17th, Time for Three plays a concert for the Orcas community at Orcas Center. High-energy performances by the trio, double bassist Ranaan Meyer and violinists Nick Kendall and Charles Yang, include arrangements of traditional and contemporary repertoire from Bach and Mozart to the Beatles and Katy Perry, as well as performances of world premieres by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers and the trio’s own originals. The trio won a well-deserved Emmy Award for their album Time for Three Live! with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. With their classical training and enthusiastic appreciation of popular music, Time for Three appeals to an unusually broad audience. In 2016, Time for Three played a few “teaser” concerts around Orcas before their Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival performances and drew an enthusiastic and varied audience, from staunch classical music lovers to classic rock fans to two sell-out concerts. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this trio of exuberant world-class musicians on Orcas Island! Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students 18 and under.

Time for Three grew from Nick and Ranaan’s downtime at the Curtis Institute of Music when they and violinist Zachary DePue (who left the band in 2015 and was eventually replaced by Juilliard graduate Charles Yang) started jamming together. The trio draws much of its energy from the members’ unique musical backgrounds, from positions in major orchestras and jazz bands to collaborating with nonprofit groups to bring the joy of music to disadvantaged areas.

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival thanks sponsors Barbara Bedell, Carl de Boor, Janet Ketcham, and Mimi and Slim Sommerville for generously underwriting this Musicians-in-Residence experience.

Time for Three Members

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Ranaan Meyer
Double bassist Ranaan Meyer has performed with major orchestras and jazz stars, including Branford Marsalis and Jane Monheit. He publishes The Next Level Bassist, a free online journal dedicated to bass education. Ranaan has received a multi-year Community Partner grant from the American Composers Forum to compose 10 pieces for student musicians in disadvantaged areas.

Nick Kendall
Nick Kendall first picked up the violin at age three and trained in the Suzuki Method, which his grandfather, John Kendall, brought to America in the 1960s. Irreverent, funny, and relentless, he has become a force for bringing people together through music, on stage and off. Several years ago, Nick gathered his friends to form a band whose direction comes from the power of the collective, now the critically acclaimed East Coast Chamber Orchestra.

Charles Yang
American genre-crossing violin virtuoso Charles Yang has been awarded the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Award. The Boston Globe describes him as one who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star.” Not just confined to classical violin, Juilliard graduate Charles Yang’s improvisational abilities as a violinist, electric violinist, and vocalist have led him to featured performances with a variety of artists and festivals.

Aloysia Friedmann and Jon Kimura Parker Musicians-in-Residence Jan. 28 – 30, 2019

Parker-Friedmann-Orcas-ResidencyOrcas Island Chamber Music Festival has hosted many Musicians-in-Residence over the last several years, but the power couple behind the festival hasn’t had time in their busy schedules for an Orcas Island residency until now!

Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann and Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura (Jackie) Parker founded Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival in 1998 with one long weekend of concerts. Since then, the annual August festival has grown to over two weeks of evening concerts with lavish receptions, a children’s concert, lectures, and a variety of free concerts. Aloysia and Jackie look forward to an action-packed residency full of music education and community concerts beginning on Monday, January 28th. They will work with student musicians in the public schools, perform a recital for the community, give free masterclasses and ensemble coaching sessions, and spend a musical day on Shaw Island.

Both Aloysia and Jackie are Pacific Northwest natives. Aloysia Friedmann was raised in Seattle by parents Martin Friedmann and Laila Storch, both esteemed musicians. Her violin and viola studies at The Juilliard School led her to a varied musical career of performances with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Astor Piazzolla, Jessye Norman, Frederica von Stade, André Previn, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Elton John, Metallica, and on Broadway, onstage with Dustin Hoffman. She frequently performs solo engagements with orchestras and performs in festivals worldwide, is a board member of Chamber Music America, and was named one of 2018’s Top 30 Professionals by Musical America, a list of top innovators, independent thinkers, and entrepreneurs in the music industry.

Jon Kimura Parker grew up in Vancouver, B.C. He is an Officer of The Order of Canada and holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of British Columbia and the Toronto Conservatory of Music. Jackie’s concerto performances are in high demand with major orchestras around the globe. In addition, he tours with the Montrose Trio and is a founding member of the crossover group Off The Score with legendary Police drummer Stewart Copeland. He is Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and is the Artistic Director of the Honens International Piano Competition.

The January 28th masterclasses are open to violinists, violists, and pianists, and observers are welcome. The masterclasses are free of charge and run from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. There is limited space at this event, so Pre-Registration is required for Participants and Observers. Please contact the OICMF office at tracy@oicmf.org or (360) 376-6636 to register.

On Tuesday, January 29th, local instrumental ensembles are invited to free private coaching sessions with Aloysia and Jackie. The sessions run from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. and are available to ensembles of all instrument combinations. Pre-Registration is required by January 21st. Contact the OICMF office at tracy@oicmf.org or (360) 376-6636 to register.

At 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29th, the lofty acoustics and gothic architecture of the Orcas Christian School chapel set the stage for a Community Recital. Aloysia and Jackie play the exquisite Brahms Sonata Number 3 in D minor for violin and piano and Jackie plays two of Chopin’s intricate and moving Ballades for piano and the Piano Sonata in A Major by Mozart. The recital also features a few shorter pieces, including at least one sultry tango. Tickets for the recital are by donation and are available at Darvill’s Bookstore. Suggested donation is $20. Seating is limited in the chapel and tickets will go quickly!

Aloysia and Jackie will board the inter-island ferry to Shaw Island on Wednesday, January 30th, to work with the students of Shaw School, and the whole Shaw community is invited to a concert at the Shaw Community Building that evening.

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is thrilled to be able to bring performers of this caliber to work with local musicians of all ages and perform for Orcas Island and surrounding communities. OICMF thanks the Funhouse, Orcas Christian School, and Shaw Islanders Inc. for hosting these events and Darvill’s Bookstore for ticket management. The events on Orcas Island are sponsored by John and Birthe Gorton and Catherine and Stephen Henderson and Shaw Island events are sponsored by Carolyn Haugen, Shaw School Foundation, and Shaw Islanders Inc. Special thanks go to these generous underwriters and all of the kind island donors who make it all possible. 

A Preview Glimpse of the 2019 Festival

The 2019 Festival dates have been set—mark your calendars for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival August 2 through 17. Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann plans to present internationally renowned mezzo-soprano and Metropolitan Opera star Susan Graham in recital with Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker, the Miró Quartet will give a world premiere of a new string quartet by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts on both Orcas Island and Lopez Island, and violinist Chee-Yun returns to perform the dazzling Chausson Concerto.

2018 Festival Recap

September, 2018

The 2018 Festival season is now behind us. As the weather cools, we look back at our 21st season with fond memories. Artists came from all across the United States, Canada, and as far away as Denmark and Portugal to perform in the Festival. Several of this year’s musicians have played at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival many times before. They were joined in creating musical memories on the Festival stage and beyond by quite a few new performers; all were happy to be greeted by welcoming home hosts and sponsors.

photography by Barry Carlton

Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann has once again proven herself to be extraordinarily gifted at programming each Festival concert as both a stand-alone event and a cohesive component of the five-program, ten-concert Festival. The first concert opened with what is considered the greatest work written for piano four hands, Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor, performed with gusto by the inimitable Jon Kimura Parker and Scott Cuellar. The energy and enthusiasm didn’t let up until after the last sublime notes of the Dvorák Piano Quartet on August 18th. There were many highlights this year; audience members all have their particular favorites, but most would agree that the Brandenburg Concertos were truly over the top in their contagious exuberance. Harpsichordist Jeffrey Kahane led the ensemble in all six concertos, each with a different mix of brilliant soloists, and his harpsichord cadenza in Concerto #5 was electrifying. Frederica von Stade’s beautiful mezzo-soprano voice graced the stage during the Channel Crossing concerts in a lovely, heartfelt performance with pianist Laurana Mitchelmore in memory of Laurana’s husband and Festival friend Charles Mitchelmore. The Windy Day in Paris concerts included an impromptu collaboration between Jon Kimura Parker and American Idol past contender Sanjaya Malakar, who Miró Quartet violinist (and avid Idol fan) Daniel Ching had recognized creating craft cocktails at The Barnacle in Eastsound!

The main events of the Festival were the evening concerts, but many activities kept musicians and audiences busy during the daytime as well. The church next door was filled to capacity for a lively Concerto Chat™, an informative talk given by Jon Kimura Parker at the piano, all about performing solos with orchestras. Our five Know the Score lecturers enlightened listeners over morning coffee and treats and then returned in the evening to entertain audiences with lively Pre-Concert Talks. Who knew pianist and classical radio host Lisa Bergman was such a ham? Young people of all ages met Peter, the Wolf, Grandma, and the rest of Prokofiev’s menagerie in WindSync’s lively Children’s Concert, an imaginative version of Peter and the Wolf. WindSync also performed short and lively Hamlet Concerts for residents of Olga, West Sound, and Deer Harbor. Orcas and Lopez senior citizens were gathered for lunch at the Orcas Senior Center before the Open Rehearsal for Seniors when the power went out! So, instead of the seniors caravanning over to the very dark Orcas Center, the musicians brought the rehearsal to the Senior Center. And OICMF took the show “on the road” (actually, on the boat!) to Lopez Island for a Know the Score lecture and the seventh annual OICMF concert for Lopez residents.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of the remarkable musicians, volunteers too numerous to list, and to you, our fabulous donors and supporters, for making this season’s Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival such an exciting, invigorating, and rewarding experience.

2018 Know the Score Lectures

Know the Score Lectures
 Comprehensive in scope, the Know the Score lectures during the Summer Festival are given by highly-regarded lecturers from the Northwest and Festival artists, all 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 lectures take place at St. Francis Catholic Church, next door to Orcas Center, and each lecture is augmented by a visit to a concert rehearsal. One Know the Score lecture also takes place on Lopez Island each Festival season, at the historic Port Stanley Schoolhouse, on the morning of the Chamber Music on Lopez Concert. Purchase Orcas lecture tickets through the Box Office at Orcas Center, and at various Lopez outlets for the Lopez lecture. A limited number of seats may be sold at the door, depending on available space. 

Our 2018 Know the Score Lecturers:

Jonathan Pasternack

Jonathan Pasternack
Know the Score: Music Among Friends 
Orcas Island – Friday, August 3, 9:00am – 12:30pm
Lopez Island – Sunday, August 5, 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Jonathan Pasternack 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, Mr. 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 Pasternack 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. Mr. Pasternack 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. 

John Largess

John Largess
Know the Score: Channel Crossing 
Tuesday, August 7, 9:00am – 12:30pm 

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.With his training in Greek and Latin Literature and his Bachelor’s degree in Archeology from Yale University, as well as studies at the Hebrew University in Israel, Mr. Largess has participated in excavations in Greece, Israel, and Jordan. John Largess serves as Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of String Chamber Music at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music.

Roger Sherman

Roger Sherman
Know the Score: The Brandenburg Concertos
Friday, August 10, 9:00am – 12:30pm

A native of Seattle, Roger Sherman is the Associate Organist Emeritus of St. Mark’s Cathedral and Artistic Director Emeritus of the Orcas Choral Society. For the past 25 years, he has produced and hosted The Organ Loft, a popular weekly radio program about choral and organ music on Classical KING FM. Mr. Sherman is president of the Grammy Award winning Gothic Catalog, which publishes recordings on the Loft, Gothic, Clarion, and ReZound labels. Mr. Sherman holds degrees in music history, computer science, and organ performance from Oberlin College. He has performed as harpsichord soloist with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Strings, and the Milwaukee Symphony, and has played organ recitals in such diverse places as Stanford University, Venice, Italy, and Walla Walla, Washington. Mr. Sherman has also had a significant career in technology. He was the first full-time Director of Testing for Microsoft and was on the team that produced the first versions of Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Money, and Microsoft Works for Windows. He was the Director of Testing when Windows 95 and Office 95 were released and created Microsoft’s first Games products. Roger Sherman is now a full-time resident of Orcas Island.

Lisa Bergman

Lisa Bergman
Know the Score: A Windy Day in Paris
Tuesday, August 14, 9:00am – 12:30pm 

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.”
 

Svend Rønning

Svend Rønning
Know the Score: Dvorák Finale!
Friday, August 17, 9:00am – 12:30pm

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. 

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