2019 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival

Friday August 2 – Saturday August 17

Aloysia Friedmann, Artistic Director
Jon Kimura Parker, Artistic Advisor

Tickets available May 16, 2019
$10 – $40

Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann presents a brilliant assemblage of internationally renowned performers in the ten concerts of Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s 22nd season. The festival begins 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 feature 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 features returning violinist Chee-Yun, playing the dazzling Chausson Concerto, and LA Philharmonic principal violinist Martin Chalifour performing with Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgic. The Festival welcomes several other performers from near and far who are new to OICMF. A fresh development this year is a pair of engaging daytime talks with former Seattle Symphony director Gerard Schwarz and well-known Canadian radio personality Eric Friesen.

Festival Concerts

Fri. Aug. 2, 7:30pm An Evening with Susan Graham

Sat. Aug. 3, 5:30pm

Hector Berlioz
Roman Carnival Overture for piano four-hands
Artem Kuznetsov, Jon Kimura Parker

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

Susan Graham, Jon Kimura Parker, Lilit Gampel, Aloysia Friedmann, Artem Kuznetsov, Charlotte Marckx, Olivia Marckx, Julian Schwarz

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Tue. Aug. 6, 7:30pm Violin Variations

Wed. Aug. 7, 5:30pm

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

Chee-Yun, Lilit Gampel, Aloysia Friedmann, Artem Kuznetsov, Charlotte Marckx, Olivia Marckx,
Julian Schwarz

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Fri. Aug. 9, 7:30pm Orcas~trations: Music, Magic, and Movies

Sat. Aug. 10, 5:30pm

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

Robyn Bollinger, Martin Chalifour, Chee-Yun, Aloysia Friedmann, Mak Grgic, Matthew Laslo,  Jon Kimura Parker, Red Cedar Chamber Music, Julian Schwarz, Michael Zahs

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Tue. Aug. 13, 7:30pm Dedication for Martin Friedmann

Wed. Aug. 14, 5:30pm

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

Miró Quartet, Aloysia Friedmann, Jon Kimura Parker, Julian Schwarz

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Fri. Aug. 16, 7:30pm World Premiere Finale

Sat. Aug. 17, 5:30pm

Hugo Wolf
Italian Serenade
Miró Quartet

Selected works for guitar and violin
Martin Chalifour, Mak Grgic

Kevin Puts
World Premiere Quartet (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

Robyn Bollinger, Martin Chalifour, Chee-Yun, Aloysia Friedmann, Mak Grgic, Miró Quartet, Jon Kimura Parker, Julian Schwarz

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Thurs. August 15, 5:30pm Chamber Music on Lopez Island:World Premiere Finale

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 composers Kevin Puts and Jake Heggie

Free Festival Events

Wed. Aug. 7, 1:00pm Children’s Concert
(Free, Tickets at the Door)

Fri. Aug. 16, 1:00pm Open Rehearsal for Seniors
(Free, Tickets at the Door)

2019 OICMF Tickets Available in May

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s 22nd Season is coming together and Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann is putting the finishing touches on program repertoire and performers. Check back for more details about the 2019 Festival concerts and events in mid-April.

Ticket Release Dates:

  • May 1 – 14 donors of $600 and up
  • May 16, 8:00 – 11:00am Early Birds in person at Orcas Center
  • May 16, 7:00pm Online Ticketing opens to all!

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

Time-for-Three-2019-Orcas-Island

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. 

Coming soon: Music 101

What’s the difference between a concerto and a sonata? How about a Philharmonic, a Symphony, and an Orchestra? Do you know when it’s okay to clap between movements, or what a movement is in the first place? Next month, we’ll have top-notch answers to those questions—and any others you come up with!

Our own personal OICMF professors, Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann and Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker (Jackie), will be beamed in direct from Professor Parker’s studio at Rice University for OICMF’s Music 101. The two sessions, on Thursday, May 3 and Thursday, May 10, from 7-9pm, will be hosted by our dear friends at Funhouse.

To register for the event, submit questions, or learn more, give us a call at (360) 376-6636 or drop us a line at laura@oicmf.org.

Thanks to a grant from the Gould Family Foundation, these world-class sessions are free!

OICMF Musicians-in-Residence The Westerlies, April 23-27, 2018

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is excited to bring the fun and energetic brass quartet The Westerlies to the San Juan Islands in late April to spread the joy of brass music through performances and educational workshops on Orcas, Lopez, and Shaw islands. Formed in 2011, the self-described “accidental brass quartet” takes its name from the prevailing winds that travel from west to east. Childhood friends from Seattle now based in New York, trumpet players Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler and trombonists Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch are “skilled interpreters who are also adept improvisers” (NPR’s Fresh Air). The Westerlies explore jazz, roots, and chamber music influences to create music for audiences of all musical tastes.

The Westerlies are frequently invited to engage in educational and community outreach. They have presented masterclasses at music institutions such as The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, and Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is pleased that students of all ages in the San Juan Islands will have the opportunity to play and learn with these dynamic and talented musicians. The week-long residency is based on “A Common Language: Development of the American Song,” a lecture/demonstration developed by The Westerlies.

The quartet begins their action-packed OICMF residency on Monday, April 23rd, in an early morning session with Orcas High School students. The Westerlies continue their day with an afternoon masterclass for Orcas Island brass players and in the evening The Westerlies work and play with Orcas Island Community Band.

On Tuesday, April 24th, The Westerlies board a morning ferry bound for Lopez Island, where they will share their energetic music with the students of Lopez schools at an afternoon assembly. Lopez Islanders are invited that evening to Lopez Center for a free Community Concert at 6:30pm.

The Westerlies are back on Orcas Wednesday morning, and might just be seen strolling the streets of Eastsound with their instruments before they play for an Orcas Christian School assembly in the afternoon.

Thursday, April 26th, will find The Westerlies back in the Orcas School Band Room to continue working with high school and middle school band students before performing at Orcas Center for the Orcas Island Elementary students in the afternoon.

Mark your calendars for 7:00pm on Thursday, April 26th, and come to the Orcas Island Grange for a Community Concert with The Westerlies! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students 18 and younger, and are available at Darvill’s Bookstore.

The Westerlies complete their musical tour of the San Juan Islands on Friday, April 27th, with a stop on Shaw Island to work with students at the Shaw School in the afternoon, and at 6:00 the Shaw Island community is invited to hear The Westerlies at a Community Concert at the Shaw Community Center. Admission to the Shaw concert is by donation.

This week-long series of Musicians-in-Residence events is supported in part by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts and generous underwriting from Mimi and Slim Sommerville, Carolyn Haugen, The Shaw School Foundation, the Driftwood Fund, and kind patrons like you.

Our 21st Season, August 2018

“I am very pleased to announce the line-up for our 21st Season, August 3rd – 18th, 2018.
We are so excited to be presenting the following concerts – a great line-up of stellar performers and thrilling programs. More details will follow, but here’s the basic line-up.” — Aloysia Friedmann, OICMF Artistic Director

Click here to purchase tickets!


Music Among Friends
Friday, August 3, 7:30pm / Saturday, August 4, 5:30pm
We open our 21st Season with the greatest work written for piano four hands and finish with the stunningly beautiful Brahms G Major viola quintet, in which Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann surrounds herself with musical friends. Mozart and Turina round out this elegant program.

Franz Schubert, Fantasie in F minor for piano four-hands
Scott Cuellar, Jon Kimura Parker

Joaquín Turina, Piano Quartet in A minor
Benjamin Beilman, Aloysia Friedmann, Barry Gold, Scott Cuellar

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Duo for violin and viola in G Major, KV 423
Carmit Zori, Toby Hoffman

Johannes Brahms, Viola Quintet in G Major, Op. 111
Carmit Zori, Benjamin Beilman, Toby Hoffman, Aloysia Friedmann, Desmond Hoebig

 


Channel Crossing
Tuesday, August 7, 7:30pm / Wednesday, August 8, 5:30pm
The European Union waves to the United Kingdom in this program, beginning with a classic Haydn string Quartet and the Czech flavors of the Dvorak String Sextet, and culminating with the burnished and quintessentially British sensibilities of the Elgar Piano Quintet. The Festival welcomes mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and pianist Laurana Mitchelmore in a tribute to Laurana’s late husband, Charles Mitchelmore. They will perform works by Jake Heggie, Gabriel Fauré, and Francis Poulenc.

Franz Joseph Haydn, Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 71, No. 3
Miró Quartet

Antonín Dvorák, String Sextet in A Major
Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, John Largess, Toby Hoffman, Joshua Gindele, Barry Gold

Johann David Heinichen, Trio Sonata for oboe, violin, and continuo in C minor
Nathan Hughes, Margaret Batjer, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Jon Kimura Parker

Edward Elgar, Piano Quintet in A minor
Scott St. John, Carmit Zori, Aloysia Friedmann, Desmond Hoebig, Scott Cuellar

 


Orcas~trations: The Brandenburg Concertos
Friday, August 10, 7:30pm / Saturday, August 11, 5:30pm
Johann Sebastian Bach takes center stage in a program that Aloysia Friedmann has wanted to present for two decades: the complete Brandenburg Concertos. These concertos are considered amongst the greatest achievements of the Baroque era, and festival favorite Jeffrey Kahane leads an all-star ensemble from the harpsichord. 

Johann Sebastian Bach Six Brandenburg Concertos
No. 1 in F Major, No. 3 in G Major, No. 5 in D Major
No. 6 in B-flat Major, No. 4 in G Major, No. 2 in F Major

Jeffrey Kahane, Director and Harpsichord; Violins: Margaret Batjer, Scott St. John, Carmit Zori, Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer; Violas: Aloysia Friedmann, Toby Hoffman, John Largess; cellos: Desmond Hoebig, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Barry Gold, Joshua Gindele; Double Bass: David Grossman; Oboe: Nathan Hughes, Emily Tsai, Tad Margelli; flutes: Joachim Becerra Thomsen, Garrett Hudson, Bassoon: Kara LaMoure; horns: Danielle Kuhlmann, Anni Hochhalter; trumpet: David Washburn


A Windy Day in Paris
Tuesday, August 14, 7:30pm / Wednesday, August 15, 5:30pm
Bonjour! OICMF takes a trip to France and features a cavalcade of wind instruments playing music filled with color and imagery. You’ll have a chance to revisit your childhood with Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and we’ll even take you to Outer Space!

Jacques Offenbach (arr. WindSync), Overture to A Trip to the Moon
WindSync

Lili Boulanger, Deux Morceaux for violin and piano
Robyn Bollinger, Jon Kimura Parker

Voyager Golden Record Suite (arr. WindSync)
A multimedia presentation of sounds and images sent to space 40 years ago, portraying the diversity of life and culture on Earth.
WindSync

Sergei Prokofiev (arr. Trevor Cramer), Peter and the Wolf
WindSync

Camille Saint-Saëns, Septet for piano, trumpet, and strings
Jon Kimura Parker, David Washburn, Carmit Zori, Robyn Bollinger, Toby Hoffman,
Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, David Grossman

Francis Poulenc, Sextet for winds and piano
WindSync, Jon Kimura Parker

Jean Françaix, Les petits nerveux (Nervous Children)
WindSync, Jon Kimura Parker

 


Dvorák Finale!
Friday, August 17, 7:30pm / Saturday, August 18, 5:30pm
We celebrate the final concert of our 21st Season with a program filled with contrasts. You’ll experience the lightness and joy of Haydn, the intensity and darkness of Loeffler, and the brilliance and romance of Dvorak. Thanks for joining us!

Franz Joseph Haydn, Trio in C Major, Hob. XV:27
Robyn Bollinger, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Jon Kimura Parker

Charles Loeffler, Two Rhapsodies for oboe, viola and piano
Aloysia Friedmann, Tad Margelli, Jon Kimura Parker

Antonín Dvorák, Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87
Robyn Bollinger, Aloysia Friedmann, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Jon Kimura Parker

 


Concerto Chatwith Jon Kimura Parker
Thursday, August 9, at St. Francis Catholic Church
 


Children’s Concert – Peter and the Wolf 

Wednesday, August 15, 1:00pm
WindSync
 

Open Rehearsal for Seniors
Friday, August 17, 1:00pm
 

Chamber Music on Lopez Island
Music Among Friends
Sunday, August 5, 5:30pm at Lopez Center

Franz Schubert, Fantasie in F minor for piano four-hands
Scott Cuellar, Jon Kimura Parker

Joaquín Turina, Piano Quartet in A minor
Benjamin Beilman, Aloysia Friedmann, Barry Gold, Scott Cuellar

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Duo for violin and viola in G Major, KV 423
Carmit Zori, Toby Hoffman

Johannes Brahms, Viola Quintet in G Major, Op. 111
Carmit Zori, Benjamin Beilman, Toby Hoffman, Aloysia Friedmann, Desmond Hoebig

Chamber Music on Lopez Concert Tickets are available at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts beginning May 2, and at the Lopez Farmers Market beginning June 2.

Information and tickets for the August 5 Know the Score lecture event on Lopez are available beginning June 2 at Lopez Bookshop, Paper Scissors on the Rock, and at the Lopez Farmers Market.

For more information on our Lopez events, please contact us: lopez@oicmf.org or at the Festival Office, 360-376-6636. 

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