Miró Quartet Complete Beethoven String Quartets Concert Program Order for June 17 – 25, 2020


Photo credit to Naoya Ikegami for Suntory Hall

In honor of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, the Miró Quartet performs all 16 of the Beethoven string quartets in six concerts at 7:00 pm on June 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, and 25th. The quartets will be performed in the order in which Beethoven composed them. All concerts are at Orcas Center in Eastsound, Washington, and tickets are available beginning on January 31st at noon. For more information, click here.

Concert 1 June 17, 2020 – 7:00 pm

String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3

  • Allegro
  • Andante con moto
  • Allegro
  • Presto

String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2

  • Allegro
  • Adagio cantabile – Allegro
  • Scherzo: Allegro
  • Allegro molto, quasi Presto


String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1

  • Allegro con brio
  • Adagio Affettuoso ed appassionato
  • Scherzo: Allegro molto
  • Allegro

Concert 2 June 18, 2020 – 7:00 pm

String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5

  • Allegro
  • Menuetto
  • Andante cantabile – Variazioni 1-5 – Poco Adagio
  • Allegro

String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4

  • Allegro ma non tanto
  • Scherzo: Andante scherzoso quasi Allegretto
  • Menuetto: Allegretto
  • Allegro – Prestissimo


String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6

  • Allegro con brio
  • Adagio ma non troppo
  • Scherzo: Allegro
  • La Malinconia: (Questo pezzo si deve trattare colla più gran delicatezza.)
  • Adagio – Allegretto Quasi Allegro

Concert 3 June 21, 2020 – 7:00 pm

String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, “Razumovsky” Op. 59, No. 1

  • Allegro
  • Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
  • Adagio molto e mesto –
  • Thème Russe: Allegro


String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, “Razumovsky” Op. 59, No. 2

  • Allegro
  • Molto adagio (Si tratta questo pezzo con molto di sentimento.)
  • Allegretto; Maggiore (Thème Russe)
  • Finale: Presto

String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, “Razumovsky” Op. 59, No. 3

  • Introduzione: Andante con moto – Allegro vivace
  • Andante con moto quasi Allegretto
  • Menuetto (Grazioso) –
  • Allegro molto

Concert 4 June 22, 2020 – 7:00 pm

String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74, “Harp”

  • Poco Adagio – Allegro
  • Adagio ma non troppo
  • Presto – Più presto quasi Prestissimo –
  • Allegretto con Variazioni

String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”

  • Allegro con brio
  • Allegretto ma non troppo –
  • Allegro assai vivace ma serioso
  • Larghetto espressivo – Allegretto agitato


String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127

  • Maestoso – Allegro
  • Adagio, ma non troppo e molto cantabile –
  • Andante con moto – Adagio molto espressivo
  • Scherzando vivace – Presto
  • Finale – Allegro con moto

Concert 5 June 24, 2020 – 7:00 pm

String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

  • Assai sostenuto – Allegro
  • Allegro ma non tanto
  • Molto Adagio (Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart.) – Andante (Neue Kraft fühlend.)
  • Alla Marcia, assai vivace –
  • Allegro appassionato


String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 (and 133)

  • Adagio ma non troppo – Allegro
  • Presto
  • Andante con moto ma non troppo: Poco scherzoso
  • Alla danza tedesca: Allegro assai
  • Cavatina: Adagio molto espressivo

Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 (in B-flat Major)

  • Overtura: Allegro – Meno mosso e moderato – Allegro – Fuga – Meno mosso e moderato – Allegro molto e con brio

Concert 6 June 25, 2020 – 7:00 pm

String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131
(All movements performed without pause)

  • No. 1: Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo
  • No. 2: Allegro molto vivace
  • No. 3: Allegro moderato – Adagio
  • No. 4: Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile
  • No. 5: Presto
  • No. 6: Adagio quasi un poco andante
  • No. 7: Allegro


String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135

  • Allegretto
  • Vivace
  • Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo
  • Der schwer gefasste Entschluss (The conclusion grasped with difficulty):
    Grave, ma non troppo tratto (Muss es sein?/Must it be?) –
    Allegro (Es muss sein!/It must be!)

String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130

  • Finale: Allegro (Substitute finale)

Miró Quartet Performs the Complete Beethoven String Quartets June 17 – 25, 2020


Photo credit to Jeff Wilson

In honor of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is pleased to announce that the complete cycle of Beethoven String Quartets will be performed by the Miró Quartet in June of 2020. Beethoven’s 16 quartets will be performed over the course of six concerts at 7:00 pm on June 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, and 25th at Orcas Center in Eastsound, Washington.

When asked about this concert series, Aloysia Friedmann, Artistic Director of Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, stated, “String quartets are considered to be the pinnacle of a composer’s art, and the Beethoven cycle of quartets are universally acknowledged to be the greatest of them all.” Beethoven wrote this series of quartets over a period of several years, and he revised many of them over time, sometimes replacing entire movements.

The Miró Quartet performs the pieces in the order in which Beethoven composed them, and each concert features two or three of these grand works. In 1799, Beethoven gave a friend a copy of Quartet no. 1, Opus 18 (his first group of six quartets), and soon after wrote to his friend telling him to “show no one this quartet, as I am currently revising it, now that finally I know how to write quartets!” Each of Beethoven’s works expresses his physical and emotional state over the time he was writing it; anxiety over his increasing deafness and the cultural changes in Vienna and the Western world were great influences on his compositions. For a list of each concert’s works, click here.

The Miró Quartet, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Quartet-in-Residence, performs regularly at the August festival on Orcas, as well as on many of the world’s most prestigious stages, and in 2005 became the first ensemble ever to be awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Deeply committed to music education, the Miró Quartet members, violinists Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer, violist John Largess, and cellist Joshua Gindele, have served as the Faculty String Quartet-in-Residence at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin since 2003. Visit the Miró Quartet at miroquartet.com.

Tickets for Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Beethoven Quartet Concerts with the Miró Quartet are available at the Orcas Center Box Office. Tickets can be purchased online at orcascenter.org, by phone at 360-376-2281, or in person at the box office. Tickets are $40 each for adults; package price for all six concerts is $200. Tickets for young people ages 6-18 are $10 each. Please note that there is a $2 per concert ticketing fee, and tickets are not refundable.


January/February Conducting Workshops with Adam Stern

Adam SternOver the course of four Sunday evening interactive video sessions, Adam Stern will teach the rudiments of conducting and share his own experiences as a conductor, imparting information from the purely technical to the highly personal and anecdotal, which will provide a broad understanding of one of music’s most elusive and misunderstood facets. Particular attention will be paid to the dangers and delights of interpretation – how to come as close to a composer’s wishes as possible without abusing the power of the podium. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions at the conclusion of each session, whether about composers and conductors, the physical actions that everyone sees, or the very private communing with scores that is at the heart of the conductor’s art. Be warned: Stern’s no-holds-barred approach to his subject may just make you think twice about certain conductors from here on in!

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival presents these four Zoom interactive video workshops on a large screen at Orcas Island Public Library at 7:00 pm on four Sundays, January 19th and 26th and February 2nd and 9th. All who are interested in gaining insights into the art of conducting are welcome to attend, from conductors of instrumental and choral groups, to musicians who want to learn more about this aspect of performing, to music lovers and appreciators. People who would like to participate but won’t be on Orcas for the workshops can join remotely via the internet.

Through a generous grant from the Gould Family Foundation, these live video sessions are free. To preregister for any or all of the four Conducting Workshop sessions, or to learn how to participate remotely, contact Tracy at Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival at tracy@oicmf.org or by phone at 360-376-6636.

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


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 assumed to be one or two days before), 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 on June 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, and 25th, all performed at Orcas Center in Eastsound, Washington. Tickets for the Beethoven Quartet Cycle concerts will be available beginning January 31, 2019 – 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


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


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


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


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


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


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











Olivia Marckx, cello









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


Time for Three Concert April 17


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


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. 

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