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)