Pied Piper Bassoonist

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Pied Piper and bassoonist Judy Whiting visits Kaleidoscope preschool, amazing young ones with the high and lows of her very big woodwind. Learning the language of music with Judy and her bassoon kept the preschoolers’ rapt attention as rhythms, scales, short folk songs, and sounds like the ferry’s fog horn, a train, a dancing bear, and a clown sparked imaginations. The Pied Pipers are comprised of community musicians who volunteer their time for 20-30 minutes visits to the island’s four preschool centers. The program organized by OICMF and sponsored by a generous OICMF donor.

Ukulele gift for 4th graders

Thirty 4th graders at the Orcas Island Public School received ukuleles through Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Musician-in-Residence program. Gordon Koenig, as OICMF’s Musician-in-Residence, will work closely with classroom instructor Pamela Wright to augment the school’s General Music curriculum. “It’s so totally beautiful!” exclaimed Joey. “I’m naming mine Lucy “ piped another! The first day’s lesson include history of the ukulele, instrument parts and names, proper handling, and the F and C chords with the admonition to practice to be ready for Skip To My Lou next week! Funded through a gift by a generous OICMF donor.

Barn Dance

Sunday, April 29th at 3:00
It’s our first Barn Dance for preschoolers and their families! Rachel Buchman and local talent will lead a fun afternoon filled with music, dancing and goodies at an historic Orcas Island barn. Teachers will be providing details to parents, or call the OICMF office for information: 360-376-6636.


Rachel Buchman Returns as Musician-In-Residence

There will be music and dancing when popular music educator Rachel Buchman returns to Orcas to visit pre-school students April 26 – May 1st.   She’ll teach songs and the language of music to the young ones and coach teachers in methods of music presentation.  In addition, Rachel will work with students in Pamela Wright’s elementary school General Music classes.  Rachel was the wonderful Concert Mistress at the 2011 Children’s Concert, leading the young audience and Festival artists in musical storytelling.  Musician-in-Residence Buchman is sponsored through a gift by a generous OICMF donor.

Winter Salon Concert with Pianist Jeffrey Kahane: “Thrilling!”

On Monday, February 27, 2012, world-renowned pianist Jeffrey Kahane performed for an enthusiastic, limited-seating audience of 60 on the Orcas Center OffCenter Stage. Kahane has frequently appeared in the annual Summer Festival of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival (OICMF). He is conductor and Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Afterward, Valerie Anders, OICMF Board President said, “To experience a concert by a remarkable musician such as Jeffrey in this intimate setting is absolutely thrilling!”

On this night, Kahane performed Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G, G. Kahane’s Django and Chopin’s Mazurkas, Barcarolle and Polonaise-Fantasie. This Salon Concert, one of three planned for 2012 by OICMF, was followed by a “nightcap reception” for all who attended.

The next OICMF Salon Concert for 2012 is scheduled for May 19 at 5 pm. It will feature violinist Monique Mead, who will be accompanied by pianist Deborah Rambo Sinn, according to Victoria Parker, Executive Director of OICMF. The May concert will be in a private residence on Buck Mountain for a limited-seating audience of 35. Tickets are available for $75. To reserve, call the OICMF office at 360-376-6636.

Salon Concert with Jon Kimura Parker – Extra Performance Added!

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Salon Concert on Thursday, Dec. 29th sold out quickly. Now, pianist Jon Kimura Parker has generously agreed to perform a second concert so that others may attend. The concert will take place Friday, Dec. 30th, at 7:00 pm at Orcas Center’s OffCenter Stage.

It promises to be a wonderful holiday evening to share with family and friends.

Jackie will perform the same concert December 29th and December 30th. The program features Pictures at an Exhibition, Modest Mussorgsky’s most famous piano composition. Jackie will also perform Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 3 From Old Notebooks. Pictures at an Exhibition is an epic and hugely popular work with a fascinating history. Mussorgsky was a member of “The Five,” a 19th-century group of Russian composers. He was devastated by the sudden death of architect and artist Viktor Hartmann, one of his closest companions. An exhibition was organized in honor of Hartmann, using his sketches of architecture, characters and scenes from everyday life. This exhibit inspired Mussorgsky to compose Pictures at an Exhibition in six weeks, as he imagines himself walking down the hallway that showcased his friend’s work. The original piano version is rarely heard, but you can hear it performed by one of the world’s great pianists, Jon Kimura Parker, December 29th and 30th.

 Following the concert, guests will enjoy a nightcap reception, with Thurston Wolfe Festival wines and festive hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets are available now. Call the OICMF office 360-376-6636. Tickets are $75.

Proceeds benefit Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival programming and music education.

Winter Salon Concert with Pianist Jeffery Kahane

Monday, February 27, 2012 7:00 pm  |  Orcas Center OffCenter Stage

Jeffrey Kahane, world renowned pianist, conductor and Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, will perform Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G, G. Kahane’s Django and Chopin’s Mazurkas, Barcarolle and Polonaise-Fantasie.

Following the concert, guests will enjoy a nightcap reception.

Tickets are $75. To reserve, call the office 360-376-6636.

December Concert with Miró Quartet

Make This a December to Remember!                                                                                                                                                                        Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Annual Fundraising concert, “Leaves of Gold,” will feature the magnificent Miró Quartet.  Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, John Largess and Joshua Gindele will perform two concerts in the Music Room at Rosario Resort, Thursday, December 6th at 6 pm and Friday, December 7th at 6 pm.  Tickets to this gala event are $150. All proceeds benefit Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival programming and music education.  An elegant evening of music and delectable cuisine you won’t want to miss! For reservations, call 360-376-6636 or email joyce@oicmf.org.


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