2013: A Fabulous Festival!

The 2013 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival was filled with superstar musicians … and two young musicians who are well on their way to superstar status!
Three virtuosos set the stage opening weekend in an extraordinary reunion:
renowned pianist Jeffrey Kahane, international violin soloist Joseph Swensen and New York Philharmonic Principal Cellist Carter Brey, performing classics by Mozart, Ravel and Brahms.
Viktor & Lachezar 3Then came the arrival of two artists that were new to the Festival.  Orcas audiences affectionately referred to them as the “Bulgarian Boys,” even though they’re hardly boys and have been performing internationally for years.  Pianist Viktor Valkov and cellist Lachezar Kostov had adoring fans leaping to their feet.

Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann, viola, and Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker, piano, were excited to welcome a host of superb musicians:  violinists William Preucil, Martin Chalifour, Margaret Batjer, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio and Alexandra Preucil; violist Toby Appel; and cellist Eric Kim.
The 16th Season was spectacular!  Thank you to the musicians for their amazing performances, and to our loyal patrons and supporters who make it possible.

Mark your calendars to join us in 2014:  August 8 – 23

KING for 5 nights!

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Featured in Prime Time on KING FM All Week!
NW Focus It’s opening week for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and KING FM in Seattle is rolling out the red carpet.  All this week on Northwest Focus on Classical KING FM 98.1 at 8:00pm, announcer Sean MacLean will feature some of the music to be performed during the Festival, as well as concert information, during his program.  Tune in or listen online at www.king.org.

Following are the selections they’ll feature, the times you can hear them, and the Festival concerts in which they’ll be performed:

Monday, Aug. 5
– Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60, airing at approximately 8pm.  To be performed
Aug. 9 at 7:30pm and Aug. 10 at 5:30pm on Orcas, and Aug. 11 at 5pm on Lopez Island in Three’s  Company concerts.
–      Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op.27, No. 2 Moonlight,  at approximately 8:34pm. To be featured Aug. 13 at 7:30pm and Aug. 14 at 5:30pm in Moonlit Music concerts.
Tuesday, Aug. 6 – Shostakovich Viola Sonata, Op. 147 at approximately 8:05pm.  To be performed Aug. 13 at 7:30pm and Aug. 14 at 5:30pm in Moonlit Music concerts.
Wednesday, Aug. 7 – Mozart Piano Trio in G, K.496 at approximately 9:18pm.  Performed Aug. 9 at 7:30pm and
Aug.10 at 5:30pm on Orcas and Aug. 11 at 5pm on Lopez Island in Three’s Company concerts.
Thursday, Aug. 8  –  Ravel Piano Trio in A minor at approximately 8:08pm.  To be performed  Aug. 9 at 7:30pm and Aug. 10 at 5:30pm
on Orcas and Aug. 11 at 5pm on Lopez Island in Three’s Company concerts.
–  Jon Kimura Parker performing Chopin Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31 at approximately 8:38pm.
Friday, Aug. 9  
–    Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K.478, airing at approximately 9pm. To be performed Aug. 13 at 7:30pm and
Aug. 14 at 5:30pm in Moonlit Music concerts.

Northwest Focus showcases the best of the northwest music scene by presenting local concert performances, concert previews and new releases. We’d like to thank KING FM for supporting the arts community and featuring Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival throughout August!

Gould Family Foundation Supports Future of Music Education

Pied Piper Sharon AbreuThe Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival received a generous gift that will expand our successful music education efforts. The mission of the Gould Family Foundation is to support innovative programs that promote experimental learning and the Arts. The foundation prefers programs that demonstrate a strong plan for sustainability and/or growth, and they fund organizations in Southern California, New York, Washington State and Washington, D.C.

The $5,000 grant will provide $1,000 each to our four island preschools to replace and expand the much loved music instrument and music education inventory that has provided eight years of joyful service to hundreds of preschool hands and hearts.
And it will provide $1,000 to augment the music education materials available to island kindergarteners through third grade in our public school. The Festival will work with the Preschool Directors, Pamela Wright from the public school and our Singing Pied Pipers
(community musicians recruited by OICMF) to develop a list of purchases for each of the four preschools and K-3rd grade curriculum. Our education program also includes  week-long visits by guest Musicians-in-Residence several times a year. These Teaching Artists focus on Rachel Buchmanengaging the youngsters in song and song-play while providing coaching for preschool staff through demonstration and discussion. In addition, Musicians-in-Residence for Kindergarten through early elementary build on the experiences of the preschoolers as they continue their education at the public school, working closely with the public school music teacher.

The importance of experiencing music and participating in musical activities at a very early age is well documented. The Gould Family Foundation has played a founding and central role in the success of the music education offered to preschool and school age children by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival on Orcas Island by providing start-up funding for training and the purchase of music resources.

The OICMF Board, Artistic Staff and Executive Director Victoria Parker would like to thank the Foundation for investing in the community of Orcas Island, and most specifically with the focus on music education for young people.

Young Musicians Honored

Young Musicians Award 2013 003The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival was proud to award three Orcas High School seniors with The Marilyn Anderson Young Musician’s Award, supported by the Thyra and Bud Anderson Advised Fund.  Juliette Mann, Adelaine Newcombe and Rhys Thompson received their awards at the Celebration of Success ceremony on June 14, 2013 from OICMF Board Member Catherine Pederson. This annual $500 award for a graduating senior honors a student who has demonstrated that music is an important element in his or her life.  Their music involvement could include singing, playing an instrument, composing, or recording of music. The Marilyn Anderson Young Musician’s Award may be used at the full discretion of the recipient. This tradition began in 2007 and has been a steady source of encouragement for music students, acknowledging the importance of their practice and enjoyment.


4 Friends, 1 Hot Summer Ticket!

Four Friends Play

Just weeks before the 16th Annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, four friends will perform an intimate Salon Concert.  On Tuesday, July 23rd at 6:00 pm, horn virtuoso William VerMeulen and his wife, violinist Sylvia VerMeulen, will join friends Aloysia Friedmann, violist and Artistic Director of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival and Jon Kimura Parker, pianist and Artistic Advisor, for a very special evening.  The concert will take place in a private home in Deer Harbor, featuring an elegant music room with incredible acoustics.

William has been Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony since 1990, as well asperforming as guest Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and others.  In Tune magazine says “the horn playing of William VerMeulen is miraculous! …clearly one of today’s superstars of the international brass scene.”  Sylvia is a violinist with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet orchestras, as well as the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.

We’re excited for the return of the VerMeulens, who last performed in the 2007 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.  Together, with Jackie Parker and Aloysia Friedmann, this foursome promises to be one hot summer ticket!
Seating is limited to 35, so please don’t delay in reserving your special spot!
Tickets are $75.  Call the OICMF office today 360-376-6636 today.  www.oicmf.org

Festival Office Trio

Festival Office Trio

Joyce, Victoria, Laura

Behind the doors of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival sits a hard-working trio!  Executive Director Victoria Parker, Office and Marketing Manager Joyce Stone, and Festival Production Manager Laura Gibbons are dedicated to assure the success of the two-week Summer Festival, the concerts and educational programs throughout the year, and its strong tradition of volunteer participation and community support.
Serving on and working for regional and state-wide management teams, policy boards, and action committees, Victoria has gained a reputation for dynamic camaraderie, leadership and governance. Joyce brings a career in television marketing, as an award-winning writer and producer of news and entertainment promotion, public service campaigns, sales presentations and fundraising videos. Laura joined the staff in the summer of 2012, and brings a diverse communications and event production background, from award-winning talk shows to commercials, public affairs programming, public speaking and community events.
A few changes are in store in the next few months. Victoria and Joyce will be reducing their work schedule, and Laura will be increasing hers! It’s both a talent and budgetary win/win!  More talent, same bottom line. We’re all excited about this new chapter, and we want to let you know that our door is always open!

Elegant Salon Concert June 2nd

Elegant Salon Concert June 2nd

Violinist Monique Mead, accompanied by pianist Deborah Rambo Sinn, will perform an intimate and elegant Salon Concert in the home of dear friends on Sunday, June 2 at 3PM in the afternoon. Concert hosts have opened their home and gardens to concert attendees for this spring performance in support of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival and for Monique’s return to visit the island.

A passionate ambassador of classical music, Monique has developed a multi-faceted career as a performer, presenter, pedagogues, and consultant.  Inspired by her collaborations with Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Monique has devoted her career to building new audiences for orchestras, choirs, and music festivals in the United States and Europe. Her relationship with the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival includes visits as Musician-in-Residence coaching school and community musicians and island music groups. 2012 marked her 5th appearance as a guest artist during the Summer Festival.

Deborah Rambo Sinn is the Founder/Director of the Olympic Music School in Sequim, WA. Most recently, she has written a book on music interpretation, Playing Beyond the Notes, (she will be at Darvill’s Bookstore in Eastsound on Wednesday evening, May 29th for a book signing event) published by Oxford University Press. Deborah has given concerts and master classes on four continents and taught students from more than 14 countries. She holds a Doctorate and a Masters degree from Indiana University where she studied with Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio) and James Tocco. Dr. Sinn is a nationally certified teacher of music through Music Teachers National Association.

The musical and teaching collaboration on Orcas Island of these two talented musicians offers a rare opportunity for island residents to learn and listen, both!

Salon Concert Tickets: $75. Seating limited to 35.


 Camille Saint-Saens   (1835-1921)

            Violin Concerto in B minor             

                        I.    Allegro non troppo        

                        II.   Andantino quasi allegretto

                        III.  Molto moderato e maestoso


 Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)

            Sicilienne and Rigaudon                              

             Schön Rosmarin (Beautiful Rosemary)     

             Liebesleid (Love’s Sorrow)                        

             Liebesfreud (Love’s Joy)     

 Jules Massenet (1842-1912)

            Meditation from “Thais”                              

 Fritz Kreisler

            Miniature Viennese March                          

 George Gershwin (1898-1937) (arr. Jascha Heifetz)

            From “Porgy and Bess”                               

                        I.    Summertime/A Woman is a Sometimes Thing           

                        II.   It Ain’t Necessarily So

                                                                         Monique Mead, violin

                                                                        Deborah Rambo Sinn, piano





Singing Pied Pipers

The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival brings new voices to the four Orcas preschools and toddler centers, introducing two talented musicians and singers.

Sharon Abreu (pictured on slider) visits Kaleidoscope and Children’s House weekly while Anita Orne (pictured below leading one of her favorite songs about a moose) visits Salmonberry and Montessori. They are enthusiastically referred to as the “Singing Pied Pipers” when teaching our island young ones new and familiar songs.

Sharon, an acclaimed classical soprano, and Anita, of the popular fiddle trio JP and the OK Rhythm Boys, have jointly developed a list of songs that includes American folk tunes and a diversity of cultural traditions. You’d not be surprised to hear such home-grown classics as “Old MacDonald”, “This Land is Your Land”, (complete with sign language accompaniment) Row Row  Row Your Boat”, and “You are My Sunshine”. The children are now heard to use their new and increasing musical vocabulary such as ENCORE! to request repeats of favorites. Listening skills are practiced with these engaged young ones as they imagine forests and chilly weather on snowy days, for example, when  Sharon plays “Winter” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Classical music is woven in and among the 40 minutes of music times.

This shared canon of songs and lessons in musical language and listening are aimed at providing a continuity of musical experience for our youngest islanders. As they enter kindergarten they will have a common language to begin new friendships – their “library” of songs. The Chamber Music Festival introduced the instrumental Pied Piper program to Orcas preschools several years ago, bringing talented community musicians to show how their instruments look, sound and bring joy to their lives. The Singing Pied Pipers is a grand and important addition to OICMF’s Music Education on Orcas.

The Chamber Music Festival’s preschool Music Education is sponsored by several  generous community members. Most recently a distinct Music Education Endowment Fund was established to help sustain these important OICMF offerings. Interested in learning more and helping? Contact Victoria at 360-376-6636.


Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival at Lopez Center May 19th!

It’s the concert Lopez Islanders have been waiting for.  World famous pianist Jon Kimura Parker and extraordinary
violist/violinist  Aloysia Friedmann will be performing together at Lopez Center on Sunday, May 19th at 1:00 pm. You’ll hear them perform composer Jake Heggie’s “Orcas Island Ferry,” commissioned for Aloysia and Jackie and premiered at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival in 2012.  The program also includes beautiful works by Rachmaninoff and Clara and Robert Schumann.  In addition, guests will be treated to Jackie Parker’s magnificent  performance of his new transcription of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. According to the Toronto Star, “Parker’s work is nothing short of mesmerizing as the music flows by in all of its passionate, visceral, energetic glory.
What an amazing way to mark the 100th anniversary of The Rite of Spring.”  This exciting CD has just been released, and will be available for purchase. Jackie will autograph CDs during the post-concert reception.

Friedmann, Artistic Director of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and Parker, Artistic Advisor, bring the world’s top performers to Orcas Island – and now to Lopez Island, too. This special May concert is a wonderful introduction to the summer Festival and one you won’t want to miss.  Following the concert, patrons can visit with Aloysia and Jackie, and enjoy wine and cheese. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students.  To purchase, go online www.lopezcenter.org or locally at Lopez Bookshop, Paper Scissors on the Rock and Blossom Grocery.

Jon Kimura Parker CD Release Concert!

Jon Kimura Parker CD Release Concert!
Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00 pm
The Grange on Orcas Island

It will be a grand evening at The Grange when Jon Kimura Parker performs a special CD release concert! This is Jackie’s first solo recording in ten years, and features his own transcriptions of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Petrouchka. Released as a celebration of the centenary of the 20th century’s most famous (and infamous) work, The Rite of Spring, the concert will include Jackie’s description of how he came to tackle this monstrously difficult work, a complete performance of The Rite, and some of his secrets in bringing a whole orchestra to life at the piano. The program will also include short works including Vladimir Horowitz’s favorite encore, Schumann’s Träumerei.

Following the concert, Jackie will be available for a CD signing, and guest will enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres from Orcas Village Store and Thurston Wolfe wine.  Tickets are $75.  To reserve, call the OICMF Office, 360-376-6636 or email joyce@oicmf.org.