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 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 LA Philharmonic principal violinist Martin Chalifour performing with Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgić and violinist Chee-Yun, playing the dazzling Chausson Concerto. A new addition to this year’s line-up is a pair of engaging daytime talks with former Seattle Symphony director Gerard Schwarz and well-known Canadian radio personality Eric Friesen. The Festival has reached out far and near to bring performers who are new to OICMF and welcomes many veterans back to the Festival stage this season. Audiences will enjoy the delightful energy in all of these live performances, from classical mainstays to newly composed works, sprinkled with a bit of magic!

Schedule of Events

August 2nd & 3rd
An Evening with Susan Graham

August 2nd -7:30pm Concert, 6:30pm Pre-Concert Talk with Gerard Schwarz
August 3rd -5:30pm Concert, 4:30pm Pre-Concert Talk with Gerard Schwarz

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

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August 5th
Behind the Baton with Maestro Gerard Schwarz

An American icon talks music; told in the conductor’s bold, humorous, and engaging style.

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August 6th & 7th
Violin Variations

August 6th -7:30pm Concert, 6:30pm Pre-Concert Talk with Lisa Bergman
August 7th -5:30pm Concert, 4:30pm Pre-Concert Talk 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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August 7th at 1:00pm
Children’s Concert
Free, Tickets at the Door

Our youngest audience is invited to enjoy inspiring music by Festival artists not much older than them!

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August 9th & 10th
Orcas~trations: Music, Magic and Movies

August 9th -7:30pm Concert, 6:30pm Pre-Concert Talk with Michael Zahs
August 10th -5:30pm Concert, 4:30pm Pre-Concert Talk with Michael Zahs

Ástor Piazzolla Histoire Du Tango (History of the Tango) for violin and guitar
Martin Chalifour, Mak Grgić

Special performance to live music by Magician Matthew Laslo
Robyn Bollinger, Martin Chalifour, Chee-Yun, Aloysia Friedmann, Mak Grgić, 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 Dvořák Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81
Robyn Bollinger, Chee-Yun, Aloysia Friedmann, Julian Schwarz, Jon Kimura Parker 

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August 10th
Guitar Workshop with Mak Grgić
Free, Registration Required: Tracy@OICMF.org

We are thrilled to announce a fun and educational addition to the Festival this August – on Saturday, August 10th, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, guitarist Mak Grgić will be leading a hands-on workshop in the Madrona Room. All guitarists, all styles, are invited to bring your instruments and join in. Mak will share general guitar techniques and inspirations that will work for anyone who enjoys playing around with 6 – or 12 – strings.
Mak Grgic has quickly established himself as one of the up-and-coming performers in the guitar world, whose works range from the avant-garde to film scores to the great classics of guitar repertoire and transcriptions of Brahms and Kreisler. As a testament to his versatility and wide-ranging appeal, in 2018 Mak was invited by legendary singer-songwriter k.d. lang to perform as the opening act for the North American leg of her Ingénue Redux Tour.
Don’t miss this opportunity to work closely with an immensely talented and generous musician! There is no charge to attend, but you must register with Tracy at tracy@oicmf.org by August 9th if you wish to attend. Bring your guitar and we’ll see you there!
For more information about Mak, you can visit his website at www.makgrgic.com, and listen to samples of his talents at: http://www.makgrgic.com/cinema-verismo.

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August 13th & 14th
(for Martin Friedmann)

August 13th -7:30pm Concert, 6:30pm Pre-Concert Talk with Eric Friesen
August 14th -5:30pm Concert, 4:30pm Pre-Concert Talk 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, for solo piano, Op. 14
Jon Kimura Parker

Johannes Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
Miró Quartet, Jon Kimura Parker

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August 14th
Meet the Composer

Longtime Canadian Broadcasting Corporation favorite host Eric Friesen interviews composers Kevin Puts and Jake Heggie on the art of composition.

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Friday, August 16 at 1:00pm
Open Rehearsal for Seniors
Free, Tickets at the Door

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August 16th & 17th
World Premiere Finale

August 16th -7:30pm Concert, 6:30pm Pre-Concert Talk with Eric Friesen
August 17th -5:30pm Concert, 4:30pm Pre-Concert Talk with Eric Friesen


Hugo Wolf Italian Serenade
Miró Quartet

Selected works for guitar and violin
Martin Chalifour, Mak Grgić

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