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National Chamber Music month

May 8, 2013 · Updated 2:17 PM
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Pianist Deborah Rambo Sinn (left) and violinist Monique Mead at the Salon for Students concert. / Contributed photo

The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival will be featured on the Chamber Music America website and announcements during May joining the celebration of festivals and music education offerings across the nation with local special events and concerts.

Formal proclamations were heard and unanimously approved by the San Juan County Council and the Board of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival in honor of the positive impact of chamber music in our island communities.

May Calendar

Weekly: As Singing Pied Pipers, island musicians Sharon Abreu and Anita Orne visit our four Orcas preschools weekly.

Through May 4: Musician-in-Residence Rachel Buchman, Shepherd School of Music, leads music times with our island preschoolers and teachers plus classroom visits to the K-third graders and music teacher Pamela Wright.

May 7: Pianist Jon Kimura Parker’s solo performance and CD Launch party at The Grange. Several tickets available.

May 18: Sonata+ Donor Thank You Concert by The Miró Quartet, Aloysia Friedmann and Jon Kimura Parker.

May 19: Aloysia Friedmann, violin/viola and Jon Kimura Parker perform in concert at the Lopez Theater. Tickets at www.lopezcenter.org.

May 22: Book signing at Darvill’s with author Deborah Rambo Sinn for her new release, Playing by the Notes, a Pianists Guide to Musical Interpretation. Oxford University Press.

May 29-June 3: Musician-in-Residence Monique Mead visits Orcas Public School Music classes and offers Master Classes for strings.

May 30: Violinist Monique Mead performs as guest soloist with the Orcas High School Orchestra, Vivaldi’s Spring!

June 2: Salon Concert at a home in Deer Harbor featuring Monique Mead, violin and Deborah Rambo Sinn, piano. Tickets available.

For information about any concerts or events, call the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Office at 376-6636.

Ticket sales open soon for festival

It’s ticket time!  Wednesday, May 15 is opening day for ticket sales for the 2013 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, which takes place August 9 – 24. A fun way to select your seats is to join our Early Bird Celebration beginning at 9 a.m. at Orcas Center.

Join fellow islanders and music lovers for conversation, coffee, goodies and the opportunity to select some great seats. If you can’t come in person, phone lines open at 11 a.m. for ticketing. Call 360-376-2281. Online sales will open at noon www.oicmf.org.

After May 15, box office hours are Wednesday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m.

The 16th Annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival will bring world renowned musicians who are returning to perform, as well as exciting new artists. Opening weekend features the extraordinary reunion of three superb artists: renowned pianist Jeffrey Kahane, international violin soloist Joseph Swensen and New York Philharmonic Principal Cellist Carter Brey.  The great Mendelssohn Octet is back, with Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil leading a stage full of superstars.  Los Angeles Philharmonic concertmaster Martin Chalifour returns to Orcas in a performance of César Francks’ passionate Piano Quintet in F minor.  Closing weekend features Czech composer Antonin Dvořák, including one of the most glorious musical masterworks in chamber music, the Piano Quintet in A Major. Many more spectacular show pieces are part of this popular two-week Festival, so order your tickets as soon as possible.

The 2013 Season Brochure was mailed island-wide and to our off-island patrons this week. If you didn’t receive yours, or need further information, call the OICMF office 376-6636. And visit the website www.oicmf.org.

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