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Holiday concerts to warm your soul

  • Mon Dec 3rd, 2018 9:26am
  • Life

Update: The high school band and strings will perform at 7 p.m. at Orcas Center on Dec. 13, not 7:30 p.m. as was previously published.

‘Stille Nacht’

“Stille Nacht — Silent Night” is an evening of European- and Celtic-infused Christmas music featuring the international ensemble of Irish flutist Brian Dunning, German and American vocalists Marc Gremm and Janet Marie Chvatal, and American keyboardist and vocalist Jeff Johnson. The concert is on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Orcas Community Church.

‘Leaves of Gold’

Aloysia Friedmann, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival founder and Artistic Director, is very pleased to announce the Festival’s annual Leaves of Gold concert on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Music Room of the Mansion at Rosario Resort. Cellist and Festival founding artist Desmond Hoebig joins pianist Jon Kimura Parker performing works by Strauss and Rachmaninoff, and pianist Artem Kuznetsov, a graduate student of Mr. Parker, adds charismatic flair to the evening’s program. The audience will enjoy a virtuoso arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite among other familiar pieces and musical surprises.

The Mansion at Rosario Resort, glowing with old-fashioned cheer during the holiday season, is the setting for OICMF’s Leaves of Gold concert. A reception follows the concert with a delicious buffet of hors-d’oeuvres, desserts, and wines, prepared and served by executive chef Raymond Southern and his staff. Tickets are $150 ($75 is tax deductible). To reserve your seat, email or call the OICMF office at 360-376-6636.

Community Band

There’s no better way to feel festive than an Orcas Island Community Band concert. Your island friends and neighbors perform traditional marches, classical and festive tunes for the season on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. in concert at Orcas Center. There’s opportunity to sing carols and join the band afterward for a delightful dessert party. Admission by donation.

Choral Society

Brighten your holidays at the Orcas Choral Society’s festive winter concert, “Making Spirits Bright!”

Artistic Director Marianne Lewis has assembled a holiday concert program rich with fresh, new treatments of traditional favorites, plus new songs to brighten the season.

“We’re having so much fun with these lovely, lively tunes, and we’re looking forward to sharing them with the Orcas community,” Lewis said. “They’re cheerful songs to warm all our hearts.”

An all-Orcas roster of instrumentalists adds to the joyful noise, including Karen Blinn on oboe, Tim Jensen on French horn, Jim Shaffer-Bauck on percussion, Linda Slone on flute, Paris Wilson on violin and Terri Triplett and Patty Johnson on piano. Wilson and Jensen are recent top award winners in regional high school music competitions in violin and horn respectively. If you haven’t heard them play, this is your chance.

“Making Spirits Bright” performs at the Orcas Center, Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m., and again Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students, available from the Orcas Center box office, at or at

High School Band and Strings

The Orcas Island High School Band plays Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. by donation on the Orcas Center main stage.

Crow Valley String Band

Crow Valley String Band hits Orcas Center main stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 in “Home for Christmas.” Rachel Bishop and Jim, Tashi and Kaj Litch will be joined by Rachel’s dad Bob. They will also be joined by some friends for music and song, spoken word and dance. Tickets are $10 from

Stormy Hildreth

Stormy Hildreth and Friends will play another solo Christmas show on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Orcas Center. Tickets at


Crow Valley String Band, Tashi, Rachel, Jim and Kaj.

Crow Valley String Band, Tashi, Rachel, Jim and Kaj.