Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival August 2-17

Submitted by Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.

“There was a bull and his name was Ferdinand…” So begins The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, a beloved children’s classic, which will be musically reimagined during the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Children’s Concert at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, outside Orcas Center. Children of all ages are invited to join the flower-loving Ferdinand and a merry band of musicians for a fun hour of magic and mayhem. Bring a blanket or a chair and grab a spot on the lawn by the whale, as you enjoy this lively narration of a timeless tale! World-renowned violinist Chee-Yun and legendary pianist Jon Kimura Parker will lead this educational and music-filled romp. Thanks to sponsor Carl de Boor, admission is free, active imaginations are encouraged.

There are also free outdoor community offerings in the Village Green.

On Aug. 5, Time for Three — two violinists and a bass player — will perform with the Sempre Sisters, a string duo, starting at 5:30 p.m. On Aug. 14 at 3 p.m., “Big Band Extravaganza” will feature trumpeter Jens Lindemann, the OICMF Big Band and Parker on the piano, playing a version of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” that Orcas audiences have never heard.