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A live stream evening of conversation with composer Jake Heggie

  • Thu May 20th, 2021 1:30am
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Submitted by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.

On Thursday, May 27, at 5 p.m. Pacific Time, composer Jake Heggie joins Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Founder and Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann for an informative and entertaining live stream discussion about his career.

A Guggenheim Fellow, Heggie is internationally known for his operas and compositions for vocal and instrumental ensembles, and his artistic presence is frequently enjoyed by Festival attendees. He was the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s first composer-in-residence in 2006. His works frequently appear on summer festival programs, many of them world premieres commissioned for OICMF. He composed the haunting and ethereal Earthrise: December 24, 1968, for musical saw and string quartet to honor the iconic NASA photo of Earth rising over the moon, taken during the Apollo 8 mission by astronaut and OICMF patron William Anders. The piece was premiered on the Orcas Center stage in 2017 by sawyer Anita Orne and the Miró Quartet in front of a multiple-panel tapestry image of the photo, woven by fiber artist Geoffrey Shilling.

Heggie’s compositions often portray serious and dark themes, but he also creates light and fanciful works. His Orcas Island Ferry: Suite for Violin/Viola and Piano, abundant with the familiar sounds and rhythms of marine travel, was first performed at the 2012 Festival by violinist/violist Friedmann and OICMF Artistic Advisor and pianist Jon Kimura Parker. The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s 2022 Season will see the return of Heggie and another world premiere written for the Miró Quartet.

Heggie’s first opera, Dead Man Walking, based on the book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean, premiered in San Francisco. In addition to his numerous operas, Heggie is also known for his many art songs and concerti, along with chamber music, choral, and orchestral works. To read more about Heggie and his work, visit

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