Orcas Is. Chamber Music Festival
Lopez Concert, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Monday August 12, 2024, 3:00pm
Ticketed in advance: Adult $40.00, Youth $10.00
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The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s 27th Summer Concert Season comes to Lopez Center on Monday August 12, at 3 PM. The Festival’s Founder and Artistic Director, Aloysia Friedmann, has programmed an abundant afternoon of music ranging from Beethoven to Django Reinhardt - a bit of something for everyone! In addition to the eleven visiting musicians listed below, the event features a post-concert wine bar with refreshments provided by Island Grazing Tables, and a separate picnic area with non-alcoholic drinks and refreshments for those under 21 years of age.

Featured musicians this year are Canada’s Gryphon Trio, and the astonishing young Ukrainian pianist Illia Ovcharenko. The Gryphon’s violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys, and pianist Jamie Parker are creative innovators with an appetite for discovery and new ideas. For more than 25 years, the Gryphon Trio has earned acclaim and impressed international audiences with its highly refined, dynamic, and memorable performances. The Gryphons are deeply committed to community engagement, education, and the development of next-generation audiences and performers.

Illia Ovcharenko is one of the world’s most celebrated young pianists, playing concerts all over the world. He won the Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, Canada, in 2023. This competition seeks to identify the “Complete Artist” - someone who demonstrates technical mastery, perseverance against adversity, and an understanding of musical text that is both intellectual and emotional. He’s also won top prizes at the Busoni and Horowitz competitions. And he is 21 years old!

These four are joined by Aloysia Friedmann, viola; Robyn Bollinger, violin; Mak Grgić, guitar; Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Jeff Thayer, violin; Robert DeMaine, cello; and David Grossman, double bass. These musicians have come to Orcas and Lopez from major symphony orchestras and Chamber Music festivals across the US. One program piece will feature Ukrainian-born Roman Borys and Illia Ovcharenko honoring Ukrainian composer Viktor Kosenko. Returning classical guitarist Mak Grgić may show his love for the Balkan music of his childhood, in addition to the syncopated jazz of Django Reinhardt.

All ticketing is sold on line at oicmf.org: Adult tickets are $40; Youth ages 18 and under are $10. A number of Youth tickets have been sponsored by Sunset Builders Supply and may be requested from Lopez Concert Coordinator Micki Ryan at [email protected]. Parents of music students who wish to accompany their budding Mozart are encouraged to enquire about “Friends of Joyce” tickets, which are available to those who would otherwise find ticket prices unattainable: email [email protected]. Doors open for seating at 2:30 PM August 12 for the 3:00 PM performance. Late arrivals will be seated during applause after the completion of an individual performance.

The August 12th OICMF concert on Lopez is sponsored by:
Gary and Karen Alexander, Bill Clemens and Micki Ryan, Mary Bywater Cross, The Driftwood Fund, Constance Euerle, Bill and Kathie Kreager, Pamela McCabe, Susan and John Pohl, Phyllis Potter, Rick Strachan, Sunset Builders Supply, Suzanne Trebnick and Michael Vossen.

Catering is provided by Island Grazing Tables, Blue Heron Bistro, Vortex Café, and Dennis Roseman. Flowers are provided by Arbordoun, Hooterville Flowers and Produce, and Suzanne Trebnick. Event rental equipment is provided by Flagship Event Rentals. All labor is provided by hard-working volunteers far too numerous to list.