Welcome to OICMF Scherzo (skert·sō/ noun:  a vigorous, light, or playful composition)
The monthly newsletter of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Postcard from Aloysia
Last month, Jackie and I once again found ourselves performing on-board the elegant MS Emerald Destiny for KING FM’s cruise,  In the Footsteps of the Great Composers,  up the Rhine River. Along with hosts Lisa Bergman (OICMF’s newly appointed board member) and Christophe Chagnard, artistic director of Earthbound Expeditions, we explored the musical cities of Bonn, Bayreuth, Leipzig, Berlin, and more.

Jackie and I performed Beethoven, Mendelssohn, the music of both Clara and Robert Schumann, and, of course, Johannes Brahms. A personal highlight for me was playing solo Bach on top of Berlin’s historical Reichstag (Parliament building). We visited the monumental Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, ate bratwurst in Bonn after visiting Beethoven’s birthplace, and went to concerts in the famed concert halls of the Concertgebouw, the Gewandhaus, and the Berlin Philharmonie. We heard stunning organ music in the St. Thomas Kirche in Leipzig, where J.S. Bach performed and is buried, and saw the homes of the Schumanns and the Mendelssohns.

Do I need to say that we ate and drank extremely well and had some delicious pastries along the way? The trip was unforgettable and I made sure to represent all of you from the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival at all times! We wish each and every one of you could have joined us.
Recipe of the Month: Aloysia shares Friedmann family favorite cookies, just in time for your holiday baking

Vanille Kipferl (vanilla crescents)

The Kipferl plays an important role in the daily life of an Austrian. They may start the day with a Kipferl made with yeast, like a croissant - and it had better be good since their mood for the rest of the day may depend on it! Kipferl are made in all sizes and of all kinds of dough, but this unyeasted Vanille Kipferl occupies a special place in every Austrian’s heart, especially my father Martin Friedmann's!

Ingredients (makes approx. 4 dozen)

2 cups flour

1/4 cup fine sugar (generous)

1 3/4 cups finely ground, blanched almonds or hazelnuts

1 3/4 sticks sweet (unsalted) butter, cold ( 1/2 cup plus 6 tbsp.)

2 egg yolks

1 1/2 - 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 1/2 - 2 inches vanilla bean, ground
If vanilla bean is not available, use 2-3 tbsp. concentrated vanilla sugar (Dr. Oetker’s Vanilla Sugar) combined with confectioners’ sugar

11 x 17 -inch baking sheet

Parchment paper

Mix flour, sugar, and ground almonds (or hazelnuts) on a pastry board. Cut in butter. First with fingers, then with hands, quickly knead ingredients together. Add egg yolks to make the dough easier to mold. Shape into a smooth ball. (Cuisinart may be used, but only to the point of ALMOST forming a ball.) Wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Place 3/4 - 1 tsp. of dough between the palms of your hands and roll into about a 2 1/2 -inch long roll, tapering off both ends and shaping into a small crescent.

Place Kipferl on baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving small spaces between them.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until very lightly colored.

While Kipferl are baking, combine confectioners’ sugar with vanilla bean or vanilla sugar on a sheet of waxed paper. Blend well.

When slightly cool, gently place several Kipferl on the prepared sugar-vanilla mixture, cover them with it, and transfer to a plate.

When completely cool, store crescents in an airtight container. If kept in a cool place, they will keep fresh for many weeks - if they last that long!
All of us here at OICMF wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and look forward to sharing more music and good times with you in 2020...including Musicians-in-Residence Monique Mead in March and Mak Grgić in May, the Miró Quartet playing the complete Beethoven String Quartets in June, and our 23rd Season, August 7th - 22nd. We'll be sharing all the details (and more Artists' Recipes) with you through Scherzo, and you can always call, visit the office, drop us a line or visit our website for more information.
Happy happy merry merry and cheers to all!
We look forward to sharing more OICMF news and events with you - keep your eyes peeled for next month's Scherzo !
All the best,
Anita Orne
Executive Director
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Aloysia Friedmann, Artistic Director

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