Welcome to OICMF Scherzo (skert·sō/ noun:  a vigorous, light, or playful composition)
The monthly newsletter of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Working with Orcas Island School District Beginning Strings class
Aloysia and Jackie inspire Shaw Island School students...
...and play along with them
Concert for the whole Shaw Island community
Musicians-in-Residence: Aloysia Friedmann and Jon Kimura Parker

Hard to believe it took us 22 years to have Jackie and Aloysia as Musicians-in-Residence! It was well worth the wait, as these pictures attest. Thank you so much to all who took part, and again, to our sponsors Birthe and John Gorton, Carolyn Haugen, Catherine and Stephen Henderson, Shaw Islanders Inc., The Shaw School Foundation, and the generous attendees of our Community Recitals.

Jackie gave a masterclass in piano while, across the street,
Aloysia worked with violin and viola students
Coaching Turtleback Brass, one of the lucky recipients of the Ensemble Coaching sessions
Community Concert in the lovely
Seventh Day Adventist Chapel at Orcas Christian School
Susan as the Grand Duchess in Offenbach's " The Grand Duchess Of Gerolstein" at Santa Fe Opera
Photo: Ken Howard

"La Vie Parisienne", the New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve, with Alan Gilbert conducting.
© Chris Lee
Let the Temptation Begin!

The 22nd season of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is six months away, August 2-17, 2019, and I’m going to give you a monthly taste of the extraordinary musicians who will be joining us. Our opening weekend concerts will feature the world-renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham! For those of you unfamiliar with this international star, here is a sampling from her website:

Susan Graham – hailed as “an artist to treasure” by the  New York Times  – rose to the highest echelon of international performers within just a few years of her professional debut, mastering an astonishing range of repertoire and genres along the way. Her operatic roles span four centuries, from Monteverdi’s Poppea to Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s  Dead Man Walking , which was written especially for her. A familiar face at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, she also maintains a strong international presence at such key venues as Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet, the Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera and the Hollywood Bowl. She won a  Grammy Award  for her collection of Ives songs, and her recital repertoire is so broad that 14 composers from Purcell to Sondheim are represented on her most recent Onyx album, Virgins, Vixens & Viragos. This distinctly American artist has also been recognized throughout her career as one of the foremost exponents of French vocal music. Although a native of Texas, she was awarded the French government’s prestigious “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur,” both for her popularity as a performer in France and in honor of her commitment to French music.

You can read more at: http://susangraham.com/

And she’s coming to Orcas! I am thrilled and know you will be too!

New Feature:
Recipes from the Artists

The Festival is more than its glorious centerpiece, the music. It’s also our being here, together, on Orcas, the warm camaraderie, and, of course, the food !

Considering the important role of culinary enjoyment, I would like to offer a new feature in Scherzo , Recipes from the Artists .

Our first recipe was served in October of 2017 at a memorable feast prepared by our Quartet-in-Residence, the Miró Quartet. Each member of the group took charge of a different course. As the guests arrived, bartender (and violinist) Daniel Ching served up a variety of tasty beverages, including this memorable mocktail – we remember it fondly all these months (years) later, and trust you will enjoy it as much as we did.
Thank you, Daniel, for sharing your recipe with us!

Non-Alcoholic Sangria
Difficulty: Easy Servings: 8 servings Source: The Kitchn  

2 cups boiling water
2 black tea bags (or 2 teaspoons loose-leaf tea in an infuser; decaf tea is fine)
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups pomegranate juice
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 medium orange, sliced into thin rounds
1 medium lemon, sliced into thin rounds
1 medium lime, sliced into thin rounds
1 medium apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
3 cups carbonated water
Pour the boiling water over tea bags and cinnamon sticks and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and stir in sugar to dissolve.
In a large jar or pitcher, combine tea, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime, and apple. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight.
Just before serving, stir in carbonated water. Serve in glasses over ice.
Bartender and mixologist Daniel Ching serves host Rick Markov a tasty glass of Non-alcoholic Sangria
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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