Welcome to OICMF Scherzo (skert·sō/ noun: a vigorous, light, or playful composition)
The monthly newsletter of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
An Evening of Conversation with Composer Jake Heggie
Thursday, May 27, at 5:00 PM Pacific Time

We are very excited about our latest monthly online offering! OICMF Founder and Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann will host composer and pianist Jake Heggie from her home on Orcas Island as he shares thoughts and stories about his life and career.

A Guggenheim Fellow, Jake is internationally known for his operas and compositions for music groups large and small. His first opera, Dead Man Walking, based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean, premiered with opera stars Susan Graham and Frederica von Stade, both past OICMF guest artists. New York’s Metropolitan Opera has announced a bold new production of Dead Man Walking for a future season. He most recently completed and recorded Songs for Murdered Sisters, a song cycle based on new poems by Margaret Atwood.

Jake is well known to Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival audiences. He was OICMF’s first composer-in-residence in 2006. His works, many of them world premieres commissioned for OICMF, frequently appear on summer festival programs. His Orcas Island Ferry: Suite for Violin/Viola and Piano, abundant with the familiar sounds and rhythms of marine travel, was premiered at the 2012 Festival by Aloysia and Jackie. In 2017, he composed the haunting and ethereal Earthrise: December 24, 1968 for musical saw and string quartet. Our 25th Season in 2022 will see the return of Jake Heggie and another world premiere written for the Miró Quartet.

We know this evening of chat with Jake and Aloysia will be an entertaining and enlightening look into the life of one of our greatest living composers. We thank the Patricia and Christopher Weil Family Foundation for sponsoring this event.

You can read about and listen to more highlights from Jake’s amazing career here.

For more information, please visit our website. Tickets are $12 and are available here.
Aloysia, could you please tell us a bit about the plans for our 24th Season, August 2021?

Who Needs Yo-Yo Ma?

There was much press a couple of months ago when Yo-Yo Ma took out his cello at a Covid-19 vaccination clinic after he received his shot and entertained those who were sitting out their post-jab observation period. Well, those folks have nothing on the lucky recipients of vaccinations at Orcas Center on April 27th. Aloysia and Jackie provided two hours of music in the Madrona Room, keeping spirits high as the National Guard administered shots, ably abetted by many volunteers from Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, Kiwanis Club, and many others. Thanks for organizing and hosting the clinics, Dimitri Stankevich and Orcas Center, and for inviting the musicians, and thanks to Aloysia and Jackie for the tunes!
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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