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Opening Celebration at Centrum
July 16 & 17 | The OMF 2016 summer season begins with a bang as superstar violinist Sarah Chang returns to perform with festival artists in a program featuring Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, a sultry tango-inspired violin concerto based on Vivaldi’s famed masterpiece. OMF Artistic Director Julio Elizalde performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major in the composer’s own arrangement for string quintet. Bottesini’s Gran Duo Concertante, an operatic fantasy for violin and double bass, has been a favorite work of OMF audiences for years. Violist Mark Holloway, an artist of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, makes his debut.
August 13 & 14 | Hear the future of classical music today. The Iglitzin Chamber Music Fellows are four exceptionally talented young musicians from around the world who were selected following a highly competitive audition process. While
in residence over two weeks, the fellows collaborate
with mentoring festival artists while gaining invaluable professional experience. Jonathan Vinocour, principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony debuts. Violin virtuoso Ray Chen, an OMF audience favorite, returns to the Olympic Peninsula to make his chamber music debut following three seasons of sensational recitals.
August 20 & 21 | The Iglitzin Fellows collaborate with OMF festival artists for a second week. New Frontiers features works like Elgar’s rarely heard Piano Quintet, which is one of the great examples of British romanticism in chamber music. Dreamscapes & Fantasies explores the brooding emotions captured by Mahler and Bridge while the works by Krug and Beethoven share a humorous flair. Dimitri Murrath, winner of the Primrose International Viola Competition, makes his debut.
August 27 & 28 | Following a smashing success during the 2015 season, Musicians from GardenMusic return to the OMF! Led by OMF veteran and Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams, the musicians from GardenMusic present innovative programming that pairs beloved works of the classical repertoire with Jazz, American Folk Music, Latin, and Bluegrass styles. Harrison Hollingsworth, principal bassoonist of the New York Ballet Orchestra, makes his debut. This weekend includes a special concert for children and their families on Sunday, August 28 at 10:30AM.
September 3 & 4 | OMF Artistic Director Julio Elizalde is joined by three artists making their festival debut in a program of chamber music masterworks. Mark Steinberg is the founding first violinist of the Brentano String Quartet, which serves as quartet- in-residence at the Yale School of Music. Ayane Kozasa is a winner of the Primrose International Viola Competition. Jean-Michel Fonteneau serves on the cello faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is a founding member of the Ravel String Quartet.
Season Finale: Legendary Jazz Pianist Fred Hersch in Recital
September 10 & 11 | Proclaimed by Vanity Fair as “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade,” eight-time GRAMMY® award nominee Fred Hersch has built an international reputation as one of the great composers and improvisers of our time.