|Title:||Whidbey Island Music Festival 2022|
|Date:||7/9/2022 - 8/14/2022|
|Address:||Various venues - Clinton, Langley, Freeland, Coupeville, Oak Harbor, For details visit www.whidbeyislandmusicfestival.org|
|Hours:||3 pm except for Saturday, August 13th|
|Cost/Cover:||$30 general admission/students free|
|Contact Info:||Tekla Cunningham, Director
|Details:||The Whidbey Island Music Festival is a beloved annual event that presents great performances of baroque and classical chamber music in relaxed and intimate venues on beautiful Whidbey Island. We bring music of the past four centuries to life with vivid and moving concert performances on period instruments. |
Each year, WIMF collaborates with a Whidbey Island visual artist to create a poster design that reflects the wonder and natural beauty of Whidbey Island. This year’s featured work is “Western Tanager” by Whidbey Island artist Buffy Cribbs.
Concerts take place all over Whidbey Island, at indoor and garden venues from Cultus Bay Gardens, the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley, St. Augustine’s in-the-woods in Freeland, the Commons at Coupeville High School and Noorlag Salon in Oak Harbor. This is a rare chance to experience live performances in some of Whidbey’s most beautiful locations! Complete artist and program information is available at www.whidbeyislandmusicfestival.org.
NB: Check the website for up-to-date Covid-19 protocols – we are committed to keeping our audiences and artists safe!
Bach’s Coffee Cantata: An afternoon at Zimmerman’s Coffee house
WHEN/WHERE SAT, July 9 3 pm Coupeville High School Commons
SUN, July 10 3 pm St. Augustine’s in-the-woods, Freeland, WA
ARTISTS Jean Bernard Cerin, baritone
Michele Kennedy, soprano
Alan Wheaton, tenor
Anthony Allen, baroque flute
Tekla Cunningham, baroque violin
Michael Albert, baroque violin
Steve Cresswell - Viola
Elisabeth Reed, baroque cello
Farley Pierce, violone
Henry Lebedinsky, organ and harpsichord
Christoph Graupner’s Orchestra Suite in F, GWV 445
Georg Philip Telemann’s Concerto for 2 violins & viola in G major TWV 43:G5
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211 “Coffee Cantata”
Johann Sebastian Bach was the Leipzig town council’s third choice to succeed Johann Kuhnau as cantor of the St. Thomas Church. In addition to composing music for the church, Bach composed secular works to be performed by his Collegium Musicum at Café Zimmerman. This program includes works by Telemann (founder of the Collegium Musicum) and Christoph Graupner – the 1st and second choices for the post that Bach occupied for the rest of his life. Both were far better known in their lifetimes than Bach ever was, and both were prolific composers of music of the highest quality. The Graupner suite is written in a very French style, and the Telemann concerto is extremely Italianate.
Coffeehouses were relatively new developments in Europe in the 18th century. The first coffee house in Europe was in Vienna. After the Turkish army was defeated following the siege of Vienna in 1683, the departing Turks left bags of green coffee beans behind. Franz Georg Kulczycki had learned how to roast, grind and prepare the beverage and became the proprietor of Vienna’s first coffee house. The caffeinated beverage quickly became the rage across Europe, inspiring delight in some and concern in others. Bach’s delightful coffee comic opera tells the age-old story of a child rebelling against the parent. Lieschen, the daughter, wants to drink coffee all day long, while her father tries to bribe her into giving up coffee by finding her a nice husband. This comic side of Bach is great entertainment for all!
Heroines of History and Myth
Tales of courage, love and loss by Monteverdi, Purcell, Haydn, Merula and more!
WHEN/WHERE SAT JULY 23 3pm Garden Concert at Cultus Bay Gardens
SUN JULY 24 3pm St. Augustine’s in-the-woods, Freeland, W
ARTISTS Pacific MusicWorks
Danielle Reutter-Harrah, soprano
Tekla Cunningham, baroque violin
Maxine Eilander, baroque harp
Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord
Stephen Stubbs, baroque guitar and lute
Please bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket for the outdoor performance at Cultus Bay Garden.
Bohemian Rhapsody: The classical oboe quartet from Mozart to Krommer
WHEN/WHERE SAT AUG 6 3 pm at Cultus Bay Gardens
SUN AUG 7 3 pm at St. Augustine’s in-the-woods
ARTISTS Debra Nagy, classical oboe
Tekla Cunningham, classical violin
Cynthia Keiko Black, classical viola
Eva Lymenstull, classical cello
From Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert and onwards to Brahms, Viennese classicism has become synonymous with “classical music”. Vienna drew composers from far and wide lured to the Imperial City by hopes for royal patronage, wealthy aristocratic patrons and discerning audiences. However, classicism was alive and well in other places as well, as in nearby Bohemia, home to a thriving community of musicians and composers. This program explores the uniquely Bohemian sound of classical chamber music repertoire for oboe and strings, with works by Krommer, Druschetzky, Gassmann as well as Mozart’s sublime oboe quartet in F major. WIMF is thrilled to welcome Debra Nagy, America’s leading historical oboist, back to Whidbey Island as well as Cynthia Keiko Black (viola) and Eva Lymenstull (cello) and Tekla Cunningham (violin).
Quartet for oboe and strings in F Franz Krommer (1759-1831)
Quartet for Oboe and strings in g Juri Druschetzky (1745 -1819)
Trio in Bb for Two Violas and Bass, H 377 Florian Leopold Gassmann (1729-1774)
Menuetto – Grazioso
Quartet for oboe and strings in F, K 370/368b Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Love and Longing: Songs and chamber music of Johannes Brahms and Florence Price
WHEN SAT, August 13 7:30pm at the Noorlag Salon in Oak Harbor
WHERE SUN, August 14 4 pm at Zech Hall, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
ARTISTS Reginald Mobley, alto
Tekla Cunningham, violin and viola
Henry Lebedinsky, piano
Sheila Weidendorf, piano
Sonata in E flat for viola and piano (arr. Violin), Op. 120 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Intermezzi, Op. 119 Brahms
Songs Florence Price (1887-1953)
Adoration for violin and piano Florence Price
Two songs for alto, viola, piano, Op. 91 Johannes Brahms
Towards the end of his life Brahms met Richard Mühlfeld and became entranced with the sound of the clarinet. This meeting led Brahms to write the sonata in Eb for clarinet and piano. He reworked both the Eflat and the F major sonatas for viola and for violin, with adjustments in both the piano and string parts. These sonatas were Brahms’ last chamber music compositions. Florence Price was a Black American composer whose work was the focus of Agave Ensemble’s recent GRAMMY nominated album “American Originals”. Her work synthesizes her academic training in European art music with American vernacular and frequently incorporates hymns and spirituals.
$30/$35 general admission/students free
$120/Festival Pass good for all 4 programs
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Tickets are available online and at the door
ARTIST PHOTOS AND BIOS at http://whidbeyislandmusicfestival.org/2020-festival-meet-the-artists
|Event is:||Every Sat, Sun|
|Sponsored By:||Whidbey Island Arts Council|
|Submitted by:||Tekla Cunningham||