Concerts in the Barn is delighted to announce its third season of free chamber music concerts held in its iconic barn in Quilcene, WA. This year, the season begins on Friday, July 5th, and continues each weekend through July 21st.
As in previous years, all concerts are free to the public—no tickets are required. The farm opens to visitors at noon each concert day. At 1 p.m., the barn doors open so that patrons can reserve their seats, either on comfortable pews or hay bales in the loft. Concerts begin at 2 p.m.
This year, Concerts in the Barn features the Carpe Diem String Quartet, of which The Washington Post recently wrote, “among these contemporary quartets…the Carpe Diem is the best one out there.”
Two members of the musical ensemble are well-known to patrons who have been coming to the farm for a decade or more—first violinist Charles Wetherbee and violist Korine Fujiwara. Joining them are second violinist Marisa Ishikawa and Gregory Sauer, cellist.
On Friday, July 5th, renowned mandolinist/composer Jeff Midkiff will join the Quartet to perform traditional folk and fiddling tunes as well as original compositions featured on Midkiff’s Gold Prize-winning CD, “Run for Your Life.”
On Saturday and Sunday, July 6th and 7th, the Carpe Diem and Midkiff will perform Midkiff’s string quintet, “Gypsy,” commissioned by the quartet, as well as music composed by violist Korine Fujiwara, inspired by her beloved home, Montana. To round off this all-American weekend, the Quartet also will perform Samuel Barber’s beloved American string quartet.
Midkiff and the Carpe Diem have performed together before, most recently in Carnegie Hall, which The New York Times described as “a fiery and flexible performance that was astonishingly free…”
Over the next two weekends, the Carpe Diem will perform an intriguing medley of chamber music that spans several continents. On July 13-14, the Quartet will perform the breathtaking works of Finnish composer Rautavaara and Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (interspersed with a Haydn quartet), and on June 20-21, the Quartet takes on the momentous works of Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, two Russian giants in the composing world—with a romantic interlude of a Mendelssohn quartet twixt these giant opuses.
For the past 35 years, thousands of concertgoers have flocked to the farm—now known as Trillium Woods Farm—to hear the world’s greatest chamber music musicians perform the world’s greatest chamber music in this distinctly pastoral setting. Concertgoers can sit inside the barn on comfortable pews or hay bales in the loft, or outside on the knoll, where music is aired outside. Families are warmly welcomed. This is a great opportunity to introduce children to chamber music, while they explore the farm. Patrons with mobility issues are encouraged to call the festival office at (360) 732-0732 to make sure their needs will be easily accommodated.
Trillium Woods Farm owners Alan Iglitzin and Leigh Hearon encourage people to come early, pack a picnic, and enjoy the farm environs before the music begins. Inside the milking shed, patrons can purchase cider from Finnriver Cidery and wines from Joe Euro’s The Wine Seller. Profits from all these beverages will go to fund Jefferson Youth and Music groups. Free bottled water also is available.
“We can’t wait for the season to begin,” says Alan Iglitzin, the founder of the Olympic Music Festival and Concerts in the Barn. “It’s always such a joy to greet our old friends who have been coming here for years and to make new friends, too.”
For more information, please go to www.ConcertsInTheBarn.org or call (360) 732-0732.
Please pass this email along to your friends and anyone you think might be interested in attending. We hope you have a wonderful 4th of July—and look forward to seeing you at the farm next weekend!
With warmest regards,
Alan & Leigh