Concerts in the Barn is hosting its sixth season of free chamber music concerts at its iconic Quilcene barn, from Saturday July 9th to Sunday September 4th.
Concerts are held in the barn in accordance with current Jefferson County and state COVID-19 guidelines. Concerts start at 2 p.m. All guest artists performing in the barn and all volunteers have been fully vaccinated. Customers will be asked to mask up inside the barn and milking parlour, but not on the outdoor grounds.
The season begins with a distinct festival favourite: the Carpe Diem String Quartet. Several members of the Quartet are known to the public for their performances in the barn over the past twenty years. George Lopez, artist-in-residence at Bowdoin College, will join the quartet’s opening weekend to perform the passionate and lyrical Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor.
The following weekend, the Carpe Diem String Quartet perform works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Emilie Mayer, the most prolific German composer of the Romantic period, whose works are an essential part of the quartet genre.
The Carpe Diem String Quartet is internationally recognized as a “borderless” ensemble that embraces both traditional and avant-garde repertoire. The quartet will arrive at the farm on the heels of performances at the Ávila International Music Festival in Spain and concerts in Amsterdam with soprano Laura Bohn, who will perform for the fundraising gala later in the concert season.
Lopez, artist-in-residence Robert Beckwith of Bowdoin College, is a “dedicated and dynamic performer, educator and speaker,” note the series organizers. Lopez performs music ranging from standard chamber music repertoire to jazz, ragtime and contemporary improvisational styles.
On July 23 and 24, the Jasper String Quartet and pianist Amy Yang will perform works by Schubert, Bartók and Florence Price, the first African-American composer to be performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1933.
The Jasper String Quartet has been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad), and described by Gramophone as “perfect in ensemble and intonation, expressively assured and beautifully balanced”. The New York Times named their album, “Unbound”, as one of the Top 25 Classic Recordings of 2017.
The Hava Trio – violinist Elisa Barston, cellist Amy Barston and pianist Jessica Choe – returns to Concerts in the Barn on July 30-31 and August 6-7 with programs including works by Beethoven, Amy Beach, Nadia Boulanger , Mozart, Brahms and more.
Both Barstons have performed in the barn several times, and their energy and enthusiasm for music can only be described as unstoppable. Elisa is the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Second Violin and is known for her “brilliant sound” and “technical poise” (The Strad). Cellist Amy Barston has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on stages around the world, earning accolades as “passionate and elegant” by The New York Times.
The Barstons will be joined by Korean American pianist Choe, who has performed in the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series, as well as at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall and Wolf Trap. .
On Wednesday, August 10, soprano Laura Bohn and pianist Hadley McConnell will perform at the second benefit gala. The two internationally acclaimed artists describe their program as “an invitation to discover the perils and thrills of love through some of the most seductive and personal repertoire of songs ever composed – from the luscious music of Debussy and the world Poulenc’s spiritual and esoteric to true – Kurt Weill’s global granularity Prepare to be swept away by the power of these brilliant composers who still speak to us today about the enduring nature of love and loss.
The following Wednesday, August 17, Concerts in the Barn will once again welcome Trio Aletheia, who performed here in 2017. The trio, made up of pianist Fei-Fei, violinist Francesca DePasquale and cellist Juliette Herlin, performed formed in 2013 at the Julliard School and soon after debuted at the Rose Studio and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center. The trio have been praised for their “dazzling energy and expressiveness” (Reading Eagle) and as an “exceptional ensemble” with “the confidence and understanding of musicians beyond their years” (Palm Beach Daily News).
(Note: there is no concert in the barn on the weekends of August 13-14 and August 20-21; the grounds will be used for private functions.)
On August 27 and 28, the Fulton Street Players, joined by pianist Aglika Angilova, violinist Christo Kasmetski, bassist Jon Green and clarinetist Sammy Lesnick, will perform two hit works: Brahms’ B minor clarinet quintet and the well -loved Schubert’s piano quintet, informally. known as “the trout”.
Members of Fulton Street Chamber Players include cellist Walter Gray, founding member of the Kronos Quartet, violinist Cordula Merks, concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and violist Rachel Swerdlow, member of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Angilova performed regularly at the Olympic Music Festival from 1998 to 2006 until her move to Chicago. She now performs in European venues from her new home in Hamburg.
Kasmetski also performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and is the second principal violist of the Gärtnerplatz Theater Orchestra.
Lesnick, who made his Olympic Music Festival debut in 2012, was described by critic Bernard Jacobson as “a musician of phenomenal skill and artistry” who performed to a “jaw-dropping level of achievement. breath”.
Green, who recently retired as bassist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, continues to perform concerts and videos for Music of Remembrance, and recently performed in the orchestra for an Eagles concert and for a concert with Andrea Boccelli. at the Climate Pledge Arena. He and his wife were kind enough to host a party at their home last winter to benefit Concerts in the Barn.
The 2022 season ends on September 3 and 4, with a unique combination of artists: two pianists and two violinists. Aglika Angelova and Christo Kasmetski are joined by pianist Catherine Ordronneau, whom critic Pierre Petit from Le Figaro describes as “A pianist like no other”, and violinist Kai Gleusteen, founder of Kaimerata Concerts, which takes place in Spain and on the Denman Island. Kai has the great fortune to play on a violin made by JB Guadagnini, “El Tigre”, made in 1781. The members of the ensemble will play music for four hands by Rachmaninoff and works by Khachaturian, Respighi and Milhaud.
All customers must reserve seats for each performance through TicketStripe. Select “Reserve your place” on the homepage of concertsinthebarn.org or search for ‘Gig Bookings’ under the ‘Programs’ tab.
While all performances are free with the exception of the gala fundraiser, this year attendees are encouraged to make contributions of $20 for lawn seats and $30 for barn seats. No one with a reservation will be refused.
Customers are asked to put on masks if sitting in the barn or walking around the milking shed. All barn doors and windows will remain open to maximize air circulation.
Spectators are invited to sit on the lawn; there are dozens of picnic tables on the grounds. Soft drinks, coffee, cookies and ice cream will be sold in the milking shed, but spectators are welcome to bring their own picnic. Anyone sitting outside will be able to hear the barn music from well-spaced amplifiers.
Gigs in the barn will sell wine from The Wine Seller and Finnriver cider from its vineyard garden in the orchard area. Bottled water is available free of charge.
The farm will be open to spectators at noon each concert day. Volunteers will direct participants to the registration table, where programs are available. Concerts in the Barn is wheelchair accessible and welcomes those with reduced mobility. please alert the concert office before your arrival (360-732-0732).
All Concerts in the Barn dates, programs and artist information are available at concertsinthebarn.org.
“We are so happy to be able to reopen our grounds to the public and we want to make sure the farm is accessible to as many people as possible,” said volunteer manager Leigh Hearon. “This year’s music lineup is absolutely outstanding, and we hope everyone in our community will get the chance to hear a concert or two.”