The Olympic Music Festival presents a summer season of concerts in partnership with Centrum at Fort Worden State Park in beautiful Port Townsend, WA. World class chamber music performances take place at the Wheeler Theater Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM, with dates in July, August, and September. Highlights include the Olympic Chamber Music Fellowship and annual children’s concert. Please visit our website for information and tickets: www.olympicmusicfestival.org.
SEPTEMBER 7 & 8 | SEASON FINALE
Art of the Violin II
Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden | $33, $40
Ray Chen violin
Julio Elizalde piano
Grieg Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major, Op. 13
Franck Violin Sonata in A major
Bach Chaconne in D minor, BWV 1004
Debussy Claire de Lune, (arr. Roelens)
The Olympic Music Festival presents Ray Chen and Julio Elizalde in Recital to close out the 2019 OMF Season, September 7 & 8 with a program titled Art of the Violin II.
Violinist Ray Chen, winner of the Yehudi Menuhin (2008) and Queen Elizabeth (2009) competitions, has taken the world by storm as one of the most sought-after soloists. He has appeared in virtually every major music venue with top-tier orchestras and renowned conductors. He joins pianist and OMF Artistic Director Julio Elizalde for a season finale that continues the theme from the OMF Opening Celebration—repertoire for violin and piano. The program is the same both days and ranges from the heroic lyricism of Grieg's rarely heard Violin Sonata No. 2 to Bach's iconic Chaconne in D minor for solo violin. This fall, the duo will embark on a tour of North America, with concerts at major halls such as Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, and Koerner Hall in Toronto. Don't miss their first stop here at the OMF for the conclusion of the 2019 summer season! Tickets are available online at olympicmusicfestival.org or on Brown Paper Tickets: 800.838.3006.
Ray Chen's remarkable musicianship transmits to a global audience that is reflected in his engagements with the foremost orchestras and concert halls around the world. He has built a profile in Europe, Asia, and the USA as well as his native Australia both live and on disc.
Ray’s presence on social media makes him a pioneer in an artist’s interaction with their audience. His appearances and interactions with music and musicians are instantly disseminated to a new public in a contemporary and relatable way. His commitment to music education is paramount, inspiring the younger generation of music students with his series of self-produced videos combining comedy and music. His appearances regularly sell out and draw an entirely new demographic to the concert hall.
Julio Elizalde, a former student of veteran festival musician Paul Hersh, first appeared at the Olympic Music Festival in 2008, and returned every subsequent season. His participation grew exponentially as a festival artist and as an assistant to festival founder Alan Iglitzin. In 2010, Elizalde was named an associate artistic director, having been responsible for inviting new rising talents to perform at the summer concerts in the barn. The following year, his title was changed to co-artistic director, and in the fall of 2014, Iglitzin named Elizalde as his successor as the second artistic director in the history of the festival.
Elizalde is a founding member of the New Trio, winner of both the Fischoff and Coleman National Chamber Music Competitions and is the recipient of the Harvard Musical Association’s prestigious Arthur W. Foote Prize.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Elizalde is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School, where he earned a doctor of musical arts degree in 2011. At Juilliard, he was a student of Jerome Lowenthal, Joseph Kalichstein, and Robert McDonald.