Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival

The 23rd annual festival returns to deliver musical experiences brought to you by world-class artists.

June 30 – July 15, 2017

Dreams, Madness and Poetic Fire: Piano Trios of Robert Schumann (and more…)

If you glanced at this year’s festival program, you likely noticed Schumann’s chamber music making frequent appearances on many of this season’s concerts. This is not at all unusual since Schumann’s chamber music has earned a special place of honor on the concert stage. This summer, though, instead of turning to his famous and frequently heard Piano Quartet and Piano Quintet, both written during Schumann’s ‘chamber music’ year, we take a closer listen to his three Piano Trios. These mature and strikingly beautiful works do not show up as often on chamber music series, and deserve a lot more playtime than they receive. Each of the festival weekends will present one of the trios (three trios in three weeks!), offering a window into Schumann’s complex, beautiful and elegiac inner world.

The music is deep, passionate and sometimes quirky, closely mirroring the composer’s personality. Schumann’s complicated struggles with mental illness, self-inflicted hand injury that cut short his piano career, profound love for his wife (pianist Clara Schumann) and immense talent for music criticism are only a few scattered facts that made Schumann who he was – a quintessential Romantic and powerful musical voice. I am excited for you to experience his fervent music in the stunning mountain setting that Icicle Creek offers and to be swept away into Schumann’s irresistibly poetic world.                          – Oksana Ezhokina, Artistic Director

Concert Schedule

June 30 at 7pm – Festival Concert I
July 1 at 7pm – Festival Concert II
July 2 at 1pm- Young Artist Concert

July 7 at 7pm – Festival Concert III
July 8 at 7pm – Festival Concert IV
July 9 at 1pm – Young Artist Concert

July 14 at 7pm – Festival Concert V
July 15 at 1pm – Young Artist Concert
July 15 at 7pm – Festival Concert VI

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Festival Concert I: Friday, June 30 at 7:00 PM in Canyon Wren Recital Hall

Elgar, Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Minor, op. 82 (Harumi Rhodes, Oksana Ezhokina)
Dutilleux, String Quartet   (Avalon String Quartet)
Schumann, Piano Trio in G minor, op. 110 (Blaise Magniere, Meta Weiss, Miri Yampolsky)

Festival Concert II: Saturday, July  1 at 7:00 PM in Canyon Wren Recital Hall

Schubert, Rondo in A Major for Piano Four Hands, D. 951 (Oksana Ezhokina, Christina Dahl)
Lutoslawski, Partita for Violin and Piano   (Marie Wang, Miri Yampolsky)
Dvorak, Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 87 (Harumi Rhodes, Anthony Devroye, Cheng-Hou Lee, Christina Dahl)

Festival Concert III:  Friday, July 7 at 7:00 PM in Canyon Wren Recital Hall

Beethoven, Piano Trio in E-flat Major, op. 70, no. 2   (Marie Wang, Meta Weiss, Oksana Ezhokina)
Bach-Kurtag Chorales and Kurtag, Játékok for Piano Four Hands   (Christina Dahl, Oksana Ezhokina)
Chopin, Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, op. 65   (Meta Weiss, Christina Dahl)

Festival Concert IV:  Saturday, July 8 at 7:00 PM in Canyon Wren Recital Hall

Clarke, Morpheus for Viola and Piano   (Anthony Devroye, Oksana Ezhokina)
Schumann, Piano Trio in D minor, op. 63   (Blaise Magniere, Cheng-Hou Lee, Christina Dahl)
Schubert, String Quartet in G Major, D. 887   (Avalon String Quartet)

Festival Concert V: Friday, July 14 at 7:00 PM in Canyon Wren Recital Hall

Bach, Sonata for Violin and Keyboard in B minor, BWV 1014   (Jennifer Caine, Oksana Ezhokina)
Dohnanyi, Serenade for String Trio, op. 10   (Elisabeth Perry, Richard Wolfe, Meta Weiss)
Mozart, Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478   (Elisabeth Perry, Richard Wolfe, Meta Weiss, Christina Dahl)

Festival Concert VI:  Saturday, July 15 at 7:00 PM in Canyon Wren Recital Hall

Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Schumann for Piano Four Hands, op. 9   (Oksana Ezhokina. Christina Dahl)
Kodaly, Duo for Violin and Cello, op. 7   (Elisabeth Perry, Meta Weiss)
Schumann, Piano Trio in F Major, op. 80   (Volta Piano Trio)

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2017 Artists

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Russian-born pianist Oksana Ezhokina appears frequently as guest recitalist and chamber musician on concert series across the United States and abroad. She has soloed with the Seattle Symphony, Tacoma Symphony and UW Symphony Orchestra, among others. Two of her long-term collaborations are with pianist Christina Dahl and Volta Piano Trio, whose recordings for the Con Brio label received accolades in international music magazines, such as The Strad, Gramophone and American Record Guide. A sought-after teacher, Ezhokina is Chair of Piano Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University.

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Applauded for her virtuosity in the standard repertoire, violinist Elisabeth Perry is an avid proponent of contemporary music, a committed chamber musician, and a dedicated pedagogue. She shared the stage with Yehudi Menuhin at Royal Albert Hall at age 14. A winner of New York’s Concert Artists Guild Competition, the list of her other awards includes the Greater London Arts Award and the ISM Award. She served as concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie and First Concertmaster of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic with numerous recordings to her credit.

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Meta Weiss made her international debut at the age of seven in Utrecht, Holland, and has established herself as one of the leading cellists of her generation. An acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Teatro Britanico (Peru). Top prize-winner in numerous competitions, including the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, Washington International Competition, and the Schadt Cello Competition, Meta has been featured on National Public Radio on many occasions.

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(Blaise Magniere and Marie Wang, violin; Anthony Devroye, viola; Cheng-Hou Lee, cello)

Described by the Chicago Tribune as “an ensemble that invites you-ears, mind, and spirit- into its music”, the Avalon String Quartet has established itself as one of the country’s leading chamber music ensembles. They have performed in many major venues including Alice Tully Hall, 92nd St Y, Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington DC; Wigmore Hall in London; and Herculessaal in Munich. The Avalon is quartet-in-residence at the Northern Illinois University School of Music.

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Acclaimed by the New York Times as a “deeply expressive violinist,” Harumi Rhodes is a founding member of the Naumburg Award–winning ensemble, Trio Cavatina. Rhodes has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival and numerous other festivals in the US and abroad. She was in residence at Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, and was appointed an Artist Member of the Boston Chamber Music Society. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, Rhodes is currently on faculty at University of Colorado Boulder.

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Violist Richard Wolfe pursued violin studies with Aaron Shapinsky, Dorothy Delay, and Walter Levin. A former member of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, in 1982 he settled in the Netherlands, and four years later became principal violist of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He was a founding member of ‘Music in Context’ in Houston and is a member of Ensemble ‘Explorations’ in Belgium. Richard Wolfe is on viola faculty of the Utrecht Conservatory, Amsterdam Conservatory, and teaches and performs each summer at the L’Ecole Americain for Music and Fine Arts in Fontainebleau, France.

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Pianist Christina Dahl has established a reputation as one of the leading teachers of her generation. She has recently given masterclasses at New England Conservatory, Royal College of Music Stockholm and the Steinhardt series at NYU. Christina can be heard on the Bridge, Albany and Tzadik labels and has twice been a cultural ambassador for the US State Department. She has played at the Gilmore International Piano Festival, Aspen, the Banff Centre, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, and Tanglewood. She has been on faculty at Stony Brook University for nearly twenty years.

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(Jennifer Caine, violin; Sally Singer-Tuttle, cello; Oksana Ezhokina, piano)

Hailed by Gramophone magazine for its “warmly considered playing” and “shadings of exquisite sheen and vibrancy,” the Volta Piano Trio (formerly the Icicle Creek Piano Trio), has established itself as one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier chamber ensembles. The members of the Volta Piano Trio originate from the United States, United Kingdom, and Russia. Together or as individuals, they have performed in venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall, the Phillips Collection, and the Royal Albert Hall.

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Miri made her orchestral debut as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and maestro Zubin Mehta at the age of 16, playing Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.1. Since then, she appeared with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Mainz Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Valencia, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, National Orchestra of Johannesburg, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Peninsula Music Festival orchestra and Cornell Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.