The Olympic Music Festival begins its season today

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PORT CITYThe Olympic Music Festival begins its 2022 summer season in Port Townsend today.

The 39th summer season of the festival features in-person performances at the Wheeler Theater in Fort Worden, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. from today until September 11.

The GardenMusic genre will also perform on a special celebration weekend, August 27-28, at the Palindrome on South Jacob Miller Road.

Tickets are on sale at www.olympicmusicfestival.org. All seats are $40, except tickets to GardenMusic, which are $60; youth 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Student and group rates are also available.

The Chamber Music Series begins with two weeks of Olympic Chamber Music Fellowships and four Fellowship performances.

This weekend, fellows and mentoring professionals perform Mozart’s Opera Piano Quartet in E-flat Major and Brahms’ nostalgic Clarinet Quintet, featuring award-winning Avery Fisher clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein.

Next weekend’s concerts, August 20 and 21, will feature works by Beethoven, Bloch, Brahms, Haydn and Mendelssohn.

“Attracting scholars from top music conservatories who are on the threshold of their professional careers, this sought-after program underscores OMF’s commitment to education, with four concerts per year,” according to a press release.

The season will continue with a week of celebration marked by the return of GardenMusic, led by pianist and clarinetist Teddy Abrams, now music director of the Louisville Orchestra.

GardenMusic breaks boundaries with its mix of classical works with jazz, bluegrass, folk and a bit of everything in between, organizers said.

Abrams will be joined by Grammy-nominated violinist Tessa Lark; Harrison Hollingsworth, violinist-composer and principal bassoonist of the New York Ballet; Nathan Farrington, lead singer and bassist of the LA Opera Orchestra; and Gabriel Globus-Hoenich, percussionist and teacher.

GardenMusic will present two gala concerts and two performances for young people from August 25 to 28.

The festival will conclude its season on September 10 and 11 with Piano Extravaganza. Pianist and composer Michael Stephen Brown and artistic director Julio Elizalde perform works for solo and duo piano, including Andante and Allegro Brillant by Mendelssohn and Rhapsody Espagnole by Ravel.

For more information, visit www.olympic musicfestival.org.

Audrey Chen Fellow Cellist 2022

Alexander Fiterstein 2022 Mentor Clarinetist

Alexander Fiterstein 2022 Mentor Clarinetist

Yoojin Jang 2022 Mentor Violinist (Photography by Bonsook, Koo)

Yoojin Jang 2022 Mentor Violinist (Photography by Bonsook, Koo)