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10th Annual Chamber Music Festival

September 6 - 8, 2024

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA


$25 tickets to single concerts
$80 weekend pass for all events

The weekend pass is currently sold out, but single tickets may still be available for select concerts.

Please contact us to be put on the waitlist for any sold out performances.

Kids 18 and under are welcome for free!



Chamber Music I
Friday, Sep 6, 7:00 PM
Trio for Oboe, Bassoon & Piano Francis Poulenc
World Premiere Freya Waley-Cohen
The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi

Soloist Rachell Ellen Wong

Brickworks, 150 Nichols St, Friday Harbor

Freya Waley-Cohen: Inspirations
Generously sponsored by Gary Sterner

Saturday, Sep 7, 1:00 PM

Isle Freya Waley-Cohen

L’Isle Joyeuse Claude Debussy

Je dors, mais mon coeur veille, from Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus Olivier Messiaen

Bad Habit (US Premiere) Freya Waley-Cohen

Ophelia's Last Dance Oliver Knussen

For Simon Freya Waley-Cohen

Regard de l'Esprit de Joie, from Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus Olivier Messiaen


SJI Museum of Art, 540 Spring St, Friday Harbor

Chamber Music II
Saturday, Sep 7, 7:00 PM
Flute Quartet, K. 298 W.A. Mozart
Phantasy Oboe Quartet Benjamin Britten
Submerged for Harp, Viola & Flute Miguel del Aguila
Piano Quintet, Op. 57 Dmitri Shostakovich

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Brickworks, 150 Nichols St, Friday Harbor

Chamber Music III
Sunday, Sep 8, 2:00 PM
Wind Quartet Jean Francaix 
Clarinet Trio, Op. 114
Johannes Brahms
Souvenir de Florence Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Brickworks, 150 Nichols St, Friday Harbor

10th Anniversary Commission

We are thrilled to be celebrating a decade of music on San Juan Island by a commissioning a new work for a seven person ensemble by British-American composer Freya Waley-Cohen. She has an “instinct for colour” (The Arts Desk), writing music that can move from “a bubbling, popping, feathered array of orchestral sounds” to a “quiet, eerie, interior world” (The Guardian). Her music music is characterized by contrasts between earthy rhythmic play and fragility, luminous spaces, and a sense of the otherworldly.

About her new work celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Archipelago Collective she writes:

"It’s so meaningful to return to writing for Sophie Baird-Daniel and this ensemble of world class musicians. I first wrote for Sophie when we were fellows at Tanglewood together, and have since written her a solo work. I’m looking forward to deepening this musical friendship through writing for her and the ensemble, treating the seven players of the septet as equal musical voices. 


Much of my recent work has come from a deep knowing of a place - childhood memories of the Isle of Skye, the moors of the south west of England and their ancient folklore, the deep thick clay and secret rivers that run under London, or the delicate dappled light in the corners of a New England summer. In this case, I’m fascinated by the rhythms and sounds of a place I haven’t yet been to, and the freshness that is conjured for me by imagining its shores when I haven’t yet heard their rhythms or experienced their cycles. It will be a piece about my anticipation and imagination of the San Juan archipelago, structured in cycles, of imagined moons and months and years and tides. "


Sponsored by: Bruce & Gail Rankin, Tom Carolyn Haugen, Peter Coggan

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