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From the 2017 Season

Men holding ladders, looking up, working.It takes a lot of work to put on a good show.

Preparations

March 1—Our staff began work on the Summer Festival just days after the Valentine Concert. Season tickets will go on sale April 15. Kevin has already selected most of the musicians for this summer's extravaganza and assures me that you will be thrilled by his choices.

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From the 2016 Season

Collage of music, art, and children learning to play violins2016 Season Highlights

2016 Season Highlights

Oct 01—The Festival wrapped up its 21st season in August, The Best Festival Ever. Four of five Centerstage concerts sold out, the Sparling Art Collection sold at auction, and the Festival created a new Craig Sheppard Chair for Festival piano.

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House an artist, maintain the venue, or pour concessions.

Volunteer

Volunteers power our Festival. Without them, there would be no music. Each one helps make the Festival a fun community event.

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Festival founder Gerry Sparling

Collection of a Lifetime

May 06—Own a piece of Valley history. The art collection belonging to the late Drs. Gerald and Virginia Sparling will be on display for sale at this summer's Festival.

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Concert title: Romantic Moods. Sold Out. Concert program includes Rachmaninov, Shubert, and marimba.

2016 Valentine Concert Program

Merc Playhouse, Feb 13, 2016 at 7:00pm

Thanks to your enthusiasm, our concert SOLD OUT a week before opening night. Those who bought tickets early were thrilled with the performance.

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Grace Park at the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival (2015)

Grace Park, Direct from Carnegie Hall

Grace Park returned to the Methow Valley from New York for our Valentine show Sat. Feb. 13, 7:00pm at the Merc Playhouse with romantic music for strings and other new, exciting sounds.

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Mark Goodenberger, smiling, sitting in front of his marimba.

One Marimba, Extra Spice

Mark Goodenberger heated up the Valentine show Sat. Feb. 13, 7:00pm at the Merc Playhouse with music for marimba and vibraphone with strings.

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From the 2015 Season

Dr. Sparling waves to an admiring crowd.photo credit: Marcy Stamper

Goodbye, Jerry

Nov. 9—Dr. Gerald Sparling, a pillar of the local arts community and a great friend of the Festival, passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 87. He will be sorely missed.

Players raise their bows at the conclusion of the Dvorak Viola Quintet in E-flat Major

2015 Season Program

This highly successful year focused on what makes the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival great.  Consistently amazing artists playing varied programs that appeal to the heart as well as the head presented in a friendly atmosphere of relaxed camaraderie marks our unique festival.  Audiences responded and rewarded us with the best turnout in our history.

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Three good friends with halos, Dick Gode, Herbert Wimberger, and John Konigsmarkphoto credit: Dave Chantler

Our 20th Season!

Jun 29—Can you believe it? We've been going for 20 years! If you want to make your own Festival, we say, "Don't try this at home. Get expert help." This article explains how.

Image of piano in the snow, part of an advertisement for a Valentine Concert

2015 Valentine Concert Program

(Jan 4) One of Canada's finest violinists, Jasper Wood, leads piano quartets by the sensuous, romantic Spaniard, Joaquin Turina, and other composers.

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Collage of scenes from 2013 Festival

Summer Concert Newsletter

Jan 15—Many of your favorite stars will return along with incredible new artists like Ayane Kozasa, Elena Urioste, Emilie-Anne Gendron, and Katie Kaderauch, plus Liz Johnson joins the festival as Executive Director.

Festival Photos

Signal Hill Ranch, with mountain in background

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