Festival News


June 8   Grand Opening of The Piano Garden(tm)
Join us Sunday, July 27, at 7:00 p.m. for a special musical presentation followed by a short walk through the woods, serenaded by the Fellowship Quartet, leading to The Piano Garden(tm).

April 1   Tickets on Sale Now
We are preparing now for another incredible summer of fine music and high spirits. Hope you can join us.


November 7   Meet Nancy McKinney: Executive Director
Nancy joins us from Seattle, where she works as executive director of the well-regarded (and well-managed) Ballard Food Bank.

November 4   $5000 Matching-Grant Challenge
Two of our greatest supporters, Gerry Sparling and Sonya Campion, have together pledged $5000 in matching funds for all donations that come in between now and December 31, 2013.

October 2   Oliver Flor Joins Board
Retired banker, former member of Methow Conservancy, adds his financial skills to the Festival board.

August 5   2013 Summer Season Highlights
The music was extraordinary, the prologue charming, and the scenery breathtaking.

July 15   Delene Monetta
Local real-estate powerhouse joins the Festival board.

April 30   Carolanne Steinebach
Founder of Merc Playhouse joins the Festival board.

April 16   Jing Wang
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Appoints Jing Wang Concertmaster for the 2013/14 Season.


Dec 12   Paul Wiancko
Talks about the festival and his new composition, "Toy Bricks".

Nov 20    Jing Wang
Jing Wang has just been awarded the use of a magnificent violin made in 1700 by Giovanni Tononi. The violin is part of the Canada Council of Arts Fine Instruments Collection.

Nov 7    Fall Newsletter
Summer concert dates, artistic director's column, Methow Youth Ensemble Fellowship, first work commissioned specifically for the Festival, new faces, other news (2 pages, pdf format, 140KB).

Oct 24    Dave Beck
Dave Beck of KUOW News and Information Radio in Seattle lights up when he talks about his passion for music. I met with Dave to explore his musical origins and learn how he came to host our concerts July 27-28, 2012. 

Oct 23    Craig Sheppard
Professor Craig Sheppard enchanted the audience Oct. 23 with an evocative and passionate rendition of Debussy's "24 Preludes". The performance was followed by a private reception at the home of John and Kathy Ehrenberg.

Oct 19    Verne Windham
Verne Windham of KPBX Public Radio in Spokane is a phenomenally active musician, and host of our concerts. I recently spoke with Verne about how he came to visit our festival, why he keeps coming back, and what importance he places on the festival itself.

July 11    Twisp River Suites Sponsors Free Community Concert
Don't miss the Free Community Concert on Sunday, July 29 at 2:00pm, brought to you in part through the generous support of the new Twisp River Suites Hotel, conveniently located in downtown Twisp. All are welcome, especially families with children, to this matinee performance.

June 28    Yuri Namkung at Filarmónica Joven de Colombia
Yuri will making solista performances for the 2012 Filarmónica Joven de Colombia in a series of five concerts staged from Columbia through Brazil, hitting the cities of Sertãozinho, Araras, Poços de Caldas, and Sao Joao da Boa Vista between July 19 and August 2.

June 20    Volunteers Move Stage for the Last Time
Our fearless leader, Robert Nelson, working alongside Eric Burr, Mike Real, Howie and Liz Johnson, and our indomitable business manager, Jennifer Epps, moved the chairs and stage for the last time on June 20th.

May 1    Graphic Artists
We just received the new graphic art for our 2012 posters. If you would like the honor of doing this job for the festival next year, please read this.

Apr 16   Spring Newsletter
Summer concert dates, words from our artistic director, and general news. The composer spotlight bears on Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Special feature about Beethoven. The upcoming season will bring a few short, sometimes humorous, works of modern chamber opera. (4 pages, pdf format, 3Mb)

Feb 05    Yuri Namkung at NW Bach
Violinist Yuri Namkung will perform at the Northwest Bach Festival in Spokane, led by Gunther Schuller, on February 28th, 2012.

Jan 27    Anderson and Roe—Boffo in Bellingham
A jolly contingent of local residents projected their own brand of Methow Valley hospitality all the way to Bellingham's Western Washington University to hear upcoming international star Elizabeth Joy Roe.  


Nov 15    Fall Newsletter
Summer concert dates, artistic director's column, new faces, other news (2 pages, pdf format, 200Kb).

Nov 15    Simon Says...
Felicity James has just won the WA State Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Strings Competition, competing in the Senior Division.

Nov 14   New Faces
This year a lot of people have joined our organization. That's a reflection of our growth, and the tremendous local support enjoyed by our festival. To each new member of our organization, I say, "Thank you." It's the people that make a festival great.

Nov 13   Bachianas Electrifies Audience
Dave Chantler reacts to an extraordinary performance of Heitor Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No 5.

Nov 12   Hosting an Artist
Nancy Acheson relates the joys of hosting a professional musician during the festival week.

Nov 1     Survey—Results Are In
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's survey. The results help clarify who attends our concerts, and why. The numerical responses help us obtain grant funding. All the comments about what you liked a lot, and what you liked not so much, will guide our preparation for next year.

Aug 1     Society of Musicians
Our unique festival format promotes interaction between the musicians and the community in a variety of settings. Sometimes, we discover hidden talents. Here's Eugenia Choi, our delicate and refined violinist, blasting away at the annual skeet shoot.

July 28    King FM
Announcer Sean MacLean will feature music and concert information for the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival on Classical KING FM's Northwest Focus program in anticipation of upcoming 2011 summer concerts.

July 12    2010 Festival Video
Artistic Director Kevin Krentz narrates this 4-min. video showing beautiful photographs and live musical scenes from the 2010 festival.

July 8      Get Involved with Music
The fun thing about getting involved is, you meet so many people who share your love of fine music. Here are some ways you can get involved.

July 7      Cool Desktop Background
Think about the festival every day, and the fantastic music it brings to our area, with this free desktop background art...

June 11    Concertmaster Jing Wang
Canadian violinist Jing Wang, newly-appointed Concertmaster for the Dallas Opera under Maestro Graeme Jenkins, will return to Twisp for this summer's festival.

June 6       Artistic Director Kevin Krentz Earns Doctorate
Our own artistic director, Kevin Krentz, has just earned his Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Washington for his thesis, "Vibrato and the Cello."

June 1      Spring Newsletter
General festival news, preview of 2011 program. Includes feature articles about our musical goals, the Chamber Music Camp, and community involvement. (4 pages, pdf format, 283 KB).

May 18    Thanks to a Terrific Work Party
Thanks to a terrific work party on Saturday, May 14, we accomplished many of our construction goals for the year.

May 14     Work Party
If you can swing a hammer, or even just lean on a shovel, come lend your spirit to our work party on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the Festival grounds.

April 23    Parker Quartet to Appear in Twisp
The Grammy award-winning Parker Quartet will appear onstage in Twisp at this summer's festival.

April 23    Spring Is Here
In the springtime, when the sun warms the ground, animal life abounds here at Signal Hill Ranch. This year the mild, wet winter brought us a bountious harvert of birds, frogs, and other creatures.

April 11    Local Man Carves Giant Violin Heads
Bruce Morrison, an accomplished woodcarver and renowned artist, has produced what may be the world's largest carved violin scroll-heads.


Dec 15     NPR Best Albums of 2010
The latest album by our Festival artistic director Kevin Krentz, working alongside violinist Kwan Bin Park and pianist Tanya Stambuk as the Finisterra Trio, has just been listed...

Aug 9    Chamber Music Festival Class of 2010
The 2010 camp brought 12 talented young musicians to our festival, including winners of many awards and honors both locally and even nationally...

Aug 8     George Shangrow 5/13/51 to 7/31/10
Popular Seattle area music director and radio personality George Shangrow was killed in a tragic automobile accident during a thunderstorm. The accident occured...

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