Festival News Spring 2021

The Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival is a highly-anticipated summer event in the life of our Valley, as it has been for 25 years. Hundreds of locals and tourists flock to Signal Hill Ranch to hear stellar performances by world-class musicians. Scores more attend free outreach concerts sponsored by local businesses. But the Festival is more than the music. It’s … Read More

Big, lush sound for chamber music festival’s 25th season

The Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival is planning a spectacular program this June to celebrate its 25th season of exceptional chamber music in a relaxed, casual setting. For the first weekend of the festival, Artistic Director Kevin Krentz has assembled a 16-piece chamber orchestra to feature chamber music repertoire that demands a big, rich sound. Krentz is considering compositions by … Read More

‘Winter Strings’ brings fiery chamber music in February

Lovers of chamber music don’t have to wait until summer to get their fix of the gorgeous blend of a string quartet. The Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival is kicking off its 25th season with “Winter Strings,” a program of sultry string quartets to warm a long February night. Festival Artistic Director Kevin Krentz has assembled a consummate quartet for … Read More

2019 Festival in Review

The Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival celebrated early this year, with four sold-out concerts on cool June evenings. The refreshing weather offered ample time for the audience members to take in wildflower-studded hillsides on the Festival grounds before the main event. The earlier date didn’t alter the fundamental approach of the festival – showcasing music by masters of chamber music … Read More

24th Annual Chamber Music Festival Highlights New Works

The Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival has changed it schedule to earlier dates this summer, June 20-29, while keeping its tradition of presenting dynamic, internationally recognized performers. “The abilities of the musicians onstage at the festival are just staggering,” said Dr. Kevin Krentz, artistic director. “I like to show those off with pieces that highlight their virtuosity.” “Each concert this … Read More

Signal Hill Ranch to remain home of Chamber Music Festival

The owners of Signal Hill Ranch and the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival have agreed to renew the lease for the festival’s spectacular venue for another five years. Owners Howard and Liz Johnson have hosted the festival, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year, at their ranch since 2009. “I like to see the barn get used for something … Read More

Valentine Concert a Smash Success

The 2018 Festival season kicked off in elegant style on Saturday, February 17, with a spectacular concert featuring Russian pianist Alexei Eremine, violinist Mikhail Shmidt and cellist Kevin Krentz. The sold-out event featured works by Piazzolla, Saint-Saens and Mendelssohn. “What’s exciting about piano trios is that you really have three soloists,” said Artistic Director Krentz. The concert included Piano Trio … Read More

2017 Season Highlights

Merc Playhouse | Feb 18 The 2017 season started with a bang, selling out the Feb. 18 Valentine Concert for the third year in a row! The concert featured three angels playing romantic string music: Amber Archibald, Ingrid Matthews, and Haeyoon Shin. Signal Hill Ranch | July 27 – Aug 5, 2017 This summer’s Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival was … Read More