Summer Newsletter

Meeting by video conference on July 11, all members of the Festival board and staff agreed to extend their terms of service through the 2021 season.  Jane Orme, president for the last three years, said that she will step down from her leadership role, but continue as a regular board member through 2023. Officers elected at the annual meeting include: … Read More

Behind the Scenes: the Johnsons

Expertise and Dedication Fuel MVCMF Behind the Scenes The spacious barn that provides the deeply resonant acoustics, spectacular mountain vistas, and relaxed, convivial vibe of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival didn’t come about by accident. It’s the product of the technical expertise, years of hard work, and generosity of Howard and Liz Johnson, who own Signal Hill Ranch, the … Read More

Chamber Music Festival Cancels Summer Concert Series

The Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival has cancelled their 2020 Summer Concert Series.  Originally scheduled for June 18-27, this year would have been the Festival’s 25th season.  “Naturally we are very saddened and disappointed,” said Executive Director Liz Johnson.  “But after Governor Inslee extended the stay-at-home order to May 31, it was inevitable.” The Festival noted the additional challenge of … Read More

The magic behind the music

It takes a lot of talent, synergy – and a little magic – for the impeccable performances at the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival to come together. It’s a process that unfolds over time. Festival artistic director Kevin Krentz is putting the finishing touches on the essential first steps for this summer’s chamber music festival, lining up a roster of gifted … Read More

2018 Festival in Review

At the 23rd Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, audiences were introduced to stellar musicians – from an internationally award-winning string quartet to a young pianist and clarinetist – all of whom have seen their careers catapult after they won top prizes in their fields. Bringing in these artists as their acclaim grows allows the Festival to feature some of the … Read More

Tuning the chamber music festival piano is ‘a formidable responsibility’

When Curt Spiel sets out to tune the Steinway grand piano at the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, he can avail himself of a nearly infinite number of adjustments for those 88 keys. Most keys allow 39 different adjustments, although the top 28 notes, which don’t have dampers, have a mere 34 options. And most notes have multiple strings – … Read More

Aizuri String Quartet

The Aizuri Quartet, winners of the 9th-annual Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, and currently quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, will headline the Festival’s summer concert series this July. Festival veteran and audience favorite Ayane Kozasa, who has wowed audiences in previous years with her sensitive viola playing is a member of the quartet and … Read More