Promote the appreciation of chamber music in the Methow Valley.
Why we care
We believe that great music can inspire people to great acts of compassion and kindness.
In today's world gone mad with technology, saturated with cheap earbud hiphop and smartphone snapshots, people crave deep, authentic, human experiences. Live chamber music, played by dedicated professionals, is the perfect antidote to the stress of modern life, and has been for centuries.
Music has charms to soothe a savage breast.—William Congreve (1697)
What we do
Our annual program brings in top-quality musicians from around to world to produce five summertime Center-Stage performances and one Valentine Concert.
Where we do it
We hold summer Center-Stage concerts at Signal Hill Ranch. In addition, we schedule numerous other performances and educational events throughout the Valley designed to maximize interaction between artists and audience. The Valentine Concert is held at the Merc Playhouse in Twisp.
Artistic director Kevin Krentz says, "The more we play in the community, the better we demonstrate the uplifting emotional appeal of live chamber music, a key component of our mission."
What it's like
At our intimate, chamber-sized performances you will hear top-quality live music, taste locally-made food, wine, and beer, and see exquisite mountain scenery. You will experience the pleasure of dining with friends before the show and staying afterwards to meet our artists.
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.—Victor Hugo
Passing on the love of music
Each year we award four deserving college students the opportunity to participate in our festival. When they arrive, they receive coaching from our professional artists and play together in venues around the area as our Fellowship Quartet.
Receiving knowledge is not all that is required to become a great musician. One must also pass it on. In order to accomplish that goal, we schedule the Quartet to perform a short exhibition piece at the local summer music camp. Following that performance, the Quartet players "sit in" beside the younger summer-camp students at their rehearsal. Imagine the feeling a young stundent would have, sitting next to a great musician, hearing the power of their instrument, and seeing up-close their dedication to perfection.
Keeping tickets affordable
We are dedicated to making fine music accessible to everyone.
Ticket prices cover only one-quarter of the cost of each performance. The remaining funds are provided through the generosity of our donors combined with state and federal grants. Local students receive free and discounted tickets to the Center-Stage Concerts. All Fellowship Quartet performances around town are free. Each concert day we provide a free open rehearsal for families with young children and those unable to attend the evening concert.