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Olympic Music Festival sets fourth weekend

Violinist Charles Wetherbee - Submitted photo
Violinist Charles Wetherbee
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The Olympic Music Festival presents the fourth weekend of its 31st season July 19 and 20, with Charles Wetherbee and Korine Fujiwara on violin, Alan Iglitzin on viola and Walter Gray on cello.

The fourth weekend will be a program highlighting compositions by Beethoven which are representative of the three periods generally associated with his musical career: the String Quartet in G major, Op. 18 No. 2 from his early period, the String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 "Razumovsky" from his middle period and the String Quartet in F major, Op. 135 from his late period.

Charles Wetherbee and Korine Fujiwara, violins, and Walter Gray, cello, return for their second weekend at the Festival this year and in concert with Artistic Director/Festival Founder, Alan Iglitzin on viola, complete a string quartet with artists who are all highly accomplished in the performance of Beethoven’s work. This three piece cycle will indulge all Beethoven lovers with world-class performances of three significant works from one of classical music’s most important and innovative composers.

The Olympic Music Festival is located on a 55-acre farm on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula just 18 miles south of Port Townsend. Chamber music concerts are held in an early 1900s dairy barn, which has been converted into a performance hall with exceptional natural acoustics. Concerts take place everySaturday and Sunday afternoon throughout the season, beginning at 2 p.m. The Festival grounds open at 11 a.m. for early birds to wander the farm and have a leisurely picnic before the barn doors open at 1 p.m.

Patrons may choose to sit inside the barn or outside on the lawn where the concert is broadcast. The attire is casual for both patrons and musicians alike. Prior to the concerts, patrons are encouraged to visit the milking shed where souvenirs, CDs, clothing, beverages and snacks are sold.

Ticket prices range from $18 to $33 and may be purchased by phone (732-4800) or online at


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