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QUILCENE — A showcase of the many sounds that can be produced from a violin will end the Olympic Music Festival's 31st season Saturday and Sunday.
“The program will show how much a violin can do in every light,” said Julio Elizalde, co-artistic director for the festival.
“The de Falla compositions are taken from songs originally written for voice,” he said.
“Ravel's 'Tzigana' evokes 'the gypsy's violin,' and Schubert's 'Rondo' is one of the earliest virtuosic works for the instrument.”
Violinist Ray Chen and pianist Elizalde will perform Rondo in B minor by Franz Schubert; Divertimento from “The Fairy's Kiss” by Igor Stravinsky; selections from Manuel de Falla's Suite Populaire Espagnole; Claire de lune from Suite Bergamasque by Claude Debussy; and Tzigane for Violin and Piano by Maurice Ravel.
Chen returns for his second appearance at the festival.
He is a winner of both the Queen Elizabeth and Yehudi Menuhin competitions and was the youngest soloist to perform at the televised Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm in 2012.
He will be performing on the 1715 Joachim Stradivarius violin.
Elizalde is the North and South America recital partner to violinist Ray Chen.
The Olympic Music Festival is located on a 55-acre farm at 7360 Center Road, 18 miles south of Port Townsend.
Patrons can choose to sit inside the barn or outside on the lawn where the concert is broadcast beginning 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Ticket prices range from $18 to $33 and may be purchased by phone at 360-732-4800 or online at www.olympicmusicfestival.org.