QUILCENE — Classical music in an old barn might seem like an odd combination, but the pairing continues to produce magical moments at a historic Quilcene farm as part of the revived Concerts in the Barn series.
Two free shows are scheduled for this weekend at the historic and picturesque Iglitzin farm, 7360 Center Road.
The first performance, at 2 p.m. Saturday, will feature violinist Chas Wetherbee and pianist David Korevaar.
The second performance, at 2 p.m. Sunday, will feature Wetherbee, viola player Korine Fujiwara, cellist Walter Gray and Korevaar.
Wetherbee has performed in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, Mexico and the United States, according to his biography.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Wetherbee made his debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under Symon Bychkov, and since then has performed with the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovitch and the Japan Philharmonic.
Korevaar is the Peter and Helen Weil Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is also a member of the Clavier Trio, currently the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Texas, Dallas, according to his biography.
He is a regular participant as performer and teacher at Colorado’s Music in the Mountains summer festival and the Music Center Japan.
Fujiwara is a founding member of Carpe Diem String Quartet and has been named as one of Strings Magazine’s “25 Contemporary Composers to Watch,” according to her biography. She is currently a member of the violin faculty of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.
Gray has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Asia and Europe, including performances in Moscow, Odessa, Zagreb, Seoul and Tokyo, according to his biography.
Gray also has been a member of the Seattle Symphony since 1979, and has taught at the State University of New York at Geneseo, Mills College, Cornish College of the Arts, Western Washington University, the University of North Texas and Seattle University.
The century-old dairy barn on the 55-acre Iglitzin property was the venue for Olympic Music Festival concerts from 1984 through 2015. Patrons came to sit inside on straw bales or outside on the grass.
For the first time this year, the Olympic Music Festival commenced at Fort Worden State Park.
Alan Iglitzin, Olympic Music Festival founder, in October told the festival’s board of directors he planned to retire as executive director and revert the festival grounds he owns into private property.
In years past, Iglitzin has spent the spring and early summer months overseeing the 55 acres that make up his farm, eagerly anticipating the sounds of chamber music floating over the air.
This year, when the grounds once more were groomed, Iglitzin said he realized he wanted to hear those sounds again.
Concertgoers are encouraged to pack a picnic, come early and take time to stroll around the farm environs and gardens.
Soft drinks and water will be available without charge.
Finnriver cider will be available for purchase, with all profits from cider sales benefiting Key City Public Theatre of Port Townsend, according to a news release.
For more information, visit www.concertsinthe barn.com.