The first practice session

An evening practice session was held at the inn which gave players an opportunity to polish up their music and get familiar with their beautiful surroundings. It also allowed the director to check the sound. Maestro Dewey Ehling loved the way the music carried across the lawn.

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As the evening progressed the practice session moved inside the Great Room of George Washington Inn. It was a productive session and everyone enjoyed their time invested in preparing for the inaugural Washington Music Festival. If you had been listening you would have heard baroque music interspersed with some patriotic music that George Washington would have recognized. The inn’s walls reverberated with the incredible music of Bach and Handel and made it sound like a Stradivarius.

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Spread the word

A recent article in the Peninsula Daily News had this to say about the upcoming Washington Music Festival.

“And then they’ve added the Washington Music Festival to their Farm Faire menu. Port Angeles conductor Dewey Ehling is putting together small ensembles to play music of the Baroque era, the kind George and Martha Washington would have heard. On July 19 and 20, these musicians will play on the inn’s patio, with its red, white and purple flowers blooming around them.”

Don’t miss all the excitement at this unique venue between Sequim and Port Angeles. Enjoy the beauty and sounds of an oceanfront farm that shares a panorama that showcases the Olympic National Park along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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Dates: July 19-20, 2013 (Sequim Lavender Weekend)

Time: 2 PM – 5 PM

Location: George Washington Inn and Estate ~ 939 Finn Hall Rd., Port Angeles, Washington 98362

Rehearsals at the inn

Calling all participants. Rehearsals will be taking place with maestro Dewey Ehling at George Washington Inn on Monday evenings, July 8 and 15 from 7 – 9 PM. This will allow the ensembles to get acquainted with the facility.

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The inaugural Washington Music Festival will take place this summer at George Washington Inn and Estate on Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, 2013 from 2-5 PM. It will include various  ensembles playing music reminiscent of the era when our nation began. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic basket. Sit back and enjoy some beautiful baroque music from George Washington’s day. Click here for more info on tickets, etc.

The stage takes shape

These photos were taken today showing the layout for the stage. The plans call for the performing area to extend 14 feet from the existing cement portico of George Washington Inn. No step down to the lawn at the front edge will be necessary as the stage area is relatively flat. Note the “sunrise” outline in the proposed cement expansion cut lines. Alderwood Construction of Port Angeles was awarded the work on behalf of the inn for the benefit of the Washington Music Festival. You can enlarge the photos by clicking on them.

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A platform for the performers

To accommodate the orchestra players and singers who will be performing at this summer’s inaugural Washington Music Festival, we are adding a platform to the front of the inn’s center drive-through portico. We’re anticipating lots of guests and this will provide a barrier-free view of the performing groups from the inn’s front lawn.

The inn will still be able to keep it’s Mount Vernon profile. It will also be a perfect place for George and Martha Washington to tell tales from long ago. The inn’s guests can also enjoy their morning coffee on this sunny sitting area at other times throughout the year.

Here is the proposed design of the platform. Click on the sketch to enlarge for better viewing.

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Great ideas

Maestro Dewey Ehling has some great ideas for this summer’s inaugural Washington Music Festival. Here is a list of some composers and their works that could be performed in this exciting new venue by members of the various musical groups with which Mr. Ehling collaborates. Bach and Handel were contemporaries of George Washington. Why not bring these three men together again?

Johann Sebastian Bach
Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Sheep May Safely Graze

Handel
Handel

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Concerti Grossi

Water Music

Royal Fireworks

Henry Purcell
Purcell

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

The Moor’s Revenge*

arcangelo corelli
Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)

Concerto Grosso

Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster (1826-1864)

My Old Kentucky Home*

Nelly Bly*

*These are some examples provided by the author of the composer who was suggested.

Meet Dewey Ehling

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Dewey Ehling

The Olympic Peninsula’s very own Dewey Ehling, Clallam County’s “music man,” whose efforts stretch across the peninsula from the Port Townsend Community Orchestra to the Port Angeles Symphony and on to the Peninsula Singers, dropped by the inn this morning to liaise about the development of the festival. A walk around the inn with various proposed venues were discussed. Mr. Ehling will now take his thoughts and try to flesh them out to take the event to the next level. Call the inn at 360-452-5207 or email (info@georgewashingtoninn.com) if you know someone who wants to participate or get involved. Dewey Ehling would love to hear from you.

Port Townsend Community Orchestra
Port Townsend Community Orchestra
Port Angeles Symphony
Port Angeles Symphony
Peninsula Singers
Peninsula Singers

Water Music, anyone?

Imagine the strains of Handel’s Water Music wafting with gentle sea breezes from off the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Add to that, a sweet summer fragrance drifting from a field of lavender surrounded by a panorama of snow-capped mountains. Perhaps you would love to be a part of this experience and want to help make it happen. We’re looking for volunteers who are interested in helping to put this exciting new music festival together. Call us or send an email to express your interest and support.

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Lovers of baroque music

Are you Interested in baroque music and live in Seattle, Portland, Victoria, Vancouver or other parts of the Northwest or the Lower Mainland? Do you sing, play an instrument or play with a chamber group or orchestra and want to perform in a great venue this summer? Perhaps you know someone who might be interested. We want to hear from you. Send us your suggestions too!

Contact: Dan and Janet Abbott
Phone: 360-452-5207
Email: info@georgewashingtoninn.com

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Beginnings

"Everything has a beginning somewhere and one thing leads to another, though they may not seem connected: from Bach to Baroque to Appalachian folk fiddling . Actually, those have some common elements." Yo Yo Ma
Olympic Music Festival

Yesterday I stopped by the site of the Olympic Music Festival and met renowned violist, Alan Iglitzin, at his home. I’ve passed the highway sign a hundred times, but have never ventured off the main road to discover this idyllic musical oasis. Mr. Iglitzin invited me into his home and we conversed about the beginnings of his festival. It was no doubt more beneficial to me than to Mr. Iglitzin, who has developed an incredible venue for top quality classical and later period performers and audiences. Congratulations to Alan Iglitzin and the OMF on their 30th anniversary!

What kind of music did George and Martha Washington hear and enjoy? Well, baroque of course! No doubt, there were also folk songs and “fiddling” by guests who entertained at Mount Vernon. We would like to see this kind of music, yes, all of the above; here at “Mount Vernon West”!

Links:

Casual ‘Concerts in the Barn’ offer romance, fine music

Music takes top billing at the Olympic Music Festival

Olympic Music Festival website