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.

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Bach reinvented

Perhaps the world’s longest xylophone.

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A little Bach goes a long way! It’s still being enjoyed in ways he would never have imagined. How many years later? 263 years and counting.

Come join us this summer for some more Bach at the inaugural Washington Music Festival – July 19-21 at George Washington Inn and Estate! You will find baroque music wrapped up in an exciting new package.

Moving forward

Recently a composer was having a premiere of his latest piece performed in a major music hall when the orchestra suddenly shut down and packed up right in the middle of the piece to keep from going into overtime. Apparently the orchestra’s union had given the members instructions to do so. Today budgets are under stress and funding has been cut by cash-strapped organizations. People have many choices from which to select their preferred listening venue.

Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell, world-renowned violin virtuoso, has made a profound statement about music today. “We need to keep finding ways of reaching young people in environments that make them feel comfortable, without altering the music,” Bell said. “We don’t need to add drum beats to great classical works to reach younger people. That’s not the point at all.” He continued, “They can connect with great classical music, but sometimes it means finding the right venue, or the right time of day, or the right way to present it where they feel embraced. We should always be experimenting with things like that.” (See article by James Chute/U-T)

We hope you will come and experience our exciting new venue this summer. The setting for the inaugural Washington Music Festival is a beautiful ten acre oceanfront lavender farm with a replica of George and Martha Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon as its iconic focal point.

Handel and his music

GFHandelGeorge Frideric Handel (23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759) was a German-born British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos. Handel was born in the same year as Bach (1685) to a family that was indifferent to music. He received critical musical training in Halle, Hamburg and Italy before settling in London (1712) and becoming a naturalized British subject in 1727. By then he was strongly influenced by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition.

Within fifteen years, Handel, a dramatic genius, had started three commercial opera companies to supply the English nobility with Italian opera, but the public came to hear the vocal bravura of the soloists rather than the music. In 1737 he had a physical breakdown, changed direction creatively and addressed the middle class. As Alexander’s Feast (1736) was well received, Handel made a transition to English choral works. After his success with Messiah (1742) he never performed an Italian opera again. Handel was only partly successful with his performances of English oratorio on mythical and biblical themes, but when he arranged a performance of Messiah to benefit the Foundling Hospital (1750) the criticism ended. It has been said that the passion of Handel’s oratorios is an ethical one, and that they are hallowed not by liturgical dignity but by the moral ideals of humanity.[2] Almost blind, and having lived in England for almost fifty years, he died in 1759, a respected and rich man.

Handel is regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time, with works such as Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks and Messiah remaining popular. Handel composed more than forty operas in over thirty years. (from Wikipedia)

The music of George Frideric Handel will be heard this summer at the inaugural Washington Music Festival. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear some baroque music that remains as radiant as ever!

Music is a dream!

The Lady in Number 6 is one of the most inspirational, uplifting stories of the year. This movie will surely be a blockbuster! 109 year old Alice Herz Sommer, the world’s oldest pianist and oldest holocaust survivor in the world, shares her views on how to live a long happy life. She discusses the importance of music, laughter and having an optimistic outlook on life. “Life is beautiful!” she laughs, “life is beautiful!” She holds no hatred, just gratitude.

Want to catch some of her inspiration? All the more reason to come and enjoy a little Bach and some inspiring baroque music at the Washington Music Festival!

Read more about Alice Sommer: A Garden of Eden in Hell

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Planting and reaping

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Nothing beautiful happens without a lot of planning and effort. Not only will it be appealing to the eyes, but something sounds charming about a baroque music festival on an oceanfront lavender farm here in “America’s Provence”! Come check it out this July when all the lavender is in full bloom!

Here’s a ink to ticket info: https://washingtonmusicfestival.wordpress.com/ticket-info/

Sound the trumpets

This summer is off to a great start with incredible weather. The snow-capped Olympic Mountains seem more majestic than ever and there’s lots of activity on the waterfront. Someone caught a huge halibut yesterday and their excitement was heard from the inn’s balcony overlooking the strait.

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Here are a couple of photos taken this morning from the new stage platform where beautiful music will be heard at the inaugural Washington Music Festival this summer. Enjoy some rousing baroque music on this beautiful day! Imagine trumpeters like these playing at the Olympic Peninsula’s exciting new baroque venue. If you have any contacts like this, you know where to send them.

The new stage

The cement for the new stage platform was poured this morning. With a couple days of curing, it will be set. Then all we’ll need is the some music! This will provide an exciting new venue for baroque music on the Olympic Peninsula.

Enjoy these photos from all the activity that took place today here at the inn. Click on the pictures to enlarge the photos.

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Groundbreaking

Today the sod came up and the stakes went down. The cement will be poured by the end of the week. The new platform for the Washington Music Festival is beginning to take shape and will provide a great venue for the players at the inaugural event this summer. Plans are well under way to provide a great line up of musicians and actors for the festival which will be held on the Washington Lavender Farm during the Sequim Lavender Weekend.

Click on the pictures to enlarge.

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Bring on the music!

Did you know that you can see this summer’s music venue via webcam? Imagine the lawn filled with people on blankets and lawn chairs, listening to some incredible music ensembles performing on the portico. A 14 foot extension will be added to the front of the portico as the main platform for the musicians. Construction on it will begin shortly. Hope to see you here on July 20th when our lavender field is in bloom! In the meanwhile, watch us get ready for your arrival.

George Washington Inn Webcam