The music festival was founded in 1984 by Alan Iglitzin, who originally intended his farm to be a summer performance venue for the Philadelphia String Quartet, of which Alan Iglitzin was the founding violist. When people heard that the Philadelphia String Quartet was going to be practicing at a barn near Quilcene, people began to inquire as to whether there would be an opportunity to hear the Quartet there and Iglitzin began to consider creating a festival. Preliminary names for the festival included "Beethoven in the Barn" and "The Iglitzin Trio," but ultimately Iglitzin settled on the "Olympic Music Festival" referencing the peninsula on which it takes place. When the quartet members concluded their 32-year career seven years after the festival’s inception, artists from across the countr

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  • The music festival was founded in 1984 by Alan Iglitzin, who originally intended his farm to be a summer performance venue for the Philadelphia String Quartet, of which Alan Iglitzin was the founding violist. When people heard that the Philadelphia String Quartet was going to be practicing at a barn near Quilcene, people began to inquire as to whether there would be an opportunity to hear the Quartet there and Iglitzin began to consider creating a festival. Preliminary names for the festival included "Beethoven in the Barn" and "The Iglitzin Trio," but ultimately Iglitzin settled on the "Olympic Music Festival" referencing the peninsula on which it takes place. When the quartet members concluded their 32-year career seven years after the festival’s inception, artists from across the country were sought out to continue the legacy. Today, the festival has become a home away from home to many outstanding performers. A returning pianist since 2008, Julio Elizalde joined the administration in 2011, with Iglitzin noting that Elizalde has been especially pivotal in accelerating the festival’s caliber. According to Iglitzin, "With the advent of Julio Elizalde and his access to great artists from the East Coast, the pipeline has widened, deepened and gotten ever more effective." Last year, Iglitzin designated Elizalde as co-artistic director. In 2013, the festival celebrated its 30th anniversary, with the director pleased that the festival has attained a level of excellence that not only surpasses the standards of its interim years, but also honors the eminence of its original performers, the Philadelphia String Quartet. Elizalde mentioned that the 30th season of chamber music concerts features returning and new musicians in a program that promises exciting new works while emphasizing masterpieces from the repertoire. The festival opened on June 29, 2013, with a selection of songs for baritone and piano, and closes on Sept. 1 with works by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. The season is highlighted with performances by acclaimed musicians such as violinists Ray Chen, Korine Fujiwara and Stefan Milenkovich, and pianist and clarinetist Teddy Abrams. (en)
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  • The music festival was founded in 1984 by Alan Iglitzin, who originally intended his farm to be a summer performance venue for the Philadelphia String Quartet, of which Alan Iglitzin was the founding violist. When people heard that the Philadelphia String Quartet was going to be practicing at a barn near Quilcene, people began to inquire as to whether there would be an opportunity to hear the Quartet there and Iglitzin began to consider creating a festival. Preliminary names for the festival included "Beethoven in the Barn" and "The Iglitzin Trio," but ultimately Iglitzin settled on the "Olympic Music Festival" referencing the peninsula on which it takes place. When the quartet members concluded their 32-year career seven years after the festival’s inception, artists from across the countr (en)
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