Olympic Music Festival is a third-generation thing

The Olympic Music Festival, which enters its 32nd season with a pair of concerts on June 27 and 28, will bcome a third-generation affair this summer.

Cellist Alexander Hersh is one of four Iglitzin Fellows who will perform alongside festival and fellowship founder Alan Iglitzin, OMF artistic director Julio Elizalde and other veteran professional players in the 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday concerts.

Hersh’s father, violinist Stefan Hersh, and his uncle, Julian Hersh, both have built long and successful musical careers, and both have performed in multiple OMF seasons. His grandfather, violist and 0626_KSFE_AHershpianist Paul Hersh, has been a fixture at the festival almost since its inception back in the mid-1980s, while maintaining his own successful teaching and performing careers.

Ironically, Alexander is the only Hersh on the roster of performers for the 13 weekends of 2015 festival performances. He actually is a fourth-generation musician — great grandfather Ralph Hersh was violist for the Stuyvesant Quartet and principal violist for both the Dallas and Atlanta symphony orchestras. His mother, Roberta Freier, also is a professional violinist.

The festival kicks off with a program honoring Iglitzin, consisting of a pair of Brahms string sextets and featuring longtime collaborators Charles Wetherbee, violin, and Korine Fujiwara, viola.

More details on this year’s festival are available here: olympicmusicfestival.org. Also, watch for Kitsap A&E‘s upcoming festival preview online and in the June 26 issue of the Kitsap Sun.

— MM

 

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