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Our 2022 season is almost here! 
Save the date: August 26-September 3

Our full website is under construction. Check back in a few days for full details on concerts, tickets, and more! In the meantime, read our announcement letter below.

Dear friends,

Music on the Strait is back! We are thrilled to announce our 2022 season, featuring five outstanding concerts across two weekends, from August 26 to September 3. We can’t wait to gather and share music with you on our beloved Olympic Peninsula. This year, we look forward to welcoming back violinists Elisa Barston and Kyu-Young Kim, oboist Nathan Hughes, and cellist Saeunn Thorsteindottir. We are delighted to be joined again by the incomparable pianist and author Jeremy Denk for his third season! Making their Music on the Strait debuts will be flautist Demarre McGill, violist David Auerbach, cellist Efe Baltacıgil, and virtuoso pianist George Li, a silver medalist in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. We are also pleased to welcome back our popular pre-concert talks by Lisa Bergman from Seattle’s 98.1 Classic KING FM. 

This year’s lineup is truly special; from the Piano Quartet of Robert Schumann to the infrequently heard Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet by American Romantic composer Amy Beach, we have selected music that resonates in new and enduring ways. There will be familiar favorites, like the work of Jessie Montgomery (back by popular demand!), along with plenty of new contenders.  In fact, we are honored to present Music on the Strait’s first-ever commissioned work. Paul Chihara is a world-renowned Seattle-born composer who spent his childhood at the Minidoka Japanese internment camp during World War II, and MOTS is proud to feature his work in this season’s final show. 

In-person tickets will be limited, but early and discounted (25% off) tickets will be available starting July 1 to those who donate $250 or more in 2022. Tickets open to the general public on July 20. You will also receive a complimentary 2022 Festival poster by Dorothea Morgan, celebrated Olympic Peninsula artist.  

  • Opening Night with virtuoso flautist Demarre McGill – Friday, August 26. To celebrate opening night, Music on the Strait is honored to feature the artistry of Demarre McGill, one of the greatest flautists of his generation. 

  • Efe Baltacıgil and Jeremy Denk play Beethoven – Saturday, August 27. Don’t miss this dynamic pairing of two of the greatest performers on today’s concert stage. 

  • Every Good Boy Does Fine:  Jeremy Denk in recital and conversation – Sunday, August 28.  Jeremy Denk shares selections from his new New York Times bestselling memoir, Every Good Boy Does Fine. 

  • Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet – Friday, September 2.  We share the haunting eighth quartet of Dmitri Shostakovich, a timely exploration of our world today. We also feature the dazzling solo virtuosity of pianist George Li, Silver Medalist at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition and Nathan Hughes, principal oboe of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. 

  • Festival Finale: A World Premiere by Paul Chihara – September 3. We are so pleased to close our 2022 season with an important world premiere of a new work by Paul Chihara, the celebrated Seattle-born composer who spent his childhood in a Japanese internment camp. 


We are seeking sponsors or sponsor-consortiums to directly support our 2022 festival artists. Named sponsorship opportunities begin at the $2,000 level. Please reach out to us at if you would like to discuss a named sponsorship opportunity. 

Thank you all for your support of Music on the Strait and the arts on the Olympic Peninsula. We cannot wait to see you all soon! 

With excitement,

James and Richard

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