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Island Consort is a program of  the Whidbey Island Arts Council (WIAC), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization and is not an independent entity.




Deepening the Silence Within: Music for a New Humanity

March 16, 2017

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. ~Aldous Huxley



Island Consort is tremendously excited to announce another annual festival promoting contemporary composition: New Music on the Rock will launch in 2017 on June 18th at Whidbey Institute's Thomas Berry Hall. This first year will feature an afternoon concert beginning on the land and leading into the Hall, with works by area composers Neil Welch, Huck Hodge, Kit Mills and Stuart Dempster and will include eurythmy movement performance by Maiko Canard. There will be a composers forum (open to the public) in which we will explore the themes of humanity and the creative spark, the role of silence in the process of creation and in listening, the relevance of new music and more. In the evening we will present a concert of works by Whidbey Composer Jerry Mader. That program features an oboe quintet, a piano quintet and a set of three vocal motets.



In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. ~Mahatma Gandhi


Entitled Deepening the Silence Within: Music for a New Humanity this 2017 launch festival examines themes of sourcing the creative flow from within, of honoring the land that sustains us (It is no accident that we will be holding these concerts on the precious Chinook land and in lovely Thomas Berry Hall!), how silence and stillness holds the center of truth and beauty in the midst of a chaotic world. Further, we honor the ways in which music—and all the creative arts—can bring us together in our common humanity, especially when conflict rages on the world stage. We will first come together on the land just outside of Thomas Berry Hall, where musicians and movement will call us to the center of ourselves, and to the center of stillness between us. Maiko Canard in her movement exploration of the many kinds of silence will lead us into the hall, deeper inward as we then receive the music that enlivens our consciousness.



When I am silent I fall into the place where everything is music. ~Rumi


In these times, it is more important than ever to share our creative impulses, and to co-create a more livable world!





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