Pizazz and spontaneity mark 2016 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival

Between those surprise bookends, Friedmann and her pianist husband, artistic adviser Jon Kimura Parker, have programmed a host of firsts. Among them is the Northwest premiere of Minnesota-based composer Abbie Betinis’ “Rhapsodos” for clarinet and piano (Aug. 16-17). A joint commission by the Seattle Commissioning Club and Minnesota Commissioning Club, the premiere will showcase the clarinetist for whom it was written, famed Brit Michael Collins.