Olympic Music Festival

At first glance, the Olympic Music Festival, held outside Quilcene on what used to be a dairy farm, might look like a concert series designed by the staff of Martha Stewart Living: picnickers with stemware and table linens, with decor provided by a vintage wagon wheel placed just so against a genteelly weathered fence. But people mainly love the OMF (starting its 29th season) for its casualness, not its preciousness. You can get close to the musicians inside the acoustically friendly barn where they play, where seating options are a hay bale or a repurposed church pew, or stretch out on the sloping lawn off to one side. Each program is played twice, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., each weekend through Sept. 2. Highlights include Shostakovich's innocuously tasty String Quartet no. 1 (July 28-29) and the premiere of a string duo by OMF pianist Michael Brown (Aug. 25-26). GAVIN BORCHERT

Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m.; Sun., July 1, 2 p.m. Starts: June 30. Continues through Sept. 2, 2012

 
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