A Virtual Season for the Bellingham Festival of Music

Glorious summer has finally arrived in Bellingham—warm temperatures; sunny skies; cherries, berries, and fresh local vegetables all in abundance; plenty of opportunities for hiking, water sports, and outdoor barbeques (socially distanced, of course). What’s missing in this picture? The 27th season of the Bellingham Festival of Music. Music lovers are thinking longingly of concerts in the PAC. Home hosts are missing their longtime friends in the BFM orchestra. Volunteers and Board members are regretting those convivial pot luck receptions for the Festival family. (Thanks a lot, Covid!)

While it won’t make up for the live music and absent friends, we offer this virtual Festival as a musical glimpse of what might have been and what we hope will be restored next summer. A celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Birthday and the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which extended the vote to women.

We’ve picked some of the best of the best past performances of Beethoven Piano Concertos and Symphonies featuring such soloists as Jeremy Denk and Arnaldo Cohen all under the baton of Artistic Director Michael Palmer. We’ve also invited several of our orchestra musicians to record mini-videos of them playing chamber music by women composers including Rebecca Clark. Those will be coming soon.

For now, choose one of your favorite Beethoven works and enjoy. You can stream them here at your convenience or download the high-resolution audio files by clicking on the download button. We miss all of you and we miss the music-making, the fun, the lavish receptions, the perfect amalgam of art and idyllic summertime that is the Bellingham Festival of Music.

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

(July 19, 2009)

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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 |
Arnaldo Cohen, piano

(July 1, 2011)

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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” |
Arnaldo Cohen, piano

(July 5, 2008)

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Beethoven: Violin Concerto |
Richard Roberts, violin

(July 10, 2008)

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 “Eroica”

(July 8, 2017)

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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58 | Jeremy Denk, piano

(July 8, 2017)