CANCELLED Salerno-Sonnenberg, McDermott Recital

McDermott Suffers Minor Injury in Auto Accident, Advised Not to Travel

Box Office Will Call Ticket Holders to Arrange Refunds


March 29, 2016
For immediate release:

Bellingham, WA—The Bellingham Festival of Music is sad to announce the cancellation of its spring recital by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, scheduled for Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Western Washington University Performing Arts Center.

McDermott suffered non-serious injuries in an auto accident on Sunday and has been advised by her doctor not to travel this week, according to management at Opus3 Artists.  She is expected to make a full and quick recovery.  Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg, who was to perform several concerts on tour with her frequent duo partner, felt it was too close to the concert date to properly prepare the program with another pianist. The Festival hopes to be able to reengage the artists at another time.

Patrons holding tickets to the April 1 performance will be telephoned by the WWU box office to arrange refunds.  They are asked to have their tickets handy to provide the reference code printed on them. Patrons who have tickets being held at will-call will also be telephoned. Those who purchased tickets online will receive a refund on the service charge as well as the ticket’s face value.  Although the Box Office requests that patrons wait to be called, anyone with a specific question can contact Jessie Phillips at 360-650-6103.


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Nestled between snow-capped mountains and island-studded bay, Bellingham, Washington’s spectacular natural beauty provides the ideal backdrop for the celebration of classical music. Since 1993, the Bellingham Festival of Music has enlivened the summer season with outstanding live orchestral performances and chamber music recitals for Northwest Washington audiences.  Under the direction of co-founder and noted American conductor Michael Palmer, the festival orchestra is composed of some of the finest musicians in the United States and Canada, many of them principals in such illustrious orchestras as the New York Philharmonic and the Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta Symphonies. They are joined by eminent soloists who have included Garrick Ohlsson, Lynn Harrell, Arnaldo Cohen, Vadim Gluzman, Joshua Bell, Frederica von Stade, and Pepe Romero. In addition, the festival boasts a resident chamber ensemble, currently the Calidore String Quartet, which presents recitals as well as participating in community educational and engagement activities.

Of equal importance to its summer season are the Festival’s year-round outreach initiatives which extend the beauty of classical music to youngsters in the region. Among these programs are masterclasses, and both the Play it Forward Chamber Music Residency and Beethoven in the Schools project which bring music to K-12 classrooms. In 2014-15, BFM also helped kick start the return of the Fifth Grade Strings program in the public schools.

The Festival’s artistic excellence has been recognized widely throughout the country and its concerts and recordings have been broadcast nationally, first by NPR and most recently by American Public Media on its Performance Today show. Among these recordings are the three-CD set of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos featuring Garrick Ohlsson with Michael Palmer conducting the Festival Orchestra. These performances were recorded live at the Festival on the Natural Soundfields label in 2000.

The recipient of grants from several entities, the Festival received National Endowment for the Arts grants in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015—a resounding endorsement of the quality of its performances and the contribution it makes to regional and national cultural life.