The 2010 Festival promises to be an exciting continuation of the incredibly successful 2009 season. From the J.S. Bach Orchestral Suite No 3 of 1720, to the contemporary Muscia Celestis by Aaron Kernis, the Festival again spans the spectrum of great classical music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Highlights include two large works for superstar cellist Joshua Roman: Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. Joshua wowed BFOM audiences last year with a spectacular performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto and as an encore, the Bouree from Bach’s Suite No. 4 for Unaccompanied Cello (familiar to every Suzuki parent from Book 3), played with exquisite heart-stopping beauty.
Other soloists include established stars, like Metropolitan Opera star Heidi Grant Murphy, who returns to her roots at WWU as the soloist in the Poulenc Gloria, and in a solo recital, pianist Horacio Gutierrez, who performed a dazzling Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 here in 2006, and oboist Joseph Robinson, as well as brilliant new talent, such as violinist Stefan Jackiw who has recently made his debuts with the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, The Boston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic all before the age of 23. As in the past 16 seasons, Michael Palmer will lead the Festival Orchestra and Chorus.
In recognition of the con-tribution of the Bellingham Festival of Music to the cultural, educational, and economic life of Bellingham and Whatcom County Mayor Dan Pike and County Execu-tive Pete Kremen issued a joint proclamation applaud-ing the mission of the Bel-lingham Festival to provide the area with live classical music performances of the highest artistic level.
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Vol. 2010, No.1
- Gian Carlo Menotti, who founded the highly successful Spoleto festivals in Spoleto, Italy, and Charleston, S.C. said “To establish a summer festival, find an attractive city, with plenty of amenities, offer diverse programming, and people will come.” Ecco!
- BFOM was only one of four arts organizations in Washington State to receive National Endowment for the Arts grants in 2009.