Newsletter-Vol.2011 No.1

2011 Festival: Opens July 1 with Beethoven Triple Play


The 2011 Festival, the 18th for the Bellingham Festival of Music, opens with a trio of Beethoven favorites : the stirring Leonora Overture, the 3rd Piano Concerto featuring world renowned pianist Arnaldo Cohen, and the 8th Symphony, standing between, and overshadowed by, the two towering giants of the symphonic genre, the 7th and 9th, but was felt by Beethoven to be one of his finest.

The Leonora No.3 was actually the second overture written for Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, the great celebration of personal sacrifice, marital fidelity, heroism and ultimate triumph with which the Festival will close the season on July 17. The overture is such a complete dramatic statement of resolve, hope and joyous deliverance that it could not serve as a first course for an opera and Beethoven wrote two more overtures.

Arnaldo Cohen astonished the Bellingham Festival audience in 2008 with his musical authority and glittering bravura technique in Beethoven’s 5th Piano concerto. The 3rd Concerto is Beethoven’s first in a minor key and marks a turning point from classicism to romanticism.

As in the past 17 seasons, Michael Palmer will lead the Festival Orchestra.

Bellingham Festival of Music Auction
April 15: Let there be music!
John Curley

John Curley

The Bellingham Festival of Music annual auction will be April 15 at the Bellingham Country Club, featuring John Curley as the auctioneer, an elegant sit-down dinner, fabulous auction items and live music. Help bring exquisite music to Bellingham. Enjoy a night filled with delicious food and wine, sonorous string music, and a symphony of live and silent auction items.

“Let there be Music” Annual auction
$100 per guest
RSVP by April 5th
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Vol. 2011, No.1

Did you know…?
  • At the premiere of the 3rd piano concerto, his friend who was turning pages wrote that the pages were blank as Beethoven didn’t have time to write out the solo part and played from memory.
  • Beethoven dedicated his 8th Symphony to his banker,
  • A reviewer in Der Freimuthige wrote of the premier of Lenora No 3: “No one has yet written such incoherent music, ostentatious, chaotic and disturbing for the ear. Truly repulsive sequence, and some minor ideas, far from any sublime touch, complete the incredibly unpleasant impression.