Newsletter-Vol.2012 No.4

20th Gala Season: From the Superb to the Sublime

BFOM-newletter-2013-No1The 20th Festival season brings back some of the great performers that have helped propel the Bellingham Festival of Music to one of the premier summer music festivals in the country: Garrick Ohlsson, Pepe Romero, Frederica von Stade, Heidi Grant-Murphy, Joshua Roman, Joseph Robinson and Katie Van Kooten, celebrating four centuries of classical music, all conducted by Maestro Michael Palmer. Highlights include a world premier of a piece by Aaron Jay Kernis written for Joshua Roman; the rarely performed Namesfier Overture by Beethoven; Brahms’ monumental 2nd Piano Concerto played by Garrick Ohlsson; and Giuseppe Verdi’s choral masterpiece Te Deum. The season will conclude with one of the most sublime moments in all of opera: the final trio from Der Rosenkavalier.

“Welcome Home” Concert: Tuba & Guitar Virtuosos?
Alberto Diaz

Alberto Diaz

The third “Welcome Home” concert features two young men, Albert Diaz, classical guitar, and Jon Hansen, tuba. In addition to their solo works perhaps they will perform a duet as they were known to do when playing together during their high school days in Bellingham.

Jon Hansen

Jon Hansen

They both earned music degrees at USC and are now working on their PhDs in performance, are published composers and recording artists . They will present an eclectic concert of music at 7 PM on January 5, 2013 at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Drive in Bellingham. free for students, $15 suggested donation for adults.

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Vol. 2012, No.4

Did you know…?
  • Each concert includes one piece that has never been played at the Festival before
  • The Festival has received recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts three times out of the past four years
  • Of the 627 pieces that have been performed in the 20 year history of the Festival, only two pieces have been played as many as four times: the 5th and 7th Symphonies of Beethoven
  • In the past 19 years, there have been 13 pieces by Ravel, only one by Richard Wagner and none by Giuseppe Verdi until this year