August 2016 Newsletter

A Message From The Chair

What a wonderful season 2016 was! The Festival Orchestra was spectacular and our guest artists were magnificent. Even with the unfortunate last minute sick call from Kuok-Wai Lio, the amazing substitute, Ilya Yakushev, did not disappoint. With new changes to improve our concert experience, from the cooler, air conditioned hall to the improved wine selection and new enlarged program format, the season was better than ever. As the warm summer days continue, we are already hard at work planning our 24th Season. Thank you for being a very important part of the Bellingham Festival of Music. We look forward to seeing you at our many off-season events, and of course at next year’s festival! Karen Berry, Chair

MUSICAL CHAIRS
Notes From Our Musicians

Maestro Michael Palmer, Artistic Director and Conductor Maestro Michael Palmer, Artistic Director and Conductor

Michael Palmer has held the post as artistic director of the Bellingham Festival of Music since 1993. Upon leaving Bellingham he spent two weeks in Dallas, TX to review the recordings of the highly successful 23rd season of the Bellingham Festival of Music. From Dallas he returned to Atlanta, GA where he was invited to teach talented high school music students. In August he resumes his position of Georgia State Director of Orchestral Studies, breaking on Labor Day to vacation in the Hamptons.


Richard Roberts, Concertmaster, Montreal Symphony Orchestra Richard Roberts, Concertmaster,
Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Richard returned to Montreal following the festival season and then went on to direct a summer music camp in Quebec. Richard enjoys woodworking and home renovation in his leisure time and his favorite composers are Bach, Mozart, Richard Strauss and Bartok.


Brice Andrus, Principal Horn,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Brice Andrus, Principal Horn,
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Brice returned to Atlanta following the festival season and then went on to a chamber music recital in North Carolina. From there he will take his horns to Grand Rapids, Michigan for repair and tuning, vacationing in Santa Fee later this summer. He will return to teaching at Georgia State University in late September. Brice enjoys woodworking and cycling in his leisure time and his favorite composer is Mahler.


Jordan Anderson, Principal Bass, Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Opera Jordan Anderson, Principal Bass,
Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Opera

Jordon returned to Seattle following the festival to perform for “The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory”, a madcap comedy of an opera by Rossini. He is also taking time to get his high school graduate students ready for college in the fall. Jordon enjoys fly-fishing, working on his house and yard, “goofing around” with his 2 daughters, Lulu and Miley, and travel. His favorite composers are Mahler, Sibelius, Ravel and Prokofiev.


Laura Ardan, Principal Clarinet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Laura Ardan, Principal Clarinet,
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Laura was off to beautiful Jackson Hole, WY for a relaxing vacation following our festival. From Jackson Hole she traveled back to Atlanta to perform in the Highlands-Cashier Chamber Music Festival, which is celebrating its milestone 35th season. She enjoys biking, hiking, skiing and other mountain activities in her leisure time. Regarding her favorite composers, Laura states, “They change as I do. All great composers speak to me at various times depending on my current relationship with life. The greater their music (Bach, Beethoven, Sibelius, Bernstein, Mahler, Schumann, Scriabin, Golijov) the more connected I feel to all life and its diversity.


Charles Butler, Principal Trumpet, Portland Opera, Tacoma Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Village Theater, guest/ Oregon Symphony trumpet section. Charles Butler, Principal Trumpet,
Portland Opera, Tacoma Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Village Theater, guest/ Oregon Symphony trumpet section.

Charles began performing eight shows a week at the Village Theater, Issaquah, WA upon leaving Bellingham. He will be auditioning for principal trumpet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra this October. In his spare time, Charles enjoys gardening, landscaping, walking his two Aussie shepherd mixed-breed dogs and brewing beer. His favorite composers are Mahler, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and John Williams


Christian Colberg, Principal Viola, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Christian Colberg, Principal Viola,
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Christian returned to Cincinnati for two weeks before performing for the first time at the Chautauqua Music Festival in Upper State New York. Music engagements will take him to Alaska, China and Europe in 2017. In his leisure time Christian enjoys photography, travel and home remodeling projects


Mark Guthrie, Principal Timpani, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Mark Guthrie, Principal Timpani,
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Mark left Bellingham to enjoy a first-ever vacation in Victoria, BC. A professor in Applied Percussion, he resumes his instruction at Kalamazoo College this September. Mark also returns to his Precision Classic Timpani business, creating custom timpani for orchestras world wide. He enjoys fishing in his leisure time


David Kilbride, Principal Second Violin, North Carolina Symphony David Kilbride, Principal Second Violin,
North Carolina Symphony

With family in the Washington area, David first vacationed in Friday Harbor and Seattle, then traveled to Kansas City, MO to visit in-laws. David resumes teaching his String Ensemble high school class and post as Assistant Conductor of the Triangle Youth Symphony later in August. In his leisure time David enjoys, in addition to his 7-year old daughter, gardening, watching baseball and reading a good book. His favorite composers are Mahler, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Bach


Christina Smith, Principal Flute, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Christina Smith, Principal Flute,
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

From Bellingham, Christina, her two daughters and husband, Paul, drove 15 hours to Jackson Hole, WY to perform in the Grand Teton Music Festival. She is now performing in the Steamboat Springs Music Festival in Colorado. Christina enjoys running, cooking and traveling, “especially to the west coast” in her leisure time. Her favorite composer is JS Bach


Steven Thomas, Principal Cello, Savannah Philharmonic, University of Florida Steven Thomas, Principal Cello,
Savannah Philharmonic, University of Florida

After nearly three months of almost non-stop travel on three continents, Steven returned home to Gainesville, Florida to prepare for the mid-August arrival of his first child. He will then take a long parental leave to “teach his newborn son the Bach cello suites.” Steven enjoys his extensive stamp collection and watching hockey in his leisure time. While he has no favorite composer, Steve did say, “Bach is the patriarch and greatest master.”


Robert Williams, Principal Bassoon, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Robert Williams, Principal Bassoon,
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Robert and his wife, Treva, drove to Jackson Hole to visit friends on their way back to their second home in Tucson, AZ, where Robert is finishing up his sabbatical leave from the Detroit Symphony. He will return to Detroit in September for the start of his 43rd year in the DSO. In his leisure time, Robert enjoys biking and fishing. Robert’s favorite composers are Mozart, Stravinsky and Shostakovich.


Keisuke Wakao, Principal Oboe, Boston Pops Orchestra  and Assistant Principal, Oboe Boston Symphony Orchestra Keisuke Wakao, Principal Oboe,
Boston Pops Orchestra and Assistant Principal, Oboe Boston Symphony Orchestra

Upon leaving Bellingham, Keisuke traveled to Lenox, MA for a six-week season at the Tanglewood Music Festival. In late August, he will spend two weeks in Japan performing with his closest woodwinds friends, Kazusa Mizutani, bassoon and Kanami Araki, oboe.

Cellist Colin CarrThe Bellingham Festival of Music Joins the Whatcom Museum To Bring World-Renowned Cellist Colin Carr To Bellingham
Internationally renowned English cellist Colin Carr will perform Monday, September 19, 7-9 p.m. in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall in celebration of the museum’s 75th Anniversary. One of the premier cellists in the world, Carr performs in cello festivals all over the globe, including Europe, Asia, Canada and the US. During this first ever performance in Bellingham, Carr will perform solo cello suites by Johann Sebastian Bach and Benjamin Britten.Tickets for the concert are $20 and will be available on BrownPaperTickets.com beginning August 1 st . In addition to the Bellingham Festival of Music serving a presenting sponsor, other generous supporters include the Bellingham Music Club. For more information visit www.whatcommuseum.org.