June 2016 Newsletter

The Calidore String Quartet, July 9th

Saturday July 9th | 7:30pm-9:30pm

Western Washington University –
Performing Arts Center
Bellingham, WA
Calidore String Quartet
Rossini, Schumann, Juan Ramirez


Adults: $45, $35 | WWU Faculty, staff: $35, $35 | Students: $15, $12 | Calidore Quartet Concert $35, $25 Chamber Music by the Bay: $60. Season tickets also available. Drayton Harbor

Music Festival: Draytonharbormusic.org

The Calidore Quartet returns to the Bellingham Festival of Music as the recent grand prize winner of the $100,000 M-Prize from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater & Dance, which drew 172 applications from 13 countries. The quartet, featuring Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan on violin, Jeremy Berry on viola and Estelle Choi on cello, was formed in 2010 at the Colburn School of Music. The Ensemble is in residence at Stony Brook University on Long Island.

On Saturday, July 9, the Calidores will perform Juan Ramirez’ “Suite Latina” with the Festival Orchestra and conductor Michael Palmer. Evoking the irresistibly rhythmic and sensuous dance rhythms of the composer’s native Mexico, the work was first performed in its original version for string quartet at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival in 2001. Tonight’s performance in a setting for quartet and orchestra, is its world premiere.

Out of town music lovers who are parents of teens should consider coming to Bellingham for the week of July 10 through July 17, allowing their young musicians to board at the Drayton Harbor Music Festival in Blaine, where they can study with top notch faculty drawn from around the country. Among the faculty are Greg Hopkins of the Berklee School of Music who directs Jazz Band 1 for Blaine’s program. While the teens study jazz or classical music in Blaine (25 minutes by car to the north), parents may attend Bellingham Music Festival Concerts on July 9, 10, 13, and 17. As part of the Bellingham festival’s outreach program, the Calidore Quartet will perform in Blaine the evening of July 10 plus present a question/answer session for the Drayton Harbor students regarding their training and career development.


One of the great traditions of the Bellingham Festival of Music is how our community joins together to make this exceptional three-week classical music event happen. Perhaps the best example of this tradition is the Festivals Home-Host Program.

Every July, families in the Bellingham area open their homes to our Festival musicians. This year is no exception, with over 50 generous hosts housing 61 musicians for the upcoming July 1- July 17 season. While some hosts are Festival volunteers and board members, most are local residents who love classical music and musicians, or simply want to help bring something very special to Bellingham.

Hosting musicians is a unique and rewarding experience. Festival members are principal musicians from highly acclaimed orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony and more. It is also a great way to get involved in the Festival, all while enjoying the music of a world-class musician in your own home.

Many of our host families have generously provided housing for several Festival seasons. Often musicians and hosts become lifetime friends, returning to the same host home year-after-year. This speaks to the positive experience that home hosting has to offer and of the lasting friendships that develop.

The Festival could not be the great success that it is without the warm hospitality and generosity of its amazing home hosts. In a small gesture of appreciation, the Festival recognizes their generosity with unending appreciation, everlasting friendship, two complimentary tickets to a concert of their choice and invitations to the welcoming and closing parties.

Special Preview

for Festival Fans:

BE FIRST to see the 2017 program highlights and lineup of celebrated guest artists when you attend this year’s opening concert featuring cellist Lynn Harrell with the Bellingham Festival Orchestra on Friday, July 1st!

Next season’s highlights will be featured in the centerfold of concert programs at all 2016 Festival concerts through July 17. Plan ahead, invite friends and family to join you next summer at the 24th season concerts of the Bellingham Festival of Music.

You are invited

to come and observe a master in action. Lynn Harrell will be giving a masterclass to four local cello students on June 29th, 10am at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church on Lakeway. Dont miss this opportunity to see this world famous cellist teach the next generation.

Hotel Packages & Discounts In addition to Festival of Music concerts, Bellingham and environs offer a compelling array of recreational pleasures from golf and boating to museum visits to shopping and dining. Why not make attending the Festival part of a mini-vacation? Friends, family, and out of town patrons coming to performances can now take advantage of attractive hotel and concert packages. We are delighted to announce new partnerships with Hampton Inn, Oxford Suites, and the Fairhaven Village Inn. Their offers include discounted rates on a well-appointed room, discounted tickets for guests, plus some customized perks special to each hotel. Check our website for details.

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