November 2016 Newsletter

Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Membership Meeting in October at the beautiful Lairmont Manor. For those of you in attendance and to you who were unable to attend, we thank you for your continued support of the Bellingham Festival of Music. As an all volunteer, community supported non-profit, we could not fulfill our mission of presenting world-class classical music of the highest artistic excellence without all of you—our wonderful patrons and volunteers!

As we prepare for our 24th Festival Season, we hope we can count on your continued generous support. Our annual development drive begins this month, so please watch for your membership letter in the mail. And, do let us know if you have any suggestions or comments to make your membership more valuable. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank each of you for your inspiring and generous support.

Karen Berry, Chair


2017 Festival of Music Season Unveiled
At Annual Membership Meeting by
Artistic Director Michael Palmer

Artistic Director Michael Palmer Conducts
Five Orchestral Concerts

July 1 – 21

World Premieres
by Ben Taylor, Lorenzo Palomo

Season Finale Celebrates
Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Anniversary

2017 Festival Programs as of October 2016

July 1, 2016

Patrick Harlan: Rapture

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano

Ben Taylor: Concerto for String Quartet (World premiere)

Calidore String Quartet

Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1919 Version)

July 2, 2017

Calidore String Quartet in Recital

July 8, 2017

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G-Major

Jeremy Denk, piano

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat “Eroica”

July 9, 2017 – Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Chamber Music by the Bay featuring Festival Orchestra Principals and Guitarist Pablo Villegas

Jul 13, 2017

Evening of Concertos with Festival Orchestra Principals and Pablo Villegas

Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major

Charles Butler, trumpet

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-flat Major, K. 364

Richard Roberts, violin; Christian Colberg, viola

Lorenzo Palomo: In the Garden of Bacchus, Concerto for Guitar

Pablo Villegas, guitar

Work TBA

July 16, 2017

Respighi: Trittico Botticelliano

Haydn: Cello Concerto in D Major

Zuill Bailey, cello

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A-Major “Italian”

July 21, 2017

All Bernstein Evening –An Early Celebration of Bernstein’s 100th Anniversary

Bernstein: Candide: Overture

Bernstein: Serenade after Plato’s Symposium

Robert McDuffie, violin

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

Festival chorus and boy soprano TBA

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

2017 Special Events

During the Annual Meeting, Festival Chair, Karen Berry also revealed additional events including the return for a March 19 recital of pianist Ilya Yakushev, an immediate hit when he substituted on short notice last summer, playing the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1. There will also be the annual Welcome Home Recital, January 7, by Bellingham-trained guitarist Eli Schille-Hudson. The annual Play it Forward residency in March (exact dates TBD) will once again feature gifted young musicians from the Colburn Conservatory who will visit middle and high school classrooms, and offer masterclasses and community concerts in Bellingham and Whatcom County. “Beethoven in the Schools,” the “Blue Skies for Children” collaboration, support for Fifth Grade Strings, and other outreach activities will also continue in the year ahead.

Special Thanks

We also want to express our appreciation to the three talented performers who entertained us at the Annual Meeting, making the evening special for everyone.

  • Erica Ewell, mezzo soprano, WWU Senior, BFM Board Member, with accompanist, Rachael Roulet
  • Mary From, violin, Sehome High School Sophomore, with accompanist, Nancy Heyer
  • Henry From, piano, Fairhaven Middle School, Seventh Grade
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