Bellingham, WA – October 18, 2010 The Bellingham Festival of Music announced plans for its 2011 summer program which includes a full-length opera, important debuts, and returning stars from recent seasons.
“This season continues our mission to bring the highest caliber classical music performances to Bellingham, “ said Artistic Director Michael Palmer in his introduction to the season’s plans at the Festival annual meeting at Lairmont Manor. “You don’t have to go to New York or Chicago or Montreal. We bring these top-flight musicians here to play for you.”
The Festival will open on July 1 with an all-Beethoven concert, featuring as guest soloist the international star pianist, Arnaldo Cohen, who dazzled audiences here in 2008 with his performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto.
Other highlights include a concert version of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio; the return of the spectacular young violinist, Stefan Jackiw, playing one of the most challenging concertos in the violin repertoire, the Sibelius D minor; one of the great oboists of the world, Joseph Robinson, former principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic ; and the debut of two brilliant Chinese artists, violinist Chen Xi, 2002 Tchaikovsky competition prize winner, and cellist Nie Jaiping, who perform together in the Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello.
Now in its 18th season, the Festival has become one of the premier summer classical music events in the northwest and has been the recipient of two consecutive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, joining such august organizations as the Seattle Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet as one of the few Washington performing arts organizations to receive this prestigious grant.
The Festival concerts take place in various venues in Whatcom county, including the Performing Arts Center at Western Washington University, the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, and the Whatcom Museum.
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Bellingham Festival of Music
PO Box 818
Bellingham, WA 98227