Program for the 2018 Silver Anniversary Season

Michael Palmer, Artistic Director

  • All concerts begin at 7:30 pm except for July 8 Chamber by the Bay at 4:00 pm.
  • Pre-concert talks take place at 6:30 pm.
  • All concerts, except Chamber by the Bay, take place at Western Washington University Performing Arts Center.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Antonin Dvorak: Carnival Overture

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Violin Concerto (1945)

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C-minor, Op. 68

Stefan Jackiw, Violin
Korngold Violin Concerto

A Festival favorite returns as his career has gone into orbit.

Pre-Concert Talk – dr. ryan dudenbostel

Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Calidore String Quartet,

Mozart: String Quartet D Major, K. 575

Bartok: String Quartet No. 5  Sz.102

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 9, Op. 59 No.3


The Calidore String Quartet,
playing Mozart, Bartok and Beethoven

Our resident Quartet with hometown ties is enjoying a meteoric career both nationally and internationally.

Pre-Concert Talk – dr. mitchell kahn

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Irving Fine: Toccata Concertante (1947)

Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2
Inon Barnatan, Piano

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote
Steven Thomas, Cello; Christian Colberg, Viola

Inon Barnatan, Piano
Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2

A new face for the BFM, Inon Barnatan, is much in demand for recitals and performances with major symphony orchestras.

Pre-Concert Talk – dr. robert lynch

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Chamber by the Bay, Bellingham Cruise Terminal at 4:00 PM

J.C. Bach: Quartet for Oboe and Strings in B-flat

Rossini: Sonata for Wind Quartet No. 3 in F Major

Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence for String Sextet


This very popular event is always a sellout. This concert is followed by a wine and appetizer reception. Seating is limited.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (Played in memory of Frances LeCocq)
Richard Roberts, Violin

Aaron Jay Kernis: Symphony No. 4 ” Chromelodeon” (West Coast premiere)

Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations
Narek Hakhnazaryan, Cello

Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2

Narek Hakhnazaryan, Cello
performing Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations

Making his BFM Debut, the cellist won the gold medal at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Pre-Concert Talk – audrey kelley with Aaron Jay Kernis, Narek Hakhnazaryan

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385 “Haffner”

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1
Simone Porter, Violin

Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op 61

Simone Porter, Violin
Prokofiev Violin Concerto #1

A Seattle native on a rocketing career in her Festival debut.

Pre-Concert Talk – dr ryan dudenbostel

Friday, July 20, 2018

Poulenc: Gloria
Bellingham Festival Chorus; Maria Valdes, Soprano

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Closing Concert with the Bellingham Festival Chorus and Maria Valdes, Soprano
Poulenc “Gloria”

The outstanding Bellingham Festival Chorus returns for this ebullient work for chorus, orchestra and soprano soloist.

Pre-Concert Talk – audrey kelley