Program for the 2019 Festival Season

Michael Palmer, Artistic Director

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

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Glinka: Overture to “Russlan and Ludmilla”

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto #3 in C Major, Op.26

George Li, Piano

Rachmaninoff: Symphony #2 in E Minor, Op. 27

 George Li, Piano
Piano Concerto #3 in C Major, Op.26
Pre-Concert Lecturer: Stephen W. Yaness, Ph.D


Saturday, July 6, 2019

Mozart: Violin Concerto #3 in G Major, K.216
Benjamin Beilman, Violin

Bruckner: Symphony #4 in Eb Major “Romantic”
Arthur Fagen, Guest Conductor

Benjamin Beilman, Violin
Violin Concerto #3 in G Major, K.216

Arthur Fagen, Guest Conductor
Pre-concert Lecturer: Ryan Dudenbostel, Ph.D


Sunday, July 7, 2019

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

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

Jean-Marie Leclair: Duo Sonata, Op. 3, No. 5

Claude Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp   

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20  


Program notes to be announced from the stage

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

David Arend: “Zebra Brainwave Quorum” (world premiere)

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Pepe Romero, Guitar

Brahms: Symphony #2 in D Major, Op. 73

Pepe Romero, Guitar
Concierto de Aranjuez
Pre-concert lecturer: Audrey Kelley interviews composer David Arend

Friday, July 12, 2019

Calidore String Quartet with pianist Marc-André Hamelin

Beethoven: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34

Calidore String Quartet
Pre-concert lecturer: Gustavo Comacho, Ph.D

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Brahms: Piano Concerto #1 in D Minor, Op. 15

Brahms: Piano Concerto #2 in Bb Major, Op. 83
Marc-André Hamelin, Piano

Marc-André Hamelin, Piano
Brahms: Piano Concertos No. 1 and 2
Pre-concert lecturer: Ryan Dudenbostel, Ph.D

Friday, July 19, 2019

Jamie Barton, Mezzo-Soprano & the BFM Chorus
Gala Evening of Favorite Opera Arias and Choruses

A Gala Champagne Reception to meet Jamie–limited to 100 patrons–will follow the concert. (Admission $25 added to tickets.)

Rossini: Overture to “La gazza ladra”

Saint Saens: Bacchanale from “Samson and Delilah”

Saint Saens: “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix” from “Samson and Delilah”

Verdi: “Va pensiero” from “Nabucco”

Bizet: “Les voici” from “Carmen”

Bizet: “Cigarette Girls Chorus” and “Habanera” from “Carmen”

Bizet: “Seguidilla” from “Carmen”

Donizetti: “Servants’ Chorus” from “Don Pasquale”

Cilea: “Acerba voluttà” from “Adriana Lecouvreur”

Verdi: “Patria oppressa” from “Macbeth”

Verdi: “O don fatale” from “Don Carlo”

Bernstein: Overture to “Candide”

Bernstein: “I am easily assimilated” from “Candide”

Closing Concert with Jamie Barton, Mezzo-Soprano and the Bellingham Festival Chorus
Gala Evening of Favorite Opera Arias and Choruses
Pre-concert lecturer: Dr. Mitchell Kahn