Program for the 2020 Festival Season

Michael Palmer, Artistic Director

  • All concerts begin at 7:30 pm except for July 5 Chamber Music by the Bay. This year time TBA.
  • 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 orchestra concerts will be conducted by Michael Palmer.

friday, July 3, 2020

Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration Weekend Opening Night

Joan Tower: Chamber Dances

Jennifer Higdon: Viola Concerto

 Christian Colberg, Viola

Caroline Shaw: Entr’acte

Cindy McTee: The Twittering Machine

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Overture-Fantasy

 

 

Christian Colberg, Viola
Higdon: Viola Concerto

Pre-Concert Lecturer: TBA

 

sunday, July 5, 2020 

Chamber Music by the Bay, Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

Afternoon time TBA. Check back for updates.

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

Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration

Music by Women Composers curated by Pulitizer Prize-winning composer, Caroline Shaw.

Caroline Shaw, composer curator

 

tuesday, July 7, 2020

Beethoven 250th Birthday Celebration

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

 

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Beethoven Piano Concertos No. 1 and 3

Pre-concert lecturer: TBA

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Beethoven 250th Birthday Celebration

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 17

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 4

Pre-concert Lecturer: TBA

thursday, July 9, 2020

Beethoven 250th Birthday Celebration

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73

Garrick Ohlsson, Piano

 

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 and Piano Concerto No. 5

Pre-concert lecturer: TBA

sunday, July 12, 2020

Calidore String Quartet

Franz Josef Haydn: String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1, Hob. III: 1,“La Chasse” (ca.1759)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458, “Hunt” (1784)

Jörg Widmann: String Quartet No. 3 Jagdquartett (Hunting Quartet), (2003)

Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major, Op. 67 (1875)

Calidore String Quartet

Quartets of Haydn, Mozart, Widmann, Brahms

Pre-concert lecturer:TBA

tuesday, July 14, 2020

Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave)

Nickitas Demos: Storm, Echoes & Reverberations (world premiere)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Triple Concerto

Edith Kraft, piano; Richard Roberts,violin; Stephen Thomas, cello

Nickitas Demos, composer
Storm, Echoes & Reverberations
Pre-concert lecturer: TBA

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F-Major, Op. 90

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto

Tim Fain, Violin

Tim Fain, Violin
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Pre-concert lecturer: TBA

friday, July 24, 2020

Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa Solemnis

Katie Van Kooten, soprano; Ellen Graham, mezzo-soprano; John Irvin, tenor; Clayton Brainerd, bass-baritone.

Bellingham Festival Chorus, guest chorus TBA

 

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
Pre-concert lecturer: TBA