2021 Festival Season

We are thrilled to announce that the Festival’s live performances will resume this summer in the Western Washington University Performing Arts Center, July 10–18. Tickets go on sale June 1.

Because of lingering Covid-19 cases in Whatcom County and our status in Governor Inslee’s pandemic reopening plan, this will not be a season like other seasons. In following the guidance of the County Health Department, we will not able to present a full three-weeks of music-making, but will offer three orchestra and two chamber music programs in nine days. To conform to requirements for social distancing, the orchestra will be limited to 26 players, mostly strings. Similarly, we will not be able to seat as many listeners as usual at each concert. Therefore, most concerts will be performed twice. Please refer to our Covid Health and Safety protocols for full details.

Even as we make these accommodations, we are delighted to once again assemble some of our wonderful orchestra musicians under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Michael Palmer. We will hear them not only in orchestral works but in chamber music as well. And we are thrilled to welcome back our ensemble-in-residence, the Calidore String Quartet, whose members will not only perform their own program but display their individual virtuosity as concerto soloists.


Michael Palmer, Artistic Director and Conductor
The Calidore String Quartet

Saturday, July 10, 2021
3:00 PM and 7:30 PM

BFM Orchestra

J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2 for Flute and Strings
and Continuo (harpsichord) BWV 1067

Christina Smith, Flute

Edward Elgar: Serenade for Strings

F.J. Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major Hob.VIIb:1 with 2 oboes, 2 horns

Estelle Choi, Cello

Monday, July 12, 2021 
7:30 PM

Festival Chamber Players

Nickitas Demos: Clarinet Sextet

W.A. Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A-major K. 581

Laura Ardan Clarinet
BFM String Principals: Richard Roberts, Victor Costanzi, violins; Christian Colberg, viola;
Steven Thomas, cello; Jordan Anderson, double bass.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
3:00 PM and 7:30 PM

BFM Orchestra

Benjamin Britten: Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4

W.A. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major K.364 with 2 oboes, 2 horns

Jeremy Berry, Viola  |  Jeffrey Myers, Violin

Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite Op. 40

Thursday, July 15, 2021
3:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Calidore String Quartet

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2 in G Major Op. 18, No. 2

Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor, 1893

Sunday, July 18, 2021
3:00 PM and 7:30 PM

BFM Orchestra

W.A. Mozart: Violin Concerto #5 in A-Major, K.219 with two oboes, 2 horns

Ryan Meehan, Violin

P.I. Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48