Festival of Music highlights include Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ Mass

Taiwan-born Cho-Liang Lin is the featured soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto in D-Major, to be performed July 5 for the 2016 Bellingham Festival of Music.
Taiwan-born Cho-Liang Lin is the featured soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto in D-Major, to be performed July 5 for the 2016 Bellingham Festival of Music. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A performance of Mozart’s “Requiem Mass in D minor,” Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, and appearances by guest soloists Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin, Kuok-Wai Lio, Peter Serkin, and the resident Calidore String Quartet highlight the 23rd season of the Bellingham Festival of Music, July 1-17, under artistic director Michael Palmer.

Palmer will conduct the Festival Orchestra and Chorus in performances at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center. In addition, there will be chamber music performances by the Calidore Quartet at WWU’s PAC on July 7 and by members of the Festival Orchestra for a Chamber Music by the Bay concert July 10 at Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

Free pre-concert lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. in the WWU PAC Concert Hall before each of the five orchestral concerts (July 1, 5, 9, 13, and 17). Performances are 7:30 p.m., except the Chamber Music by the Bay concert, at 4 p.m.

Whatcom Community Foundation Fund and Whatcom Museum of History & Art sponsor a series of free concerts this year: at 2 p.m. July 9, at Mallard Ice Cream, 1323 Railroad Ave.; a question-and-answer and jam session at 4 p.m. July 10, with the Calidore Quartet, followed by a performance at 7 p.m., both at the Blaine Performing Arts Center at Blaine High School, 975 H St.; a concert at noon July 11 at the Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., in Lynden; and at noon July 15 at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St.

Season tickets for the full series or the orchestral series, as well as tickets for individual concerts, are available online at bellinghamfestival.org and at WWU’s box office, tickets.wwu.edu, and 360-650-6146.

Tickets are $224 to $302 for a full season; $144 to $210 for orchestra-only concerts; and $12 (students) to $45 for individual concerts. Tickets for the Calidore String Quartet concert July 7 are $25 and $35. The Chamber Music by the Bay concert July 10 is $60.

Complete programs and soloists (subject to change):

July 1: Haydn’s Overture to “L’infedeltà delusa”

Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor, featuring Lynn Harrell

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93

July 5

Verdi’s Prelude to “La Traviata”

Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, featuring Cho-Liang Lin

Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 in A Major, Op. 90 (“Scottish”)

July 7

Calidore String Quartet

Mendelssohn’s Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1

Prokofiev’s Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92

Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11

July 9

Rossini’s Overture to “William Tell”

Juan Ramírez’ “Suite Latina,” featuring the Calidore String Quartet

Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 38 “Spring”

July 10

Chamber Music by the Bay features musicians from the Festival Orchestra: Richard Roberts, Stephen Majeske, Christian Colberg, Steven Thomas, Jordan Anderson, Keisuke Wakao, Laura Ardan, Charles Butler and Jeffrey Gilliam.

Schubert’s String Trio in B-flat Major

Bartok’s “Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano”

Bruch’s “Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano,” (arranged for oboe, viola and piano): No. 1 in A minor, Andante; No. 2 in B minor; Allegro; and No. 6 in G minor, Nachtgesang: Andante con moto

Saint-Saëns’s “Septet E-flat major, for piano, trumpet, string quartet and bass

July 13

Mussorgsky’s “Dawn on the River Moskva” prelude to the opera “Khovanshchina”

Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25, featuring Kuok-Wai Lio

Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G Major, featuring soprano Ilana Davidson

July 17

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, featuring Peter Serkin

Mozart’s “Requiem Mass in D minor,” featuring soprano Ilana Davidson; alto Rebecca Robinson; tenor Cullen Gandy; and baritone Thomas Dreeze with the Festival Chorus

Margaret Bikman: 360-715-2273, @bhamentertainme