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Marrowstone Music Festival a tradition for young performers

Western Washington University’s Ryan Dudenbostel is one of the conductors in the Marrowstone Music Festival, with performances July 28-Aug. 7 at WWU and Mount Baker Theatre.
Western Washington University’s Ryan Dudenbostel is one of the conductors in the Marrowstone Music Festival, with performances July 28-Aug. 7 at WWU and Mount Baker Theatre. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Marrowstone Music Festival, founded in 1943, is a Pacific Northwest orchestral training program presented by the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and hosted by Western Washington University. The festival features six performances by musicians ages 14 to 25, July 28 through Aug. 7 at WWU’s Performing Arts Center, with one concert at Mount Baker Theater.

Marrowstone students study with internationally acclaimed performers and artist-faculty from such institutions as the Chicago Symphony, the Zurich Opera Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the University of Michigan, the University of Texas-Austin, the Empire Brass and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Graduates from Marrowstone perform in major orchestras and opera companies across the United States, including those in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and New York, as well as internationally in London, Paris, Milan, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

The conductors at Marrowstone are Seattle Youth Symphonies music director Stephen Rogers Radcliffe and Ryan Dudenbostel, director of orchestral studies at WWU, conductor of the WWU Symphony Orchestra and the director of the WWU contemporary music ensemble NowHearThis!

All performances are at WWU’s PAC except the Aug. 7 concert, which is at Mount Baker Theatre.

Tickets are available at marrowstone.org and in-person at WWU’s box office, 360-650-6146, tickets@wwu.edu. Details also on Facebook.

Programs and artists are subject to change.

July 28, 7:30 p.m.: Faculty Chamber Music. Amy Beach’s “Theme and Variations;” Jean Francaix’s Octet for Winds and Strings; Oskar Bohme’s Prelude and Fugue for Brass Trio; and Erno Dohnanyi’s “Sextet for Winds, Strings and Piano.” Tickets: $10 and $15.

July 30, 7:30 p.m.: Marrowstone Chamber Orchestra. Ottorino Respighi’s “Trittico Boticelliano;” Antonin Dvorak’s “Serenade in D minor, Op. 44;” Benjamin Britten’s “Prelude and Fugue for Strings;” and Gian-Carlo Menotti’s “The Telephone,” featuring soprano Heather Dudenbostel and baritone Mark Davies. Tickets: $15 students, $20 and $26 adults.

July 31, 3 p.m.: Marrowstone Festival Orchestras. Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Suite from “On the Waterfront;” Alexander Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances;” Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Francesca da Rimini;” and Paul Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Weber.” Tickets: $15 students, $39 adults.

Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m.: Faculty Chamber Music. Benjamin Britten’s “Phantasy Quartet;” Arnold Schoenberg’s “Transfigured Night;” Francis Poulenc’s “Sextet for Winds and Piano;” and Johannes Brahms’s String Quartet No. 1. Tickets: $10 and $15.

Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m.: Marrowstone Chamber Orchestra. Felix Mendelssohn’s Overture in C, Op. 24; Ned Rorem’s Eleven Studies for Eleven Players; Richard Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll;” and Antonin Dvorak’s Serenade in E Major, Op. 22. Tickets: $15 students, $20 and $26 adults.

Aug. 7, 3 p.m.: Marrowstone Festival Orchestras. Franz Liszt’s “Orpheus;” Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Mlada Suite;” Leoš Janácek’s Sinfonietta; and Richard Strauss’s “Don Juan.” Tickets: $15 students, $29 and $39 adults.

Margaret Bikman: 360-715-2273, @bhamentertainme

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