Whatcom Magazine

B-52s, classical concerts enliven Bellingham this summer

Salmon dinners at sea

What could be better than a sail on Bellingham Bay with a three-hour salmon dinner aboard one of the largest mainsails on the West Coast? The professional chef aboard the Schooner Zodiac will prepare locally caught salmon, a seasonal salad and a variety of side dishes, all served buffet-style.

Schooner Zodiac salmon dinner sails are scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on June 19; July 3, 4, 24 and 31; Aug. 14 and 28; and Sept. 4, departing from 355 Harris Ave. Tickets are $79.

Details: 206-719-7622, bob@schoonerzodiac.com and schoonerzodiac.com.

Music festival celebrates composers’ love of country

Bellingham Festival of Music has garnered some of the best classical instrumentalists and vocalists since its founding in 1993 under artistic director Michael Palmer. This year’s season runs July 3-19, with five orchestral concerts, four chamber music concerts, and two master classes open to the public.

Palmer has chosen works by composers who are identified, in part, by their national heritage, as well as works that represent personal and national struggles. Guest artists include violinist Vadim Gluzman, soprano Katie Van Kooten, bassist Alexander Hanna, pianist Arnaldo Cohen, and the Calidore Quartet.

Featured works include Johannes Brahms’ First Piano Concerto, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and Antonin Dvorak’s Seventh Symphony. A season highlight is Jean Sibelius’ First Symphony, to honor the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Concerts are at Western Washington University, Bellingham Cruise Terminal, and Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall. Season and individual concert tickets are at 360-650-6146 and tickets.wwu.edu. Details: 360-360-201-6621, bellinghamfestival.org.

B-52s land in Bellingham

One of the best sing-along songs of the 1980s is the B-52’s “Love Shack,” and now the band that made it a hit is coming to Bellingham. Originally a quintet, the three performers —Cindy Wilson, Kate Pierson and Fred Schneider — perform their other groundbreaking songs, including “Private Idaho,” “Roam” and “Rock Lobster,” at 7:30 p.m. June 29 at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.

Tickets, $45 to $89, are at 360-734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com. More on the band: http://theb52s.com.

Bellingham Music Club turns 100 with gala concert

Bellingham Music Club celebrates its centennial season in 2015-16, starting with a gala concert June 21 that features 17 international musicians, many of them former club award winners.

The concert includes a special honor for longtime teacher and violinist Joanne Donnellan, plus chamber works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Ravel and others. Performers include Cole Anderson, Nick Strobel, Grant Donnellan, Angelo Rondello, Lindsey Nakatani and Albert Diaz.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. at Bellingham High School. Tickets are $25 at Village Books, Piper Music and bellinghammusicclub.org. Details: 360-398-2484.

Repetory Theatre offers summer plays

Mount Baker Theatre’s Repertory Theatre offers a mix of poignancy, comedy and drama, with top local and regional actors. Here’s the summer lineup, running alternately July 14 through Aug. 9 in Mount Baker’s intimate Walton Theatre.

• “The Last Romance,” Joe Dipietro’s story about a widower with a second chance at love; a romantic and, at times, humorous tale.

• “Jake’s Women,” Neil Simon’s tale of a novelist plagued by a midlife crisis who uses flashbacks to save his marriage and find peace of mind.

• “Other Desert Cities,” Jon Robin Baitz’s dramatic comedy about a family reunion that veers into chaos when the daughter, just out of rehab, announces she’s going to publish her memoir.

Tickets, $25 per show, are at 360-734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com.