Your Community. Your Orchestra. POWERFUL. BEAUTIFUL. INSPIRING.
YOUR COMMUNIT Y. YOUR ORCHESTRA. Weâ€™ve changed our name but not our mission. Spend this season with us as the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra continues to perform music of all ages to audiences of all ages throughout Whatcom County.
DINE WITH THE SYMPHONY AT-HOME DINNERS: Our At-Home Dinners are generously hosted by supporters in their homes. These dinners offer a special opportunity to meet and dine with talented and often world-renowned musicians for a truly memorable experience!
RESTAURANT DINNERS: Our Restaurant Dinners are unique dining experiences at a variety of local restaurants, pairing the culinary talents of our communityâ€™s chefs with the musical stylings of BSO players and guest artists who perform at the events.
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A MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GAIL RIDENOUR To our patrons, supporters, and friends This year marks our orchestra’s 44th season, and we continue to be communitybuilt—composed of musicians from our own Whatcom County—and communitydriven—dedicated to reaching audiences of all ages with live orchestral music and engagement opportunities. Though we begin our 2019-2020 season as the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra, our mission and our devotion to the music arts throughout our county has not changed. The decision to rebrand the organization was reached by our Board of Directors in April 2018 after careful consideration, thorough research, and key consultations with our musicians and community members. Frequently, orchestras at our level are named after the city in which they perform. For the past four decades, we have performed predominantly in the city of Bellingham, which has received national recognition. We believe this new opportunity will ultimately help us better serve our audiences throughout the county by aiding our efforts to connect with high-caliber guest artists and elevating our organization to achieve greater respect on the regional and national level. We have another incredible season in store, including a special summer baroque concert, featuring our own musicians as soloists. Our expanded youth and community engagement programs are taking performances out of the concert hall and into our classrooms and community, reaching an even broader audience in our county. Whatcom County is home to a talented and thriving arts community, and I am proud to call it my home as well. I invite you to join us as we continue to celebrate our legacy of homegrown powerful, beautiful, and inspiring musical performance. Sincerely,
CL ASSICAL ON TAP IS GOING ON TOUR ACROSS WHATCOM COUNT Y! We’re taking the music on tour across Whatcom County. Bring the whole family to our Classical Around Town events for free live music performances and community vibes! FACEBOOK.COM/BELLINGHAMSYMPHONY WWW.BELLINGHAMSYMPHONY.ORG
CLASSICAL FOR ALL AGES! THE BELLINGHAM SYMPHONY CELEBRATES CLASSICAL MUSIC AUDIENCES OF ALL AGES!
CL ASSICAL KIDS CLUB Introduce the kiddos in your life to the joys of classical and live music performance! Classical Kids are invited to our dress rehearsals and can receive free tickets to our concerts! TAKE -A- TEEN ( T- A -T ) Anyone age 19 and under is eligible for one FREE Take-A-Teen ticket* with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket. STUDENT RUSH Calling all students! Starting at 1PM on concert day, students can purchase best-available seats for just $8 with a valid student I.D.! #ReadySetRushBSO STUDENT SUBSCRIPTIONS Love the music but not the rush? Become a Student Subscriber to lock in your seats at ALL 5 of our classical concerts** at the Student Rush rate for a total of $40 for 5 concerts! MBT ticketing fees apply. For more information, visit WWW.BELLINGHAMSYMPHONY.ORG or call (360) 734-6080. *Take-A-Teen offer does not include Section A ** Not including Section A. Student Subscriptions do not include BSO Plays Bach or Holiday Magic.
My dear friends, I am delighted to celebrate 44 years of powerful, beautiful, and inspiring performances from our fabulous orchestra. As I embark on my 7th year as Music Director, I will continue to strive for the highest quality of music making. We are dedicated to presenting diverse programming and high caliber guest artists, and our 19-20 season is no exception! The first half of our season features music to move us, including Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Danzón No. 2 from Mexican composer Arturo Márquez, and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture. In the second half of the season, you will hear truly iconic works, including Sibelius’ Finlandia, Korngold’s Theme and Variations, and Brahms’ unforgettable Violin Concerto! We are joined by many outstanding soloists this season, including pianist Jon Kimura Parker plus the warmly-welcomed return of cellist Amit Peled. I know that you will enjoy every moment of this incredible season. Thank you for sharing our commitment to the music arts in our community—your support makes it possible for us to bring the music to everyone in Whatcom County and beyond! Musically yours,
AUG 23 F R I D AY, 7PM
THE BSO PLAYS BACH
Join members of your community orchestra for a special Baroque performance, exploring musical mirrors between Johann Sebastian Bach and contemporary composer, Arvo Pärt.
JON KIMURA PARKER, PIANO
SEPT 29 S U N D AY, 3PM
“...Parker has made these great musical stories even more compelling, seemingly effortlessly – which is a great storyteller’s true secret weapon” -JOHN TERAUDS
MUSIC IN MOTION PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY | PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 JULES MASSENET | “BALLET SUITE,” LE CID ARTURO MÁRQUEZ | DANZÓN NO. 2
NOV 17 S U N D AY, 3PM
“His amiable and inviting personality is exactly the type everyone says we’ll need more of if classical music is to survive.” -THE BALTIMORE SUN
BORODIN MEETS BEETHOVEN ALEXANDER BORODIN | SYMPHONY NO. 2 CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS | CELLO CONCERTO NO. 1 LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN | EGMONT OVERTURE
AMIT PELED, CELLO
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Fri. Aug. 23, 2019 The BSO Plays Bach
Sun. Sept. 29, 2019 Music in Motion
Sun. Nov. 17, 2019 Borodin Meets Beethoven
Sun. Dec. 8, 2019 Holiday Magic!
Sun. Feb. 9, 2020 Finlandia
Sun. March 15, 2020 Between Worlds: HFD
Sun. May 31, 2020 Brahms’ Violin
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JOIN THE SYMPHONY FOR A LITTLE HOLIDAY CHEER!
DEC 8 S U N D AY, 3PM Bring the whole family to our 4th annual Holiday Magic concert, featuring a live orchestra performance of The Snowman and, as always, hot cocoa for the kiddos at intermission!
“Stunning silky tone, technical wizardry, and immensely stylish playing.” -REVIEWVANCOUVER
FEB 9 S U N D AY , 3 P M
GIORA SCHMIDT, VIOLIN JOHAN SVENDSEN | ROMANCE FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA DMITRY KABALEVSKY | VIOLIN CONCERTO JEAN SIBELIUS | SYMPHONY NO. 7 JEAN SIBELIUS | FINLANDIA
MAR 15 S U N D AY, 3PM
PART OF THE HARMONY FROM DISCORD SERIES
DANIEL BOLSHOY, GUITAR JESSICA CHOE, PIANO ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD | THEME AND VARIATIONS MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO | GUITAR CONCERTO NO. 1 PAVEL HAAS | STUDY FOR STRINGS ERWIN SCHULHOFF | PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1
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“Stunning silky tone, technical wizardry, and immensely stylish playing.”
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M AY 3 1 S U N D AY , 3 P M
BRAHMS’ VIOLIN CHEE-YUN, VIOLIN JOHANNES BRAHMS | VIOLIN CONCERTO JOHANNES BRAHMS/ARNOLD SCHOENBERG | PIANO QUARTET NO. 1
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MUSIC IN MOTION Jon Kimura Parker, piano Tchaikovsky | Piano Concerto No. 1 Massenet | “Ballet Suite,” Le Cid Márquez | Danzón No. 2
BORODIN MEETS BEETHOVEN Amit Peled, cello Borodin | Symphony No. 2 Saint-Saëns | Cello Concerto No. 1 Beethoven | Egmont Overture
HARMONY FROM DISCORD
Daniel Bolshoy, guitar Jessica Choe, piano
Korngold | Theme and Variations Castelnuovo-Tedesco | Guitar Concerto No. 1 Haas | Study for Strings Schulhoff | Piano Concerto
BRAHMS’ VIOLIN Chee-Yun, violin
Brahms | Violin Concerto Brahms/Schoenberg | Piano Quartet No. 1
Featuring a live orchestra performance of The Snowman and, as always, hot cocoa for the kiddos at intermission!
FINL ANDIA Giora Schmidt, violin
Svendsen | Romance for Violin and Orchestra Kabalevsky | Violin Concerto Sibelius | Symphony No. 7 Sibelius | Finlandia
Check out what we've got on the program for our 44th season!