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Originally published Friday, July 4, 2014 at 6:31 AM

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8 classical-music festivals across Washington

A roundup of classical-music festivals in Seattle and other spots in Washington state, during summer 2014.


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Orchestras have closed their official seasons until fall, but that doesn’t mean the music has died away. Washington state boasts many fine opportunities to hear classical music during the summer, whether you’re at home or away.

Olympic Music Festival

These “concerts in the barn” truck chamber music into a rural setting, and audiences are invited to take in the performances either on hay bales in the converted dairy barn or out on the lawn with a picnic and some goats. Co-directors Alan Iglitzin and Julio Elizalde have planned programs ranging from “Arias and Arguments” to Beethoven’s “Glorious String Trios.” 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Sept. 7, 7360 Center Road, Quilcene, Jefferson County (360-732-4800 or olympicmusicfestival.org).

Icicle Creek international Chamber Music Festival

This fest is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a series of master classes and themed concerts in the majestic Canyon Wren Recital Hall and the new Snowy Owl Theater. Guests include Seattle Symphony clarinetist/Seattle Chamber Players co-founder Laura DeLuca, and cellist Rajan Krishnaswami, founder of the chamber group Simple Measures. Through July 20, 7409 Icicle Road, Leavenworth (877-265-6026 or icicle.org).

Bellingham Festival of Music

Fans will surely flock north to hear piano luminary Richard Goode, who will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503, with the Bellingham Festival Orchestra on July 16. Other guests in this quality fest: violinist Stefan Jackiw, guitarist Pablo Villegas and the Calidore String Quartet. July 5-20, Western Washington University, Bellingham (360-201-6621 or bellinghamfestival.org).

Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival

James Ehnes is now at the helm of this wildly popular gathering, which this year offers 12 chamber-music concerts (free preconcert recital precedes each); a free concert at Volunteer Park; conversation sessions with artists and open rehearsals; and a family concert, “Peter and the Wolf.” And, of course, favorite performers such as violinists Augustin Hadelich and Ida Levin; violist Richard O’Neill; cellists Robert DeMaine and Efe Baltacigil; and pianists Jon Kimura Parker, Inon Barnatan and the married duo of Anna Polonsky and Orion Weiss (no four-handers for them this year). July 7-Aug. 20, Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, Seattle (206-283-8710 or seattlechambermusic.org).

Lake Chelan Bach Festival

The 33rd iteration of the fest includes winery concerts, a young musicians’ performance, a noon concert series and a free closing-night Pops in the Park program right next to the water, featuring works by Sibelius and Liszt, as well as Cole Porter and John Philip Sousa. July 11-19, various locations in Lake Chelan (bachfest.org).

Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival

Along with the concerts and “Afterglow” parties at Signal Hill Ranch, artistic director Kevin Krentz offers a couple of newfangled experiences: On July 26, the Fellowship Quartet will perform a matinee at Twisp Works, the historic-ranger-station-turned-artistic-hub on Highway 20; and on July 27, patrons can christen the Piano Garden, comprising 11 pianos buried among the trees near the ranch. Each piano is being allowed to “return to the dust” from which each of them came — back when they were trees, not instruments. Champagne, music and a firepit gathering will follow. July 24-Aug. 2, Winthrop, Okanogan County (509-996-6000 or methowmusicfestival.org).

Marrowstone Music Festival

The Bellingham-based fest has been training hundreds of young musicians every summer since 1943. The two-week session includes not only instruction but concerts by faculty and the students; a series of performances will be held at Western Washington University in Bellingham, as well as through the Marrowstone-in-the-City program on the evenings of July 25 at the Overlake School, Redmond, and July 31 at Shorecrest High, Shoreline (360-650-2200 or marrowstone.syso.org).

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival

Artistic director Aloysia Friedmann and her talented family and colleagues present “Classical Music with a View” on one of the most scenic of the San Juans. Guests include baritone Philip Cutlip, cellist Bion Tsang and violinist Andrés Cárdenes. Special this year: “3 Parkers, 1 Piano,” in which brothers Jackie (aka Jon Kimura Parker) and Jamie Parker, and their cousin Ian Parker will “take turns in every possible musical combination.” Aug. 8-23, Orcas Center, Eastsound (360-376-6636 or oicmf.org).

Seattle Times staff



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