Marrowstone festival now underway on campus

"Your campus is so gorgeous! I can't believe it has a view of the Puget Sound. I've never practiced in a place like this." Elizabeth Gergel, a student at the University of South Carolina, practices her cello behind the Performing Arts Center, in full view of Bellingham Bay, during the 2013 Marrowstone Festival. This is Gergel's first time in the Pacific Northwest, she says, and she's in awe. Practicing violin in the background is Lea Fetterman, a recent graduate of Bainbridge Island High School. File photo by Matthew Anderson | WWU

Western Today staff

The Marrowstone Summer Music Festival begins today on the Western Washington University campus. Concerts begin Thursday, July 31.

The festival, founded in 1943, is the largest and most comprehensive summer orchestra training program in the Pacific Northwest. More than 200 musicians, aged 13 to 25, attend the festival each year from more than 30 states and several countries to study with the festival's internationally acclaimed faculty. During the intense two-week program, students are immersed in orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes and professional performances for the Bellingham public.

The heart and soul of Marrowstone is its internationally acclaimed faculty, which boasts members of the world’s most distinguished symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera companies and conservatories. But the musical gifts of the faculty are most vividly reflected in their devotion to the training of the next generation of young artists. Marrowstone has always been a place where the precious legacy of great and timeless music serves to enrich the artists of today and inspire the performers of tomorrow. It is a place to watch musical sparks fly and to witness a great love for music being reborn and rekindled in the next generation of artists.

The schedule:

7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31:

Faculty Chamber Music - Western Washington University Performing Arts Center

Sergei Prokofiev: Quintet
Paul Hindemith: Kammermusik No. 1
Toru Takamitsu: “Rain Spell”
Vaclav Nelhybel: Trio for Brass
Hector Villa-Lobos: Quintet

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2:

Marrowstone Chamber Orchestra - Western Washington University Performing Arts Center

Stephen Rogers Radcliffe, conductor

Claude Debussy: Petite Suite
Maurice Ravel: Pavane pour une infant défunte
Johannes Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op.18

3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3:

Marrwstone Festival Orchestras - Western Washington University Performing Arts Center

Gerard Schwarz, conductor

Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911)
Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7:

Faculty chamber music - Western Washington University Performing Arts Center

Maurice Durufle: Prelude, Recitatif and Variations
Stravinski: L’Histoire du Soldat
Samuel Barber: Summer Music for Woodwind Quintet
Mikhail Glinka: Grand Sextet in E-flat Major
Sylvestre Revueltas: Ocho X Radio
Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9:

Marrowstone Chamber Orchestra - Western Washington University Performing Arts Center

Stephen Rogers Radcliffe, conductor

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No 3 “Eroica”

3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10:

Marrowstone Festival Orchestras - Mount Baker Theater

Ryan Dudenbostel and Stephen Rogers Radcliffe, conductors

George Gershwin: An American in Paris
Antonín Dvorák: Slavonic Dances
Serge Rachmaninoff: Caprice Bohémien, Op. 12
Ottorino Respighi: The Pines of Rome