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Tasty Treats For Melodic Summer Nights: What Fuels The Musicians At Northwest Summer Festivals?

A long, relaxed summer evening in the company of live classical music and fine food. That’s a favorite Northwest pleasure offered around the region: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival (Concert on the Village Green), Bellingham Festival of Music (Chamber by the Bay), and Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival (Music Under the Stars), to name a few. It’s the kind of pleasure that fuels your soul. Continue Reading Tasty Treats For Melodic Summer Nights: What Fuels The Musicians At Northwest Summer Festivals?

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Celebrating 25 Years Of The Bellingham Festival Of Music: A Conversation With Michael Palmer

The Bellingham Festival of Music is celebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary season. It’s also Artistic Director Michael Palmer’s 50th year as a conductor. Anjuli Dodhia sat down for a conversation with the Maestro about his career, the Bellingham Festival of Music, and what concert-goers can look forward to this season. Continue Reading Celebrating 25 Years Of The Bellingham Festival Of Music: A Conversation With Michael Palmer

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Won’t You Share My Cello, Neighbor?

Did you know that the director of the new documentary film about Mr. Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Morgan Neville – also directed The Music of Strangers, the 2016 documentary about Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project? And that Yo-Yo Ma’s son Nicholas is one of the producers of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
In a clip of his appearance on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Nicholas Ma is a six-year-old pianist, with his father playing cello and the delighted host of the show watching them closely. Continue Reading Won’t You Share My Cello, Neighbor?

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Officers of the 5th U.S. Cavalry near Washington, D.C., in 1865. Julia Ward Howe was inspired to write "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" after a visit with Union troops in the thick of the Civil War. CREDIT: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

How ‘The Battle Hymn Of The Republic’ Became An Anthem For Every Cause

There’s an episode of The Johnny Cash Show from 1969 where the man himself makes a little speech with a pretty big error. “Here’s a song that was reportedly sung by both sides in the Civil War,” Cash says, guitar in hand, to kick off a performance of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The real history is clear: Julia Ward Howe wrote the song as a pro-Union, anti-slavery anthem. But then Cash goes on to say, ” …. which proves to me that a song can belong to all of us.” And about that, he’s right. Continue Reading How ‘The Battle Hymn Of The Republic’ Became An Anthem For Every Cause

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