The Whidbey Island Music Festival puts you in intimate venues listening to baroque and classical chamber music until you are completely relaxed and drifting off into a world of calm and beauty.
Now in its eighth season, the festival runs from Aug. 2 to 4.
This year, the festival will present three concerts of two different programs showcasing the music of Handel and Bach, and will also present a Christmas concert in December, according to press material about the festival.
The programs are as follows.
Program 1: 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Augustine’s in-the woods, Episcopal Church, 5217 S. Honeymoon Bay Road, Freeland, and 3 p.m. Sunday at Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road, A 201, Greenbank.
The program will include Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 5 HWV 323 by Handel; Handel’s “With Ravished ears” (from Alexander’s Feast, HWV 75); Concerto Grosso Op. 2 No. 4, Francesco Saverio Geminiani; Lascia ch’io piana (from Rinaldo, HWV 7), Handel; E pur cosi tu giorno — piangero la sorte mia (from Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17); Concerto Grosso Op. 1 No. 5 in D major, Antonio Locatelli; Let the Bright Seraphim (from Samson, HWV 57), Handel.
Program II: Bach Cantatas: Songs of Praise and Joy: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Augustine’s in-the-woods.
The program includes Concerto in D major for trumpet and strings, GWV 308, Christoph Graupner; Auch mit gedamften schwachen stimme, from BWV 36, Johann Sebastian Bach; Laudamus te, from the B minor mass, BWV 232; Concerto for 2 violins in d minor, BWV 1043 J.S. Bach; Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51, J.S. Bach;
Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door, $20 for seniors at the door, free for children. Go to www.whidbeyislandmusicfestival.org/Artists.htm.
Tickets are available now at www.brownpapertickets.com or call 800-838-3006