Bellingham music fest offers dozen concerts

  • By Sharon Wootton / Special to The Herald
  • Thursday, August 5, 2004 9:00pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Don’t be afraid to look to the north for your music. The Bellingham Music Festival Saturday through Aug. 22 serves up a dozen concerts in seven venues.

Classical, chamber, jazz and world music will be performed by the Bellingham Festival Orchestra, Bellingham Festival Chorus and guests.

Bellingham Festival Orchestra includes principal players from American and European orchestras as well as regional talent.

Violinist Sarah Chang helps Bellingham Festival Orchestra open the series Saturday night, performing Dvorak’s “Violin Concerto” and two other selections.

Only 21, the prodigy had her debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 8, and recorded her first album at age 9, using a quarter-size violin.

Other festival highlights: a concert version of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with three Metropolitan Opera soloists, Bach’s “Mass in B Minor,” and Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale.”

The Brazilian Guitar Quartet, Nancy King’s Jazz Quartet, and a Congolese rumba group from Paris also will be featured.

Discomania: KC &The Sunshine Band emerged from the 1970s disco craze with three Grammies, selling about 75 million records. That band and The Village People perform Sunday in Bow. The Sunshine Band will deliver their R&B/funk fusion with hits such as “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s the Way (I Like It),” and “Shake Your Booty.”

Alan Jackson: Next month, the Grammy-winning Nashville star’s “What I Do” album hits the streets with 14 new songs that include a single already in the teens on two charts. Jackson, owner of 21 chart-topping singles, including his latest, “Remember When,” performs tonight in Seattle. The former car salesman and forklift operator is Country Music Association’s current Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He’s sold 43 million albums and won more than 80 industry awards.

Carole King: The pure pop singer/pianist has honed her songwriting craft for four decades. King’s concert is tonight in Seattle. The Drifters, B.J. Thomas, The Monkees, Grand Funk Railroad, Jan &Dean, The Animals and Blood, Sweat and Tears have covered her songs; several from her album “Tapestry” have become classics; and she wrote two songs that were on the soundtrack of the move “A League of Their Own.”

KC and The Sunshine Band (left) anf The Village People perform Sunday at the Skagit in Bow.

The Village People

Alan Jackson

Where to hear it

Festival of music Various times and venues Saturday through Aug. 22, Bellingham area; $20-$35; 360-734-6080, www.bellinghamfestival.org.

Discomania: 7 p.m. Sunday, Skagit Valley Casino, Bow; $43-$60; 206-628-0888.

Alan Jackson: 7:30 tonight, KeyArena, Seattle; $55, $65; 206-628-0888.

Carole King: 8 tonight, Summer Nights at the Pier, Seattle; $63; 206-628-0888.

Where to hear it

Festival of music Various times and venues Saturday through Aug. 22, Bellingham area; $20-$35; 360-734-6080, www.bellinghamfestival.org.

Discomania: 7 p.m. Sunday, Skagit Valley Casino, Bow; $43-$60; 206-628-0888.

Alan Jackson: 7:30 tonight, KeyArena, Seattle; $55, $65; 206-628-0888.

Carole King: 8 tonight, Summer Nights at the Pier, Seattle; $63; 206-628-0888.

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