Michael Palmer coinducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 at the Bellingham Festival of Music, of which he is Founder and Artistic Director.. (source: video still)

An EarRelevant Interlude #11: Symphony No. 4, mvt. 4 (Beethoven)

Mark Gresham | 7 AUG 2020

Number 11 in a series of audio and video presentations curated by EarRelevant’s publisher and principal writer Mark Gresham as part of his “Composer’s Notebook.” The series is currently focused on bringing you performances by notable musicians and events with strong musical connections to Atlanta.

This episode features a performance from the Bellingham Festival of Music, which takes place annually in Bellingham, Washington. Bellingham is just over 2200 miles and 7 hours from Atlanta by air, and over 2700 miles by automobile. Nevertheless, there are many strong personal and musical connection between the Festival and the ATL. The Festival was founded in 1993 by conductor Michael Palmer, who continues to this day his long tenure as its Artistic Director.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 – IV. Allegro ma non troppo

The The Bellingham Festival Orchestra, conducted by Michael Palmer, in an archival video from the final performance of the annual summer Festival’s 2010 season.

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Michael Palmer, conductor

Michael Palmer, conductor

Palmer was Associate Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 1967 to 1977, when he became music director of the Wichita Symphony. After servbing in multiple posts with orchestras across the United States, Palmer returned to Atlanta in 2004 to become Director of Orchestral Studies at Georgia State University.

Not only that, but some of the musicians the Bellingham Festival Orchestra, which made up of top orchestral musicians from across North America, hail from Atlanta where they are members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra — just one of our city’s fabulous long distance musical connections.  ■

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