Michael Palmer leads the Bellingham Festival Orchestra in a concert with pianist Horacio Gutiérrez in 2010. (source: Bellingham Festival of Music)

Earpiece #4: Beethoven at Bellingham, Symphony No. 3

Mark Gresham | 26 NOV 2020

Episode 4 of Earpiece, a new weekly series of audio and video presentations curated by EarRelevant’s publisher and principal writer Mark Gresham.

This week’s episode features the Bellingham Festival Orchestra led by its founding artistic director and conductor, Michael Palmer, in a live audio recording from July 8, 2017, performing the Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) by Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Palmer co-founded the Bellingham Festival of Music in 1993 in Bellingham, Washington. Internationally recognized for its artistry, concerts by Palmer and the Bellingham Festival Orchestra have been heard across the nation on public radio, including dozens of broadcasts on the syndicated series Performance Today.

Due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic this past spring, the 2020 Festival, intended to be a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birth year, had to be canceled. It is fitting, then, that we offer this live recording of Beethoven’s “Eroica Symphony” from the 2017 Bellingham Festival on this Thanksgiving Day, honoring not only Beethoven but the heroism of all front-line workers and the many, many people across the world who have struggled with limitations and tragedy during these times of uncertainty. Listen below:

Bellingham Festival Orchestra, Michael Palmer, conductor
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E♭ Major, Op. 55 (“Eroica”)
   I. Allegro con brio
   II. Marcia funebre. Adagio assai
   III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace – Trio
   IV. Finale. Allegro molto – Poco Andante – Presto

Total Duration: 47:00

More about the Bellingham Festival of Music: belllinghamfestival.org

More about Michael Palmer: maestropalmer.com