CHELAN -- While other areas in Washington are heating things up with jazz and rock festivals, Lake Chelan will calm it down some with a bit of classical calmness.
The annual Lake Chelan Bach Fest kicks of July 11 with the Bach Fest String Quartet concert at 5 p.m. at Tsillan Cellars in Chelan.
The theme for this year is Bach, Beatles & Beyond, and the event continues July 12-13, 16 and 18-19. A season ticket to all the concerts -- there are 12 -- is $75. Individual tickets cost from $6 to $15, depending on the concert.
Renowned Othello pianist Stephen Beus will be a part of this year's Bach Fest, performing a solo concert at 7:30 p.m. July 13 at the North Shore Bible Church in Manson.
Daniel Baldwin is the music director of this 2008 festival, which includes the works of Bach and Mozart, as well as a touch of modern music with the Dennis Clauss Big Band and The Young Musicians group.
This is Baldwin's first year as director of the event. He brings a unique tone to this year's festival with music from the film Gladiator, Broadway showstoppers, the Beatles and more.
More information about the festival, along with a complete schedule of events, is available at www.bachfest.org.
Chelan is about 15 miles north of Wenatchee along the banks of pristine Lake Chelan.