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.
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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.