Harmony from Discord

Experience Music that Transcends.

Experience Harmony from Discord.

Our Harmony from Discord concert series celebrates music that transcends oppression by shining a light on composers whose music has endured through the darkest of times across the globe.

Performances have included works by Pavel Haas, Erwin Schulhoff, and the North American Premiere of Pál Hermann's Cello Concerto. The series also features contemporary compositions and commissions created in remembrance. Such works include Sharon Farber's Bestemming, which was performed in 2017 in honor of Curt Lowens, a Holocaust survivor who is remembered for rescuing about 150 Jewish children.

The annual concerts started in 2016 have expanded beyond the Holocaust to focus on voices that have been historically oppressed. The BSO is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and therefore increasingly we weave Harmony from Discord elements throughout our entire season. Music transcending oppression, whether in context of composition or performance, demonstrates powerfully the intersection of artistic expression with social justice. The local community’s feedback shows enthusiasm for our Harmony from Discord programming, amplifying underrepresented voices while maintaining consistent standards of the highest quality artists and performed works. Look for our Harmony from Discord symbol noting these works.

Harmony from Discord
"Music is life, and like life, inextinguishable." - Carl Nielsen

If you have any questions about Harmony from Discord, please call our office at (360) 756-6752 or email

Sep 25, 2022
Season Concert


Joshua Roman, cello

We open our 47th season with one of the finest cellists in the world today: Joshua Roman. Need we say more?

Nov 6, 2022
Season Concert

American Voices

Anthony McGill, clarinet
Ashley Becker, soprano

Some of the strongest American classical composers, performed by Anthony McGill, Ashley Becker, and our wonderful BSO players.

Feb 26, 2023
Season Concert

Harmony from Discord Meets Mozart's Requiem

Wu Fei, guzheng
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, oud
WWU Choirs &
Bellingham Chamber Chorale

This season’s Harmony from Discord features two very different Requiems, and an exploration of cultural moments through music.

Jun 4, 2023
Season Concert


Dawn Posey, violin
Amber Archibald-Sešek, viola

An afternoon of musical travels around the world closes our 47th season.

Past Events

May 1, 2022
Season Concert

Harmony from Discord

BellA Hristova, violin
Demarre McGill, flute
Jessica Choe, piano
Jonathan Leshnoff, composer

Experience the power, beauty, and inspiration of music with Harmony from Discord!

Jun 13, 2021
Season Concert

At Home with Bella - Harmony from Discord

Bella Hristova, violin
BSO Chamber Musicians

Join us for our sixth installment of the Harmony from Discord series. Powerful. Beautiful. Inspiring.

Nov 8, 2020
Season Concert

At Home with Ashley - Women's Voices

Ashley Becker, soprano
Alexandra Gardner, composer
Frances Pollock, composer
Keith Chambers, piano

Join the BSO as we celebrate women's voices! Available through subscription or rental through December 12th.

thank you to our Harmony from Discord Sponsors!

Carol & David Robinson