A list of out-of-town classical-music fests happening during summer 2011.

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Classical-music festivals sprout like lupine around the region, and you can pluck some within an easy drive from the Seattle area. Think of a trip to one of these concerts as a true journey of discovery — of terrain, of music and of performers.

Bellingham Festival of Music: Billed as the Northwest’s “only summer orchestra festival,” the BFM players are principals from some of the nation’s biggest orchestras. The season ends at 7:30 p.m. today with Beethoven’s “Fidelio” at Western Washington University (www.bellinghamfestival.org).

Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival: Energetic MVCMF artistic director Kevin Krentz uses words such as “flamboyant” and “sensual” when talking about his Methow lineup, which plays out at Signal Hill Ranch in Winthrop. Food and wine and “After Glow” parties are part of the bill at the fest, which runs Friday-July 30 (509-996-6000 orwww.methowmusicfestival.org). Coming up: Rossini’s Duo for Cello and Double Bass in D major and Joaquin Turina’s Circulo for Piano Trio, Op 91, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Marrowstone Music Festival: Founded in 1943, this Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras-affiliated festival puts musicians ages 13-25 from across the U.S. through rigorous paces with prestigious faculty. But there is a six-concert series, too, July 30-Aug. 7, at Western Washington University in Bellingham (206-362-2300 or marrowstone.syso.org). Coming up: Dale Clevenger, principal horn of the Chicago Symphony, conducts the Marrowstone Festival Orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherezade,” Op. 35, 3 p.m. July 31.

Olympic Music Festival: This fest makes much of its Jefferson County setting: a converted dairy barn, musicians in jeans, friendly farm animals. Concerts are at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 4 near Quilcene (360-732-4800 or www.olympicmusicfestival.org). Coming up: Mozart’s Duo in B Flat Major for Violin and Viola, K. 424 and Brahms’ Trio for Violin, French Horn and Piano, on Saturday and Sunday.

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival: Lectures, master classes and even a children’s concert are offered by this lively fest, which bills itself as “Classical Music with a View.” The 2011 season is Aug. 12-27 at the Orcas Center in Eastsound (360-376-2281 or www.oicmf.org). Coming up: An evening titled “A Poet’s Love,” with Telemann’s “Fantasy” for violin, Gershwin’s “Summertime” and Schumann’s “Poet’s Love” (with baritone Philip Cutlip), Aug. 12.

Seattle Times staff