BMC announces 2014-2015 Season

The BMC 99th season opens on Wednesday, September 3, with two concerts celebrating the Donnellan dynasty! In the morning, enjoy music for the violin – solos and duets with Grant and Glenn Donnellan – FOR FREE! Later that evening, Night Beat reprises part of the matinee program and includes special treats: Joanne Donnellan playing the Hardanger (Norwegian traditional fiddle) and Glenn playing on his custom “Electric Slugger” bat-violin! Guaranteed delights!

In all, the 2014-2015 season will offer 9 free Wednesday morning concerts, 6 Night Beat concerts on select Thursdays, and sponsor 5 competitions for music students, plus a benefit concert: the “Young Musicians of Whatcom County” showcase. This year, Night Beat will be aligned with the Wednesday morning concerts as much as possible, giving you a choice of one-hour, free, daytime programs or full-length, ticketed, evening events. Click here to view the line-up with dates and venues.

Additionally, on June 21, 2015, the BMC will inaugurate its Centennial with an all star-gala concert featuring over a dozen award winners. Plan on joining us!

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Master classes with Bellingham Festival of Music artists

As part of its community outreach program, the Bellingham Festival of Music offers master classes conducted by some of the season’s talented guest artists. Attendance is free of charge and open to everyone.

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Students Glenna McGarity, Rebecca Scheurich and Mariah O’Bryant will perform

Saturday, July 12, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
2600 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham

Class sponsored by Arthur & Marti Caputi

Pablo Villegas, guitarPablo Villegas, Guitar
Students Makena Miller, Kevin Karcher, Patrick Hunziker and Robert Creigh will perform

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
2600 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham

Class sponsored by Dr. Burton & Susan Jay

BMC award winner Jeremy Berry in the news

Violist Jeremy Berry, a member of the Calidore Quartet, is featured in the Bellingham Herald “Take Five” of June 26. Jeremy is a multiple time recipient of the Nicholas Bussard Instrumental Award between 2001 and 2004, and definitely a rising star in the world of chamber music!

The Calidore Quartet will perform during the Bellingham Festival of Music. On July 8, the group plays Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op. 47, with the Festival Orchestra, Michael Palmer conducting; other works on the program include Rodrigo’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (with soloist Christina Smith) and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7. On July 10, the Calidore Quartet presents a chamber music recital featuring works by Beethoven, Golijov and Schubert.

For tickets and full schedule, please go to

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The Immortal Handel

Opera Popolare and friends perform music by George Frederic Handel  Sunday, June 29 at 3 pm at the Rotunda Room at the Whatcom Museum in Old City Hall, 121 Prospect.

Soloists and ensembles will perform arias and duets from Semele, Samson, Rodelinda, Joshua, the Messiah, and other Handel works accompanied and directed by Rob Viens, music director for Opera Popolare. Preview of Opera Popolare’s August production of Samson will be a highlight of the program.

The concert is free to Museum members; $3.00 suggested donation for non-members. More information on

Worth the detour!

The Mt. Baker World Music Festival is in full swing June 7 – July 6             at the East Whatcom County Regional Resource Center                                   just a few miles north of Kendall, off Mt. Baker Highway
This Saturday, June 21 at 7 pm, Hagucha Garinagu, an 11-member group from Honduras, plays Garifuna music.
Sunday, June 22 at 6pm, jazz vocalist Josephine Howell comes to the Foothills just as the rest of the US literally finds out how amazing she is.
Full schedule & tickets on

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Pianists Cole Anderson and Siyuan Li return to Bellingham

Newlyweds Cole Anderson and Siyuan Li will give a joint recital Friday, June 20, 7:00 PM at Lairmont Manor. Included on the program will be the Liszt B minor Sonata as well as music by Chopin and Ives.

Both pianists are doctoral students at the University of Michigan and are on the faculty of the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Anderson grew up in Whatcom County and studied with Nancy Bussard; Miss Li was born in Guangzhou, China.

Don’t miss this exceptional concert on Friday, June 20th, 7:00 PM.                         Lairmont Manor, 405 Fieldston Road, Bellingham.                          Suggested        Suggested donation $10. For information: (360) 733-4676

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Summer offerings

Please join Nicole Parise and Madeline Slettedahl for an evening of musical works for viola and piano!

Thursday, June 12, 7:30 pm, at the Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street in downtown Bellingham.

The program will include: Schumann – Märchenbilder or Fairy Tales for Viola and Piano, Op 113; De Falla – Siete canciones populares españolas, arr. for Viola and Piano; and Bloch – Suite for Viola and Piano (1919).

Both musicians hold B.Mus. degrees from WWU and won BMC Virginia Glover Awards. Nicole just finished her first year of post-graduate studies at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Madeline is starting graduate school in the fall at Rice University. 

Suggested Donation: $10 General, $5 Students.                                   Please plan to attend a short reception after the concert!

Thank you

The BMC thanks you for attending and supporting our concert series and competitions. Our 2014-2015 season will be announced shortly. In the meanwhile, we will post summer musical offerings, many featuring our own BMC student award winners.  Come back soon for more news!

Come and enjoy Millie and the Mentshn on June 4, 10:30

First Wednesday Morning Concert features Millie and the Mentshn
June 4, 10:30 am at Trinity Lutheran Church. Free admission
A reception will follow the concert. Guests welcome!
Donations accepted to fund our student awards

Join us for exciting music, history, and heartwarming stories in conjunction with a one-of-a-kind slide show. “Heavy Mettle: From Shtetl to Tin Pan Alley” follows the history of Klezmer musicians from the late 1800s through the 1900s as they assimilate into the New World. This BMC concert features highlights of the show Millie will take on tour during the summer. Come and enjoy!!!

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Coming up on June 4: Millie and the Mentshn

First Wednesday Morning Concert features Millie and the Mentshn

June 4, 10:30 am at Trinity Lutheran Church. Free admission

Millie & the Mentshn is a group of classically trained musicians who play world music that ranges from Prokofiev to Gershwin to Latin to dance-in-the-aisle Klezmer. Audiences of all cultural backgrounds enjoy the unusual combination of instruments, the intricate harmonies, and the variety of musical styles and traditions. To know more about them, please visit

A reception will follow the concert. Guests welcome!

Donations accepted to fund our student awards

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