BMC season concludes with performance by Erika Block

Photo credit: Kate Mills

Photo credit: Kate Mills

Join us for the last free Wednesday morning concert of the season on June 3 at 10:30.

Erika Block, clarinet, plays Sonatina for clarinet and piano (Bohuslav Martinů) and Sonata in F minor, Op 120 No 1 (Johannes Brahms) with Judy Widrig at the piano, and Cinq Pièces en Trio, for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon (Jacques Ibert) with Pat Nelson, bassoon, and Jennifer Weeks, oboe.

Plan on attending the reception that will follow the concert!

Soprano Amber Sudduth Bone and pianist Jay Rozendaal

The Bellingham Music Club presents its last Night Beat of the season on May 21, 7:30 pm at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave., in Bellingham.

Headlining the concert are soprano Amber Sudduth Bone and pianist Jay Rozendaal. The program includes works by Barber, Menotti, Heggie and Brahms, and also features baritone Nathaniel Voth and soprano Anjani Briggs.

Amber Sudduth BoneJay RosendaalTickets are $10, on sale at Piper Music, 2512 Meridian St, Bellingham (Fountain District), and Village Books, 1200 11th St, Bellingham (Fairhaven); there will also be tickets at the door before the concert.

Read Margaret Bikman’s Artist Profile in the Bellingham Herald featuring Amber Sudduth Bone!

Lyricism at the keyboard, from Mozart to Piazzolla

Known for her expressive and passionate performances, pianist Jensina Oliver presents a recital of works by Mozart, Chopin, Schumann/Liszt, Joplin, Gershwin, Piazzolla and Ginastera on Thursday, May 7, at 7:30 PM at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave., in Bellingham. Jensina Oliver b&w

Tickets are $10 and available now at Piper Music, 2512 Meridian St, Bellingham (Fountain District), Village Books, 1200 11th St, Bellingham (Fairhaven), and at the door before the concert.

Dr. Oliver will also give a shorter, free recital on Wednesday May 6, at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church. For more information, please call 306-8580.

Western Treasures

April brings award winning students from Western Washington University to the BMC stage!
BMC VIRGINIA GLOVER Award Winners David Hoogkamer, alto sax, Hannah LaGassey, viola, and Nathaniel Voth, baritone, along with Yuliya Varavina, soprano, and Jeanette Ojala, piano, come together in concert for a Night Beat filled with emotion and artistry, Thursday, April 9, 7:30 pm at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham. Tickets for Night Beat are $10, on sale at Village Books, Piper Music and online. Also at the door before the concert. For more information, please call 676-4118. five treasures 2015

Concert to Benefit BMC Award Fund, Sunday March 22, 3pm

UPDATE (March 23): This benefit concert was the best ever! Our high school award winners displayed exquisite musicianship, and Betsy Stuen-Walker’s students were a class act! The BMC thanks all the artists, their parents, teachers and accompanists for supporting the BMC Awards.

Join us for Young Musicians of Whatcom County, a benefit concert that showcases a wide range of emerging artists. Sunday, March 22, 3 pm. Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St., Bellingham. Admission by donation. Proceeds help provide funding for our fine local musicians as they continue to develop their talents and delight local audiences. For more information, please call 676-1344.young musicians 2015 poster comp

Percussionist Kay Reilly in recital TONIGHT!

Percussionist extraordinaire Kay Reilly offers a program heavy on marimba that includes works by J. S. Bach and Steve Reich, as well as South American, Japanese, East Indian and African music. WSO percussionists Stephanie Straight, Jennifer Longstaff and Melanie Sehman, as well as Kenny Cobb, Austen Kahn, Nick Robinson, Spencer Thulin and Steve Sehman join Kay on the stage for select pieces. WWU Percussion Professor Patrick Roulet rounds up the group of performers who will play ragtime and Charleston!

The concert is at 7:30 pm tonight at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall in Bellingham. $10 tickets are available at the door.

Kay Reilly email

March Offerings

Wednesday, March 4, 10:30 am at Trinity Lutheran: Concert features high school winners of the Nicholas Bussard Instrumental Awards (Glenna McGarity, flute, Nikole Ziehe, alto saxophone, and Alex Mumford, oboe) and the Ethel Crook String Awards (Maya Enstad, cello, Ian Aegerter, violin, and Hannah Schoepe, violin). Free admission. Everyone is welcome!

Thursday, March 5, 7:30 pm: Percussionist extraordinaire Kay Reilly returns for a Night Beat recital at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall in Bellingham.     After a sold-out concert last fall, Kay Reilly comes back for a “percussion fest” of works for the marimba, hand drums, snare drum, and various instruments that will take you across continents, decades and genres! Kay’s versatile program includes Charleston, Ragtime, Japanese, South American and East Indian music plus works by J.S. Bach and Steve Reich. Percussionists Kenny Cobb, Austen Kahn, Jennifer Longstaff, Nick Robinson, Patrick Roulet, Spencer Thulin, Melanie Sehman, Steve Sehman and Stephanie Straight join Kay in select works.    $10 tickets on sale now at Village Books (1200 11th St, Bellingham, WA 98225  Ph: 392-2665); Piper Music (2512 Meridian St, Bellingham, WA 98225  Ph: 738-7166), online and at the door. Don’t be disappointed. Get your tickets early!

On Sunday, March 22, 3 pm at Trinity Lutheran, the BMC presents its third annual Young Musicians of Whatcom County benefit concert. It is a unique opportunity to hear young piano, string and wind musicians at various stages of their musical development. Students will perform solos and small and large ensemble pieces. Admission by donation; all proceeds will help fund the BMC high school Awards.

BMC announces winners of voice and piano competitions

Jack & Ginny Frymire High School Voice Awards
…..First Place: Luke Bob Robinson
…..Second Place: Rosamund Dyer
…..Third Place: Maura Schaefer
Enid Carrick High School Piano Awards
…..First Place: William Zhang
…..Second Place: Flannery Youngblood
…..Third Place: Olanna Skrinnik
…..Robert Millard Prize: Henry Han
All winners will perform at the next BMC concert, on Wednesday morning February 4, 10:30 am at Trinity Lutheran Church. Come early and join us for Anniversary Coffee Hour starting at 9:30 am. The concert is free and open to the public; donations accepted to help fund the BMC Student Awards.

Enid Carrick H. S. Piano Awards

piano picWe invite you to attend the Enid Carrick High School Piano Awards auditions this Friday, January 23, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. Admission is absolutely free! Drop in and listen in as eleven Whatcom County pianists compete for awards. Winners will perform at the free Wednesday Morning Concert on February 4, along with vocal award winners.