BMC Night Beat Season Pass on Sale!

postcard 1516 season night beatThe BMC introduces the NEW Night Beat Season Pass! 6 concerts for $60. With individual tickets priced at $15, the pass gives you 2 free concerts! Click on link to make your purchase and choose your date for the Cole Porter show. With the season pass, you have tickets waiting for you at ‘will call’ for all Night Beats, except the benefit concert with Martin Kuuskmann (tickets can be purchased separately now – $20). At this time, individual tickets are also available for Susan Tang’s recital on Sept. 10 ($15). Want to know more? Read all about the artists in the Night Beat Preview below. See you at the concert!


On June 21, BMC’s Centennial season kicked off with a Gala Concert, featuring 16 Student Awards alumni, from Joanne Donnellan (1961) to Madeline Slettedahl (2011) – the payoff on 50 years of recognizing and rewarding budding virtuosos. The festivities continue with BMC’s Centennial Night Beat Season:
Three more multiple-Student Award champions,
• A Cabaret Evening of Cole Porter perennials,
• An opera diva from New York, and
• A boutique of outstanding talents from Western.


September 10 – SUSAN TANG, pianist (BMC Awards 1997, 1998)
Susan Tang photo 3 croppedAssistant Professor at NE Illinois University and Artistic Director of the Chicago Chamber Music Festival, Susan Tang holds B.Mus., M.Mus. and DMA degrees from the Eastman and Manhattan schools of Music. Of all her performances — Ravinia Festival, Carnegie-Weill Hall, the Far East, North America, Colombia — she takes special pride in that gig as pianist-actor with the outrageously avant-garde Mabou Mines Dollhouse.
Dr. Tang will play a program of Chopin, Ives, Ligeti and Albeniz.

They’re b-a-a-ack! The Cabaret cabal returns in a new musical comedy revue with the songs of Cole Porter. Music direction Scott Henderson.
Book by Scott Henderson, Martin Bray and Larry Rosen.
With: Sherrie Kahn, Martin Bray, Megann Schmidt, Ben Buchanan and Martha Benedict as Elsa Maxwell. (rated PG-14 for sophistication.)
*(Firehouse PAC. Sorry, no Take-a-Teen passes.)

Photo Credit: Christopher Key

DEC. 3 – JEREMY BERRY, violist (BMC Awards 2001, 2002, 2003)
jeremy-berry compr croppedLet the Revels begin! We have been lucky enough to steal Jeremy Berry for a day or two from the renowned Calidore Quartet, and his duties as Visiting Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University. A graduate of both The Juilliard School (B.Mus.) and Colburn Conservatory of Music (Artist Diploma), Mr. Berry has soloed in concertos with the American Youth Symphony and Bellingham Festival of Music, and took first place in the Marrowstone Festival Concerto Competition. Other appearances include the Aspen, Sarasota, Verbier and Kneisel Hall Festivals, the Itzhak Perlman Program, and Youth Orchestra of the Americas. Jeremy Berry began his viola studies with Elizabeth Stuen-Walker at the age of five.

Every year we bestow the Virginia Glover Awards on three Western students, chosen in competitive audition. But the awards concert is often more about the joy of collaboration, as the recipient’s friends pile on for an exhilarating classical jam session, full of virtuosity and fun.

Jeremy DesChane 2015MAY 5 – JEREMY DESCHANE, pianist (BMC Awards 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
In addition to sweeping our Enid Carrick Awards, Jeremy Deschane twice won the WSTMA Young Artists Competition, and presented an award-winning piano trio performance at the 2012 MTNA National Convention. Solo and chamber appearances have taken him across the U.S., and he has appeared with orchestras in Bellingham, Seattle, Ellensburg and Rochester. His teachers have included Jeffrey Gilliam, Rebecca Penneys at the Eastman School of Music, and John Pickett at Central Washington University, as well as master classes and lessons from such artists as Leon Fleisher, Malcolm Bilson, Stephen Drury and Gil Kalish, and studies at the Icicle Creek and Chautauqua Festivals. Jeremy Deschane lives in Seattle.

Katherine Copland Soprano 3At Manhattan School of Music, Katherine Copland was Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. Other lead roles in New York include The Judgment of Paris (Eccles), the Brahms Requiem, Messiah, Simon Boccanegra, Carmen, and Sir John in Love; in Italy, La rondine, Anna Bolena, Madama Butterfly, and Le nozze di Figaro (both the Countess and Susanna). Ms. Copland grew up in Bellingham, and earned a B.Mus. degree from the University of Washington. She now resides in New York City.

SEASON PASS: 6 concerts for $60.
Online until Sept 10 or at the door (Sept. 10 Night Beat).

TAKE-A-STUDENT: One teenager accompanied by an adult is admitted free to all 5 Night Beat concerts at First Congregational Church. Because of space limitations at Firehouse PAC, the offer is not valid for the Cole Porter show in October.

Bellingham’s concert of the century!

UPDATE: Thank you for coming to BHS for an incredible gathering of homegrown talent! This was a concert of sublime music, and just a sample of what BMC Award Alumni do on a daily basis. Read Jesse Nichols’ article in The Western Front celebrating the BMC. Come and join us in September for more exceptional music during our Centennial Season!

On SunBMC Gala ad quarter page for ENNW-1 comprday, June 21, 2015 at 3pm, the Bellingham Music Club (BMC) will kick-off its 100th season with a Gala Centennial Concert at Bellingham High School.
A galaxy of renowned musicians from around the world, mostly BMC student award winners, will perform in tribute to the club’s remarkable history. Among the performers gathering from across the state, the U.S., Canada and Europe are:
Centennial Strings: Grant Donnellan, Joanne Donnellan, Douglas Johnson, Jeffrey Carl Johnson, David Quiggle, Nick Strobel, Jonathan Thomson, Lisa D. Toner and Roman Yearian;
Guitarist Albert Diaz;
Pianists Cole Anderson, Siyuan Li, Angelo Rondello and Madeline Slettedahl;
Vocalists Stuart Lutzenhiser, Lindsey Nakatani and Tracy R. Satterfield.
They will be joined by local musicians, flautists Deborah Arthur and Nirvana Guernsey.
Donnellan, Joanne compReceiving special honor will be Joanne Donnellan, renowned string teacher and 1961 BMC Award winner. The concert will feature chamber works by Boccherini, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Poulenc, Ravel, Schubert and others. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the BMC Student Awards program, which has been nurturing promising young musicians at Western Washington University and in Whatcom County over its 100-year history.
Concert tickets are $25, available online, and at Village Books in Fairhaven and Piper Music at 2512 Meridian. For more information about the BMC Centennial Gala concert, please visit the BMC website and click on tabs marked ”Centennial” or call 360-398-2484.
Share our Facebook event on your timeline and invite your friends! Read Dean Kahn’s article in the Bellingham Herald. Tune in and listen to Joanne’s interview on the program Musical Chairs on Friday, June 19 at 7:00 pm on Classical King-FM 98.1

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

UPDATE: This was an evening of dramatic and powerful singing, and divine accompanying. Read Joyce Heberden’s review in The Western Front.

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 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 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 on sale at Village Books and Piper Music. 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