Jeremy DesChane’s recitals PREVIEW

If ever there was a time to attend both our Wednesday morning program and Thursday’s Night Beat, it’s May 4th and 5th, showcasing pianist Jeremy DesChane.

Normally guest artists just tack on another half-hour to Wednesday’s recital for Thursday’s Night Beat concert. But DesChane is bringing us two distinct and contrasting programs, each tailored to the strengths of the piano at hand. The result is a two-day tour of history’s four greatest keyboard composers: Bach and Mozart, then Beethoven and Chopin.

The porcelain “period” charm of the piano at Trinity church is ideal for Bach’s second Partita — a rollicking set of Baroque dances — paired with a graceful sonata by Mozart. This short Wednesday morning program concludes with Astor Piazzolla’s dedication to his late father, “Adios nonino.” It’s a direct pipeline to your tear-ducts.

Thursday night’s concert sweeps us into the stormy Romantic era. Beethoven didn’t call his sonata “Appassionata,” but the word sticks, because it fits. Nowadays people are “passionate” about ice cream, but Beethoven’s passion was the musical equivalent of an A- bomb, dynamiting the shell of classical form to liberate the demonic energy within both the man and his music. Chopin reached into the same molten core for his “Funeral March” sonata and the fourth Ballade, but especially for the white-knuckle “Heroic” A-flat Polonaise. What a workout!

Jeremy DesChane won the BMC piano competition four years in a row (2001-2004), before heading off to the Eastman School of Music. He wowed pianist Leon Fleisher in a master class with his performance of a Prokofiev sonata, learned in one month. He’s even more astonishing grown up.

Recital details:

Wednesday, May 4, 10:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St., Bellingham. Free.

Thursday, May 5, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham. $15 online and at the door.

May brings award winning pianist Jeremy DesChane

jeremy deschane 2015 comprBMC Centennial Season continues when pianist Jeremy DesChane returns to Bellingham for two recitals in May. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Mr. DesChane is a four-time top award recipient of the BMC High School Piano Competition (2001-2004) – the only musician to ever do so.

Mr. DesChane will perform two entirely different programs. On Wednesday, May 4, 10:30 am, he plays works by Bach, Mozart and Piazzolla. Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St., Bellingham. Free and open to the public.

On Thursday, May 5, 7:30 pm, Night Beat features Mr. DesChane in a program of Beethoven and Chopin masterpieces. First Congregational, 2401 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham. $15 tickets are available online and at the door. Take a teen for free!

This most spectacular, appealing and generous programming ever offered to the BMC gives you every reason to come twice!

BMC receives Mayor’s Arts Award

The Bellingham Music Club‘s role in supporting music in the community and enhancing cultural life in the Northwest will be recognized at the annual Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony this month.

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Founded 100 years ago, the BMC presents local favorites and accomplished musicians in two concert series. Additionally, the BMC values high school and university-level students in their music making with five separate competitions, and often motivates them to pursue a career in music.

“This celebration is to honor the work you do to encourage, promote and reward the next generations of musicians,” Mayor Kelli Linville wrote in a March 4 letter to BMC. Please click here to read the official announcement.

UPDATE: Many BMC members attended the award ceremony on April 27, including (from left) Helene Minari, Kristin Van Schelt and Kay Carr showing off the BMC Mayor’s Arts Award outside Mount Baker Theater following the presentation.

Photo credit: Richard Howland

Photo credit: Richard Howland

Election campaign in full swing!

On Wednesday, April 6, 10:30, BMC members vote for officers for the 2016-2018 term. Nominees are: President: Kay Carr, Vice-President: Suzie Seaton, Secretary: Garland Richmond, Treasurer: Charlie Way, and Membership Chair: Will Ellender.  UPDATE (April 7): Congratulations and thank you to all five elected officers!  group mug with names

Western Treasures

April brings award winning students from Western Washington University to the BMC stage!
Winners from the BMC competition for WWU students in honor of Virginia Glover come together in concert for a Night Beat filled with emotion and artistry, Thursday, April 7, 7:30 pm at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. in Bellingham. Tickets for Night Beat are $15; free for WWU students with I.D. card. Special offer: 3 concerts for $30. See details on panel at right.
Pianist Daniel Chong, percussionist Silas Stewart, violinist Emily Pontén, and pianist Gabija Vaičekonis are joined by 2015 competition winner, sensational saxophonist David Hoogkamer. WWU 2016 winners for webChong, Stewart, Pontén, and Vaicekonis will also offer a daytime performance, on Wednesday April 7 at 10:30 am at Trinity Lutheran. All are welcome; the concert is free and open to the public. Read an article on Daniel Chong in The Western Front.

More high school winners perform on March 2

The next BMC program features the top three winners of the high school string and instrumental competitions. They will perform on Wednesday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. The concert is free and open to the public. Join us in congratulating these talented young musicians:
High School Instrumental Competition in honor of Nicholas Bussard
…..First Place: Frank Youngblood, alto saxophone
…..Second Place: Alexander Harris, bassoon
…..Third Place: Mary Clement, tenor saxophone
…..Encouragement Awards:
…..The Martin Kuuskmann prizes go to Nikole Zieche and Trevor Born.
High School String Competition in honor of Ethel Crook
…..First Place: Maya Enstad, cello
…..Second Place: Ian Aegeter, violin
…..Third Place: Mary From, violin
…..Encouragement Award:
…..The Joanne Donnellan prize goes to Catherine Michelutti.

H.S. String Competition winners with adjudicator Bruce Walker

H.S. String Competition winners with adjudicator Bruce Walker

100th Birthday Celebration

The BMC hosted a Tea and Concert at Lairmont Manor on February 21, 2016, just one day shy of its 100th birthday. Getting ready to sing “Happy Birthday, dear Music Club” are (from left): party organizer Gail Haines, emcee Martha Benedict, vocalists Ben Buchanan and Lucy Evans, Kid’Sax (saxophone quintet) musicians Nikole Zieche, Mary Clement, Lhiam Herwill, Kaleb Harrison & Frank Youngblood, plus Gaye Davis (violin), Terhi Miikki-Broersma (accordion) and Nancy Heyer (piano), with BMC members looking on. A grand finale to a party BMC founder Frances Larrabee would have loved!

Photo Credit: Scott Henderson

Photo Credit: Scott Henderson

Winners of BMC voice and piano competitions in concert

The BMC recently held auditions for high school competitions, and is pleased to announce the 2016 winners for:
High School Voice Awards in honor of Jack & Ginny Frymire
First Place: Lucy Evans
…..Second Place: Tristan Wine
…..Third Place: Katie Pringle
…..Additional prizes go to Molly Holtorf and Kathryn Oettel
High School Piano Awards in honor of Nancy Bussard
First Place: William Zhang
…..Second Place: Griffen Schwiesow
…..Third Place: Olanna Skrinnik
Please join us to hear these promising young artists at the next BMC concert, on Wednesday morning February 3, 10:30 am at Trinity Lutheran Church. All are welcome! The concert is free and open to the public; donations accepted to help fund BMC Student Competitions.