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 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.

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