Opera Arias and Songs with Soprano Katherine Copland

poster june 2016Be sure to save Wednesday morning June 1 and Thursday evening June 2, when New York-based soprano Katherine Copland brings BMC’s Centennial Season to a close with a pair of springtime recitals presented by Schlichting Wixson CPAs.

Recital details:
Free Wednesday Morning Concert, June 1, 10:30 am, Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St., Bellingham. Free and open to the public.
Night Beat, Thursday, June 2, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham. Tickets for Night Beat are $15 online and at the door before the concert. Take a teen for free!

Ms. Copland is a hometown gal, now resident in New York City. She graduated from UW, won the coveted role of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at Manhattan School of Music, spent some time honing the big roles in Italy at Chiari and Urbania, and has recently been seen back in New York as soloist in the Washington Square Festival, and in the Brahms Requiem with Collegiate Chorale, among others.

Abdiel Vasquez color croppedHer collaborator for these recitals will be the distinguished Abdiel Vázquez. He was widely hailed as Mexico’s greatest pianist after his debut at 21 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico in the Rachmaninoff Third Concerto. Ten years later, he is on the coaching faculty of The Manhattan School of Music, works with singers from Juilliard and the Metropolitan Opera, and is in worldwide demand as pianist and conductor.

The theme is set by two American opera arias, “Ain’t It a Pretty Night!” by Carlisle Floyd, and “I Want Magic!” from André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, plus “Song to the Moon” from Dvořák’s Rusalka. Ms. Copland is also releasing a whole flock of songs about nightingales by Brahms, Berg, Grieg, Schubert and Granados. Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs transport us from spring into fall, and a glorious sunset at the end of the day.

Katherine will be joined by her father, Dr. Michael Aaron Copland, on June 2 Night Beat. By day he is Deputy Superintendent of Bellingham Public Schools, but he is an accomplished cellist, launched like so many others by Joanne Donnellan and Mark Schlichting. Katherine and Michael Copland will collaborate on Massenet’s haunting Elegy, and Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Villa-Lobos.

For more information, please call 306-8580.

A May Day Celebration

Our May 4th Wednesday morning program threatened to become a Centennial Waterloo when the scheduled soloist was taken ill at the last minute. An SOS went out to WWU Professor Jeffrey Gilliam. Ninety minutes later, a replacement – WWU Senior Daniel Chong – sat down before 160 listeners to deliver one of the most brilliant piano recitals in the Club’s long history.

daniel chong night beat coverMr. Chong, already the first-place recipient of this year’s Virginia Glover awards, topped Wednesday’s triumph with a longer recital for our Night Beat audience on Thursday evening, at First Congregational Church. His traversal of music by Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel and Liszt managed to strike a perfect balance between technical virtuosity and deeply felt, personalized interpretations; here is a young man in love with music! Chong topped off the evening with his own magical jazz arrangements of two golden oldies, “I Got Rhythm” and “Someday My Prince Will Come,” to fervent acclaim and repeated standing ovations.

Kudos to unflappable professor Gilliam and the intrepid Daniel Chong! Please click here to see Mr. Chong’s May 4 program (put together after the recital!) as well as the newsletter which features a spread about the BMC Mayor’s Arts Award and a preview of our June programs.

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.

BMC is part of coalition bringing ‘Roomful of Teeth’ to Bellingham


The BMC partners with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, the WWU Music Department, the Whatcom Chorale and the Bellingham Festival of Music to present Roomful of Teeth, an a capella vocal group dedicated to exploring the expressive potential of the human voice. The Grammy-award winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth arrives in Bellingham for a stellar, one-night-only performance, January 27 at 7:30 pm!

To hear a sample of Roomful of Teeth’s award-winning work Partita for Eight Voices, which received both a Grammy for the ensemble and a Pulitzer for composer/performer Caroline Shaw, click here or here. From Tuvan throat singing to Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music to Inuit throat singing, this group continues to push the boundaries of the human voice. This is a rare opportunity to see one of the most innovative vocal groups out there!

All student tickets are FREE, allowing our community’s young musicians to be inspired by the next generation of classical performers. Tickets are available through WWU’s Theatre Box Office at (360) 650-6146. Don’t miss out; get your tickets now! Click here, then click “tickets” and then “January 2016” from the WWU Box Office page to navigate to the Roomful of Teeth Buy-Tickets option.