BMC is going places! Bellingham Music Club’s 103rd season visits Europe, Hollywood, New York City and the Salish Sea in a variety of fun, exciting and inspiring programs. Season opens right after Labor Day when soprano Sherrie Kahn takes us on a Grand Tour of Europe in songs and vignettes.
BMC Night Beat offers full-length programs on select Thursdays, 7:30 pm at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. except * . As gift to the community, BMC offers previews of Night Beat as well as programs by winners of BMC Student Competitions on Wednesday mornings, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St. except * (free and open to the public).
6-concert season subscription for Night Beat is $75. It’s high art at an unbeatable cost! Purchase season pass online or order by mail using form. Individual $20/15 tickets ($20 for October musical revue) are on sale online now (click date below) and one month ahead of each concert at Village Books; also at the door if not sold-out.
BMC Night Beat Series
|6 Sept||Soprano Sherrie Kahn and Women of the Whatcom Chorale
Grand Tour of Europe: A program of international songs – some simple, some ambitious – that one might encounter in pubs, restaurants and public places.
|4, 5, 6 Oct||“Hark! The Herald Headlines Sing!”
* at Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Avenue, Bellingham. With Martha Benedict, Martin Bray, Akilah Williams Cariker, Amanda Carpp and Paul Henderson take their comedic song cues from the local newspaper stories, ads, sports, obits, and advice columns! Musical Direction by Scott Henderson.
|8 Nov||Flutist Sheridon Stokes
Recording artist from Hollywood movie studios talks about his career and plays memorable themes from films and TV programs.
|6 Dec||Pianists Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann
The Bergmann Duo celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s 100 birthday with “American Classical Classics” including suite from West Side Story.
|19 Jan||SPECIAL NIGHT BEAT with Fire and Grace: Edwin Huizinga, violin, and William Coulter, guitar, blend Baroque and Irish Music. $25 includes refreshments. Tickets at Quist Violins, Village Books and Community Food Co-op locations.|
|2 May||Cellist John Friesen
Known for his exciting and passionate performances, John Friesen tours extensively and has appeared in New York, Washington DC, Moscow, Montreal and Tokyo.
|6 June||Jeffrey Cohan and Salish Sea Early Music Festival present a program of 17th-century canzonas and other works with John Lenti, theorbo and guitar, Anna Marsh, dulcian (renaissance bassoon) and Shula Kleinerman, the Northwest’s premier renaissance violin expert led by Jeffrey Cohan playing renaissance transverse flute.|
Free Wednesday Morning Concerts
One hour-long Night Beat previews and programs by BMC competition winners. 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St., Bellingham.
All concerts are free and open to the public – everyone is welcome!
|5 Sept||Soprano Sherrie Kahn and Women of the Whatcom Chorale|
|3 Oct||“Hark! The Herald Headlines Sing!”|
|7 Nov||Flutist Sheridon Stokes
|5 Dec||Pianists Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann * at First Congregational
|6 Feb||Winners of the H. S. Vocal Competition in honor of Jack & Ginny Frymire and the H. S. Instrumental Competition in honor of Nicholas Bussard.|
|6 March||Winners of the H. S. String Competition in honor of Ethel Crook and the H. S. Piano Competition in honor of Nancy Bussard.|
|3 April||Winners of the WWU Music Competition in honor of Virginia Glover.|
|1 May||Cellist John Friesen.|
|5 June||Flutist Jeffrey Cohan and Salish Sea Early Music Festival
The premier NW Renaissance and Baroque ensemble plays period instrument chamber music from six centuries.