On the town by day or night! Bellingham Music Club’s 104th season brings exceptional musicians in a variety of fun, exciting and inspiring programs. We present locally, regionally and nationally acclaimed artists, along with what is a beloved tradition: a new musical revue directed by Scott Henderson! Season opens right after Labor Day with the Ballances playing duos three ways. Read on for details!
BMC Night Beat offers full-length programs on select Thursdays, 7:30 pm at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. except where noted *. Take-a-teen-for-free: Ticket holders can bring a young guest at no cost (May musical revue at Firehouse not included). 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 ($25 for Beethoven program in February; $20 for musical revue in May) 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
|5 Sept||Jared and Ruth Marie Ballance
Duos Three Ways! The Ballances play exquisite music for cello, violin and piano by Mozart, Jean Sibelius, Rebecca Clarke, Zoltan Kodály, Mark O’Connor and others.
|3 Oct||Organist Wade Dingman
Program features Bach’s transcription of a Vivaldi concerto, transcriptions of Bach and Handel works by the French organists, and opera and orchestral transcriptions. * at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St., Bellingham
|7 Nov||TRINSIC BRASS
Gustavo Camacho, horn, Greg Cox, trombone and Carla Rutschman, tuba combine brass and rhythm in a program of unique works to get your toes tapping, from Cuba to Germany. Get ready to get your groove on!
|15 Feb||SPECIAL NIGHT BEAT: Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Bash
Cellist Colin Carr and pianist Thomas Sauer bring us a program of Beethoven music in honor of the maestro’s 250th birthday. $25 includes refreshments. Join us of the party!
|7,8,9 May||Four Weddings and a Musical! is a comedic celebration of marriage, narrated through the memoirs of a meddling wedding planner. Scott Henderson leads this acclaimed company of cabaret performers, musically exploring the engagements, prenups, vows, receptions, toasts, honeymoons, and bridesmaid dresses that haunt us “until death do us part.”
* at Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave., Bellingham
|4 June||Dancing with Bach!
BMC’s favorite violinist Edwin Huizinga joins ACRONYM’s harpsichordist Elliot Figg in a mixed program of 18th century music… and a little folk too!
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!
|4 Sept||Jared and Ruth Marie Ballance
|2 Oct||Organist Wade Dingman * at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
|6 Nov||Trinsic Brass
|4 Dec||Cellist Nathan Chan with pianist Jessica Choe and violinist Andy Liang
Three gifted young musicians from Seattle present works by Mendelssohn and Paul Schoenfeld. Matinee only. No Night Beat. Mark your calendar for this one! * at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham.
|5 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.|
|4 March||Winners of the H. S. String Competition in honor of Ethel Crook and the H. S. Piano Competition in honor of Nancy Bussard.|
|1 April||Winners of the WWU Music Competition in honor of Virginia Glover.|
|6 May||Four Weddings and a Musical! A cabaret celebration of marriage
Excerpts from the new revue directed by Scott Henderson
|3 June||Violinist Edwin Huizinga and harpsichordist Elliot Figg * at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham.