Daniil Trifonov, winner of the three most prestigious piano competitions in the classical world, performs at 7:30 p.m. April 11 at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall in a recital jointly presented by Western's music department and the Bellingham Festival of Music. Trifonov's program includes works by Scribian, Liszt and Rachmaninoff.
A private reception with the artist will be held after the recital. Tickets to the recital and reception are available through Western's box office, 360-650-6146 or tickets.wwu.edu.
MASKED BALL AND AUCTION
Western Washington University's College of Fine and Performing Arts hosts its fourth annual masked ball and auction at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Hotel Bellwether. The ball, which benefits scholarships for students studying art, design, music, dance and theater, is run as a full-scale theatrical production with professional lighting, staging, décor and entertainment provided by students from the college, plus special guests Heidi Grant Murphy, John Olbrantz, Steve Arnold and Jovon Miller.
One of the most influential blues musicians of all time, B.B. King is often referred to as the "king of blues," and ranked No. 6 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. A living legend, King has spent more than 60 years blending blues, jump, jazz, swing and pop into his unique sound strummed on Lucille, the name given to each of his guitars.
King is the featured performer at Mount Baker Theatre's gala event at 8 p.m. March 9 at the theater, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets, $49 to $99, can be reserved at 360-734-6080 or mountbakertheatre.com.
SHARON ISBIN WITH WSO
The Whatcom Symphony Orchestra presents classical guitar's first lady, international superstar Sharon Isbin, in concert with the symphony at 3 p.m. April 14 at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. After recent appearances at the White House and around the world, Isbin comes to Bellingham as the WSO's first guitar soloist, performing the Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo.
The program also includes Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 and Bizet's "Carmen" Suite No. 1, conducted by Yaniv Attar, one of four finalists in the search for a new WSO music director. Tickets, $12 to $49, are available at 360-734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com.
LUMMI CEDAR PROJECT
Lummi Cedar Project works to improve the health and well-being of the Lummi community through respect for traditional values by building bridges between youths and elders and through youth leadership and community organizing.
The nonprofit organization celebrates its 20 years of service at 5:30 p.m. March 23 at Fox Hall at the Hampton Inn, 1661 W. Bakerview Road. The event features canoe songs, dances, local performers, and stories from youths. Tickets, $55, are at Brown Paper Tickets.