Old City Hall hosts special musical events June 14, 15

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 13, 2013 

Two music events of note take place at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall's Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect St.

The first: Whatcom Symphony Orchestra bassoonist Pat Nelson and Bellingham classical music supporter Garland Richmond let me know about the newly formed Bellingham Chamber Music Society, which presents a concert of music by J.C. Bach, Devienne, Brandäo and Borodin at 7 p.m. Friday, June 14.

Never heard of some of those composers? That's the point, say the founders -Nelson and violinist and violist Leslie Johnson. The organization's mission is to perform not only the standard repertoire of the string and woodwind literature, but also works by what the women call "soon-to-be-well-known" composers.

Pat says they're working on programming for the 2013- season. They'll also perform works that feature piano, harp and voice.

Their hope is to reach not only veteran classical music audiences, but people new to the classical music scene, regardless of age, background or experience.

This Friday's concert will feature oboist Jennifer Weeks, flutist Lisa McCarthy, viola player Johnson and cellist Matt Rehfeldt. They'll perform quartets written especially for that interesting arrangement of instruments, as well as Brazilian and French duos and trios.

Details: http://bellinghamchambermusic.org/.

ALSO IN THE ROTUNDA ROOM

The second musical event: From Deming educator and vocalist Robin Wallbridge (who also sings with South Fork Valley rock band bandZandt), I heard about a collaboration between her longstanding a cappella trio, Mockingbird (which also features Sherrie Lutsch and Lesley Rigg) and Deming poet Lois Holub, called HER VOICE.

Here's what Robin says:

"In song and poetry, HER VOICE is a celebration of the journey through a woman's life. Together we weave stories of power, pain and joy that many of us will recognize as our own. (And any man who has ever been a brother, father, friend, or lover of a woman will recognize these stories too.)."

Robin calls the collaboration "a live collage of a cappella and poetry."

Her Voice has been performed five times since 2007, with changes along the way as new visions of recurring themes are discovered, Robin says.

They'll perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15.

MOUNT BAKER THEATRE UNVEILS DIVERSE 2013 SEASON LINEUP

Like the music of Green Day? Judy Collins? Keb'Mo'?

Pretty diverse, right?

You'll hear the music of those musicians in Mount Baker Theatre's 2013 season of 26 shows, which begins July 17, with "Weird Al" Yankovic, continues with Mount Baker Theatre's own production of "The Producers" on Sept. 25-29, and ends May 20-21 with "Memphis."

As Kim Laskey, deputy director of the theater says, "The season includes an exciting mix of musical performances, Broadway revues, dance and drama."

The lineup:

"Weird Al" Yankovic: July 17

"The Producers:" Sept. 25-29

Jon Batiste and Stay Human: Oct. 5

Royal Crown Revue: Oct. 18

"The Joy Luck Club:" Oct. 26

New Directions Veterans Choir: Oct. 30

MOMIX: Nov. 4

Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks: Nov. 10

California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar Trio: Nov. 16

Green Day's "American Idiot:" Nov. 21

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt: Nov. 24

"The Onion:" Dec. 1

Mark O'Connor and Friends: Dec. 22

WAR: Jan. 11

A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra: Jan. 17

Judy Collins & The Passenger String Quartet: Feb. 1

Keb'Mo': Feb. 22

"TAO: Phoenix Rising:" March 1

"Bring It On: The Musical:" March 5

"The Addams Family:" March 27

"Pink Floyd Experience:" March 28

Arlo Guthrie: April 25

"Hair:" April 27

Ira Glass: May 3

Karla Bonoff and Jimmy Webb: May 15

"Memphis:" May 20-21

Tickets are on sale now to Mount Baker members, and go on sale to the public July 10.

Detail: 360-734-6080, mountbakertheatre.com.

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