'Lynden's Got Talent' event to audition singers at Raspberry Festival


Terhi Miikki-Broersma, always one to strategize, let me know about an event coming up as she organizes the Lynden Music Festival for this fall.

She says the festival and Lynden Performing Arts Guild are planning an inaugural event, "Lynden's Got Talent," a solo and group voice competition, to be performed July 19 at this year's Raspberry Festival.

Auditions will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the outdoor stage in front of a panel of local judges, as well as Raspberry Festival attendees, and are limited to participants 25 and younger.

Ten artists will be chosen to perform in the finals that Saturday evening at Claire vg Thomas Theatre, where audience members will vote to determine the winner.

There will be a $500 grand prize, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. In addition, the grand prize winner will receive a feature spot in the Lynden Music Festival in October.

Participation in the singing content is limited to the first 50 people to register, with a $5 fee. Registration forms are at lyndenmusicfestival.com and clairevgtheatre.com.


Also, in Lynden ... I had to keep checking my sources to find out this was really happening.

The Guemes Island Chamber Music Series is presenting a "Silent Film Performance" from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. The performance features the music of Maria Newman, Alfred Newman and Maurice Ravel.

Now, what's amazing is that Maria, the youngest daughter of Alfred, is a violinist in the performing ensemble.

Considered one of the "three godfathers of film music," Alfred Newman composed music for more than 200 films, including "The King and I," and won nine Academy Awards.

Maria is a highly praised composer in many genres, hailed by NPR's Jim Svejda as "one of the most charming and distinctive composers of her generation."

She performs Sunday with her husband, Scott Hosfeld, also a violinist; Karie Prescott, viola; Paula Hochalter, cello; and singer Matthew Lewis.

A tidbit about her: Maria says she began her composing career using a pseudonym, M. Louis Parker, because she was concerned she wouldn't be accepted for her own talents and didn't want to be judged either as the daughter of Alfred or as a "woman composer."

And her first cousin is songwriter and singer Randy Newman!

The concert includes a screening of two silent films starring Mary Pickford, "What the Daisy Said" and "Tender Hearts," with music composed by Maria.

Tickets are $15. Details: 360-354-3660 or jansenartcenter.org.


Taking place concurrently with the Bellingham Festival of Music is the Drayton Harbor Music Festival, formerly called the Blaine Jazz Festival. The festival camp and performances in Blaine run Sunday, July 6, through July 20.

The camp gives pre-college students in-depth study in jazz, classical, contemporary and rock, both in instrumental and vocal performance. The Blaine festival has three new categories this year: a cappella choir, songwriting and musical theater.

It's great that the festival, founded in 2001 by Pacific Arts Association, bounced back after severe cuts in 2012 due to the city of Blaine's tight budget.

The faculty lineup is impressive, with such prominent local musicians as Martin Kuuskmann, Andy Marshall and Jon Mutchler, and such esteemed out-of-towners as Larry Holloway, Greg Hopkins, Camille Bloom, Ted DeCorso, Greta Matassa and Nick Biello.

For a performance schedule and more on the festival, go to draytonharbormusic.org.

Behind the Scenes focuses on the people who make the arts and entertainment world of Whatcom County happen. It appears in Take Five, The Bellingham Herald's entertainment section, each Thursday. Margaret Bikman is the Entertainment News Coordinator at The Bellingham Herald. Contact her at 360-715-2273 or margaret.bikman@bellinghamherald.com.

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