March 2016 Newsletter

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to imagination, and life to everything.” Plato



April 1st Concert of Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg and Anne-Marie McDermott Tickets on sale through WWU Box Office

5th Annual Play it Forward Chamber Residency

Recital, March 13-19, 2016

Violist Rachyl Duffy  and cellist Nora Doyle

Violist Rachyl Duffy and cellist Nora Doyle

The Colburn Chamber Players, a talented and charismatic duo composed of violist Rachyl  Duffy and cellist Nora Doyle, will be the guest ensemble in the 5th Annual Play It Forward Chamber Residency, March 13-19. Presented by the Bellingham Festival of Music and the Whatcom Symphony, the weeklong residency takes the young musicians into many middle and high school classrooms in the county. They will entertain, teach and inspire our local music students through classroom outreach and masterclasses. The duo, from the prestigious Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles will also be performing a recital for the public which will team them with local students and musicians in many different chamber configurations. The recital will be Saturday, March 19th, 7:30 at Bellingham High School.

All students FREE. ADULTS: Suggested $15 donation to BFM Outreach Programs.
Visit our website for complete performer’s bios and program info.


Calidore String QuartetOur first “Play It Forward” ensemble and current quartet-in-residence, the Calidore String Quartet, has been awarded the 2016 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.

The Calidores are thrilled to join eight other highly talented soloists and ensembles on the roster of the BBT Award and Fellowship winners for 2016. The Quartet is the first North American ensemble to be awarded this prestigious European fellowship. They will receive £20,000 plus generous support, networking opportunities and counsel to enhance their career. Chosen by the BBT Artistic Committee from a shortlist of 22 nominated musicians and ensembles from around the world, they now have the opportunity to embark on tailor-made plans to advance their careers.

BFM joins with Blue Skies for Children in providing music enrichment programs with the goal of increasing hope and self-esteem in homeless, low-income and foster children, ages six to fifteen. Besides providing funds for yearly maintenance and repairs on their 80+ loaned instruments, the BFM will support children’s “little wishes” by sponsoring ongoing enrichment through music lessons.

For up-to-date info about the Festival visit our website