May 6th Dinner & Auction A Big Success
Dressed to the Nines, nearly 200 guests gathered at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel on May 6th for the Festival’s major fundraiser of the year, Puttin’ On The Ritz. The beautiful works of art donated by local artists and the eclectic range of over 130 auction offerings, including an Italian farmhouse getaway, a Paella dinner for 30 guests and an evening of Composers and Cocktails at a lovely bayside home highlighted the vibrancy of the evening. With the generous support of sponsors, item donors, attendees and volunteers, this year’s spirited bidding raised $100,000 for the Festival’s season and community outreach programs. As an all-volunteer organization, we are very proud that one hundred percent of these funds are spent on Festival programming enjoyed in our beautiful community. Thank you to everyone who helped make this entertaining evening a huge success.
Karen Berry, Chair
Festival Guest Artists
Zuill Bailey, Cello
performing July 16, 2017
Haydn: Concerto in C Major
Awarded the 2017 GRAMMY for best classical instrumental solo, Zuill Bailey is a distinguished soloist, recitalist, artistic director and teacher. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today. A consummate concerto soloist, Mr. Bailey has been featured with symphony orchestras worldwide, including Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, Indianapolis, Dallas, Louisville, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Nashville, Toronto, Colorado, Minnesota, Utah, Israel, Cape Town, and the Bruckner Orchestra in Linz, Austria. He has collaborated with such conductors as Itzhak Perlman, Alan Gilbert, Andrew Litton, James DePriest, Jun Markl, Carlos Kalmar, Andrey Boreyko, Krzysztof Urbanski, Jacques Lacombe, Grant Llewellyn and Stanislav Skrowaczewski. He also has been featured with musical luminaries Leon Fleisher, Jaime Laredo, the Juilliard String Quartet, Lynn Harrell and Janos Starker.
Mr. Bailey has appeared at Disney Hall, the Kennedy Center, the United Nations, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St. Y and Carnegie Hall, where he made his concerto debut performing the U.S. premiere of Miklos Theodorakis’ “Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra.” In addition, he made his New York recital debut in a sold out performance of the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bailey also presented the U.S. premiere of the Nico Muhly Cello Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. World premieres include works by composers such as Lowell Lieberman, Phillip Lasser, Roberto Sierra, Benjamin Wallfisch and Michael Daugherty. To view Zuill Bailey’s full biography select Bailey.
Robert McDuffie, Violin
performing July 21, 2017
GRAMMY-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie enjoys a dynamic and multi-faceted career. While appearing as soloist with the world’s foremost orchestras, he can also be found sharing the stage with Gregg Allman and Chuck Leavell in “Midnight Rider,” with actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith in Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” or playing Bach for Memphis Jook dancer Li’l Buck. Philip Glass dedicated his Second Violin Concerto, “The American Four Seasons,” to Mr. McDuffie. Mike Mills of the iconic band R.E.M. is currently composing a concerto for violin and rock band for him. Robert McDuffie is the founder of both the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy and the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in his native city of Macon, Georgia.
Robert McDuffie has appeared as soloist with most of the major orchestras of the world, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the Chicago, San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, Montreal, and Toronto Symphonies; the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Minnesota Orchestras; the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the North German Radio Orchestra, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Hamburg Symphony, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria; and all of the major orchestras of Australia. To view Robert McDuffie’s full biography select McDuffie.
Festival’s National Endowment for the Arts Grants At Risk
As many of you know, the Bellingham Festival of Music was honored again this year with a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This funding, the most recent in an annual series of grants since 2009, helps support the programming and community engagement activities of the Festival. Now benefiting from over $68,000 in grants since NEA first recognized the Festival for its program excellence and importance to the Pacific Northwest community, we share the concerns of the greater art community regarding the federal budget proposal to eliminate the NEA and other important arts and humanities programs.
For over 50 years, the NEA has expanded access to the arts, providing strategic leadership and investment in the arts through its core programs for dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theater, visual arts, and others. Thanks to the NEA, arts activity has grown in areas of the nation that were previously underserved, or not served at all.
While the NEA’s $148 million budget represents about one one-hundredth of one percent of federal discretionary spending, its importance to the arts is felt across the country. The arts are a positive investment, creating jobs, strengthening education and enriching our sense of community. To learn more about how to support NEA funding select Americans for the Arts.
Meet The Board: Dr. Peter Coggan
Despite becoming a full-time resident of Bellingham only recently, Peter Coggan has had a long-time association with our wonderful town. His frequent visits began when his daughter was a student at Western Washington University in the 1990s. She and her husband (also a Western grad.) decided to settle in Bellingham and, with the arrival of grandchildren, Bellingham became the obvious choice for retirement. An added incentive was Peter’s love of sailing. He has cruised the San Juan Islands on many occasions and, now that his sailboat is in our marina, he and his partner, Maureen, expect to spend more time enjoying the beauty of the islands.
His recent retirement from the position of Chief Academic Officer in the Trinity Health System based in Michigan was brief. After only a few days of retired bliss he began part-time work with the Accreditation Commission for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This organization accredits residency and fellowship programs following medical school. His program reviews have him traveling throughout the US.
His love of classical music stems from his mother who was a pianist and amateur soprano. He freely admits that he has no talent to play a musical instrument but he enjoys music of almost all types and, since discovering the Bellingham Festival of Music several years ago, he has become an enthusiastic supporter.