Play it Forward

BFM Hosts Crossroads String Quartet in 9th Annual Play it Forward chamber music Residency, March 7—14, 2020

Quartet from Colburn Conservatory will Perform for, Coach, and Inspire Middle and High School Students in Whatcom County

Public Concert March 13th, 7:30 pm Options High School

This year, the Festival presents the Crossroads String Quartet from the Colburn School in Los Angeles. An all-woman ensemble, the players come from across the United States and Belarus. They will perform for, coach, mentor, and inspire middle school and high school students throughout Whatcom County.  Their residency will take the group to schools as far north as Mt. Baker High School and will include two new schools to the program, the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School and the Lummi Nation School.

Concluding the weeklong residency, Crossroads will perform a public concert, March 13 at 7:30 PM at Bellingham’s Options High School, 2015 Franklin St. 98225. The program will include local student musicians who the quartet has mentored during the residency. The event is free to students with a $15 suggested donation for adults. No tickets are necessary.

Play It Forward is an annual collaboration between the Bellingham Festival of Music and the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra that seeks to develop music awareness among middle and high school students. Each year a group of young performers from the prestigious Colburn School of Music visits Bellingham for a week-long residency, during which time they visit area schools to perform for local students and to spark their interest in classical music. The residency closes with a full recital by the visiting group in collaboration with local students.