David G. Brown is January winner of our monthly wine drawing!

Congratulations to David G. Brown, the January winner of our monthly wine drawing! He will receive a fine bottle of wine from Seifert & Jones Wine Merchant in Bellingham. This monthly drawing is part of the Festival’s 25th Silver Anniversary celebration, and David’s name was selected at random from the Festival’s newsletter email distribution list of 1,700 readers and supporters. Sign up for the newsletter and you, too, may be a lucky winner.

How perfect that one of our Festival orchestra musicians (and his wife) are winners in our monthly wine drawing. Regular Festival attendees will recognize him as a BFM contrabass player. His wife, Mary Sokol Brown, is a first violinist. Both are members of the Vancouver Symphony. David sent this note detailing the couple’s musical itinerary over the next few months.


”Mary and I will be travelling quite a bit this season for music related events. We have a short tour with the Vancouver Symphony to Winnipeg, Ottawa and Toronto in May and then a tour in early June with the Turning Point Ensemble, a Vancouver based contemporary chamber ensemble, to Taiwan, Beijing and Singapore. We’re then flying directly from Singapore to Ostrava, Czech Republic to perform in a new chamber opera in the biannual contemporary music festival there. As interesting as this will be it will also be great to stow our suitcases and put down roots again in Bellingham for three consecutive weeks for the 2018 festival! We haven’t any other travel plans over the summer but, in September, prior to our Vancouver Symphony season getting underway, I will be accompanying Mary to Tuscany for several weeks where she will be coaching adult amateur
chamber musicians.”

Rules: Winners’ names will be randomly drawn. The winner has to be at least 21 years of age and a subscriber to the newsletter. The winner will be contacted by phone or by mail. With permission, the winner’s name will be published in the newsletter, Facebook, and other social media. The winner must be able to pick up their wine from Seifert & Jones (or make shipping arrangements with Seifert and Jones) within two weeks of being notified that they have won.