Thursday, November12, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room • 121 Prospect St. • Free
Bellingham Music Club: Sharing Music for 100 Years
You couldn’t have lived in Bellingham or Whatcom County for that matter, without noticing that we have a lot of beautiful music being made here. The Whatcom Chorale, Kulshan Chorus, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra and many programs at WWU provide stirring programs. Musical theater and other musical arts abound. But music in our county wouldn’t be where it is today without its historical beginnings.
The Bellingham Music Club’s 2015-2016 season marks its 100th year of nourishing musical and cultural life of Bellingham and the Northwest. The largest music club in Washington, the BMC also ranks among the oldest of its kind in the nation. The Whatcom County Historical Society November’s history talk is being presented by BMC President, Kristin Van Schelt, Award Committee Chair, Gail Haines, and Program Chair, Isabelle Cormier.
Women Had a Vision
The Bellingham Women’s Music Club was born on February 22, 1916, at Lairmont Manor, the stately residence of Mrs. C.X. Larrabee. The new club soon became the heart of Bellingham’s musical life. Members would audition for the privilege of performing for invited audiences, while bestowing occasional awards on exceptional student musicians at Western Normal School. Eventually though the parlor piano proved no match for the movie palaces, radios, record-players and TV of a media-happy culture, and performances had to be outsourced.
The Club was founded on the belief that making live music together nourishes the soul, uniting family, friends, and community. Over the years, that belief has driven the metamorphosis from an exclusive sorority of musically gifted socialites into a wide-open organization, welcoming all who cherish dedication to serious music by local artists – especially our youth – and recognize it with performance opportunities and student competitions.
Today, men and women belong to the club, fulfilling the vision of the original club: to bring quality music and encourage young performers in their musical pursuits.
In addition to BMC history milestones, November 12 talk will present an overview of BMC philanthropic endeavors and current Centennial Season.
Social time begins just before 7:00 PM in the Rotunda Room. Cookies and our famous punch is there for enjoyment. Books, memberships and our journals are on sale.