Another year of music underway
By Sandy Wolf
In 2004, The Pacific
Arts Association brought five main stage concerts to Blaine: the Bill
Hilly Band; Revolution: A Tribute to the Beatles; A String of Pearls;
L’Histoire Du Soldat (in cooperation
with the Bellingham Festival of Music); Northern Lights; and Winter Harp.
We expanded our jazz festival to six days, with 74 students, and presented 10 concerts, which were free and open to the public, during the festival week. Also in keeping with our educational mission, we offered master classes for teens with the Revolution cast and master classes for flute and oboe with the principal oboe and flute players of the New York Philharmonic, in conjunction with the Western Washington music department.
2005 promises some exciting new performances. On January 15, Martin Kuuskmann of Blaine will play his bassoon with Matt Herskowitz, piano, and Ted DeCorso, clarinet, in a benefit concert for the Blaine Jazz Festival. Herskowitz is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Julliard School. He performed for the animated film Les Triplettes de Belleville which received two Oscar nominations and won one for best original song.
In March, Mark Nadler, whom the Village Post says, “may be the most prodigious talent performing in America today,” will grace our stage. In May, Misty River will merge folk, bluegrass, and Celtic styles into Americana.
This July 10-17, the Jazz Festival will expand to seven days with a projected enrollment of 100 students. We are currently negotiating with a Grammy-winning composer/saxophone player to join our faculty, and we’ll continue to offer quality programs in instrumental and vocal jazz. We’ll add classes in composition and present three main stage concerts during the festival: the Jovino Santos Neto Trio; RAY! Spotlighting the music of Ray Charles and other jazzy familiars; and A String of Pearls.
In addition, we’ll present Greta! at the Semiahmoo Golf Club, featuring Greta Matassa. During the festival, we’ll present several concerts at noon in Marine Park, which are free and open to the public. In the fall we’ll present a classical concert TBA, and we’re negotiating now to have Winter Harp return to the PAC in December of ’05. We are grateful to our members and generous donors who make these programs possible.