Concert to benefit Blaine Food Bank

Published on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 by Jack Kintner

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Those wanting an evening of musical entertainment while also supporting a worthy cause will want to get out this Friday night October 30 to hear the piano duo of Hal Logan and Dorothy Watson. They’re returning to Blaine for another pops concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Free Church Unitarian.

Last year they played an all-Gershwin program that raised almost $2,000 for the Blaine Food Bank as the congregation matched the donations that people who attended the concert gave. This year the program includes Gershwin tunes like “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and “Doin’ What comes Naturally,” as well as other well-known Broadway numbers from Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and Jerry Herman.

Logan, now a White Rock, B.C., resident, was an attorney in Niagra Falls, Ontario, for many years before moving to Vancouver and becoming an architect. “Since retiring I’ve got a lot more time for music,” he said, “and I really enjoy playing the organ and piano.”

He played a concert with Aldergrove, B.C., resident Watson “six or seven years ago” and they’ve been at it ever since, playing annually on the 1926 two-manual Wurlitzer at the Mount Baker theater in Bellingham, and it’s that concert that they’ll bring to Blaine Friday night, playing on two pianos that will have been tuned and set up specially for this toe-tapping event. You’ll find it hard not to start singing along, and probably that would be OK.

The program lasts 75 minutes without an intermission and is emceed by Logan’s wife Shirley. The suggested donation is $10. “It’s for a good cause,” Logan said, “and if we can get a lot of people out and make money for the food bank, so much the better.”