2010 in review: Pacific Arts Association

Published on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 by By Larry‚ÄąConrad

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2010 was a busy year for the Pacific Arts Association. We had a wonderful Valentine concert with Tingstad and Rumbel.

In May, the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra gave us a fabulous evening of Beethoven, Porter, “The Planets” and the engaging “The Composer is Dead.”

We were saddened this year by the death of our friend and long-time treasurer, Joe Melland. We dedicated the 2010 Jazz Camp to Joe’s memory and were happy to have his son, Justin on our faculty this year.

The week was full of great events. Our talented jazz musicians gave us an evening with Greta Matassa and a second evening of their “favorite things.” Martin Kuuskmann and friends provided a most enjoyable night of bassoon, piano and viola fusion. This was followed by the “Big Band Benefit” – a total sellout and success.

The “Student Showcase” on Friday night, which included the ever popular “Sing, Sing, Sing” performed by all students and faculty rose to a new standard.

Finally, the Saturday “Art to Jazz Street Fair” was able to provide a stage for each and every student to solo and play or sing with their group.

Even now, months after the 2010 Jazz Festival, we are getting “Thank you” notes from students and parents for the phenomenal experience of that week.

Our year ended with the NOEL harp concert in December, made even more special by the addition of the Blaine high school chamber choir.

We are so grateful to our generous donors and sponsors. They stepped up to help with scholarships and general funding.

We could not provide this rich experience if it weren’t for the city of Blaine’s BTAC funds, the Blaine school district, the in-kind support of Bob Boule of Smuggler’s Inn and the great coverage and help of The Northern Light. Thank you all.