Submitted by the Bellingham Chamber Chorale
The Bellingham Chamber Chorale presents “Christmas in Our Hearts,” a winter holiday concert on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at the historic Lairmont Manor in the Fairhaven district of Bellingham. Doors open at 1:15 pm with wine and hors d’oeuvres, and the performance begins at 2 pm.
Concert tickets are $100 per attendee and include the pre-concert wine and hors d’oeuvres social. Tickets are available at https://www.bellinghamchamberchorale.org/christmasconcert. Names of attendees will also be recognized in BCC’s printed programs for the rest of the 2023/2024 season.
This winter holiday concert is a fundraiser for BCC’s performance of Handel’s Messiah in June 2024. Proceeds will fund the hiring of professional soloists and musicians for their Messiah concert — a unique and exciting musical experience coincides with Father’s Day weekend 2024.
The Bellingham Chamber Chorale was founded in 2003, to bring inspiring and expert musical experience to audiences in Whatcom County and beyond. Led by conductor and composer Dr. Frederick B. Mabalot since 2018, the chorus is composed of some of the area’s finest singer-musicians, who have created a community of collaboration and excellence.
Dr. Mabalot is a Filipino-American composer and choral conductor from southern California and a Bellingham resident since 2016. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle, a Master of Music degree in Composition from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, a second Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from California State University, Northridge.
The conductor’s choral work has been performed in London’s Saint Paul’s Cathedral and at multiple international locations. A newly revised version of his chamber opera, Stabat Mater, will be performed this year. He serves as appointed Composer-in-Residence by the Choral Artists of Carmel in Carmel, California for their 2022-2024 concert season.
Commenting on the significant role of music in our society, Mabalot said he believes in “the transformative, uniting, and healing power of music.”