Port Townsend Meetinghouse venue for singing recital, fiddle concert

PORT TOWNSEND — Diana Bond and Owen Brummel will sing in a recital at the Port Townsend Friends Meetinghouse at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Another concert at the meetinghouse is planned for Thursday.

The Port Townsend Friends Meeting will host the benefit concert featuring Bond, a soprano, and Brummel, a baritone, at the Friends Meetinghouse at 1841 Sheridan St.

The recital will include sacred music, art songs, arias and light classics.

Meetinghouse concerts are benefits to raise money for the loan on the Friends Meetinghouse.

Each one begins with a dessert social at 7 p.m. and music at 7:30 p.m.

A donation of $5 to $50 is suggested. No one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Bond is a 2016 graduate of Port Townsend High School, where she has performed each year in plays and musical productions.

Among her choices for the evening are the sacred classics “Panis Angelicus” by Cesar Franck, “Pie Jesu” from Gabriel Faure’s Requiem and “The Holy City” by Stephen Adams.

She will sing two duets with Brummel, one from Gilbert &Sullivan’s “Patience” and the other from “Phantom of the Opera.” Other selections on her list include a G.F. Handel piece and other Gilbert and Sullivan favorites.

Brummel, a junior at Chimacum High School, is in his first year of Running Start. He sings in the Chimacum High chorus and is a member of Port Townsend’s RainShadow Chorale, the youngest man ever admitted to the group.

In addition to the duets with Bond, he will sing a wide variety of solos pieces, including the spiritual “Let Us Break Bread Together On Our Knees,” the aria “Se vuol ballare” from Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” and Aaron Copland’s arrangement of “I got me a cat” from his Old American Songs.

The two singers are students of Sydney Keegan, mezzo-soprano, who has taught at her home in Port Hadlock since 1998. Keegan will make a cameo appearance in a duet with Bond.

Pianist Helen Lauritzen will accompany the young singers.

For more information, contact Hazel Johnson at 360-385-6000.

Thursday’s concert is produced by Sevensense Productions.

Irish traditional musician Frankie Gavin will perform a solo concert at 7 p.m. at the meetinghouse.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 through brownpapertickets.com.

At the age of 17, Gavin won two all-Ireland competitions — for fiddle and flute. He founded a traditional band, DeDannan, in the mid-1970s. After a short break in the 2000s, Gavin restarted the band with a new, young lineup.

Gavin has played for four American presidents. At the age of 7, he played for John F. Kennedy on his 1962 visit to Ireland. He also played for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and more recently for Barack and Michelle Obama when the former president visited the village of Moneygall in County Offaly, Ireland.

The Guinness Book of Records lists Gavin as the world’s fastest fiddle player. On September 2010, he played a traditional Irish tune, the Foxhunter’s reel, at 150 beats per minute.

For more information, call 360-379-3136.

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