Heidi Thomas

Heidi Thomas

She speaks of music’s ability to heal, as four days’ music starts today 

LYNDEN ­— In this 10th anniversary celebration year of the Lynden Music Festival, a daughter of its inspiration is involved.

The festival has always had “Claire de Lune” as its sentimental theme — and the first song always played, from Debussy — harking back to Claire vg Thomas, Lynden native music and arts booster, who died at age 91 in 2008. The festival was begun the next year.

This year, Heidi Thomas, who has been a successful musician of her own in various ways in the Denver area for more than 35 years, is a part of the festival.

Thomas, who taught pre-K through high school music in public schools and ran her own private piano and voice studio,  shares her lifetime of insights into the music-making craft right as the festival gets going at noon today, Oct. 9, in the Jansen Art Center. 

The schedule of more than 20 music events in all continues through Saturday.

But Heidi Thomas’s story is that it took recovering from trauma for her to realize the  true magic of music, its capacity to heal. She provides live music along with interactive presentations to share more about what humans have known all along — that we can all achieve better health through music, says festival publicity.

The Claire de Lune Opening Ceremonies are at noon at Jansen, with Mayor Scott Korthuis presiding and many of the festival’s performers being introduced. The sounds of the hour are Steve Sperry on trumpet, the Duo Lido pair on violin and piano/accordion, and Kira Iaconnetti with her voice.

When Thomas does her interaction, continuing at the Jansen venue, 321 Front St., on the topic “Tune Up Your Health Through Music,” from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.

Afternoon a cappella  choralizing takes over The Inn at Lynden lobby on Fifth Street at 3:15 p.m. and then it’s on to the 10-Year Festival Gala event (tickets $25) at Steakhouse 9 in the evening, starting at 7 p.m.

Most performances of the Lynden Music Festival are free, in coffee shops,  pub and church as well as at Jansen, but a few are by paid admission. The full booklet of all presentations and the performers are now available around town and can be viewed online at  www.lyndenmusicfestival.com.

These are some in the performing smorgasbord:

  • local Bill DeGroot, as Roy Orbison.
  • Kevin Burt, from Iowa.
  • Fru Sklagerrak, three women on fiddle from Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
  • Wendy Donaghy, soprano, and Rob Viens, on piano.
  • Tango Trio Ardiente, hailing from Argentina and Finland.
  • The Whiskydicks, Celtic gypsy party rock.
  • The Rewinders, consisting of Terry Palmer, Doug Broersma and Josh Honrud doing classic rock.

There will also be privately held events with Lynden Music Festival performers at two schools and two senior care facilities.