2019 Salish Sea Early Music Festiva

Photo courtesy of Salish Sea Early Music Festival
Photo courtesy of Salish Sea Early Music Festival

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents eight performances in Tacoma in its ninth annual festival of early music in 2019 beginning on Feb. 3 and extending through June 16, featuring some of the finest period instrument specialists from North America and Europe in chamber music from the Renaissance through the time of Beethoven on period instruments. 

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival is proud to be an affiliate organization of Early Music America, which develops, strengthens, and celebrates early music and historically informed performance in North America. The festival has presented countless first performances in modern times of period instrument renditions of early works. Flutist Jeffrey Cohan is the festival’s artistic director. Additional information is available at www.salishseafestival.org/tacoma.

Most concerts take place at St. Luke’s Memorial Episcopal Church, 3615 N. Gove St., Tacoma. Please see www.salishseafestival.org/tacoma for additional information. Admission is by suggested donation: $15, $20 or $25 (a free will offering), and those 18 and under are free.

Schedule: (All performances begin at 7 p.m.) 

Sunday, Feb. 3: Baroque Flute and Lute – A tour of 18th century Germany, France and Italy with John Lenti (theorbo and baroque guitar) and Jeffrey Cohan (baroque flute). Handel, Vivaldi, Blavet and others.

Thursday, Feb. 21: Early 19th Century Trios – Music from Beethoven’s time performed on instruments from Ludwig’s time with Oleg Timofeyev (guitar), Steven Creswell (viola) and Jeffrey Cohan (eight-keyed flute).

Sunday, March 10: Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord – Hans-Jürgen Schnoor (harpsichord) and Jeffrey Cohan (baroque flute) perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s exquisite sonatas, the most well-known works ever for flute and keyboard.

Thursday, April 25: Baroque Winds – Chamber music for recorder, oboe, bassoon and flute with Vicki Boekman (recorder), Sand Dalton (oboe), Anna Marsh (bassoon), Jeffrey Cohan (baroque flute) and Jonathan Oddie (harpsichord).

Thursday, May 9: Baroque Trio JEST – The many-decades-seasoned Jeffrey-Elisabeth-Susie Trio offers an oldies but goodies program of 18th-century masterworks by Bach, Rameau and others, featuring internationally known guests Susie Napper (viola da gamba) and Elisabeth Wright (harpsichord) with Jeffrey Cohan (baroque flute).

Thursday, May 23: Bach’s Triple Concerto – Carrie Krause (baroque violin), Courtney Kuroda (baroque violin), Steven Crewell (baroque viola), Caroline Nicolas (baroque cello) and Jonathan Oddie (harpsichord) perform one of the greatest orchestral works of the 18th century in this program of concerti.

Tuesday, June 4: Early 17th Century Canzonas – Transitional late renaissance/early baroque chamber music with Anna Marsh (dulcian or renaissance bassoon), Shulamit Kleinerman (renaissance violin), John Lenti (theorbo and baroque guitar) and Jeffrey Cohan (renaissance transverse flute). Presented by the Bellingham Music Club.

Sunday, June 16: Late 18th Century Quartets – Jonathan Oddie (harpsichord), Stephen Creswell (violin and viola), Caroline Nicolas (cello) and Jeffrey Cohan (one-keyed flute) perform little-heard quartets by J.C. Bach, Joseph Haydn, C.P.E. Bach and others.

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