Salish Sea Early Music Festival set to begin Jan. 23

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Michael Freimuth, of Kiel, Germany, is a master of the theorbo, an instrument of the lute family. Photo courtesy of Salish Sea Early Music Festival

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival, which has been going on since 2011, presents chamber music from the 15th through 19th centuries on period instruments in cities all around the Salish Sea including Tacoma.

The opening Tacoma concert of the 2018 Salish Sea Early Music Festival takes place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 3615 N. Gove St. Two phenomenal musicians are coming from Cincinnati, Ohio and Kiel, Germany for this most unusual program of baroque and late renaissance music on period instruments, to begin this year’s festival.

Amalisa Pappano, from Cincinnati, Ohio is one of the world’s foremost players of the treble viol. Both will perform Jan. 23 in Tacoma’s first installment of the 2018 Salish Sea Early Music Festival. Photo courtesy of Salish Sea Early Music Festival

This first installment of the annual festival, “Treble Viol, Baroque Guitar and Flute,” is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.

“Treble Viol, Baroque Guitar and Flute,” the first of seven concerts in the 2018 Salish Sea Early Music Festival, features Annalisa Pappano from Cincinnati, one of the world’s foremost players of treble viol (Pappano also plays the pardessus de viole, lirone and viola da gamba and directs the Catacoustic Consort). Also playing is Michael Freimuth from Kiel, Germany, who is one of Europe’s most active performers on baroque guitar and theorbo. Joining them is renaissance and baroque flutist and the festival’s artistic director Jeffrey Cohan.

The treble viol was widely used during the 17th and early 18th centuries but is extremely seldom to be heard today — as is also true of the renaissance transverse flute. This exploration of mostly French and Italian repertoire for treble viol, baroque guitar and flute from about 1625 to 1725 will present solos, duos and trios by Buonamente, Sweelinck, Heudelinne, Lully, De Visee and Cheron.

Admission is by suggested donation: $15, $20 or $25 (a free will offering), and those 18 and under are free. Advance tickets will be available through SalishSeaTacoma.brownpapertickets.com. For information on the festival visit www.salishseafestival.org/tacoma for additional information.

2018 Salish Sea Early Music Festival Tacoma performance schedule:

  • TREBLE VIOL, BAROQUE GUITAR AND FLUTE 

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 3615 N. Gove St.

Annalisa Pappano (Cincinnati) on treble viol

Michael Freimuth (Kiel, Germany) on baroque guitar

Jeffrey Cohan on renaissance and baroque flutes

  • FLUTE TRIOS 

February (date to be announced)

Fabulous baroque flute trios with harpsichord with renowned flutists Janet See and Mindy Rosenfeld of the Baltimore Consort.

Janet See on baroque flute

Mindy Rosenfeld (San Francisco) on baroque flute

Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute

Jonathan Oddie on harpsichord

  • FOUR-PART CANZONAS 1585-1625 

Tuesday, March 13 (tentative), at 7 p.m.

Rarely-heard Italian four-part canzona, inspired by four-part French and Flemish chansons, which blossomed in print from 1582 to 1628 concurrently with the emerging “baroque” style.

Anna Marsh on dulcian (renaissance bassoon)

Courtney Kuroda on violin

Stephen Creswell on viola

Jeffrey Cohan on renaissance flute

  • THE INSTRUMENTAL AIR DE COUR

Sunday, April 8, (tentative), 7 p.m.

The intensely moving and intimate vocal French air de cour inspired instrumentalists from the late 16th century and yielded trends that resonated still in the early 1700s.

Susie Napper (Montreal) on viola da gamba

Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute

  • THE CAPABLE VIRTUOSO 

Friday, May 18 (tentative), 7 p.m.

Johann Mattheson’s “The Capable Virtuoso,” published in Hamburg in 1720, sets the tone for this program of trio sonatas inspired by Corelli and the idea that Italian, French, and German styles might be fused in an integrated musical style.

Carrie Krause (Bozeman) on baroque violin

John Lenti on theorbo and baroque guitar

Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute

  • BACH’s BRANDENBURG CONCERTO 

Friday, May 25 (tentative), noon

The 5th Brandenburg Concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach and other works for flute, violin, harpsichord and string chamber orchestra.

Carrie Krause on baroque violin

Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute

Jonathan Oddie on harpsichord

Courtney Kuroda on baroque violin

Stephen Creswell on baroque viola

Anna Marsh on baroque bassoon

  • FREDERICK THE GREAT 

Monday, June 11 (tentative), 7 p.m.

Slvius Leopold Weiss, the most prolific and highly esteemed lutenist of the baroque and teacher of Frederick the Great, wrote sonatas for obbligato lute and flute from which this program branches out to explore music at the court of the flutist King Frederick II of Prussia.

Oleg TImofeyev (Iowa City) on baroque lute

Jeffrey Cohan on eight-keyed flute

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