The Salish Sea Early Music Festival is proud to present “The Able Virtuoso” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at Grace Church. This concert will feature violinist Carrie Krause, lutenist John Lenti and Baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan in a program of Baroque trio sonatas from France, Italy and Germany, for violin and flute with theorbo (a very long-necked lute) and Baroque guitar by 18th-century French, Italian and German composers. Johann Mattheson’s “The Able Virtuoso,” published in Hamburg in 1720, sets the tone for this program of virtuoso trio sonatas inspired by Corelli and the fusion of Italian, French and German styles, which were quite distinct in the 18th century. Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Archangelo Corelli, Pietro Locatelli, Antoine Dornel and Joseph Bodin de Boismortier will be featured in this virtuoso survey of the great variety of musical styles of 18th-century Europe.
Krause, Baroque violinist, is concertmaster of the Bozeman Symphony and New Trinity Baroque in Portland. She performs regularly as soloist and ensemble member for many of the most important period instrument ensembles throughout the United States and has performed throughout Europe. Raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, she resides in Bozeman, Montana, where she performs with the Meritage String Quartet and teaches a studio of 35 students. An avid adventurer, Krause placed first in her age group in the Springfield Missouri Marathon and second in her age group in the Old Gabe 50k Trail race. Lenti performs on theorbo, lute, archlute and Baroque guitar throughout the United States with groups like Apollo’s Fire, Haymarket Opera Company, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Opera and Seraphic Fire, among many other orchestral and chamber groups. Lenti studied lute with Nigel North, Jacob Heringman and Elizabeth Kenny. His playing has been praised by Gramophone for its “nuanced beauty and character.” Cohan has received international acclaim both as a modern flutist and as one of the foremost specialists on transverse flutes from the renaissance through the early 19th century. He won the Erwin Bodky Award in Boston, and first place in the Flanders Festival International Concours Musica Antiqua for Ensembles in Brugge, Belgium, with lutenist Stephen Stubbs. First prize winner of the Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Competition in New York and recipient of grants from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music and the French government, he has performed in more than 25 countries. The New York Times has heralded his ability to “play several superstar flutists one might name under the table.” The Salish Sea Early Music Festival is proud to be a new affiliate organization of Early Music America, which develops, strengthens and celebrates early music and historically informed performance in North America. For the eighth year the festival features some of the finest period instrument specialists from North America and Europe, presenting seven contrasting performances on Lopez Island and all around the Salish Sea of chamber music from the Renaissance through the time of Beethoven on period instruments. The festival has presented countless first performances in modern times of period instrument renditions of early works. Additional information is available atsalishseafestival.org. Admission to all concerts is a free-will offering suggested donation of $15, $20 or $25, with those 18 and under free. For more information, visit www.salishseafestival.org/.