Salish Sea Early Music Festival features Hayden’s Trios

Submitted by the Salish Sea Early Music Festival

Trios by Franz Joseph Haydn for flute, violin and cello are to be performed on period instruments of the late 18th century on March 23 at 1 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in this fourth Salish Sea Early Music Festival performance.

Trios will feature flutist Jeffrey Cohan, violinist Lindsey Strand Polyak and cellist Martin Bonham in a program of late 18th-century trios by Haydn and his contemporaries and friends performed on period instruments.

As the most celebrated composer in all of Europe for much of his career, Franz Joseph Haydn was Mozart’s mentor and friend as well as Beethoven’s tutor. The program will include three trios for flute, violin and cello by Haydn, selections from a 1795 arrangement for these instruments of Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute”, and a trio by Franz Anton Hoffmeister, a friend of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven who published music by all three.

Admission is by suggested donation (a free-will offering) of $20 to $30. Those 18 and under are free. For more information please see

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents early chamber music on period instruments around the Salish Sea and in Eastern Washington and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 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.

About the Artists

Violist Lindsey Strand-Polyak divides her time between viola and violin and homes in Los Angeles and on Whidbey Island. Director of the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Summer Baroque Workshop, she appears with Baroque Music Montana, Bach Collegium San Diego, Musica Angelica, Sinfonia Spirituosa, Bitterroot Baroque, Baroque Festival Corona del Mar and the Oregon Bach Festival, Byron Schenkman & Friends, the Salish Sea Early Music Festival and as principal violist with Seattle Baroque Orchestra. She also serves on the boards of Early Music Seattle as the SBO liaison and Pacific Northwest Viols and holds a PhD/MM in musicology and violin performance from UCLA.

Baroque cellist Martin Bonham was a member of the Victoria Symphony for many decades, also plays viola da gamba, and was Music Director of the Pachelbel Players, Island Chamber Players, Chamber Music Victoria and Eine Kleine Summer Music. As a member of the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, The Musick Masters, and Les Violes de Sainte-Columbe, he has made numerous radio performances and appearances in Canada and the Northwest US. As a faculty member of the University of Victoria and the Victoria Conservatory of Music, he has led workshops on Baroque string technique.

Baroque flutist, Jeffrey Cohan, is the artistic director of the Salish Sea Early Music Festival and has performed in 25 countries on flutes from the Renaissance through the present.