Salish Sea Early Music Festival’s 10th year begins Jan. 20

  • Mon Jan 20th, 2020 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted by the Salish Sea Early Music Festival

The 2020 Salish Sea Early Music Festival begins Jan. 20 and runs through May 10.

Join baroque bassoonist Anna Marsh, baroque violinist Courtney Kuroda; baroque violist Victoria Gunn; and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan for opening night at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20 at Grace Episcopal Church. A suggested donation of $15, $20 or $25 is encouraged for adults; admission for attendees 18 and younger is free.

Cohan discovered a remarkable and almost completely unknown manuscript of 770 pages in Paris that was prepared in 1713 for evening performances for the aging Louis XIV by his long-time music librarian Andre Danican Philidor l’aine. Many of the 67 suites — which vary between two and 12 movements apiece — from this unique manuscript have probably not otherwise been heard anywhere since the death of Louis XIV in 1715.

In 2020, the Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents seven Monday evening performances in its 10th annual festival of early music. The event features some of the finest period-instrument specialists, from North America and Europe, in chamber music from the Renaissance through Beethoven, all on period instruments.

All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Church.

Scheduled concerts are as follows:

• Monday, Jan. 20, “A Little Evening concert for Louis XIV.”

• Monday, Feb. 3, “Mozart Flute Quartets.” By far the most well-known flute quartets of any era, with eight-keyed flutist Cohan; violinist Carrie Krause; violist Victoria Gunn; and cellist Caroline Nicolas.

• Monday, March 9, “Travels With Charles Burney in 1770.” A musical portrayal of the travels of Charles Burney in 1770 and 1772 features Cohan; cellist Susie Napper; and harpsichordist Hans-Jürgen Schnoor.

• Monday, March 16, “Giuliani and Friends.” A Beethoven-era exploration of repertoire for flute and guitar features instruments from this period played by guitarist Oleg Timofeyev and Cohan.

• Monday, April 6, “Musica Alta Ripa.” Violinist Anne Röhrig and harpsichordist Bernward Lohr, two specialists who lead Musica Alta Ripa and the early music movement in northern Europe, join Cohan for a program centering around the early decades of the 18th century.

• Monday, April 20, “Louis XV.” Although Louis XV did not share the profound love of music for which his great-grandfather Louis XIV was famed, he witnessed a period of unrestrained creativity and development in art music, to be illustrated in this performance of Philidor, Leclair, Blavet and others with John Lenti on theorbo and baroque guitar.

• Monday, May 18, “Italian Canzonas and Sonatas.” Dulcian, or Renaissance bassoon player Anna Marsh, theorbist Lenti, and Cohan are pleased to further explore the rarely-heard Italian canzonas and sonatas for treble and bass solo instruments and continuo, in particular focusing on the fabulous music of Giovanni Battista Buonamente and Tarquinio Merula.