2015



SALISH SEA

EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL

~ Period Instrument chamber music from six centuries around the Salish Sea ~
~ updated with revised May and June concert dates on May 5, 2015 ~


"EMANUEL BACH TRICENTENNIAL" (Victoria, February 2014)
    "A world of tender and brilliant magic ... A music so refined, it draws and draws, yet never swamps the senses.
    "...
such was the virtuosity and technical brilliance of Hans Jürgen Schnoor and Jeffrey Cohan, combined with a spell-binding understatement, I couldn't be quite sure I hadn't dreamed it all."
     — Elizabeth Courtney, MUSIC IN VICTORIA • http://islandnet.com/miv/

"A LOVELY BAROQUE DIVERTISSEMENT FROM BROTHERTON, COHAN AND STUBBS" (Vancouver, January 2015)
"A remarkably intimate and refreshing experience. • There was joy and love aplenty here, quite irresistible in its sense of innocence and spontaneity. • ...let me acknowledge, first off, just how well the underpinning of Cohan and Stubbs brought out the variety and motion of this work. • Jeffrey Cohan has such quickness and dynamic range, such a keen control of accents, and such mastery at floating the soft limpid phrase that the combination with Stephen Stubbs’ own brand of structural solidity and insight gave us something pretty special indeed."
© Geoffrey Newman, VANCOUVER CLASSICAL MUSIC • http://www.vanclassicalmusic.com/a-lovely-baroque-divertissement-from-brotherton-cohan-and-stubbs


~ download 2015 SPRING FESTIVAL season fliers ~
Vancouver, BC  •  Bellingham  •  Seattle  •  Tacoma  •  Vashon Island  •  Orcas Island  •  Lopez Island  •  San Juan Island  •  Whidbey Island

Cohan, Creswell, Bonham
May 31 - June 6, 2015:
1800: A BEETHOVEN BAND
Martin Bonham ~ cello
Stephen Creswell ~ violin and viola
Jeffrey Cohan ~  8-keyed flute (made in London in 1820)

Experience a broad sampling of virtuoso chamber music from the time of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), with selections from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Magic Flute arranged for flute, violin and cello when Beethoven was 25 in 1795, music by the Viennese flutist Raphael Dressler (1784-1835) who worked with Beethoven and the fabulous blind virtuoso flutist Friedrich Ludwig Dulon who shared Beethoven's dates almost exactly (1769-1826), as well as a duo for viola and cello by Franz Danzi (1763-1826) and trios by Ignaz Joseph Pleyel (1757- 1831) and the famous French flutist and bassoonist François Devienne (1759-1803). All on period instruments.
photo by Reed Carlson

Vashon Island
: Sunday afternoon, May 31, 2015 at 2:00 PM

· Bethel Church  · 148th Ave SW & 119th Street (14736 SW Bethel Lane) • (206) 567-4255
Tacoma: Sunday evening, May 31, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Trinity Lutheran Church · 12115 Park Avenue South in Parkland (Tacoma) · (253) 537-0201
Seattle: Monday, June 1, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· Christ Episcopal Church · 4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE · (206) 633-1611
Vancouver, BC: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· Ryerson United Church · 2195 West 45th Avenue in Vancouver · (604) 266-5377
Bellingham: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· St. Paul's Episcopal Church · 2117 Walnut Street · (360) 733-2890
Whidbey Island: Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· St. Augustine's in-the-Woods Church  · 5217 South Honeymoon Bay Road in Freeland · (360) 331-4887
Lopez Island: Friday, June 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Grace Church · 70 Sunset Lane · (360) 468-3477
Orcas Island: Saturday afternoon, June 6, 2015 at 2:00 PM
· Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church  · 107 Enchanted Forest Road in Eastsound · (360) 376-6683
San Juan Island: Saturday evening, June 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· San Juan Island Grange  · 152 - 1st Street in Friday Harbor · (360) 378-6632


PhilidorJune 13 - 21, 2015:
The ART of MODULATION
Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute
Linda Melsted ~ baroque violin
Stephen Creswell ~ violin and viola
Jonathan Oddie ~ harpsichord

Selections from François André Philidor's The Art of Modulation and other baroque chamber music.

Whidbey Island: Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· St. Augustine's in-the-Woods Church  · 5217 South Honeymoon Bay Road in Freeland · (360) 331-4887
Lopez Island: Sunday afternoon, June 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM
· Grace Church · 70 Sunset Lane · (360) 468-3477
Orcas Island: Sunday evening, June 14, 2015 at 8:30 PM (please note late starting time, to be confirmed)
· Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church  · 107 Enchanted Forest Road in Eastsound · (360) 376-6683
San Juan Island: Monday, June 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· San Juan Island Grange  · 152 - 1st Street in Friday Harbor · (360) 378-6632
Vashon Island: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Bethel Church  · 148th Ave SW & 119th Street (14736 SW Bethel Lane) • (206) 567-4255
Tacoma: Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Trinity Lutheran Church · 12115 Park Avenue South in Parkland (Tacoma) · (253) 537-0201
Seattle: Friday, June 19, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· Christ Episcopal Church · 4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE · (206) 633-1611
Bellingham: Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· St. Paul's Episcopal Church · 2117 Walnut Street · (360) 733-2890
Vancouver, BC: Sunday afternoon, June 21, 2015 at 4:00 PM
· Ryerson United Church · 2195 West 45th Avenue in Vancouver · (604) 266-5377



baroque flute
~ previous programs this season ~


soprano Lydia BrothertonJanuary 7 - 12, 2015:
LYDIA BROTHERTON

Airs of the Baroque
Lydia Brotherton ~ soprano

Stephen Stubbs ~ baroque guitar & lute
Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute

Cantatas by Nicolas Bernier (Le triomphe d'amour) and Antonio Vivladi (All'ombra di sospetto),
Airs Sérieux by Le Sieur Bouvard (Chantez charmants oyseaux)
& selections from 9 German Arias by Georg Friedrich Händel (Meine Seele hört im Sehen & Singe Seele, Gott zum Preise)

Lopez Island: Wednesday afternoon, january 7, 2015 at 1:00 PM
· Grace Church · 70 Sunset Lane · (360) 468-3477
Orcas Island: Wednesday evening, january 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church  · 107 Enchanted Forest Road in Eastsound · (360) 376-6683
Whidbey Island: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· St. Augustine's in-the-Woods Church  · 5217 South Honeymoon Bay Road in Freeland · (360) 331-4887
Seattle: Friday, January 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· Christ Episcopal Church · 4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE · (206) 633-1611
Bellingham: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· St. Paul's Episcopal Church · 2117 Walnut Street · (360) 733-2890
Vancouver, BC: Sunday afternoon, January 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM
· Ryerson United Church · 2195 West 45th Avenue in Vancouver
Tacoma: Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Trinity Lutheran Church · 12115 Park Avenue South in Parkland (Tacoma) · (253) 537-0201

Anna Marsh, baroque bassoonJanuary 22 - February 3, 2015:
WINDS of the BAROQUE
Sand Dalton ~ baroque oboe (Orcas, Lopez, Seattle and Vancouver only)
Anna Marsh ~ baroque bassoon
Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute
Jonathan Oddie ~ harpsichord

Chamber music for wind instruments and harpsichord from the courts of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Frederick the Great.

Orcas Island: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church  · 107 Enchanted Forest Road in Eastsound · (360) 376-6683
Lopez Island: Friday, january 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Grace Church · 70 Sunset Lane · (360) 468-3477
San Juan Island: Saturday afternoon, january 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM
· San Juan Island Grange  · 152 - 1st Street in Friday Harbor · (360) 376-6632
Bellingham: Saturay evening, January 24, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· St. Paul's Episcopal Church · 2117 Walnut Street · (360) 733-2890
Tacoma: Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Trinity Lutheran Church · 12115 Park Avenue South in Parkland (Tacoma) · (253) 537-0201
Seattle: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· Christ Episcopal Church · 4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE · (206) 633-1611
Vancouver, BC: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· Ryerson United Church · 2195 West 45th Avenue in Vancouver · (604) 266-5377
Whidbey Island: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· St. Augustine's in-the-Woods Church  · 5217 South Honeymoon Bay Road in Freeland · (360) 331-4887
Vashon Island: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM • download flier •
· Bethel Church  · 148th Ave SW & 119th Street (14736 SW Bethel Lane) • (206) 567-4255

Johann Sebastian Bach
March 1 - 8, 2015:
Johann Sebastian BACH
Hans-Jürgen Schnoor ~ harpsichord
Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute

Four strikingly beautiful new sonatas for flute and harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach!
... that number among the most moving of Bach's instrumental works. As the original scoring of many of the trio sonatas is largely unknown, and was almost certainly not as has been handed down to us, our interpretations for flute and the two hands of a harpsichordist could easily have been somerthing Bach himself experienced. These sonatas are all in trio sonata format, with three intertwining voices originally emanating from the hands and feet of one or two or three players: one comes down to us as a work for solo organ (BWV 527), another for harpsichord and violin (BWV 1019), one for either 2 flutes and harpsichord or viola da gamba and harpsichord (BWV 1039 and 1027), and one for flute, violin and harpsichord (the Musical Offering trio sonata, BWV 1079).

Vashon Island: Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Bethel Church  · 148th Ave SW & 119th Street (14736 SW Bethel Lane) • (206) 567-4255
Whidbey Island: Monday, March 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· St. Augustine's in-the-Woods Church  · 5217 South Honeymoon Bay Road in Freeland · (360) 331-4887
Seattle: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· Christ Episcopal Church · 4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE · (206) 633-1611
Vancouver, BC: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· Ryerson United Church · 2195 West 45th Avenue in Vancouver · (604) 266-5377
Tacoma: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Trinity Lutheran Church · 12115 Park Avenue South in Parkland (Tacoma) · (253) 537-0201
Bellingham: Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· St. Paul's Episcopal Church · 2117 Walnut Street · (360) 733-2890
Lopez Island: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Grace Church · 70 Sunset Lane · (360) 468-3477
Orcas Island: Sunday afternoon, March 8, 2015 at 1:30 PM
· Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church  · 107 Enchanted Forest Road in Eastsound · (360) 376-6683
San Juan Island: Sunday evening, March 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· San Juan Island Grange  · 152 - 1st Street in Friday Harbor · (360) 378-6632


Hans-Juergen Schnoor
March 10, 11 and 13, 2015:
Johann Sebastian Bach
GOLDBERG VARIATIONS
Hans-Jürgen Schnoor ~ harpsichord

Vancouver, BC: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· Ryerson United Church · 2195 West 45th Avenue in Vancouver · (604) 266-5377
Bellingham: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· St. Paul's Episcopal Church · 2117 Walnut Street · (360) 733-2890
Seattle: Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· Christ Episcopal Church · 4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE · (206) 633-1611

 "HANS-JUERGEN SCHNOOR"
     "A stunning account of Bach's monumental "Goldberg Variations"... An expressive freedom illuminating the music's subjective beauty.
     "As Schnoor hurtled through Bach's contrapuntal labyrinth, the harpsichordist absorbed the audience in the rising emotional tension, culminating in a final burst of keyboard fireworks."
— Cecelia Porter, THE WASHINGTON POST
(Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival, Washington, DC, 2002)

dulcianMay 3 - 20, 2015:
1600: WINDS of the RENAISSANCE
Anna Marsh ~ dulcian
John Lenti ~ renaissance lute & theorbo
Jeffrey Cohan ~ renaissance transverse flute

Fabulous chamber music for solo bass and soprano instruments with supporting bass,
for the elusive dulcian, forerunner of the baroque bassoon, the rarely heard renaissance transverse flute
and theorbo or lute, by Tarquino Merula, Girolamo Frescobaldi, the dulcian virtuoso
Bartolomeo de Selma y Salaverde, Andrea Cima and Giulio Caccini ...
all exhibiting
the rampant mannerism which spanned the turn of the 17th century.
~ Not to be missed! ~
Anna Marsh brings the rarely-heard Renaissance dulcian to Salish Sea Early Music Festival concerts
(Tacoma Tribune article by Rosemary Ponnecanti, May 6, 2015)


Vashon Island: Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Bethel Church  · 148th Ave SW & 119th Street (14736 SW Bethel Lane) • (206) 567-4255
Tacoma: Monday, May 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Trinity Lutheran Church · 12115 Park Avenue South in Parkland (Tacoma) · (253) 537-0201
Seattle: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· Christ Episcopal Church · 4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE · (206) 633-1611
Lopez Island: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Grace Church · 70 Sunset Lane · (360) 468-3477
Whidbey Island: Friday, May 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM (Cohan/Lenti Duo)
· St. Augustine's in-the-Woods Church  · 5217 South Honeymoon Bay Road in Freeland · (360) 331-4887
Bellingham: Monday, May 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· St. Paul's Episcopal Church · 2117 Walnut Street · (360) 733-2890
San Juan Island: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 noontime concert at 12:00 PM (bring lunch)
· San Juan Island Grange  · 152 - 1st Street in Friday Harbor · (360) 376-6632
Orcas Island: Tuesday evening, May 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church  · 107 Enchanted Forest Road in Eastsound · (360) 376-6683
Vancouver, BC: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:30 PM
· Ryerson United Church · 2195 West 45th Avenue in Vancouver · (604) 266-5377




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PREVIOUS FESTIVALS:   2011  •  2012  •  2013  •  2014

Seattle     Vancouver     Bellingham     Tacoma     Whidbey Island     Vashon Island     Orcas Island     Lopez Island     San Juan Island

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival evolved from Concert Spirituel, which since the early 1980s in Seattle and Chicago has featured harpsichordists Elisabeth Wright, George Shangrow, David Schrader and John Whitelaw (Belgium), violinists Stanley Ritchie and Jorg Michael Schwarz, lutenists Stephen Stubbs and John Schneiderman, gambists Susan Napper and Mary Springfels and cellist Elaine Scott Banks. Unpublished works from the Library of Congress and other libraries and unusual instruments and instrumental combinations that were familiar in earlier times are given particular attention. From 1725 until 1790, the Concert Spirituel in Paris offered outstanding sacred, orchestral and chamber music performances presented by the leading instrumentalists and composers of Europe, often featuring the most innovative new music of the day. In this spirit we are excited to present the fifth annual Salish Sea Early Music Festival.

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