San Juan Island's Salish Sea Early Music Festival
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(a free will offering - everyone welcome)
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baroque flute
SSEMF presents outstanding
early chamber music on San Juan Island
thanks to your support.

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2023 Salish Sea Early Music Festival on San Juan Island
~ Period Instrument chamber music from six centuries on San Juan Island and around the Salish Sea ~

  Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 7 in FRIDAY HARBOR 
renaissance fluteAnna MarshCANZONAS
Trios, Duos and Solos
Anna Marsh ~ dulcian (renaissance bassoon)
John Lenti ~ theorbo
Jeffrey Cohan ~ renaissance flute
A most unusual and extensive exploration of the fabric of early 17th-century life in Italy (mostly) through the perspective of the dulcian, the theorbo and renaissance lute, and the renaissance flute ... and their players. 
      The program includes a solo lute Fantasia by Giovanni Battista Dalla Gostena (1540-1593), a Canzona (1636) by Giovanni Battista Buonamente (c1595–1642), a Sonata as well as Cantantibus organis by Giovanni Paolo Cima (c1570–1630) from his Concerti Ecclesiastici (Milan 1610), five wonderful canzonas by Tarquinio Merula (1594/5-1665) from his Opus 12 (1637) and Opus 17 (1651), a Fantasia for dulcian solo as well as divisions on Vestiva e colli for flute and dulcian, both published in 1638 by Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde (~1595-1638), diminutions by Girolamo Dalla Casa on Petit Jacquet after the chanson by jean Courtois for flute and lute, a  Sonata Concertante by Dario Castello (1602-1631) from 1631, and two duos for flute and dulcian: Beaux yeux by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) and a setting of Le rossignol plaisant & gratieux by Didier le blanc.

Fantasia 11 by Giovanni Bassano (1585)
January 11, 2021

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  Monday, MAY 1, 2023 on SAN JUAN ISLAND 
Maike Albrecht Hans-Juergen Schnoor

Maike Albrecht ~ soprano
  Hans-Jurgen Schnoor~ piano

✣  MAY 1 at 7:00 PM: Friday Harbor  ✣
House Concert in Friday Harbor.
  •  modern piano   •   suggested donation $25.
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✣  also: MAY 3 at 7:00 PM: La Conner  ✣
Skagit Historical Keyboard Museum in La Conner.
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On three historical pianos   •  in addition 4 songs by Johannes Brahms will be performed
suggested donation $20 or $25

Joseph Haydn
(1732 – 1809
Three English Canzonettas:

The Mermaid‘s Song (Anne Hunter)
Fidelity (Anne Hunter)
She never told her love (Shakespeare)
Cantata „Arianna à Naxos“
   Haydn's three English Songs are chosen from two sets of English Canzonettas, published in London in 1794/95, which were vastly popular in the drawing rooms of Haydn‘s audience.
   „Arianna à Naxos“ was a great musical hit in London in 1791 and achieved wide popularity all over the continent. The London Morning Chronicle of February 23 noted: „The Musical World is at this moment enraptured with a Composition which Haydn has brought forth… Nothing is talked of – nothing sought after but Haydn‘s Cantata… It abounds with such a variety of dramatic modulations – and is so exquisitely captivating in its larmoyant passages, that it touched and dissolved the audience… Haydn‘s Cantata will accordingly be the musical desideratum of the winter.“
Franz Schubert
(1797 – 1828)
Auf dem See (Goethe)
Auf dem Wasser zu singen (Friedrich Graf Stolberg)
Die Mutter Erde (Stolberg)
Bertha‘s Lied in der Nacht (Franz Grillparzer)
Im Walde (Friedrich Schlegel)
Suleikas erster Gesang
Suleikas zweiter Gesang (Marianne von Willemer from Goethe „West-östlicher Divan“)
   Inspired by our natural wonder around the Salish Sea, Albrecht and Schnoor have assembled a set of „Scenic Songs“ by Schubert, focusing on songs about nature‘s phenomena: water, earth, night and wind in correspondence with our inner lives. This correlation between our surroundings and our emotions is one of the major themes in German Romantic poetry since Goethe.)
  MAY 17, 2023 on SAN JUAN ISLAND 
Bellini - nunc dimitus
Giovanni Bellini's Nunc dimittis, or the Song of Simeon,
which is also reflected in Johann Sebastian Bach cantata Ich habe genug

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 7:00 PM
  Maike Albrecht ~ soprano
  Hans-Jurgen Schnoor~ harpsichord
Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute

Soprano Maike Albrecht and harpsichordist Hans-Jürgen Schnoor from Lubeck, Germany join baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan in Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata Ich habe genug and other works

The church cantata Ich habe genug ("I am content"), BWV 82 was composed in Leipzig in 1727 for the feast Purification of Mary and is one of the most often performed and recorded of Bach's sacred cantatas. In this cantata, based on the Song of Simeon, Bach projects a feeling of serene contentedness with life and an expression of the experience of body and soul coming to rest and in complete harmony beyond anything that words alone can convey.

~ updated June 11, 2023 ~
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SSEMF presents outstanding early chamber music
on period instruments
thanks to your support.