John Lenti

John Lenti

Early Music concert Wednesday

PORT TOWNSEND — Italian 17th Century 3-Part Canzonas, the final 2023 Salish Sea Early Music Festival program, will feature a unique combination of early 17th Century instruments performing a repertoire, “much of which is not to be heard anywhere on the internet” on Wednesday, organizers said.

The concert will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1020 Jefferson St. in Port Townsend.

Admission is a suggested donation of $20 or $25. Those 18 and younger will be admitted free. All are welcome regardless of donation.

Anna Marsh

Anna Marsh

The concert will feature Anna Marsh on dulcian (renaissance bassoon), John Lenti on theorbo and renaissance lute, and Jeffrey Cohan on renaissance transverse flute.

“This program offers an 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,” Cohan said in a press release.

Jeffrey Cohan

Jeffrey Cohan

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 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 two-part setting of Le rossignol plaisant & gratieux by Didier le blanc.

John Lenti

John Lenti

For more information, see www.salishseafestival.org/porttownsend.

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents early chamber music on period instruments around Salish Sea and in Eastern Washington, and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and an affiliate organization of Early Music America.

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