Early music to be performed Sunday in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — The Salish Sea Early Music Festival will continue its season at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The concert will be at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1020 Jefferson St.

All are welcome; a free will offering donation of $15, $20 or $25 is asked.

Anna Marsh (dulcian), Shulamit Kleinerman (renaissance violin), John Lenti (theorbo and baroque guitar) and Jeffrey Cohan (renaissance transverse flute) will perform music from the early 17th century in the Salish Sea Early Music Festival’s “17th-Century Canzonas.”

Renaissance transverse flute, renaissance violin, held against the upper chest as fiddlers sometimes do today, and dulcian or renaissance bassoon along with both theorbo, a very long-necked lute and baroque guitar will be heard in this exploration of a transitional period which bridged renaissance and baroque styles.

These instruments are radically different in tone and technique from those used just half a century later and bring this music to life.

Among the composers to be represented are organist and violinist Tarquinio Merula, violinists Marco Uccellini and Giovanni Battista Buonamente and the dulcian virtuoso Bartholome de Selma y Salaverde, all from the early 17th century.

For nine years, the Salish Sea Early Music Festival has provided period instrument performances in Port Townsend and around the Puget Sound with musicians from Europe and all around the United States and Canada.

Alongside well-loved repertoire, the performers bring modern ­day premieres of unpublished works and explore unfamiliar musical genres and instrumental textures with a fresh new approach, according to a press release.

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival is a prolific group performing early music in the Pacific Northwest, with 84 concerts included in the 2019 festival alone.

The final concert in this Salish Sea Early Music Festival season is:

• June 23 — Late 18th century quartets: Oddie (harpsichord), Creswell (violin and viola), Nicolas (cello) and Cohan (one-keyed flute) perform little-heard quartets by J.C. Bach, Joseph Haydn, C.P.E. Bach and others.

Additional information is available at www.salish seafestival.org/porttownsend.

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