Salish Sea Early Music Festival to start Sunday in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — The Salish Sea Early Music Festival will begin Sunday with Treble Viol, Baroque Guitar & Flute.

Seven concerts of period instrument chamber music are scheduled through June 10. All will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1020 Jefferson St., Port Townsend.

The suggested donation is $15, $20 or $25. Those 18 or younger will be admitted free.

Sunday’s concert will feature Annalisa Pappano of Cincinnati on the treble viol, Michael Freimuth of Keil, Germany, on the baroque guitar and Jeffrey Cohan, artistic director of the festival, on renaissance and baroque flutes.

Pappano is one of the world’s foremost players of treble viol, who also plays the pardessus de viole, lirone and viola da gamba and directs the Catacoustic Consort, Cohan said.

Freimuth is one of Europe’s most active performers on baroque guitar and theorbo, he continued.

“The treble viol was widely used during the 17th and early 18th centuries but is extremely seldom to be heard today, as is also true of the renaissance transverse flute,” Cohan said in a news release.

“This exploration of mostly French and Italian repertoire for treble viol, baroque guitar and flute from about 1625 to 1725 will present solos, duos and trios by Buonamente, Sweelinck, Heudelinne, Lully, De Visee, Couperin and Cheron.”

Other programs scheduled this season are:

• Flute Trios — 2 p.m. Feb. 18, with Janet See, Mindy Rosenfeld and Cohan on baroque flute and Jonathan Oddie on harpsichord.

• Four Part Canzonas 1585-1625 — 7 p.m. March 9 with Anna Marsh on dulcian, Courtney Kuroda on violin, Stephen Criswell on viola and Cohan on renaissance flute.

• Louis XIII, XIV & XV — 2 p.m., April 15, with Susie Napper on viola da gamba and Cohan on baroque flute.

• The Capable Virtuoso — 2 p.m. May 19, with Carrie Krause on baroque violin, John Lenti on theorbo and baroque guitar and Cohan on baroque flute.

• Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto — 2 p.m. May 26, with Krause, Cohan, Oddie, Kuroda, Creswell and Marsh.

• Frederick the Great — 2 p.m. June 10 with Cohan on baroque flute and Oleg Timofeyev on baroque lute.

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