The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents Spring Baroque Festival, to include three contrasting performances of early orchestral and chamber music on period instruments at the Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church on Orcas Island. Admission to all concerts will be by free will offering and suggested donation of $15, $20 or $25, with attendees 18 and under free.
“The Able Virtuoso” at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 21, will feature violinist Carrie Krause, lutenist John Lenti and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan in a program of baroque trio sonatas from France, Italy and Germany for violin and flute with theorbo (a very long-necked lute) and baroque guitar by 18th-century French, Italian and German composers.
Johann Mattheson’s The Able Virtuoso, published in Hamburg in 1720, sets the tone for this program of virtuoso trio sonatas inspired by Corelli and the fusion of Italian, French, and German styles, which were quite distinct in the 18th century. Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Archangelo Corelli, Pietro Locatelli, Antoine Dornel and Joseph Bodin de Boismortier will be featured in this virtuoso survey of the great variety of musical styles of 18th century Europe.
“Bach and Vivaldi Concerti” at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 28, will feature Johann Sebastian Bach’s ebullient Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, one of the most well-loved orchestral works of the Baroque, with Spring Baroque Festival soloists Jonathan Oddie on the harpsichord, Krause on violin and Cohan on flute, along with the Salish Sea Early Music Festival Chamber Orchestra. Other works on this program of baroque concerti will include the “Pisendel” Violin Concerto by Antonio Vivaldi with soloist Carrie Krause, a Bassoon Concerto by Vivaldi with soloist Anna Marsh, and a Flute Concerto by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach with soloist Cohan.
“Silvius Leopold Weiss” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, features baroque lutenist Oleg TImofeyev from Iowa City, Iowa, and Cohan, on the one-keyed baroque flute, will play music by Silvius Leopold Weiss, the most prolific and highly esteemed lutenist of the baroque, who worked frequently with flute virtuoso Gabriel Buffardin and wrote much music for obbligato, or fully written out, lute and flute.
For more information, visit www.salishseafestival.org/orcas.