Salish Sea Early Music Festival on Orcas

  • Mon Jan 13th, 2020 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted by the Salish Sea Early Music Festival.

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival returns to Orcas for seven performances beginning Jan. 26.

Join baroque bassoonist Anna Marsh; baroque violinist Courtney Kuroda; baroque violist Victoria Gunn; and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan for opening night at 8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26 at Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church. A suggested donation of $15, $20 or $25 is encouraged for adults; admission for attendees 18 and younger is free.

Cohan discovered a remarkable and almost completely unknown manuscript of 770 pages in Paris that was prepared in 1713 for evening performances for the aging Louis XIV by his long-time music librarian Andre Danican Philidor l’aine. Many of the 67 suites — which vary between two and 12 movements apiece — from this unique manuscript have probably not otherwise been heard anywhere since the death of Louis XIV in 1715.

In 2020, the Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents seven Sunday evening performances in its 10th annual festival of early music. The event features some of the finest period-instrument specialists from North America and Europe in chamber music from the Renaissance through Beethoven, all on period instruments.

All shows take place at 8 p.m. at the Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church. Scheduled concerts are as follows:

• Sunday, Jan. 26, “A Little Evening concert for Louis XIV.”

• Sunday, Feb. 2, “Mozart Flute Quartets.” By far the most well-known flute quartets of any era.

• Sunday, March 8, “Travels With Charles Burney in 1770.” A musical portrayal of the travels of Charles Burney in 1770 and 1772.

• Sunday, March 22, “Giuliani and Friends.” A Beethoven-era exploration of repertoire for flute and guitar.

• Sunday, April 5, “Musica Alta Ripa.” Early music movement in northern Europe, centered around the early decades of the 18th century.

• Sunday, May 6, “Louis XV.”

• Sunday, May 17, “Buonamente.” Rarely-heard Italian canzonas and sonatas.