Salish Sea Music Festival’s 2018 season begins

Treble viol, baroque guitar and flute, the opening performance among seven in the 2018 Salish Sea Early Music Festival, features Annalisa Pappano from Cincinnati, 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, and Michael Freimuth from Kiel Germany, one of Europe’s most active performers on baroque guitar and theorbo, along with Renaissance and Baroque flutist and artistic director Jeffrey Cohan.

This opening concert takes place on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church. For additional information, visit or call (360) 376-6683. Admission is by suggested donation of $15, $20 or $25 (a free will offering), and those 18 and under are free.

Pappano is the artistic director of the Catacoustic Consort. She performs throughout the United States and Europe on treble viol, pardessus de viole, lirone and viola da gamba.

Freimuth is among today’s most highly sought after lute players both as a soloist and in ensemble with others, including well known German baroque orchestras such as the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin with whom he toured the United States, the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Thomanerchor of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. He has worked for many years alongside conductor Ivor Bolton in opera productions in Munich, Paris, London, Amsterdam and for the Salzburger Festspiele.

Cohan has received international acclaim both as a modern flutist and as one of the foremost specialists on transverse flutes from the Renaissance through the early 19th century. He won the Erwin Bodky Award in Boston, and first place in the Flanders Festival International Concours Musica Antiqua for Ensembles in Brugge, Belgium with lutenist Stephen Stubbs. First Prize winner of the Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Competition in New York and recipient of grants from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music and the French Government, he has performed in more than 25 countries.