Yuletide baroque concert on Dec. 27

In what has become an annual tradition, Music at Emmanuel will present a festive celebration

of seasonal music featuring flutist Jeffrey Cohan and harpsichordist George Shangrow. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27 at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish in Eastsound.

Admission is free, although free-will offerings to Music at Emmanuel, which presents the popular Brown Bag Concerts in the summer (in part to provide music scholarships for young Orcas musicians), will be accepted. Holiday refreshments will follow the concert.

Cohan and Shangrow, who have performed around the world and many times on Orcas Island, will present festive contemporary favorites of the season and baroque noels by Johann Sebastian Bach, Dandrieu and Corrette, and other baroque composers. Instrumental musicians have “jazzed up” melodies familiar in the style of their day for centuries, and the Cohan-Shangrow duo’s own elaborate variations on Yuletide favorites are not to be missed.

Flutist Cohan has performed as a soloist in 25 countries, and has received many awards and international acclaim both as a modern flutist and as one of the foremost specialists on all transverse flutes from the Renaissance through the present. He is artistic director of the Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival in Washington D.C. and of the Cascade Early Music Festival.

Harpsichordist Shangrow is Music Director and founder of Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Yuletide Baroque Concert, p.2 Chamber Singers. He has been featured guest conductor with the Sapporo (Japan) Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and other ensembles. He has conducted world premieres of six operas and numerous orchestral works, and was Music Director and Conductor of Pacific Chamber Opera from 1976 to 1978. Shangrow has taught at Seattle University, Seattle Community College and has been Director of the Seattle Conservatory of Music. He is a frequent lecturer throughout the Northwest, notably with the Music Lovers Seminars, which are presented in conjunction with the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.