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Chamber concert to bring 17th century music to life

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival will present “Louis XIV: The Sun King’s Music,” a concert of early chamber music on period instruments, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Vashon Methodist Church.

The concert will feature Joanna Blendulf on viola da gamba and pardessus de viole, Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute and John Lenti on baroque guitar.

Blendulf is a specialist on the rarely heard pardessus de viole, which emerged in the late 17th century as a member of the viola da gamba family and is played upright in the lap. Cohan will play a three-piece copy of a flute made in about 1700 by Jacques Hotteterre, a famous flutist from Louis XIV’s last decades.

The instruments will be played according to the custom of Louis XIV’s time, two half-steps below modern pitch, Cohan said. The result, he promised, would be “a sumptuousness to the instruments and music .... for which the acoustics at Vashon United Methodist Church are ideal.”

It’s the first in a series of concerts by Salish Sea Early Music that will take place on Vashon this year. Other concert dates are Feb. 9, March 1, April 19, and May 17.

Donations of $15 to $20 for Thursday’s concert are suggested. Those 18 and under will be admitted free. For more information, visit


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