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Festival premieres forgotten manuscript

March 11, 2014 · 1:16 PM
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Anna Marsh, member of Salish Sea, will play baroque bassoon on Tuesday evening. / Courtesy Photo

The fourth annual Salish Sea Early Music Festival will premiere “A Little Evening Concert for Louis XIV” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Bethel Church.

This concert recreates the regular evening performances given for King Louis XIV by members of his Musique de la Chambre and premieres a set of six suites from an elaborate and previously unknown manuscript. Discovered by baroque musician Jeffrey Cohan in Paris, the Suite des Symphonies is a collection of the Louis XIV’s favorite compositions organized by his court music librarian, Andre Danican Philidor L’Aine, into 67 suites.

Playing on authentic baroque instruments, the musicians — Jeffrey Cohan on one-keyed flute, Anna Marsh on bassoon, Christine Wilkinson on violin and Steven Creswell on viola — will perform these works for the first time since the death of Louis XIV in 1715.

The selection of music included in the original manuscript dates back to 1659 and the music of Louis XIV’s younger years, with excerpts from the operas and instrumental work of the king’s favorite composers, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Michel-Richard de la Lande and Philidor himself.

Tickets are by suggested donation of $15 or $20 for general admission, $5 for students and no charge for those 18 and under.

For more information, visit www.salishseafestival.org or call Bethel Church at 567-4255.

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