Acclaimed players to celebrate Bach in concert

Their performance is one of 84 scheduled regionally as part of the Salish Sea Early Music Festival.

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019 12:31pm
  • Arts
Harpsichordist Hans-Jürgen Schnoor will perform the sonatas for flute and harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach in “Bach Sonatas” on Sunday, at Bethel Church (Reed Carlson Photo).

Harpsichordist Hans-Jürgen Schnoor will perform the sonatas for flute and harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach in “Bach Sonatas” on Sunday, at Bethel Church (Reed Carlson Photo).

Flutist Jeffrey Cohan and harpsichordist Hans-Jürgen Schnoor will perform the sonatas for flute and harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach in “Bach Sonatas” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Bethel Church.

The performance is one of 84 performances scheduled throughout the region in 2019 by the Salish Sea Early Music Festival, which presents concerts of early works using period instruments.

Conductor, organist, harpsichordist, fortepianist and modern pianist Hans-Jürgen Schnoor is recognized internationally as a Bach scholar and has performed Bach’s Goldberg-Variations more than 120 times. He is a professor for harpsichord, basso continuo, early performance practice and music theory at the Lübeck Conservatory of Music and director of the Remter Concerts at the St. Annen Museum and the city’s Kunsthalle in Lübeck. Schnoor has won numerous awards and has made many solo recordings, and his harpsichord playing has been described as “keyboard fireworks” by critic Cecelia Porter in The Washington Post.

Cohan, founder of the Salish Sea Early Music Festival, is known 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, as well as the highest prize awarded in the Flanders Festival International Concours Musica Antiqua for Ensembles in Brugge, Belgium. He has also been the recipient of grants from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music and the French Government.

Admission to the concert is by suggested donation of $15 to $25, with those ages 18 and younger admitted free. For complete information about the concert and addition performances by the Salish Seas Early Music Festival on Vashon and beyond, visit salishseafestival.org.

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