Salish Sea Early Music Festival kicks off

The series will feature period instrument specialists from North America and Europe.

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 10:48am
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Lutenist John Lenti will play at the first concert in the Salish Sea Early Music Festival series. (Tall&Small Photography Photo)

Lutenist John Lenti will play at the first concert in the Salish Sea Early Music Festival series. (Tall&Small Photography Photo)

The first in a series of upcoming performances in the Salish Sea Early Music Festival will take place at 2 p.m Sunday, Feb. 3, at Bethel Church.

The series, running through June 16, will feature period instrument specialists from North America and Europe playing chamber music from the Renaissance through the time of Beethoven.

The Feb. 3 concert, “Baroque Flute and Lute,” will give listeners a tour of 18th-century Germany, France and Italy, courtesy of lutenist John Lenti and flutist Jeffrey Cohan. The pair will play works by Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Blavet and Bach on period instruments, including the one-keyed wooden baroque flute and the theorbo, a long-necked lute of the Baroque period.

The Seattle Times has called Lenti’s playing “a joy to behold.” He has appeared as a soloist and accompanist with orchestral groups, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra and Seattle Opera. Cohan has won praise as a modern flutist and a specialist on transverse flutes from the Renaissance through the early 19th century. He was the first prize winner of the Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Competition in New York and has performed in more than 25 countries. Upcoming concerts in the Salish Sea Early Music Festival series will take place on March 10, April 25, May 23 and June 4 and 16, all at Bethel Church. Music for harpsichord as well as wind and string instruments will be played. For the complete lineup of performers and composers in the series, visit salishseafestival.org/vashon. Admission to the concerts is by a suggested donation of $15 to $25; it is free for those who are 18 years old or younger.

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