Period Instrument Chamber Music from Six Centuries

~ in the Northwest since 1982 ~ 

Concert Spirituel
presents the

2012 SALISH SEA EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Seattle ~ Tacoma ~ Bellingham ~ San Juan Islands ~ Vashon Island

~ suggested donation (a free-will offering towards expenses): $15 or $20 ~  youth 18 and under always free ~


The second annual Salish Sea Early Music Festival in 2012 presents five programs of chamber music from 1550 through 1850 on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands and in Tacoma, Bellingham, on Vashon Island and in Seattle with some of the finest performers of early music on period instruments from the Northwest, elsewhere in the United States and Germany. We hope to see you! MAILING LIST: please send an email to concertspirituel@aol.com - thanks.

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WilhelmineMay 15-20, 2012:

An Evening with Wilhelmine

John Schneiderman ~ baroque lute

Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute

John Lutterman ~ baroque cello


Frederick the Great's sister Wilhelmine was instrumental in transforming Bayreuth into a great center of culture, where she employed Adam Falckenhagen, who wrote exquisite Concerti for obbligato baroque lute, baroque flute and cello. Wilhelmine played lute and her husband was a flutist, as was his brother-in-law Frederick II, King of Prussia, who was surely familiar with these concerti for three instruments.


Tacoma: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 7:30 PM  download Tacoma flyer

· Christ Episcopal Church · 310 N. K Street · (253) 383-1569

Seattle: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM  download Seattle flyer

· Christ Episcopal Church · 4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE · (206) 633-1611

Vashon Island: Thursday, May 17, 2012 Bellinghamat 7:30 PM  download Vashon flyer

· Vashon United Methodist Church · 17928 Vashon Highway SW · (206) 463-9804

Bellingham: Friday, May 18, 2012 at 7:30 PM  download Bellingham flyer

· St. Paul's Episcopal Church · 2117 Walnut Street · (360) 733-2890

Lopez Island: Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 7:00 PM  download Lopez flyer

· Grace Church · 70 Sunset Lane · (360) 468-3477

Orcas Island (Eastsound): Sunday afternoon, May 20 2012 at 1:30 PM  download Orcas flyer

· Odd Fellows Hall · 112 Haven Road · Eastsound · (360) 376-5640

San Juan Island (Friday Harbor): Sunday evening, May 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM  download Friday Harbor flyer

· St. David's Church · 760 Park Street · (360) 378-5360


In 1731 the princess Wilhelmine, who expected to marry the future king of England, was forced by her father the King of Prussia to marry the future Margrave of Bayreuth, at that time  an obscure and poorly maintained provincial capital. Upon the king's death her brother Frederick the Great, a devoted flutist and composer, made his court one of the most important musical centers of Europe. His sophisticated sister Wilhelmine and her new husband, also named Frederick and a flute player, likewise transformed Bayreuth into an artistic capital and the cultural showpiece that it still is today immediately after her Frederick was pronounced head of state in 1735. Adam Falkenhagen (1697-1754), who studied with Germany's most famous lutenist Sylvius Leopold Weiss and whose wife had been a singing colleague of Anna Magdelena Bach, was employed by them beginning the following year. His Opera Nuova, the Concerti for lute, flute and cello thoroughly explores the resources and new textural possibilities of these very different melodic instruments in the new galant, or pleasing, style.  In short, Falkenhagen was an ideal composer to expand upon the musical vision and reflect the aspirations shared by the lute-loving Wilhelmine and her flutist husband.

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Louis XIVJanuary 17-30 and beyond, 2012

Louis XIV: The Sun King's Music


Joanna Blendulf (Eugene, Oregon) ~ viola da gamba and pardessus de viole

Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute

John Lenti ~ baroque guitar and theorbo


The Sun King's Music will explore the great spectrum of tonal and emotional color for flute, guitar, viola da gamba and pardessus de viole which radiated from the illustrious musical establishment of Louis XIV, and baroque techniques of embellishing the beautiful French vocal melodies, the airs de cour, of which Louis XIII and Louis XIV were extremely fond.

Members of the "Musique de la Chambre", one of the primary divisions of the king's musical establishment, included flutists Ren\E9 Pignon Descoteaux and Philibert Rebille, who seem to have been the first to make fashionable the new baroque form of the transverse flute in France. They serenaded Louis XIV from at least 1667, and were joined as members of the king's "Musique de la Chambre" by viola da gambist Marin Marais in 1679 and in 1680 by guitarist Robert de Vise, the king's guitar instructor from 1695 who regularly played at the king's bedside and in private concerts for Mme de Maintenon. Blendulf, Lenti and Cohan will perform the music of Marais, De Vise and Jacques Hotteterre, the most famous flutist from Louis XIV's last decades in this concert featuring a three-piece copy of a flute made by Hotteterre in about 1700 (later baroque flutes are in 4 pieces and higher in pitch) which plays more than two half steps below modern pitch, the sumptuous pitch of Louis' court which may never before have been experienced in a complete chamber music performance in the Pacific Northwest. Several unpublished late 17th-century manuscripts from the Library of Congress and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris will be featured.
Joanna Blendulf is one of the foremost specialists upon the rarely heard pardessus de viole, which emerged as a new soprano member of the viola da gamba family in the late 17th-century.


Seattle:  to be rescheduled (snowed out in January)

· Christ Episcopal Church · 4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE · (206) 633-1611

Vashon Island: to be rescheduled (snowed out in January)

· Vashon United Methodist Church · 17928 Vashon Highway SW · (206) 463-9804

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brokenconsort

February 8-14, 2012:

Broken Consort

Jeffrey Cohan ~ renaissance transverse flutes

Shula Kleinerman ~ renaissance violin

John Lenti ~ renaissance lute


A further exploration of exquisite works from 1500 through 1650 on instruments that were once commonplace but are so seldom heard today. Shula Kleinerman is one of very few who specialize in the unique world of sound generated by the renaissance violin, held against the chest like a "fiddle". Equally seldom is the virtuoso repertoire for the renaissance transverse flute to be heard as its techniques are so foreign to players of later flutes. A consort was considered "broken" when instruments from different families (in this case wind, string and plucked) were brought together; also a "broken" melody was an ornamented one.


Tacoma: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:30 PM

· Grace Lutheran Church · 6202 S. Tyler St. · (253) 472-7105

Vashon Island: Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 7:30 PM

· Vashon United Methodist Church · 17928 Vashon Highway SW · (206) 463-9804

Bellingham: Friday, February 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM

· Christ the Servant Lutheran Church · 2600 Lakeway Drive · (360) 733-1277

Lopez Island: Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM

· Grace Church · 70 Sunset Lane · (360) 468-3477

Orcas Island: Sunday afternoon, February 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

· Odd Fellows Hall  · 112 Haven Road · Eastsound · (360) 376-5640

San Juan Island (Friday Harbor): Sunday evening, February 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

· St. David's Church · 760 Park Street · (360) 378-5360

Seattle: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM · A Broken Consort for Valentine's Day

· Christ Episcopal Church · 4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE · (206) 633-1611

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BachFebruary 29 - March 6, 2012:

The Bach Family

Jan Weinhold (Luebeck, Germany) ~ harpsichord & organ (Tacoma and on Bainbridge and Lopez Islands)

Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute


The music of Johann Sebastian and sons Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Chrstian will be represented in this performance with Jan Weinhold from Luebeck, Germany, who will perform organ solos in Tacoma and on Lopez Island on organs by Brombaugh (Tacoma)  and Pasi (Lopez), and harpsichord solos elsewhere.


Bainbridge Island: Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM

· St. Barnabas Episcopal Church · 1187 Wyatt Way · (206) 842-5601

Tacoma: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM

· Christ Episcopal Church · 310 N. K Street · (253) 383-1569

Vashon Island: Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 7:30 PM

· Vashon United Methodist Church · 17928 Vashon Highway SW · (206) 463-9804

Bellingham: Friday, March 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM

· St. Paul's Episcopal Church · 2117 Walnut Street · (360) 733-2890

Seattle: Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM

· Christ Episcopal Church · 4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE · (206) 633-1611

Lopez Island: Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM

· Grace Church · 70 Sunset Lane · (360) 468-3477

Orcas Island: Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM

· Orcas Center's Madrona Room · (360) 376-2281

San Juan Island (Friday Harbor): Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM

· St. David's Church · 760 Park Street · (360) 378-5360


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April 17-22, 2012:

1820: Flute, Viola and the Russian Guitar

Oleg Timofeyev (Iowa City, Iowa) ~ Russian 7-string guitar

Jeffrey Cohan ~ 8-keyed flute (London, 1820)

Steven Creswell ~ viola

The multi-keyed flute, guitar and viola formed an extremely popular ensemble in the early 19th century. This sampling includes a trio by Matiegka which Schubert later arranged and other selections, performed on a Russian 7-string guitar made during this period and an 8-keyed flute made in London in 1820, similar to those preferred by Irish folk flutists today. The Russian 7-string guitar acquired a seventh string in Czechoslovakia in Mozart's day and was the only guitar to be used in Russia for this chamber music through the early 20th century.


Tacoma: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 7:30 PM

· Christ Episcopal Church · 310 N. K Street · (253) 383-1569

Seattle: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7:30 PM

· Christ Episcopal Church · 4548 Brooklyn Ave. NE · (206) 633-1611

Vashon Island: Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:30 PM

· Vashon United Methodist Church · 17928 Vashon Highway SW · (206) 463-9804

Bellingham: Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM

· St. Paul's Episcopal Church · 2117 Walnut Street · (360) 733-2890

Lopez Island: Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM

· Grace Church · 70 Sunset Lane · (360) 468-3477

Orcas Island: Sunday afternoon, April 22 2012 at 1:30 PM

· Music Room, Rosario Resort  · 1400 Rosario Road · Eastsound · (800) 281-8026

San Juan Island (Friday Harbor): Sunday evening, April 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM

· St. David's Church · 760 Park Street · (360) 378-5360

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From 1725 until 1790, the Concert Spirituel in Paris offered outstanding sacred, orchestral and chamber music performances presented by the leading instrumentalists and composers of Europe, often featuring the most innovative new music of the day. Since the early 1980s Concert Spirituel performances in Seattle and then Chicago and back to Seattle again have featured harpsichordists Elisabeth Wright, George Shangrow, Hans-Juergen Schnoor (Germany), David Schrader and John Whitelaw (Belgium), violinists Stanley Ritchie, Ingrid Matthews and Jorg Michael Schwarz, lutenist Stephen Stubbs, gambists Susan Napper and Mary Springfels and cellist Elaine Scott Banks. Unpublished works from the Library of Congress and other libraries and unusual instruments and instrumental combinations that were familiar in earlier times are given particular attention. We are excited to present the second Salish Sea Early Music Festival!

Joanna Blendulf  Jeffrey Cohan  Shula Kleinerman  John Lenti  John Schneiderman  Hans-Jürgen Schnoor John Lutterman Oleg Timofeyev  Jan Weinhold

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