The Salish Sea Early Music Festival is back on Orcas for its 11th season


||| BY JEFFREY COHAN for the SALISH SEA EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL |||


The 2022 Salish Sea Early Music Festival features four exciting performances throughout the spring at Orcas Christian School Gym in Eastsound on Orcas Island, its eleventh annual early music festival.

Acclaimed period instrument guitarist Oleg Timofeyev from Iowa, harpsichordist David Schrader from Chicago, gambist violist Susie Napper from Montreal, harpsichordist Elisabeth Wright, violinist David Greenberg and many other eminent musical scholars from North America and Canada will participate in chamber music from From the Renaissance to Beethoven, all on period instruments.

All concerts are at 7 p.m. at Orcas Christian School Gym, 107 Enchanted Forest Road in Eastsound on Orcas Island. Admission is by suggested donation: $15, $20, or $25 (one free offer), and those 18 and under are free. For more information, please visit www.salishseafestival.org/orcas.


Tuesday March 15 – RUSSIAN GUITAR & BEETHOVEN FLUTE FOR FRIENDS IN UKRAINE
The festival opens with an exploration of the repertoire for flute and guitar from the time of Beethoven, with old Russian and English instruments and a repertoire of eminent flutists and guitarists from Russia, France, Germany and Italy. . Guitarist Oleg Timofeyev will play a 7-string Russian guitar made in Russia in
1815 and Jeffrey Cohan will play an 8 key flute made in London in 1820.

On the program, music composed in collaboration by guitarist Louis Ange Carpentras (1786-1852) and flautist Antoine Tranquille Berbiguier (1782-1835), as well as works by guitarist Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829), flautist Theodor Gaude ( 1782-1846), and one of the earliest modern interpretations of a sonata for flute and Russian 7-string guitar by Czech guitarist Ignaz von Held (1764-1816), which can be heard in an online interpretation by Timofeyev and Cohan here :

Timofeyev, originally from Moscow, and Cohan performed together in six cities in Ukraine. Both have ancestors who lived there. Timofeyev lived with his family and did research in Kyiv for several years funded by a Fulbright scholarship.


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