Journal of the San Juan Islands


Music heard by The Sun King

January 8, 2013 · Updated 2:20 PM

Right, Joanna Blendulf of Eugene, Ore., will be featured on viola da gamba in the Salish Sea Early Music Festival’s “The Little Evening Concerts for Louis XIV” concert, Sunday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. at St. David’s Church. / Contributed photo

If you’ve wondered what it must have been like to be Louis XIV, the “Sun King,” you can have a taste at the third annual Salish Sea Early Music Festival, which can be experienced in Friday Harbor on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. at St. David’s Church, 760 Park Street in Friday Harbor .

The first performances in the festival series consist of “The Little Evening Concerts for Louis XIV,” recreating the regular evening performances given for Louis XIV during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Performances will also be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. at Grace Church in Lopez Village (360-468-3477), and on Sunday, Jan. 13, a 1:30 p.m. at the Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church in Eastsound (360-376-6683).

Five different chamber music concerts will be performed on each of the islands between January and June with accomplished international performers playing music dating from 1550 to 1850 on authentic period instruments. The festival also includes performances in Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, and Vashon Island. For a full schedule and description of the music, go to www.salishseafestival.org.

“The Little Evening Concerts for Louis XIV” were discovered in manuscript last year in Paris by multiple-prizewinning flutist Jeffrey Cohan and will be premiered in the Northwest by Cohan on the one-keyed flute, Joanna Blendulf on viola de gamba, Christine Wilkinsen on baroque violin and Steven Creswell on baroque viola. Future performances feature the music of Handel, Corelli, CPE Bach and Telemann, among other baroque and classical composers, with performances by a number of local, national and international musicians.

For further information, contact Jeffrey Cohan at 360-445-3164 or on line at cohanjeffrey@aol.com.


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