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Baroque is back

Colorado-based musician Anna Marsh on baroque bassoon - Contributed photo
Colorado-based musician Anna Marsh on baroque bassoon
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Ever wonder what Louis XIV was listening to at his evening concerts back in 1713?

Well, you can find out first-hand, so to speak, when the Salish Sea Early Music Festival strikes up the band, Sunday, March 30, at the San Juan Island Grange. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

The “Little Concert for Louis XIV” features Steve Creswell on baroque viola, Christine Wilkerson on baroque violin, Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute and stars Colorado-based musician Anna Marsh on baroque bassoon.

Originally from Tacoma, Wash., Marsh is this year’s featured soloist with the Boulder Bach Festival and New York State Baroque. Fluent in Classical, Modern and Renaissance instruments as well, she performs regularly with Opera Lafayette (D.C.), Tempesta di Mare (Philadelphia), Ensemble Caprice (Montreal), Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica (L.A.), and many others. She also co-directs Ensemble Lipzodes and has taught privately and at festivals, and master classes across the U.S., and in Hawaii, too.

The most recent performance by the Cohan-directed Salish Sea Early Music Festival in Friday Harbor, in late February, celebrated the 300th birthday of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. The concert also played in Victoria, B.C. Here’s how Music in Victoria’s Elizabeth Courtney described it:

“…the reward was as dreamily exquisite as an invitation from Oberon, delivered by Puck himself to enter a world of tender and brilliant magic. …A music so refined, it draws and draws, yet never swamps the senses. …Such was the virtuosity and technical brilliance of Hans Jürgen Schnoor and Jeffrey Cohan, combined with a spell-binding understatement, I couldn't be quite sure I hadn’t dreamed it all.”

For more information about the Salish Sea Early Music Festival, visit,


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