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2024 Salish Sea Early Music Festival in Bellingham
~ Period Instrument chamber music from six centuries in Bellingham and around the Salish Sea ~
~ Presented in collaboration with First Presbyterian Church ~

This performance is CANCELLED:
Tuesday, JUNE 25, 2024 in Bellingham 
The 18th-Century Harpsichord in Spain
Irene Roldàn will join us hopefully again soon

  Friday, July 5, 2024 at 7:00 PM in Bellingham 
JS Bach

Johann Sebastian

Please check back soon
for further information!

~ Earlier concerts this season ~

  Friday, JANUARY 19 at First Presbyterian in Bellingham 
Renaissance flute and lute


Michael Freimuth
 ~ renaissance guitar & theorbo ~
Jeffrey Cohan
~ renaissance & baroque flutes ~
16th Century
Diego Ortiz • William Byrd
Giovanni Bassano
Girolamo Dalla Casa
17th Century
Giovanni Paulo Cima
Girolamo Frescobaldi
Giovanni Battista Fontana
Giovanni Battista Buonamenti
Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde
18th Century
Arcangelo CorelliAndré Chéron
Robert de Visée

Join us for the opening 2024 Salish Sea Early Music Festival and an unusual and expansive journey through the music for guitar, lute and flute of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, including elaborate jazzed-up versions of well known songs of the time, published by the incredible wind instrument virtuosi of the late 16th century, along with canzonas, sonatas and suites from Spain, Italy, England and France. The instruments include the renaissance guitar, which is considerably smaller and more mellow-toned than its modern descendant, theorbo (an extremely long-necked lute), the one-piece cylindrical renaissance flute along with the bass renaissance flute, and the one-keyed baroque flute.

 Michael FreimuthJeffrey Cohan

  Friday, February 16, 2024 at 7:00 pm in Bellingham 
Stubbs Napper Cohan

Stephen Stubbs
baroque guitar ~
Susie Napper
~ viola da gamba ~
Jeffrey Cohan
~ baroque flute ~

Diego Francesco Corbetta (1615-1681)
Robert De Visée (c.1655-1733)
viola da gambists
Monsieur de Sainte Colombe (c.1640-c.1700)
Marin Marais (1656-1728)
Jacques Morel (c.1680-c.1740)
Michel de la Barre (c.1675-1745)
Élisabeth Claude Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729)
François Couperin (1668-1733)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Louis XIV

Louis XIV gathered the finest musicians of France at his court in Versailles and this program features many of the late 17th and early 18th-century guitarists, viola da gambists, flutists and other composers associated with his illustrious musical establishment, alongside the Sonata in E Minor, BWV 1034 of Johann Sebastian Bach.

  Friday, March 1 at 7:00 pm in Bellingham  Renaissance flute and lute


David Greenberg
~  baroque violin ~
Elisabeth Wright
~ harpsichord ~
Susie Napper
~ viola da gamba ~
Jeffrey Cohan
~ baroque flute ~

Quadri a violino, flauto traversiere, viola da gamba
o violoncello, e fondamento (1730):
Concerto II in D Major
Sonata II in G Minor
Nouveaux quatuors en six suites (1738):
Premier Quatuor in D Major
4e. Quatuor in B Minor

Having been invited by several of the most prominent French musicians to visit Paris, Telemann composed and published the first set of his remarkable "Paris Quartets" in 1730, and left Hamburg for Paris seven years later, where all 12 of the quartets were performed, almost surely with Teleman himself on the harpsichord. The second set of quartets was published in Paris during this visit in 1738. Two years later Telemann related the following:

       "The admirable performances of these quartets by Messrs Blavet (transverse flute), Guignon (violin), the younger Forcroy [i.e. Forqueray] (viola da gamba) and Edouard (cello) would be worth describing were it possible for words to be found to do them justice. In short, they won the attention of the ears of the court and the town, and procured for me in a very little time an almost universal renown and increased esteem."
Napper Wright Greenberg Cohan

  Friday, March 22, 2024 at 7:00 PM in Bellingham  Haydn


Jeffrey Cohan
~ 8-keyed flute ~
Lindsey Strand-Polyak
~  baroque violin ~
Martin Bonham
~ baroque cello ~

Franz Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Franz Anton Hoffmeister

François Devienne

As the most celebrated composer in all of Europe for much of his career, Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was Mozart’s mentor and friend as well as Beethoven’s tutor. The program will include three trios for flute, violin and cello by Haydn, selections from a 1795 arrangement for these instruments of Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute”, and a trio by Franz Anton Hoffmeister, a friend of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven who published music by all three.

  Friday, April 12, 2024 at 7:00 PM  Arwen Myers Myers">


Arwen Myers
~  soprano ~
Elisabeth Wright
~  harpsichord ~
Jeffrey Cohan
~  baroque flute ~

Johann Sebastin Bach
Seele, deine Spätzereien
(from the Easter Oratorio)
Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
George Frideric Handel
Singe, Seele & Flammende Rose
(from 9 German Arias)
Toussaint Bordet
Recueil D'Airs Avec Accompagnement de Flute
  Francois Couperin
Les Fauvétes Plaintives & La Linote-éfarouchée
(harpsichord solo)

  Friday, May 3, 2024 at 7:00 PM in Bellingham  Rombouts The Concert 1620


Oleg TImofeyev
 renaissance lute, English guitar
& 7-string guitar (1820)

Jeffrey Cohan
~ renaissance & baroque flutes
& 8-keyed flute (1820)
17th Century
Nicolas Vallet
Jacob Van Eyck
Girolamo Dalla Casa
18th Century
James Oswald
Francesco Barsanti
Turlough O'Carolan
19th Century
Mauro Giuliani
Louis Drouet
Charles Nicholson

This program, in three parts, opens with settings of Psalms and variations on folk melodies by early 17th-century flutist Jacob Van Eyck, lutenist Nicolas Vallet and others performed on renaissance descant, tenor and bass transverse flutes and lute. Then, baroque flute and the rare but once quite popular wire-strung English Guitar of the 18th century is to be heard performing the folk tunes of Scotland and Ireland as interpreted and varied by the early 18th-century composers Francesco Barsanti, Turlough O'Carolan, James Oswald and others. Finally, an Eastern European 7-string guitar made in 1820 in Russia alongside an eight-keyed flute made in London in the same year bring to life variations on popular tunes by Mauro Giuliani, Louis Drouet, Charles Nicholson and other virtuoso flutists and guitarists of Beethoven’s day.
Timofeyev & Cohan

  Friday, May 24, 2024 at 7 PM in Bellingham  Renaissance flute and lute


Carrie Krause
~  baroque violin ~
Jonathan Oddie
~ harpsichord ~
Jeffrey Cohan
~ baroque flute ~
Elizabeth Phelps & Courtney Kuroda
~ baroque violin ~
Victoria Gunn
~ baroque viola ~
Martin Bonham
~ baroque cello ~

Concerto in D Major, Opus 26 No. 3
Flute Concerto "La Notte", Opus 10 No. 2
Flute Concerti in D Minor, Wq 22a
Triple Concerto in A Minor for Harpsichord, Violin and Flute, BWV 1044

~ updated June 10, 2024 ~
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