SSEMF 2024 Vancouver
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  2490 West 37th Avenue
· Vancouver ·

St. Marys KerrisdaleSt. Mary's Kerrisdale

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All concerts at 7:00 PM

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Stained glass at St. Mary's

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival is proud to be an affiliate organization of Early Music America, which develops, strengthens, and celebrates early music and historically informed performance in North America.

All donations through EMA are fully tax-deductible. Please be sure to designate your gift for "EMA Affiliate Organization" and specify that it is for the Salish Sea Early Music Festival. Your gift may be matched by your employer.

✣ Presented in part
  by St Mary's Kerrisdale Church

2024 Salish Sea Early Music Festival in Vancouver
~ Period Instrument chamber music from six centuries in Vancouver and around the Salish Sea ~
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~ Presented in collaboration with St. Mary's Kerrisdale ~

  Friday, May 10, 2024 at 7:00 PM at St. Mary's 
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

~ Earlier concerts this season ~

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

  Monday, February 19, 2024 at 7:00 pm in Vancouver 
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.

  Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 7:00 pm in Vancouver  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

(the following concert is not at St. Mary's)
  Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 7:00 pm 
at the Westacres Music Room
23575 - 124 Avenue in Maple Ridge
Vicki Boeckman ~ renaissance recorders
Jeffrey Cohan ~ renaissance flute
Stephen Creswell ~ viola
Anna Marsh ~ renaissance bassoon (dulcian)

Italian Renaissance Canzonas
The Westacres Music Room and the Salish Sea Early Music Festival present Renaissance Italian Canzonas with four specialists performing on instruments of the renaissance including Vicki Boeckman on renaissance recorders, Jeffrey Cohan on renaissance transverse flute, Stephen Creswell on viola and Anna Marsh on dulcian, or renaissance bassoon.

The concert will provide an in-depth exploration of the Italian four-part canzona which blossomed in print from 1582 through the early decades of the 1600’s and was inspired by French and Flemish chansons of the early 1500’s. It will trace the development of the canzona from 1529, when commercial music printing was just beginning in Europe, through 1636 at which point more “modern” stylistic forms such as the sonata began to take the place of the canzona, which had bridged the musical styles of the Renaissance and the Baroque. Canzonas by Andrea and Giovanni Cima, Giacomo Biumi, Floriano Canale, Giovanni Buonamente, Florentino Maschera, and others are to be included in the program along with instrumentl renditions of the earlier French and Flemish songs that inspired them. All will be performed on the recorder, transverse flute, viola and renaissance bassoon or dulcian of the 16th century which create a beautiful blend and provide a distinct character to each of the four intertwining musical lines.

  Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 7:00 PM at St. Mary's  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)

~ updated April 27, 2024 ~
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The Salish Sea Early Music Festival is proud to be an affiliate organization of Early Music America, which develops, strengthens, and celebrates early music and historically informed performance in North America.

All donations through EMA (please see are fully tax-deductible. Be sure to designate your gift for "EMA Affiliate Organization" and specify that it is for the Salish Sea Early Music Festival. Your gift may be matched by your employer.