by Jeffrey Cohan 21st January 2019



WHAT:                     2019 Salish Sea Early Music Festival


WHEN:                     January 26 through June 23


WHERE:                   St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods Episcopal Church at 5217 South Honeymoon Bay Road in Freeland on Whidbey Island


ADMISSION:            Suggested donation: $15, $20 or $25 (a free will offering), 18 & under free.


MORE INFO:             Please visit  or call St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods Episcopal Church at (360) 331-4887


The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents eight performances on Whidbey Island in its ninth annual festival of early music in 2019 beginning on January 26 and extending through June 23, featuring some of the finest period instrument specialists from North America and Europe in chamber music from the Renaissance through the time of Beethoven on period instruments. Please see the full schedule below.


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.The festival has presented countless first performances in modern times of period instrument renditions of early works. Flutist Jeffrey Cohan is the festival’s artistic director. Additional information is available at


All concerts take place at 7:00 PM at St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods Episcopal Church at 5217 South Honeymoon Bay Road in Freeland on Whidbey Island. Please see or call the church at (360) 331-4887 for additional information. Admission is by suggested donation: $15, $20 or $25 (a free will offering), and those 18 & under are free.



All performances begin at 7:00 PM


Saturday, January 26 Baroque Flute & Lute: A tour of 18th-century Germany, France and Italy with John Lenti (theorbo and baroque guitar) and Jeffrey Cohan (baroque flute). Handel, Vivaldi, Blavet and others.


In Baroque Flute & Lute on Saturday evening, January 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM at St. Augustine's in-the-Woods Episcopal Church in Freeland, lutenist John Lenti and flutist Jeffrey Cohan will provide an intimate musical tour of 18th-century Germany, France and Italy with music by George Friderick Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Michel Blavet, Johann Sebastian Bach and others on instruments with which these composers would have been familiar, including the one-keyed wooden baroque flute and the theorbo, a very-long-necked lute of the Baroque period.


JOHN LENTI's playing on theorbo, lute, archlute, and baroque guitar has been described as “a joy to behold” (Seattle Times) and praised for its “nuanced beauty and character” (Gramophone). He regularly deploys his “uncommonly big sound” (Third Coast Digest) in concert, over the air, and on record to considerable acclaim as a soloist and accompanist with orchestral groups all around the United States like Apollo's Fire, Haymarket Opera Company, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Opera, and Seraphic Fire, and many others. He performs chamber music on tour with many ensembles like Ostraka, Wayward Sisters, the I-90 Collective, and Sacro Profano. John studied lute with Nigel North, Jacob Heringman, and Elizabeth Kenny.



JEFFREY COHAN has received international acclaim both as a modern flutist and as one of the foremost specialists on transverse flutes from the renaissance through the early 19th century. He won the Erwin Bodky Award in Boston, and first place in the Flanders Festival International Concours Musica Antiqua for Ensembles in Brugge, Belgium with lutenist Stephen Stubbs. First Prize winner of the Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Competition in New York and recipient of grants from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music and the French Government, he has performed in more than 25 countries. The New York Times has heralded his ability to "play several superstar flutists one might name under the table".




Saturday, February 23 - Early 19th-century Trios: Music from Beethoven’s time performed on instruments from Ludwig’s time with Oleg Timofeyev (guitar), Steven Creswell (viola) and Jeffrey Cohan (8-keyed flute).


Saturday, March 23 - Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord: Hans-Jürgen Schnoor (harpsichord) and Jeffrey Cohan (baroque flute) perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s exquisite sonatas, the most well-known works ever for flute and keyboard.


Sunday, April 28 - Baroque Winds: Chamber music for recorder, oboe, bassoon and flute with Vicki Boekman (recorder), Sand Dalton (oboe), Anna Marsh (bassoon), Jeffrey Cohan (baroque flute) and Jonathan Oddie (harpsichord).


Sunday, May 5 - JEST: an Oldies but Goodies program of 18th-century masterworks by Bach, Rameau and others with the many-decades-seasoned Jeffrey-Elisabeth-Susie Trio, featuring Susie Napper (viola da gamba), Elisabeth Wright (harpsichord) and Jeffrey Cohan (baroque flute).


Sunday, May 26Bach’s Triple Concerto: Carrie Krause (baroque violin), Courtney Kuroda (baroque violin), Steven Crewell (baroque viola), Caroline Nicolas (baroque cello) and Jonathan Oddie (harpsichord) perform one of the greatest orchestral works of the 18th century in this program of concerti.


Sunday, June 9Early 17th-Century Canzonas: Transitional late renaissance/early baroque chamber music with Anna Marsh (dulcian or renaissance bassoon), Shulamit Kleinerman (renaissance violin), John Lenti (theorbo & baroque guitar) and Jeffrey Cohan (renaissance transverse flute).


Sunday, June 23 - Late 18th-Century Quartets: Jonathan Oddie (harpsichord), Stephen Creswell (violin and viola), Caroline Nicolas (cello) and Jeffrey Cohan (one-keyed flute) perform little-heard quartets by J.C. Bach, Joseph Haydn, C.P.E. Bach and others.


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Monday, 21st January 2019, 10:11pm.
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