They were concerts given three hundred years ago for an aging French king who thought he was divine – and now the music is playing again in Tacoma next Thursday night. The Salish Sea Festival is kicking off a five-concert series of early music next week at Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland with “The Little Evening Concerts for Louis XIV,” featuring chamber music on baroque flute, baroque violin, viola and viola da gamba, heard for the first time since the 18th century.
The Salish Sea group is known for skillful and expressive performances of period music, well-researched by director and flautist Jeffrey Cohan. This time, Cohan has unearthed a hidden 770-page manuscript from the French Bibliothèque Nationale of music written for evening concerts – “Suite des Symphonies” – performed for the Sun King in 1713. He’ll be playing the one-keyed baroque flute at the low pitch used at Louis XIV’s court, along with Oregon gambist Joanna Blendulf, Christine Wilkinsen on baroque violin and Steven Creswell on baroque viola.
Four more concerts monthly until May will fill out this third annual Salish Sea Festival.
7 p.m. Jan. 10. Suggested donation $15/$25 for all five concerts through May/$5 students/free for under-18. Trinity Lutheran Church, 12115 Park Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-537,0201, salishseafestival.org