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Salish Sea Early Music Festival plays music for an 18th-century princess at Christ Episcopal, Tacoma

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on May 9, 2012 at 5:58 am |
May 7, 2012 12:00 pm
Lutenist John Schneiderman. Courtesy photo.

One of the most enjoyable things about early music is that it gives you a window into another time. Next Tuesday at Christ Episcopal Tacoma, that window will open onto the world of Princess Wilhelmine of Prussia, who lived through the early 1700s and transformed the city of Bayreuth into artistic capital through her love of music. The Salish Sea Early Music Festival concert features music the lute-playing Wilhelmine would have loved, played on baroque flute, baroque cello and lute.

As the sister to one wealthy flutist (Frederick the Great) and wife to another (the Margrave of Bayreuth) it’s natural that Wilhelmine would have supported the composition of many chamber works for flute. Among those on Tuesday’s program are the Concerti or Opera Nuova by court composer Adam Falkenhagen.

Performers include lutenist John Schneiderman, a member of Galanterie and faculty member of the University of California; nationally-performing cellist and musicologist John Lutterman; and Seattle-based flute player Jeffrey Cohan, director of the festival.

7:30 p.m. May 15. $15-$20 suggested donation/free for under-18 and students. Christ Episcopal Church, 310 N. K St., Tacoma. For concerts on May 16 (Seattle) and 17 (Vashon) see website. 253-383-1569, concertspirituel.org, ccptacoma.org


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