The Salish Sea Early Music Festival keeps going this week with “Broken Consort: Milan, London and Paris,” an evening of Renaissance and baroque music for four instrumental parts performed in the generous acoustics of Trinity Lutheran Church, Tacoma.
A festival spread over many months and many Puget Sound locations from Bellingham to the San Juan islands, the Salish Sea is organized by acclaimed early music flute specialist Jeffrey Cohan, who for this concert will be playing the Renaissance transverse flute (just one of dozens of his period instruments). He’ll be joined by Courtney Kuroda on baroque violin, Steven Creswell on baroque viola and Kyobi Himani on harpsichord, playing music from – you guessed it – Milan, London and Paris, three vibrant music centers of the 16th and 17th centuries that encouraged very different styles.
In Renaissance Milan local instrument makers and players developed the possibilities of the violin, and with it the florid canzonas and embellished (“broken”) melodies written for it by composers like Cima, Bassano and Frescobaldi. Their drama influenced the French, who also brought in their own traditions of courtly airs and dances. In England, meanwhile, composers like Byrd and Morely celebrated the eclectic sound combination of the “broken” consort – a group of instruments from two or three different families (string, wind, keyboard).
7 p.m. March 15. Suggested donation $15-$20/$5 university students/free for 18 and under. Trinity Lutheran Church, 12115 Park Ave. S., Tacoma (Parkland). 253-537-0201, trinitylutheranparkland.org, salishseafestival.org