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

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. Read more »


Two unusual organ concerts: Jeff Orr plays a Rachmaninoff concerto at Tacoma church, accompanied by…Jeff Orr, and David Arcus shows off his classical improvisation chops

You’d think it would be difficult enough to play part of Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto without playing the orchestra lines too – but Tacoma organist Jeff Orr will be doing it this weekend at Mason United Methodist Church. As part of a fundraiser concert for the American Cancer Society, Orr will, among other works, play the “Allegro Moderato in G major” from the Rachmaninoff on piano to the orchestral accompaniment played by himself on pipe organ and recorded via the Garage Band software.

Explains Jeff: “The Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ of Mason Methodist Church has a number of stops or ranks

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Christ Church Episcopal organist David Dahl to retire this Sunday



David Dahl, organist and director of music ministries for 40 years at Tacoma’s Christ Episcopal Church on North K Street, is retiring this weekend, due to weakening eyesight. His final performance will be at the 10:30 a.m. service on Aug.1. Succeeding him for 18 months as interim music director will be local organ expert Dr. Mark Brumbaugh and his wife Kathryn Nichols as choir director.

“I’ve always found David wonderful in his selection of music and choir direction,” says Jim Limerick, a vestry member at the church. “He has high taste in everything, and is respected nationwide. We’ll

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