GO Arts: Salish Sea Festival brings former Tacoman Anna Marsh on baroque bassoon for music of Louis XIV

Tacoma News TribuneMarch 19, 2014 

Tacoma native and baroque bassoonist Anna Marsh will perform with the Salish Sea festival Monday.

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The Salish Sea Early Music Festival often brings national or international period performance specialists for its series of concerts of 17th- and 18th-century music around the Puget Sound area. But for next week’s concert at Tacoma’s Trinity Lutheran they’ll be bringing a former Tacoman back home to perform: Anna Marsh, who after studies at the University of Southern California and Indiana University has become a sought-after soloist around North America.

Fluent in Renaissance, baroque and classical instruments, including recorders, Marsh’s chief love is the double-reed family, including the bassoon. A past soloist with Marion Verbruggen’s Foundling Orchestra, Arion Orchestre Baroque and The Buxtehude Consort, among others, she’ll be featured this year with the Boulder Bach Festival and New York State Baroque. She also plays frequently with Toronto’s Tafelmusik, the Seattle Baroque Orchestra and the Washington Bach Consort.

And for this month’s Salish Sea concerts, which travel from Tacoma to Bellingham and the San Juans, she’ll be playing with flutist Jeffrey Cohan, violinist Christine Wilkinson Beckman and violist Steve Creswell on period instruments to explore music written for Louis XIV of France. Recently played in Canada, the performance was called “dreamily exquisite…(with) virtuosity and technical brilliance” by “Music in Victoria” on islandnet.com.

“A Little Evening Concert for Louis XIV”: 7 p.m. March 24. Suggested donation $15-$20/free for 18 and under. Trinity Lutheran Church, 12115 Park Ave. S, Parkland. 253-537-0201, salishseafestival.org

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@thenewstribune.com

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