Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Salish Sea Early Music Festival re-creates Louis XIV’s musical playlist

Old opera tunes, ballet favorites — two years before his death in 1715, King Louis XIV of France had his music master organize some personal evening concerts of favorite pieces from his younger days. Twenty-three years ago, Northwest baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan discovered that manuscript hidden in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris — and luckily copied the index and parts before the original was once more lost. This month in Tacoma, Cohan and his cohorts from the Salish Sea Early Music Festival bring Louis XIV’s playlist to life again in concerts at Mason Methodist Church that also include Renaissance woodwinds and French baroque works.

Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks

Our picks for South Sound arts this week: Meaningful Movies, Venetian Vespers, Suzanne Valleau organ recital and “The Seafarer” at Tacoma Little Theatre.

Videos

All Through the Night: Welsh Christmas Revels

When Tacoma's Puget Sound Revels decided to set their annual Christmas folk-song production in long-ago Wales, they didn't realize they'd be getting actual Welsh musicians: Elsa Davies and Ceri Owen-Jones, who play harps and fiddles as Deuair.
Rosemary Ponnekanti rponnekanti@thenewstribune.com
All Through the Night: Welsh Christmas Revels 1:42

All Through the Night: Welsh Christmas Revels

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The magic of singing with Sonoro women's choir

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Sax! Tacoma saxophonist Erik Steighner on why classical sax is the best sax

Behind the scenes at new Tacoma opera 'Fiery Jade' 3:35

Behind the scenes at new Tacoma opera 'Fiery Jade'