Baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan brings his Salish Sea Festival of period-performance early music back to Tacoma, beginning with a flute-and-lute concert this weekend at Trinity Lutheran.
Cohan, playing several historic flutes, and John Lenti on theorbo (a large, deeper-voiced version of the lute) and baroque guitar will explore how music under Louis XV of France became ever more florid and rococo, with sonatas by Leclair, Blavet, Corrette, Forqueray and C.P.E. Bach (who wasn’t French, but who turns 300 this March.)
The festival continues with a birthday celebration for C.P.E. Bach on Feb. 20, featuring both flute and harpsichord concerti by the classical composer as well as the Suite in B minor and Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 by his more famous father, J.S. Bach. In March Cohan goes back to France for music written for the Sun King, Louis XIV; and in May the Seattle Baroque Trio will be the guest musicians.
Louis XV: 7 p.m. Jan. 25. $15/$20 suggested donation/free for 18 and under. Trinity Lutheran Church, 12115 Park Ave. S, Tacoma. 253-537-0201, salishseafestival.org
Future concerts (same venue and price): “C.P.E. Bach’s 300th anniversary,” 7 p.m. Feb. 20; “Little Concert for Louis XIV,” 7 p.m. Mar. 24; Seattle Baroque Trio, 7 p.m. May 1. For other venues around Puget Sound, see salishseafestival.org