Royal compositions to hear on Sunday

PORT TOWNSEND — Concerti from the Court of Frederick the Great is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Port Townsend.

The concert at 1020 Jefferson St. will feature special guest keyboardist David Schrader, along with Salish Sea Early Music Festival Artistic Director Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute and chamber orchestra.

The program will include orchestral works by King Frederick the Great and other composers associated with the King of Prussia’s renowned musical establishment, Cohan said.

David Schrader on harpsichord, Elizabeth Phelps and Courtney Kuroda on baroque violin, Lindsey Strand-Polyak on baroque viola and Annabeth Shirley on baroque cello will also be present.

Masks and proof of mandatory vaccinations.

A donation of $15, $20 or $25 is suggested as a voluntary offering. Those 18 and under will be admitted free.

The music will include a concerti for flute by the flautist king himself and his flute teacher Johann Joachim Quantz, a concerti for harpsichord and flute by his court keyboardist Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach and a solo harpsichord Ricercare by his father Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach had visited the king in 1747 and then presented this music as part of his musical offering, Cohan said.

Cohan also announced that he and Oleg Timofeyev had raised $2,017 in an immediate effort to help provide medicine and food as needed in Ukraine.

“We donated from our CD sales and many of our viewers made special donations for the duet variation on the Ukrainian national anthem on early 18th century instruments from all of our performances. The version performed Tuesday on Lopez Island can be heard at https://youtu.be/BHG8KjVatr0.

For more information on Sunday’s concert, see www.salishseafestival.org/porttownsend.

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