Now in its 5th season, the Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival, under the artistic direction of Jeffrey Cohan, presents an exciting new series of chamber music performances on period instruments.
The Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival is an affiliate of Early Music America, and is sponsored in part by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, St. Anne's Church, the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.
These concerts will be held at 8 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 3rd and A streets SE, just behind the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill in downtown Washington, DC, and at St. Anne's Church in Church Circle at 199 Duke Of Gloucester South in Annapolis.
In a special free performance in conjunction with the Smithsonian's free Art Night on the Mall, Jeffrey Cohan will illustrate improvisational techniques from six centuries on period transverse flutes in the Sculpture Garden, followed by jazz flautist Walter Bell.
Please see http://hirshhorn.si.edu/programs/events.asp for the complete Art Night schedule for the evening's events, which begin at 4 PM.
Alongside the flute music of J.S. Bach, Georg Friedrich Handel's ever popular flute sonatas are lighter and more tuneful, of greater directness on an emotional plane, sublimely representative of the early 18th-century musical palette, and generally of a more improvisational style that reflects Corelli and the dramatic Italian style.
Ludwig van Beethoven, on his deathbed, in referring to an edition of Handel's works, is reported to have said, "There is the truth."
Quartets by Mozart and J.C. Bach for flute and strings, the Beethoven Serenade and a Neubauer Trio for flute, violin, viola, and other works on classical period instruments.
The Fifth Brandenburg Concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach, and unpublished concerti from the Library of Congress by Johann Joachim Quantz and Johann Georg Tromlitz.
"A brilliant performance ... eloquently played ... close to the essence of chamber music." Joseph McLellan, The Washington Post, June 26, 2000
"A virtuoso at conveying myriad colors" ... "The audience clearly was entranced ... flutist Jeffrey Cohan captivated young and old.” Cecelia Porter, The Washington Post, July 14, 2001
"Baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan and harpsichordist George Shangrow give new meaning to the intimacy implicit in the genre of chamber music... They have forged not only an exquisitely subtle collaboration but also a common scholarly interpretation of how Bach would have had the music performed.
"They responded intuitively to each other's rhythmic elasticity and echoed each other's elaborate ornamentations with what sounded like spontaneous inspiration... Almost as impressive was the silent attentiveness that their musicmaking commanded.
"Bach may have been composing for a soft instrument with a very limited dynamic range, but the music he produced was exuberant, joyous and lyrical. It
was these qualities that Cohan and Shangrow communicated..."
Joan Reinthaler, The Washington Post, July 16, 2002
Artistic Director, Jeffrey Cohan
Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director, Jeffrey Cohan, lives in Seattle, where he is the Artistic Director of the period instrument concert series, Concert Spirituel.
Jeffrey, who according to the New York Times can "play several superstar flutists one might name under the table", has received international acclaim both as a modern flutist and as one of the foremost specialists on transverse flutes from the renaissance through the early 19th century. He won the Erwin Bodky Award in Boston, and the highest prize awarded in the Flanders Festival International Concours Musica Antiqua for Ensembles in Brugge, Belgium with lutenist Stephen Stubbs. First Prize winner of the Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Competition in New York and recipient of grants from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music and the French Government, he has performed throughout Europe, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and for the USIA Arts America Program in the South Pacific, South America, Turkey and Portugal
"The flute," according to Aristotle's Politics, "is not an instrument which has a good moral effect; it is too exciting." Exciting would certainly be an appropriate word to describe the playing of Jeffrey Cohan, soloist on Mozart's Concerto in G.
"The first movement cadenza displayed Cohan's extraordinary virtuosity and raised the question of whether he actually need to breathe. The tender second movement was a wonderful interlude of repose.
"Rarely have I seen such an animated soloist; Still, as far as this listener was concerned, Cohan could have swung upside-down, handcuffed from the rafters as long as he played with such finesse and energy." Deryk Barker, The Vancouver Sun
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