Saturday, June 22, 2024 @ 3:00pm – 4:30pm (PDT)
First Reformed Church, Oak Harbor, WA, United States
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$35 (students free)

Bach's cantatas are an endless source of inspiration, comfort, and joy. We live in challenging times, and listening to Bach makes everything better. Join us for an afternoon with America's leading baroque oboist, Debra Nagy, and two renowned Bach singers, Tyler Duncan and Clara Rottsolk, accompanied by a stellar band of baroque specialists. In these cantatas we'll invite you to sing along in the chorales. Tekla and Debra conclude the program with Bach's beloved concerto for oboe and violin.

Two performances of this program:
- Saturday, June 22, 3pm at First Reformed Church in Oak Harbor
- Sunday, June 23, 3pm at St. Augustine's in-the-Woods Episcopal Church in Freeland

About Tekla Cunningham, baroque violin

Baroque violinist Tekla Cunningham delights in bringing the music of the baroque, classical and romantic eras to life with vivid and expressive historically informed performances.

Praised as "a consummate musician whose flowing solos and musical gestures are a joy to watch", her performances have been described as "ravishingly beautiful" and "stellar". Her greatest musical love is music of the baroque and chamber music of all stripes, though she can’t seem to quit Johannes Brahms. She is co-artistic director of Pacific MusicWorks in Seattle, artist-in-residence at the University of Washington and founder and director of the Whidbey Island Music Festival.

Tekla plays regularly as concertmaster and principal player with the American Bach Soloists. Her new release 'Stylus Phantasticus' with Pacific MusicWorks is delighting critics. "Tekla is a marvel…an endlessly songful bird". Early Music America describes the recording as "played with verve, the music presented here reaffirms the old notion that instrumental music can have the flair of any theatrical spectacle. … a stellar vessel for the boldest showmanship".

Tekla plays on a violin made by Sanctus Seraphin in Venice in 1746.

http://www.teklacunningham.com/

About Steve Creswell, baroque viola

Steve Creswell, viola and violin, believes in the nurturing power of the musical project. Originally from the Midwest, Steve has lived for 20-plus years in the Pacific NW and treasures many experiences with audiences and small ensembles here, from the North Corner Chamber Orchestra to baroque orchestras in Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver. Steve has toured with groups including La Monica from LA and Opera Lafayette in Washington, DC and New York. More locally he has collaborated with the Lafayettte Quartet (no direct relation to Opera) and has devoted countless hours to musical education for young people in programs in and out of the school districts.

https://www.nocco.org/steve-creswell

About Stephen Price, organ & harpsichord

Stephen C. Price recently joined the music faculty at the University of Washington (Seattle) as the inaugural Paul B. Fritts Faculty Fellow and Artist-in-Residence in organ performance beginning in September 2023. Dr. Price previously held the position of Assistant Teaching Professor in music (organ) at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. In his previous post, he maintained an organ studio including undergraduate and graduate students, and also taught church music, music history, and music theory courses. His former organ students have obtained church positions throughout the United States and are active within the profession.

Upon invitation, Dr. Price served as an adjudicator for the First Presbyterian National Organ Playing Competition (Fort Wayne, IN); and the Strader Organ Scholarship Competition (University of Cincinnati). While residing in Indiana, Dr. Price served at Plainfield United Methodist (Plainfield, IN), as choir director and organist; Holy Trinity Lutheran ELCA (New Castle, IN), and as Organist at High Street United Methodist Church, Muncie, Indiana, where he initiated the church's first organ scholar position to inspire and train future church musicians in East Central Indiana.

Dr. Price's debut album, Paris Impact Organ Suites, has been released on the Raven recording label and is available for purchase at RavenCD.com.

https://www.seveneightartists.com/price

First Reformed Church

250 3rd Ave
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
United States

https://frcoh.org/