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Make this a jazzy, classical Yuletide on Whidbey
Trinity Lutheran Church presents Yuletide Baroque and Beyond: Jazzin’ with the Classics for Christmas at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland.
Enjoy music by soprano Linda Tsatsanis, jazz flutist Martin Lund (who will also play clarinet and piano), classical flutist Jeffrey Cohan and jazz guitarist Gene Nery. Admission is free, and donations toward expenses will be accepted.
In this program, four renowned classical and jazz artists and friends meld their musical perspectives to bridge contemporary improvisational jazz and the “art music” of baroque and renaissance times. Instrumental musicians have “jazzed up” melodies familiar to them in the style of their day for centuries, and this team’s virtuoso improvisations on contemporary Yuletide favorites, renaissance and baroque carols and standards such as arias from Handel’s Messiah will bring together the best of jazz and classical worlds for Christmas. Call 331-5191 for more information.
Hailed as “ravishing” (New York Times) and possessing “sheer vocal proficiency, a bright, flexible voice, big but controlled, shaded with plentiful color” (Boston Globe), Canadian soprano Linda Tsatsanis enjoys an active and diverse career. Tsatsanis’ versatile voice makes her equally comfortable on the opera stage and concert hall while being able to sing intimate Renaissance song or world premier performances such as a stunning arrangement made for her, cello and string orchestra of the Preludes of Bach’s Cello Suites.
Tsatsanis has appeared as soloist with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Auburn Symphony, Pacific Musicworks, Orchestra Seattle, Helios Opera, Pacific Baroque Orchestra and has recently been presented by the Early Music Society of the Islands (Victoria, B.C.), Indianapolis Early Music Festival, San Francisco Early Music Society, and Magnolia Baroque Festival.
Tsatsanis has a solo album with Origin Classical, And I Remain: Three Love Stories, described as a “seductive recital of the darker sides of 17th-century love” (Gramophone), and can also be heard on recordings by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Naxos. She lives in Seattle.
Orcas Island treasure Gene Nery is a professional musician who has traveled the world performing as a vocalist and guitarist for Princess Cruises. He settled down on Orcas in the 1980s but originally comes from Vancouver, B.C.
He performed as an entertainer at Rosario Resort for 20 years, performing solo and with his band. His music ranges from swing to contemporary pop, providing quality and memorable entertainment that appeals to many generations. He has several CD recordings available under the Pure and Simple record label where he has worked as a recording artist, producer, arranger and engineer. He earned a platinum record award for singing “Above The Northern Lights” on Mannheim Steamroller’s CD “A Christmas Song” which also features Johnny Mathis and Olivia Newton John.
Martin Lund, a diverse musician, has played with some of the great blues artists of this time and worked in the studios of Los Angeles as a composer, arranger and musician with artists like Mel Torme to Isacc Hayes.
His eclectic background has allowed him to move freely through any style of music from classical to rock and from jazz to Broadway. He is equally adept at clarinet, saxophone, flute and piano.
Martin is a well-known performer and teacher who produces one of Orcas Island’s most popular summer music events, The One World Music Festival, a jazz-based musical variety show with Orcas Island’s best musicians. Martin graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor degree in both music and music education.
Flutist Jeffrey Cohan has performed as soloist in 25 countries, both on modern and early transverse flutes from the Renaissance through the present. The winner of many important competitions and awards, he has performed throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and worldwide for the USIA Arts America Program.
Many works have been written for and premiered by him, including five new flute concerti since 2000. He is artistic director of the Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival in Washington, D.C., the Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival in the Midwest and the Salish Sea Early Music Festival in the Pacific Northwest.