Encore! Spring Series (Seattle) with the Cohan-Shangrow Duo
ENCORE! Spring Series with the Cohan Shangrow Duo: Jeffrey Cohan, flute and George Shangrow, harpsichord
* * * June 13 - GALA BACH BASH: a selection of the incomparable sonatas by Johann Sebastian for flute and harpsichord.
* * * June 20 - CANDLELIGHT BAROQUE: a Candlelight Evening of Baroque Music for Flute and Harpsichord, with Handel, Vivaldi, Blavet and sons of Bach performed with the requisite ornamentation galore and breadth of feeling.
* * * June 27 - NORTHWEST FIREWORKS: the jazzy, ultra-virtuoso and exquisitely listenable music by Northwest composers Huntley Beyer and Robert Kechley for flute and piano.
All Sundays at 8 PM. Youth 18 and under always free. Tickets will also be available at the door. Also in Bellingham June 12 and 26, see www.brownpapertickets.com/event/113542, on Vashon Island June 15, 22 and 29: see www.brownpapertickets.com/event/113783, in Stanwood June 25: see www.brownpapertickets.com/event/115188, and on Whidbey Island June 19. Please invite your friends! and read on...
BACH -- THE WASHINGTON POST July 2002 -- Joan Reinthaler
"Chamber Music In the Key of We" (headline)
"Baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan and harpsichordist George Shangrow give new meaning to the intimacy implicit in the genre of chamber music [in a program of the complete sonatas by J.S. Bach] ...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. ...exuberant, joyous and lyrical. It was these qualities that Cohan and Shangrow communicated..."
CANDLELIGHT BAROQUE -- THE WASHINGTON POST Monday, August 2004 -- Cecelia Porter
"Jeffrey Cohan, George Shangrow" (headline)
"You might wonder how a concert made up of Handel sonatas written nearly three centuries ago -- and designed for two apparently mild-mannered instruments -- might rivet an audience's attention for an entire evening. But Saturday it worked gloriously. Superb playing outlined Handel's bizarre melodic turns and jarring harmonies, reproducing the dramatic impact of opera arias by a composer who, above all, wrote for the theater and whose characters erupted onstage with steely, single-minded emotional force.
"Cohan transformed Handel's often bare, skeletal melodies, with improvisations unwinding in fancifully embellished peregrinations -- all mellow-toned, yet exhorting a "message" in character portrayals with the dogged exuberance of a political candidate. Shangrow's harpsichord echoed the flute's ornaments with gusto. Ideally balanced, the performers fueled the music's gripping metrical drive, escaping into rhythmic elasticity for momentary expressive asides."
NW FIREWORKS -- THE SEATTLE TIMES -- Melinda Bargreen
"Night Flights," "Sonata" test virtuoso flutist (headline)
"The literature for solo flute and piano was given a mighty boost last Saturday with the emergence of two first-rate works by Northwest composers.
"Both strikingly different, these two works also share some notable similarities: They're tonal, somewhat eclectic, unmistakably American, easy on the ear - and terribly difficult on the flutist.
"As such, they may develop into competition showpieces, and the two pieces would also be a nifty core for a disc of contemporary flute music. But they're never going to succeed in anything but the hands (and lips) of a virtuoso flutist. On hand to fill that bill was flutist Jeff Cohan.
"Night Flights" opens like something straight out of Bolling; the second movement is redolent of Debussy (right down to his preferred modes and keys), and the third inhabits the jazz mainstream. But the whole is more than the sum of these parts, and Beyer's own voice emerges in the insouciant melodies and the intricate interweaving of flute and piano."
"Whatever pattern was set in motion by the esoteric plasma of numerology, it seems clear that some force of magic, accident or serendipity impelled the two to meet [both were born on Mother's Day a year apart] and allowed them to blend their particular flavorings of artistry and style." Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Works were performed by the flutist Jeff Cohan and George Shangrow on the harpsichord in an unusually dynamic, refreshing and thrilling manner, which was at times festive, formal, but full of feeling a great and lasting experience for all present." Berner Zeitung (Bern, Switzerland)
"They made music in accordance with the measure of the heartbeat Four stormingly applauded encores." Berner Tagblatt (Bern, Switzerland)
"To hear the two, who have such obvious empathy for each other... is a real pleasure...The notes were made into music with phrases just and considered, finely wrought and wonderfully molded. Something whole and musical resulted. The two bring life and scholarship to this music." Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Virtuosity and spontaneity Magnificent interpretation and meticulous playing" Tagesnachrichten (Bern, Switzerland)
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