WHAT: 2018 Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival

WHEN: October 14 & 20, 2018

WHERE: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

121 West 12th Street in Davenport

(563) 323-9989

ADMISSION: Suggested donation: $15 or $20 or $25, 18 & under free.

WEBSITE: www.bhcmf.org/quadcities

•  2015
Black Hawk
Chamber Music Festival

ELISABETH WRIGHT • harpsichordist
JEFFREY COHAN •, baroque flute

This Saturday, October 10 at 7:30 PM
First Congregational Church in Moline


Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM
at First Congregational Church in Moline at 2201 - 7th Avenue. Please call (309) 762-0787
Elisabeth Wright ~ harpsichord
Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute

The 2012 Blackhawk Chamber Music Festival presents three unique performances, including a benefit for the festival entitled FLUTE FIESTA on July 21 with flutist Jeffrey Cohan, BEETHOVEN TO MODERN BIX on August 4 with soprano Anne Harley, harpsichordist Gregory Hand, violist Christine Rutledge, lutenist and viola da gambist Oleg Timofeyev and flutist Jeffrey Cohan.

All concerts will take place at 7:30 PM at Trinity Cathedral at 121 West 12th Street in Davenport.

On Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 7:30 PM, flutist and artistic director Jeffrey Cohan will present FLUTE FIESTA, a flute extravaganza featuring 13 flutes from the renaissance, the time of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and the present day which Jeffrey Cohan performed all over China last month. The program will include a Chinese piece modeled after a well known ancient Chinese melody and an American work with no notes but plenty of music. Proceeds from this unique program showcasing six centuries of flute music will benefit the remaining concerts.

On Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 7:30 PM in BEETHOVEN to MODERN, flutist Jeffrey Cohan and guitarist Oleg Timofeyev will perform works from Beethoven's time, the golden age of the guitar-flute duo, on an 8-keyed flute and guitar made in the early 19th century, and the jazz-inspired works of modern times on modern instruments.

On Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 7:30 PM in BACH for BIX, soprano Ann Harley, flutist Jeffrey Cohan, violist Christine Rutledge, harpsichordist Gregory Hand and guitarist and viola da gambist Oleg Timofeyev will perform an innovative program of transcriptions for new instrumental combinations including the exquisite cantata entitled Ich habe genug by the incomparable Johann Sebastian Bach, who like Bix Beiderbeck was an improvisational master.

The suggested donation (a free will offering) will be $10 or $15, and those 18 and under are free. For further information the public may call Trinity Cathedral at (563) 323-9989 and see www.bhcmf.org. Tickets are available at the door and through www.brownpapertickets.com.

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Canadian soprano ANNE HARLEY is a specialist in both baroque and contemporary music and has premiered works by many composers. She performs in North America, Europe and Asia as a recitalist and has appeared as a soloist with Opera Boston, The American Repertory Theatre, The Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Camerata, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the North Carolina Symphony and at the Tanglewood Festival. She débuted in Europe at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw as the lead in Handel's Acis and Galatea and created leading roles in the modern-day première of Royer's Le pouvoir de l'Amour in conjunction with the Centre de
Musique Baroque de Versailles. The Boston Globe acclaimed her performance as "vocally and dramatically outstanding." The Village Voice described her performance with the Finnish Tero Saarinen Dance Company and the Boston Camerata as transmitting a "heart-wrenching purity."

In 2009-10, she performed the lead role of Margaret Mead in the world and US premières of Evan Ziporyn's A House in Bali with Bang-On-A-Can in Bali, Boston and New York (BAM). Her latest project, VoicesOfThePearl, commissions artists and composers to create song cycles and multimedia pieces to texts by and about female mystical experience from traditions around the world.

She obtained the doctorate in Historical Performance at Boston University, and is codirector of Russian early music ensemble,TALISMAN, which won the Noah Greenberg Award in 2001 and released its first CD on Dorian to acclaim in Gramophone and EMA. They have since released several more recordings of early Russian and Russian Roma (Gypsy) music with major labels. Her solo performances are available on Hänssler Profil, Naxos, Sony Classics, Dorian, Canteloupe, Musica Omnia and BMOP/sound. Please see www.anneharley.com.

Artistic director JEFFREY COHAN can "play many superstar flutists one might name under the table" according to the New York Times, and is "The Flute Master" according to the Boston Globe. He has received international acclaim both as a modern flutist, and as one of the foremost early flute specialists. The only person to win both the Erwin Bodky Award (Boston), and the top prize in the Flanders Festival International Concours Musica Antiqua (Brugge, Belgium), he won First Prize in the Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Competition, and has performed in 26 countries, having earned the highest rating from the National Endowment for the Arts. Many works have been written for and premiered by him, including five new flute concerti by American and Slovene composers in the new millennium.

Born in Davenport, Jeffrey Cohan graduated from Rock Island High School and performed solo concerti with the Tri-City Youth Symphony under the direction of James Dixon, with the Clinton Symphony under William Henigbaum, and with the Rock Island High School Band under Donald Kruzan. He was Artist-in-Residence at Augustana College from 1983 to 1988, during which time he also taught flute at Indiana University in Bloomington and gave many performances in Ascension Chapel and yearly Candlelight Christmas Concerts. He has also taught at the University of Northern Iowa and at Grinnell College. His mentor while in the Quad Cities was and continues to be flutist Walter Haedrich of Moline. Jeffrey performs each year in Europe, most recently in Germany, Ukraine and Slovenia, and he performed and gave masterclasses throught China last month (June, 2012). He lives with his wife and three children in Washington State's Skagit Valley, where he also directs the Cascade Early Music Festival and the Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival in Washington, DC.

OLEG TIMOFEYEV plays the renaissance, 10-course, and baroque lutes, 19th-century guitar, viola da gamba and recorder, and is one of the world's foremost authorities on the Russian seven-string guitar. He was an Artist in Residence for the School of Music at the University of Iowa, where has been Visiting Assistant Professor for the Department of Russian since 1999. He also has taught at Grinnell College and Cornell College. Mr. Timofeyev has a Ph. D. in Performance Practice from Duke University and has received many fellowships, grants and awards, including two separate Fulbright grants for recent research into the Russian guitar in Moscow and for teaching early plucked instruments in Ukraine. His editions have been published by A-R Editions, and his articles have appeared in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and in the Lute Society Quarterly among other periodicals. In Moscow he founded and directed the still active early music group Pratum Musicum for the Moscow Palace of Culture. He is guest lecturer/ performer with the annual Vanamuusika Päevad, an Estonian early music festival, and directs the annual International Russian Guitar Festival and the International Academy for Russian Music, Arts, and Culture, both in Iowa City, Iowa. He has made many solo recordings for Dorian Recordings.

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The Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival, founded in 2000, aspires to provide new perspective through chamber music by famous as well as little-known composers, illuminating many unusual aspects of musical performance from the Renaissance through the present, sometimes performing these early works on exact replicas of the instruments with which the composers were familiar and occasionally premiering new works. Festival repertoire ranges from classical favorites and new works written for the performers to unpublished musical gems from libraries around the world. The festival brings together artists from the region and other world-class musicians from around the country.

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Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival

10th-Anniversary Celebration

~  in Davenport on October 21, 22 and 24 at Trinity Cathedral  ~

Tickets and Information:



Dear friends of the Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival,


Come please and join our 10th anniversary celebration of chamber music from the Renaissance through the mid 19th century: three concerts at Trinity Cathedral in Davenport, all on period instruments this year, which bring to the Quad Cities a number of well-known artists, including soprano Terri Richter from Nashville who appears fresh from a 12-concert tour around the country, Oleg Timofeyev on lute, guitar and viola da gamba, festival director Jeffrey Cohan on flutes from the 16th through the 19th centuries, and three University of Iowa professors who specialize in the performance of early music on period instruments: harpsichordist and organist Gregory Hand, violist Christine Rutledge, and Kristin Thelander on natural horn. Please alert your Iowa City friends, as we'll be performing there as well.

The 10th anniversary festival is dedicated to conductor, pianist, harpsichordist and frequent Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival artist George Shangrow, who died on July 31 when another car entered his lane in a storm in Eastern Washington. As a conductor, keyboardist and radio host he had immense influence in shaping the classical music scene in the Pacific Northwest over the past 40 years, and he touched the lives of many in the Quad Cities and Iowa City through concerts in the Quad Cities beginning in 1988. He was to perform in this year's festival. Please see www.osscs.org for more information about George.

~ The Artists ~

www.terririchter.com ·  Oleg Timofeyev ·  Gregory Hand

www.jeffreycohan.com ·  Kristin Thelander ·  www.christinerutledge.com

www.johnschneiderman.com ·  www.hidekiyamaha.com

Thursday, October 21 at 7:30 PM at Trinity Cathedral in Davenport:


Irish, Scottish and Continental Renaissance and Baroque

? October 20 (Wednesday) at 7:30 PM in Iowa City

Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque and renaissance flutes

Oleg Timofeyev ~ lute

- From Ukraine to Iowa! Jeffrey Cohan and Oleg Timofeyev toured all over Ukraine earlier this year with a similar program, including Irish music from around 1700 by the blind Irish harper Turlough Carolan and Scottish favorites arranged for solo lute. In the early 1600's, Lutenist Nicolas Vallet and flutist Jacob Van Eyck wrote beautiful settings of Psalm tunes, and Oleg and Jeffrey recreate what a collaboration between the two might have been like. When Italian music was all the rage in France in the 1730's, a sneaky Frenchman named Esprit Philippe Chedeville faked a collection of flute sonatas entitled Il Pastor Fido ("The Faithful Pastor") that everyone thought was by Antonio Vivaldi until recently. You'll hear one of these.


Friday, October 22 at 7:30 PM at Trinity Cathedral in Davenport:


Chamber Music for Flute, Viola And Horn with the Russian Guitar

? October 15 (Friday) at 7:00 PM in Iowa City (7:30 in Davenport on the 22nd)

Kristen Thelander ~ natural horn

Christine Rutledge ~ viola

Jeffrey Cohan ~ eight-keyed flute

Oleg Timofeyev ~ Russian 7-string guitar

- Hear most unusual and exciting trios for horn, flute and guitar by German composer C. Dickhut, and for flute, viola and guitar by the Bohemian composer Wenzel Thomas Matiegka, with duos and solo by Italian guitar virtuoso Mauro Giuliani and Russian composers. We'll recreate an 1820 performance of hot-off-the-press chamber music from Europe and Russia, as it would have been performed on the relatively new (in 1800) Russian 7-string guitar, with Oleg Timofeyev along with two specialists on period instruments and University of Iowa professors: Kristen Thelander on the natural horn and Christine Rutledge on viola, with Jeffrey Cohan playing an 8-keyed flute made in 1820 in London.


· Sunday afternoon, October 24 at 3:00 PM at Trinity Cathedral in Davenport:


A Bach and Handel Tribute to George Shangrow

? October 23 (Saturday) at 7:30 PM in Iowa City

Terri Richter ~ soprano

Gregory Hand ~ harpsichord

Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute

Oleg Timofeyev ~ lute and viola da gamba

- Johann Sebastian Bach and George Friderick Handel, whose music our friend George Shangrow championed, will be interpreted by the fabulous soprano Terri Richter, who often worked with George and Jeffrey and is flying in from Nashville following an intensive October tour around the country. Terri will be joined by harpsichordist Gregory Hand, professor of organ and harpsichord at the University of Iowa. Oleg Timofeyev will play lute and viola da gamba, and Jeffrey Cohan will play baroque flute with Terri and Gregory in excerpts from Handel's gorgeous Nine German Arias and Sweet Bird, That Shunn'st The Noise Of Folly, and Bach arias including Ich folge dir gleichfalls from the St. John Passion and excerpts from Bach's Coffee Cantata. Terri will also sing 17th-century Italian lute songs by Mazzocchi, Monteverdi and Rossi.  For George.



? October 17 (Sunday afternoon) at 3:00 PM in Iowa City only:

John Schneiderman ~ lute, baroque guitar and Russian guitar

Hideki Yamaya ~ theorbo, baroque guitar and Russian guitar

Oleg Timofeyev ~ lute, viola da gamba and Russian guitar

Kristen Thelander ~ natural horn

Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute

- This extravaganza of plucked ancestors of the Russian 7-string guitar features baroque and renaissance lutes, theorbo (a long-necked lute) and baroque guitar, with John Schneiderman (Irving, California), Hideki Yamaya (Portland, Oregon), Oleg Timofeyev and flutist Jeffrey Cohan, performing music that Louis XIV (a guitarist!) gave to the Duke of Bavaria in 1695, a lute concerto by Karl Kohaut, a trio sonata with natural horn and flute by Georg Philipp Telemann, and a trio from around 1800 for Russian guitars.


Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

121 West 12th Street in Davenport

$12, and $10 for students and seniors

for TICKETS please see:


Multi-Passes available through Brown Paper Tickets

Tickets available at the door

Please see bhcmf@aol.com or call the church at (563) 323-9989 for information.


For IOWA CITY performances on October 15, 17, 20 and 23 at the

Congregational Church at 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City

Please see bhcmf@aol.com or call the church at (319) 337-4301 for information.



Special guest soprano Terri Richter has enthralled audiences with her captivating energy and refined artistry onstage. Acclaimed as a "rising star" by the Seattle Times, Ms. Richter regularly appears as a soloist with orchestras and early music ensembles throughout the U.S. This accomplished graduate of Seattle Opera's Young Artist Program went on to perform many roles with Seattle Opera, and to receive national acclaim for her portrayals of Despina in Cosi fan tutte and Oscar in Verdi's Masked Ball. Her guest appearances with Seattle Symphony include the nationally televised 2001 commemorative Rolling Requiem, (Mozart's Requiem), Mahler's Symphony no. 4, Handel's Messiah, and she is featured with Seattle Symphony in Taylor's Peter Ibbetson, recently released on the Naxos label. Other favorite recent roles include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Clorinda in Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with Pacific Operaworks, and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Idaho. Her voice also marks several movie and game soundtracks, including Steve Martin's film Novocaine and the X-box game Halo 2.


Ms. Richter's upcoming solo engagements include Handels' Messiah with Nashville Symphony, and the roles of Euridice in Seattle Opera's Orfeo ed Euridice and Sophie in Opera Cleveland's Werther. She will be a featured guest artist this season with the Odeon Quartet, ALIAS Ensemble, and the Nashville Early Music Project. Immediately prior to her Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival performances she will complete a nation-wide 12-city tour of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers with Apollo's Fire.


As did George, the Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival aspires to uplift the spirit and provide new perspective through music. Our passion is exploring new musical territory: bringing old gems to life in the modern context, delighting in the unique characteristics of period instruments but also reveling in the capabilities of their modern relatives, and premiering new works. As one of George's fans, Jim van Zee, remarked: "We live in a shallow, noisy world, filled with screams and lies and deceptions. George knew how to keep the demons at bay, and allow our souls to briefly experience beauty and truth." We hope to do the same. These concerts are a tribute with love to George.

The 250th anniversary of the life of George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) will be celebrated in the Blackhawk Chamber Music Festival's Bach and Telemann celebrate Handel's 250th Anniversary with mezzo soprano Vivien Shotwell, flutist Jeffrey Cohan, guitarist Oleg Timofeyef and harpsichordist Larry Peterson on Sunday, July 12 at 7:00 PM at Ascension Chapel at Augustana College, at 639 - 38th Street in Rock Island.

The suggested donation, a free will offering, will be $15, and students 18 years of age and under are encouraged to come for free. For further information please see www.bhcmf.org.

The program will feature 18th-century cantatas for mezzo soprano, flute, guitar and harpsichord including Johann Sebastian Bach's beautiful well-known cantata Ich habe genug, and the cantata Ihr volker hört by Georg Philipp Telemann from his series of cantatas for each Sunday of the year entitled the Harmonischer Gottesdienst ("the Harmonic Church Service"). The program will also include one of George Frideric Handel's beautiful Deutsche Arien ("German Arias") for mezzo soprano, flute and accompanying instruments, along with flute sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel.

Now in its 9th season, the Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival offers a midsummer bouquet of chamber music by famous and little-known composers, illuminating many unusual aspects of musical performance from the Renaissance through the present, and sometimes providing an opportunity to hear these works performed on exact replicas of the instruments with which the composers were familiar. Festival repertoire ranges from classical favorites and new works written for the performers to unpublished chamber music from the Library of Congress. The festival brings together artists from the region and other world-class musicians from around the country and abroad.