2nd Annual Washington Music Festival has begun!

It was a great day for a Baroque concert on the front lawn of George Washington Inn! With so much happening on the farm, the music was heavenly as the orchestra’s beautiful sounds reached throughout the grounds. Bach, Handel and Corelli would have been proud. Maestro Dewey Ehling and many musicians from the Port Townsend Community Orchestra came out to make it all come together in perfect harmony!

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A busy week has begun as players hold another practice on site at George Washington Inn. The French horns came early to practice.

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The piazza’s acoustics were perfect for a concentrated practice.

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Don’t miss the inaugural event this coming Saturday, July 20 at 11 AM. The host, Washington Lavender Farm, is on the grounds of the George Washington Inn and Estate and hosts its annual farm tour which is an integral part of the Sequim Lavender Farm Faire. George Washington, himself, will be there!

The first practice session

An evening practice session was held at the inn which gave players an opportunity to polish up their music and get familiar with their beautiful surroundings. It also allowed the director to check the sound. Maestro Dewey Ehling loved the way the music carried across the lawn.

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As the evening progressed the practice session moved inside the Great Room of George Washington Inn. It was a productive session and everyone enjoyed their time invested in preparing for the inaugural Washington Music Festival. If you had been listening you would have heard baroque music interspersed with some patriotic music that George Washington would have recognized. The inn’s walls reverberated with the incredible music of Bach and Handel and made it sound like a Stradivarius.

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Imagine!

An imagination is a wonderful thing…so is good music!

George Washington Inn
George Washington Inn

“I sat in the lush green grass of early summer, beneath the dappled shade of two young oak trees, a strong sun piercing the leafy canopy above my head. Delicate clumps of daffodils about my feet bowed gracefully as they prepared to retire after a long spring, adorning the lawns in front of this great house.

I imagined guests arriving up the long winding gravel driveway in horse and carriage, each and every one dressed in fine cloth from exotic far off lands. I imagined a small group of musicians sitting in the great hall welcoming the guests arrival, with the most up to date popular music. One of those pieces could very well have been this beautiful Sonata in F by the then very famous George Frideric Handel.” Johnnie Lawson, Muzica Clasica de Relaxare-Relaxation-Classical Music

There’s no need to imagine any longer. Make those dreams come true. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket this summer, relax on the inn’s front lawn and enjoy some of the finest baroque and early American folk music as it wafts through the ocean air from under the portico of George Washington Inn.

Handel and his music

GFHandelGeorge Frideric Handel (23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759) was a German-born British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos. Handel was born in the same year as Bach (1685) to a family that was indifferent to music. He received critical musical training in Halle, Hamburg and Italy before settling in London (1712) and becoming a naturalized British subject in 1727. By then he was strongly influenced by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition.

Within fifteen years, Handel, a dramatic genius, had started three commercial opera companies to supply the English nobility with Italian opera, but the public came to hear the vocal bravura of the soloists rather than the music. In 1737 he had a physical breakdown, changed direction creatively and addressed the middle class. As Alexander’s Feast (1736) was well received, Handel made a transition to English choral works. After his success with Messiah (1742) he never performed an Italian opera again. Handel was only partly successful with his performances of English oratorio on mythical and biblical themes, but when he arranged a performance of Messiah to benefit the Foundling Hospital (1750) the criticism ended. It has been said that the passion of Handel’s oratorios is an ethical one, and that they are hallowed not by liturgical dignity but by the moral ideals of humanity.[2] Almost blind, and having lived in England for almost fifty years, he died in 1759, a respected and rich man.

Handel is regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time, with works such as Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks and Messiah remaining popular. Handel composed more than forty operas in over thirty years. (from Wikipedia)

The music of George Frideric Handel will be heard this summer at the inaugural Washington Music Festival. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear some baroque music that remains as radiant as ever!

Great ideas

Maestro Dewey Ehling has some great ideas for this summer’s inaugural Washington Music Festival. Here is a list of some composers and their works that could be performed in this exciting new venue by members of the various musical groups with which Mr. Ehling collaborates. Bach and Handel were contemporaries of George Washington. Why not bring these three men together again?

Johann Sebastian Bach
Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Sheep May Safely Graze

Handel
Handel

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Concerti Grossi

Water Music

Royal Fireworks

Henry Purcell
Purcell

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

The Moor’s Revenge*

arcangelo corelli
Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)

Concerto Grosso

Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster (1826-1864)

My Old Kentucky Home*

Nelly Bly*

*These are some examples provided by the author of the composer who was suggested.

Water Music, anyone?

Imagine the strains of Handel’s Water Music wafting with gentle sea breezes from off the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Add to that, a sweet summer fragrance drifting from a field of lavender surrounded by a panorama of snow-capped mountains. Perhaps you would love to be a part of this experience and want to help make it happen. We’re looking for volunteers who are interested in helping to put this exciting new music festival together. Call us or send an email to express your interest and support.

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