“The power of music to integrate and cure is quite fundamental. It is the most profound non-chemical medication.” – Oliver Sacks, Awakenings
The mission of the Salish Sea Players is to bring professional, intimate Baroque chamber music concerts to audiences unable to attend traditional venues. Our primary focus is to share our passion with audiences in retirement, nursing, memory care and long-term care facilities.
Violinists Linda Melsted and Olga Hauptman, and harpsichordist Fred Hauptman, all specialists in the performance of music from the Baroque era, have made music professionally together for over 25 years in addition to pursuing noted careers individually. They now join together with a common mission as the Salish Sea Players.
...Their programme of yesterday (Oct. 11, 2012) afternoon was played with real vigor and ensemble to the pleasure of a capacity room of music lovers…” — David Calhoun
Concerts are about one hour in length and may be performed in a variety of spaces,large or small. An important part of the performance is sharing with the residents before, during, and after the concert, discussing the music, answering questions, and laughing together. Interaction between the artists and the audience is a rich experience for all.
The Salish Sea Players is a Professional Affiliate of the Early Music Guild of Seattle. Fees for performances are on a “fair share” basis allowing even the most financially challenged facility to enjoy high quality, live music. Tax deductible donations to the Salish Sea Players are welcome and provide the means for the mission of the group to continue. See “Donate Now.”