“The power of music to integrate and cure is quite fundamental. It is the most profound non-chemical medication.” –Oliver Saks
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.
Our 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 members of the Salish Sea Players are all specialists in the performance of music from the Baroque era and have active careers as professional musicians. Baroque violinist Linda Melsted forms the core of SSPlayers and invites guest performers to join in the mission. Violinist Olga Hauptman is a founding member and continues to perform, and Karen Fardal, cello, has become a fixture in SSPlayers concerts with Linda. Byron Rakitzis, violin, has also joined in the fun. Other guest performers have joined us too: Miyo Aoki-recorder, Curtis Foster-oboe, Jonathan Oddie-harpsichord, and Fred Hauptman-harpsichord (Fred was an original member of SSPlayers until Fall 2014). Linda, Miyo, Curtis, and Jonathan are members of the group sound|counterpoint.
Salish Sea Players is Powered by Shunpike. 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“.