The French phrase sans souci translates to "without worry" and is also the name of Frederick the Great's renowned palace near Berlin.
Those 18th century influences serve as inspiration for the music performed by the Seattle-based ensemble Sans Souci.
"We play so much music associated with King Frederick II of Prussia and musicians associated with his court, such as The Musical Offering by Johann Sebastian Bach," member Jeffrey Cohan said via email to the Herald.
Sans Souci won't present that Bach piece at the March 24 Tri-City concert, but the group plans to perform music written by Johann Joachim Quantz, Frederick's flute teacher and the highest paid musician at his court.
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Concert time is 8 p.m. in the Battelle Auditorium, on Battelle Boulevard off George Washington Way in Richland. Admission is free.
Sans Souci is led by flutist Cohan, who is backed by a regular rotation of musicians. Among the regulars are Kyobi Hinami on harpsichord, Douglas Davis on cello and Stephen Provine on violin.
"The musical textures we create rise from an intimate familiarity with one another's musicality and personality over many years," Cohan said. "We originated from the melding of two long-standing duos, the Cohan-Shangrow Duo (that included flute and keyboard) and the Patterson Duo (violin and viola), along with cello, a second violin and occasionally an additional bass instrument, such as string bass or bassoon."
The musicians scheduled to perform at the Tri-City concert include Cohan, Davis, Hinami and Provine, as well as Ron Patterson on violin and Roxanna Patterson on viola.
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