PBO 2016-2017 Season

2016-17 Season

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Mozart & Mendelssohn

MOZART & MENDELSSOHN

Past Performance

Monica opens the year with the music of two prodigies. Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor joins two youthful symphonies and an early violin concerto by another prolific prodigy, Felix Mendelssohn, brought to life in the sparkling sonorities of period instruments. … Learn More »

Breathtaking — A Voice and Cornetto Entwined

BREATHTAKING

Past Performance

Chamber Series Concert 1 — In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the cornetto was fabled for its astonishing ability to imitate the human voice. This program puts this imitation center stage, “breathtaking” both because the voice and the cornetto literally make music with the breath, and, we hope, will figuratively take the listener’s breath away. … Learn More »

Handel Organ Concertos

HANDEL ORGAN CONCERTOS

Past Performance

Alexander Weimann, star keyboardist of last season’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, leads from the keyboard again with spectacular works for chamber organ and orchestra. Handel’s organ concertos served as models for future composers, including Mozart and C. P. E. Bach. … Learn More »

YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERT

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Handel’s “Messiah” 2016

HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Past Performance

Take part in a Portland holiday tradition. Hear Messiah as Handel would have. PBO’s period instrument players complement a quartet of internationally acclaimed soloists and renowned chamber choir Cappella Romana, under the direction of Gary Wedow, who led Portland Opera’s 2013 production of Handel’s Rinaldo with PBO. Choose a full-length or highlights performance. Hallelujah!

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Bach Magnificat & Festive Cantatas

Hear the original version of J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, written for Christmas Vespers in 1723. Alexander Weimann directs a festive baroque orchestra including three trumpets and timpani in music including Telemann’s concerto for three trumpets in D major and Bach’s beloved Cantata No. 140, “Wachet auf.”

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Black Mozart: Chevalier Saint-Georges

BLACK MOZART

Past Performance

Special Event In Honor of Black History Month — Joseph Boulogne was one of the greatest composer-performers in the time of Mozart and Haydn. Known as the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, this son of a slave overcame adversities of class, race, and prejudice to become a major musical star. … Learn More »

Bach Orchestral Suites

BACH ORCHESTRAL SUITES

Past Performance

Following his thrilling PBO Messiah debut two years ago, award-winning orchestral and choral conductor, keyboardist, and scholar John Butt will lead PBO in Bach’s complete Orchestral Suites in their original scoring with winds, trumpets, and timpani, interspersed with the 3- and 6-part ricercars from Bach’s Musical Offering.

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Purcell & Shakespeare

PURCELL & SHAKESPEARE

Past Performance

World-renowned Baroque soprano Suzie LeBlanc joins Monica to stir up a Shakespearean storm performing 17th-century songs and airs inspired by Shakespeare’s plays. Original songs from Shakespeare’s time join music from the 1674 revival of The Tempest, and selections from Henry Purcell’s 1692 masque The Fairy-Queen (based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

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Spotlight on Bassoon

SPOTLIGHT ON BASSOON

SAT APR 29 7:30PM

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Monica leads a chamber music program including virtuoso music for baroque bassoon. Why bassoon? Monica calls PBO’s Nate Helgeson, a recent graduate of Juilliard now based in Portland, “one of the pre-eminent period bassoonists of his generation.” … Learn More »

Vivaldi’s World

VIVALDI’S WORLD

FRI MAY 5 7:30PM

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SAT MAY 6 7:30PM

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SUN MAY 7 3:00PM

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Vivaldi was not the only composer writing virtuosic concertos in the early 18th century! Monica explores the sonic world of Vivaldi and his contemporaries on this tour of concertos featuring Monica with Nate Helgeson (bassoon), Tanya Tomkins (’cello), and John Lenti (lute). … Learn More »