A Message of Solidarity
Black Lives Matter. We at Portland Baroque Orchestra firmly denounce white supremacy in all its forms. We are horrified and heartbroken by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and the countless Black people who have endured violence and oppression, particularly at the hands of law enforcement.
For the past two weeks, PBO has been reflecting on the many ways in which we, as an institution, continue to benefit from the racist systems that underpin our society. PBO’s work focuses on Euro-centric musical traditions of the 16th -18th centuries. We recognize that the systems that elevated this music also promoted colonialism, slavery, systemic inequality, oppression, and violence. We know that these systems are alive and well. It is our responsibility to work to dismantle these systems of white privilege in period performance, classical music, and the arts at large. We have not yet done this work. We apologize for both our public silence and our inaction thus far.
We recognize that a public statement of support is only the first element of the much larger body of anti-racist work we need to outline and undertake. We commit ourselves to build a more equitable future, both within our organization and for our community as a whole. This work is ours to do; we are listening and learning, and we will work diligently to outline our steps forward. We welcome your feedback now and in the future. We are committed to growing and changing, and we will work every day to earn our place as an inclusive member of our community.
Abigail McKee Bette Worcester
Executive Director Chair of the Board of Directors
On behalf of Portland Baroque Orchestra
• Monica Huggett announces her retirement after the 2020-21 Season - Full press release
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J. S. Bach: Concertos for One, Two and Three Violins
After 2010’s gorgeous “Flights of Fancy”, named Record of the Year by The New Yorker, leading period ensemble Portland Baroque Orchestra releases its latest recording of concertos for one, two, and three violins by J. S. Bach. Award-winning Baroque violinist and artistic director Monica Huggett leads Portland Baroque violinists Carla Moore, Rob Diggins, Jolianne Einem, and Adam LaMotte. This collection one part of Bach’s creative output in Leipzig’s Collegium Musicum combines his idiomatic concertos for violin with reconstructions: concertos Bach originally wrote for violin, reverse-engineered from later arrangements made for other instruments. Extensive liner notes by Jude Ziliak; produced by award-winning producer and Baroque oboist Gonzalo X. Ruiz and Stephen Schultz.
J. S. Bach: Concertos for Oboe and Oboe d’amore
The first recording by world-renowned oboist Gonzalo X. Ruiz of five concertos by J. S. Bach for oboe and oboe d’amore. Studio recording with Portland Baroque Orchestra in fall 2013, the CD features PBO artistic director Monica Huggett leading the ensemble and performing as soloist on the C minor concerto for Violin and Oboe with Ruiz.
About This Recording
J. S. Bach: Saint John Passion
Monica Huggett has produced numerous best-selling and acclaimed recordings for Avie, notably the Grammy®-nominated Bach Orchestral Suites, which made the Top 10 of Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart. This ear-opening version, Monica claims, restored Suite No. 2 to its original instrumentation. She makes a similar case with her new recording of Bach’s Saint John Passion, placing oboes where we typically hear flutes and arguing that Bach s original score was produced during his early years in Leipzig, where flutes were unavailable to him.
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons and Op. 11
Features Monica Huggett playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, as well as new recordings of concertos from Opus 11.
Staff & Board
Monica Huggett, Artistic Director
and Donor Relations Manager
Adaiha MacAdam-Somer & Toma Iliev,
Robin Greenwood, Stage Manager
Desera Frentress, Assistant Stage Manager
Ruth Fredine, Volunteer Usher Coordinator
Susan Matlack Jones and Associates, Bookkeepers
Board of Directors
Bette Worcester, Chair
William Willingham, Secretary
Susan Bach, Treasurer
John K. Cox
Adam LaMotte, orchestra representative
Portland Baroque Orchestra
610 SW Broadway, Suite 605
Portland, OR 97205
Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30am-5:00pm
We Love Our Volunteers!
Many thanks to our loyal volunteers, who serve as ushers, stage crew, box office personnel, hosts for our musicians, board and committee members, and office assistants. Whether you are new to us or you have been involved since the beginning, thank you for your commitment and kindness. You are a valued part of the PBO family, and we are grateful.
PHOTO GALLERY: Volunteer Appreciation Potluck
Carla Moore, concertmaster
The William and Jacqueline Willingham Chair
Rob Diggins, principal 2nd violin
The Bette Worcester Chair
Jolianne von Einem
The Tremaine and Gail Arkley Chair
The Bob and Vi Metzler Chair
The Charles and Ruth Poindexter Chair
Christine Wilkinson Beckman
Isabelle Seula Lee
Victoria Gunn, principal
The Susan Bach and Douglas Egan Chair
Kim Mai Nguyen
Joanna Blendulf, co-principal
Tanya Tomkins, co-principal
The Chris and Michael Mele-Wagner Chair
The Ruth K. Poindexter Chair
Viola da gamba
Joanna Blendulf, principal
Contrabass and Violone
Curtis Daily, principal
Harpsichord and Organ
Guitar, Theorbo, and Lute
John Lenti, principal
Janet See, principal
Nate Helgeson, principal
The Larry Dunn Chair
Andrew Clark, principal
Kris Kwapis, principal
Timpani and Percussion
Mark Goodenberger, principal
Mission & History
The mission of Portland Baroque Orchestra is to produce intimate and historically-informed interpretations of music composed before 1840.
Founded in 1984, Portland Baroque Orchestra is the third-largest period performance orchestra in the United States. PBO specializes in works of the Baroque and Classical eras, but also explores the musical world outside of those time constraints, performing with period instruments or replicas of instruments that were available when the music was composed. This means that our concerts feature familiar instruments that may look or sound a little different (for example, violins with gut strings or flutes made of wood and bone) as well as instruments that are no longer a part of the modern orchestra (like the theorbo). Led by Artistic Director Monica Huggett, the orchestra thrives on spontaneity, playfulness, and extraordinary artistry. PBO seeks to recreate the live music experiences of history by presenting the highest level of music performance in intimate venues.