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,
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Desera Frentress, Assistant Stage Manager
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Board of Directors
Bette Worcester, Chair
William Willingham, Secretary
Susan Bach, Treasurer
John K. Cox
Adam LaMotte, orchestra representative
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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
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.
Monica Huggett, Artistic Director
Monica Huggett was born in London in 1953, the fifth of seven children. She took up the violin at age six and at age sixteen entered the Royal Academy of Music as a student of Manoug Parikian.
From age seventeen, beginning as a freelance violinist in London, Monica has earned her living solely as a violinist and artistic director and, in 2008, was appointed inaugural artistic director of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program, where she is now artistic advisor and artist-in-residence. In the intervening four decades, she co-founded, with Ton Koopman, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra; founded her own London-based ensemble, Sonnerie; worked with Christopher Hogwood at the Academy of Ancient Music and Trevor Pinnock with the English Concert; toured the United States in concert with James Galway; and co-founded, in 2004, the Montana Baroque Festival. In addition to her position as artistic director of Portland Baroque Orchestra, she is also the artistic director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra.
She is a frequent guest director and soloist around the world, including engagements with Arion Baroque Orchestra (Montréal), Tafelmusik (Toronto), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque (San Francisco), Columbus Symphony, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Seville Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen, and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. She regularly directs performances in New York of Juilliard415, the student baroque orchestra of the Historical Performance Program, as well as playing with Juilliard Baroque, the faculty ensemble of the program. Monica’s expertise in the musical and social history of the Baroque Era is unparalleled among performing musicians. This huge body of knowledge and understanding, coupled with her unforced and expressive musicality, has made her an invaluable resource to students of baroque violin and period performance practice through the 19th century.
Monica’s recordings have won numerous prizes. Her CD “Flights of Fantasy” with Irish Baroque Orchestra was named by Alex Ross in The New Yorker as Classical Recording of the Year for 2010. Her recording of J. S. Bach’s “Orchestra Suites for a Young Prince” with Gonzalo X. Ruiz (PBO principal oboist) and Ensemble Sonnerie was nominated for a Grammy™ Award and won the Diapason d’Or in 2009.
Recordings with PBO include a 2011 recording of Bach’s St. John Passion (Avie). This was followed by a 2014 release of “J. S. Bach Concertos for Oboe and Oboe d’amore” (Avie) featuring Gonzalo X. Ruiz, and a 2015 release of “J. S. Bach Concertos for One, Two and Three Violins.” In 2015, Juilliard Baroque, led by Monica, released its inaugural recording, “Couperin, Les Nations: Sonades, et Suites de Simphonies en Trio.”
Monica lives in Portland, where she enjoys spending time in her garden and plans to buy a motorcycle.