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.

Sincerely,
Abigail McKee             Bette Worcester
Executive Director       Chair of the Board of Directors

On behalf of Portland Baroque Orchestra

Press

Press Releases

• Monica Huggett announces her retirement after the 2020-21 Season - Full press release

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Recordings

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J.S. Bach: Concertos for One, Two and Three Violins

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 for Oboe

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 CD

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

PBO Staff


Monica Huggett, Artistic Director
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  and Donor Relations Manager

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  Coordinator

Adaiha MacAdam-Somer & Toma Iliev,
  Orchestra Librarians
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

Elly Adelman
Fred Cohen
John K. Cox
Laura Cunningham
Aron Faegre
Diana Harris
Chris Mele-Wagner
Ruth Poindexter
David Richardson
Adam LaMotte, orchestra representative

Contact Us

Portland Baroque Orchestra
610 SW Broadway, Suite 605
Portland, OR 97205

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Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30am-5:00pm

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Volunteer

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.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Volunteer Appreciation Potluck

Musicians

Violin

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
Adam LaMotte
The Bob and Vi Metzler Chair
Toma Iliev
The Charles and Ruth Poindexter Chair
Janet Strauss
Christine Wilkinson Beckman
Courtney Kuroda
Isabelle Seula Lee
Linda Melsted

Viola

Victoria Gunn, principal
Hillary Oseas
The Susan Bach and Douglas Egan Chair
Andrew McIntosh
Kim Mai Nguyen

Violoncello

Joanna Blendulf, co-principal
Tanya Tomkins, co-principal
Adaiha MacAdam-Somer
The Chris and Michael Mele-Wagner Chair
Annabeth Shirley
The Ruth K. Poindexter Chair
Michael Unterman

Viola da gamba

Joanna Blendulf, principal
Adaiha MacAdam-Somer
Annabeth Shirley

Contrabass and Violone

Curtis Daily, principal

Harpsichord and Organ

Elliot Figg
Jonathan Oddie
Byron Schenkman

Fortepiano

Eric Zivian

Guitar, Theorbo, and Lute

John Lenti, principal
Richard Stone
Daniel Zuluaga

Flute

Janet See, principal

Oboe

Stephen Bard
Curtis Foster
Brandon Labadie
Kathryn Montoya

Bassoon

Nate Helgeson, principal
The Larry Dunn Chair
Bronson York

Horn

Andrew Clark, principal
Sadie Glass

Trumpet

Kris Kwapis, principal
Bruno Lourensetto
Tom Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer

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.

About PBO

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.