Harpsichord Heroics

with Byron Will, Harpsichord Maker and Byron Schenkman, Harpsichordist 

Harpsichordist Byron Schenkman will be performing in PBO’s concert, Leclair, Rameau, and the Age of Enlightenment on April 6, on a very special instrument created by Byron John Will. Below is the story of the beautiful instrument and how it came to grace our stage!

Byron Schenkman said of the concert, “As a harpsichordist I find French harpsichord music the most… Read More » »

Messiah Puns

When you’ve been presenting Messiah for as long as we have, you get to know the text pretty well. In honor of this time honored tradition, we’ve put together a few fun puns from Messiah leading up to this weekend’s performances! We even asked fans for their favorite including:
• Our winner - ...come for tea my people, saith your God.
• Lettuce break their bonds asunder.
• His Coke is easy, but his burden is Sprite.

There are still… Read More » »

Owed to Joy

by Holly Stern (pictured!)Holly Stern

Hard to believe it’s been 16 years since I wrote the last Baroque Enquirer. [Check out all of Holly’s newsletters here!] PBO was a mere teenager then. Now it’s time to celebrate the orchestra’s 35th birthday.

It’s time to get HIP!

I know, I know. Most of you are already hip to HIP, and that, too, bears celebrating.

HIP stands for Historically Informed Performance, which sounds fairly daunting and… Read More » »

October Flash Sale!

Get $25 tickets in any section to any of our Vivaldi: The Red Priest, The Poet or Telemann in Paris concerts when you use the code 25for25 at checkout! The sale only lasts for the first 25 tickets claimed for each series, so secure your seats now:

Vivaldi: The Red Priest, The Poet

Fri Oct 19, 7:30pm
Sat Oct 20, 7:30pm
Sun Oct 21, 3:00pm


Telemann in Paris

Fri Oct 26, 7:30pm
Sat Oct 27, 3:00pm

The Leipzig Audition

FRI MAY 4 & SAT MAY 5 7:30PM
SUN MAY 6 3:00PM

When the composer and writer Johann Kuhnau died in 1722, he left a vacancy for one of the most prestigious musical jobs in Germany, that of the Thomaskantor in Leipzig. The position was demanding, entailing the organization of services at the city’s four Lutheran churches as well as the provision of music for municipal and… Read More » »

PBO Previews Flights of Fantasy on All Classical Portland

All Classical Portland host Christa Wessel presented Monica Huggett and members of the Portland Baroque Orchestra during All Classical Portland’s Thursdays @ Three program on March 8, 2018.

Flights of Fantasy

March 9-11, 2018

Monica Huggett directs a program of early Italian works for strings, lute, and organ. This intimate ensemble will perform the witty Capriccio Stravagante by Carlo Farina, Buonamente’s sparkling Canzon Quarta,… Read More » »

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