Nate Helgeson: Musique Française - Part One

Musique francaiseSome of my colleagues are sick of hearing me say it at this point, but I basically only listen to French music. There was a good six year period where I listened to French music from between 1600 and 1750 pretty much exclusively (honestly!). One of the more puzzling aspects of the baroque scene, in the US anyway, is why so few other people seem to be with me on this.

I may be wrong of course, but I would wager that you have not heard of… Read More » »

An Important Update from PBO’s Executive Director

Dear Friends,

I’m writing this from my desk at home. It’s been three months since our daily lives changed dramatically, and much has happened since then. Our worlds have shifted.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve realized how much I have taken the future for granted. Like a piece of music that I know forward and backward, I’ve relied upon recurring themes as time passes: the reopening of farmer’s markets in the spring; the… Read More » »

Nate Helgeson: Origins

Nate Helgeson: OriginsI’m nostalgic by nature.

I guess that might not be too shocking, coming from someone whose chosen career is historical performance of centuries-old music. But it does explain why in this time when all of us are so uncertain about the future, I find myself thinking a lot about the past. The really ancient past of the 1700s, yes, but also the merely somewhat ancient past of my high school and college years.

Back then I didn’t play… Read More » »

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 » »

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