Posted on December 1, 2017 9:28 am by Portland Baroque Orchestra
FRI DEC 8 7:30PM
SAT DEC 9 7:30PM *
SUN DEC 10 3:00PM *
About three hours in length
MON DEC 11 7:30PM
About two hours in length
* Saturday and Sunday are sold out for online purchases. Call Monday-Friday for limited GA and single ticket purchases.
Messiah is arguably the most-performed work in all of musical history, and with good reason. As reported in Opera News in May 2017, Paul Agnew will Read More » »
Posted on November 14, 2017 1:39 pm by Portland Baroque Orchestra
FRI NOV 17 & SAT NOV 18 7:30PM
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
SUN NOV 19 3:00PM
PETER WHELAN, DIRECTOR & BASSOON
2017 marks a double anniversary: the 275th anniversary of Messiah in Ireland and the 350th of the birth of Jonathan Swift. Swift might not have appreciated that coincidence. “I would not give a farthing for all the music in the universe,” he Read More » »
Posted on March 7, 2017 12:32 pm by Portland Baroque Orchestra
The audiences of Elizabethan England were typically treated to at least one song during the performance of any given play. Even when songs were inappropriate—as in tragedies—trumpets and drums would have occasionally been used to accentuate the drama. Plays that that had no songs, dance Read More » »
Posted on February 13, 2017 10:36 am by Portland Baroque Orchestra
Bach’s orchestral music shows a typically Germanic tendency to imitate the two most celebrated music styles of the day, the French and the Italian. The first was characterized by its elegance and subtle detail, the second by its fiery virtuosity and passionate, spontaneous expression. Many saw the two as being essentially opposites, but, as is so often the case, the two had more in common than fierce patriots of Read More » »
Posted on January 13, 2017 10:28 am by Portland Baroque Orchestra
Our February 2nd Concert celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of Joseph Bologne de Saint-Georges (1745-1799), champion swordsman, French colonel, virtuoso violinist, director of Paris’s finest orchestra, and prolific composer.
Born in the French colony of Guadeloupe to the plantation owner George Bologne de Saint-Georges and his African slave Nanon, Joseph Bologne de Saint-George faced a life of oppression and poverty. French Read More » »
Posted on December 5, 2016 11:43 am by Portland Baroque Orchestra
As Handel did, I come from the world of opera and cannot help but look at Messiah as a masterpiece of musical drama. Handel, at the top of his game and with skills developed over almost a half century in the opera house, wrote this sublime musical drama, though without many three-dimensional characters and very little action. Drama comes from a Greek word meaning action, and Messiah is notoriously lacking in explicit stage action.