PBO 2017-2018 Season

2017-18 Season

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The Leipzig Audition


FRI, MAY 4 7:30PM
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SAT, MAY 5 7:30PM
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One of the most important composers to ever live and work in the musical mecca that is Leipzig was, historically speaking, third choice. Both Georg Friedrich Telemann and Christoph Graupner turned down the prestigious post of Cantor of the St. Thomas Church before it was offered to and accepted by Johann Sebastian Bach. PBO’s season concludes with selections from Telemann and Graupner along-side instrumental interludes from Bach’s cantatas and work by Bach’s eldest son. …

Jordi Savall & Friends

Co-Presentation of Friends of Chamber Music and Portland Baroque Orchestra …

Mozart Requiem


Past Performance

Music, like fashion, swings back and forth like a pendulum through time; some eras are passionate and fiery, others restricted and emotionally restrained. Breaking with the restraint of the classical period, nothing feels timid or conservative about Mozart’s Requiem. Timpani, strings, brass, chorus, soloists–all are brought to bear on the Latin text’s plea for peace and eternal rest. …

Bach Double Harpsichord Concertos

The keyboard was Bach’s wheelhouse. His brilliant and rarely-performed double concertos will feature harpsichordists Ignacio Prego and Byron Schenkman. Because music was not created in a vacuum, our program explores influences on Bach’s music, including a string concerto by Bach’s friend, Telemann: by far the more famous composer in their day. …

Monteverdi Orfeo


Past Performance

Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo, considered the first great opera, is an undisputed masterpiece that is still performed regularly in opera houses all over the world. The concert version, presented in honor of Monteverdi’s 450th birthday, is rich with narrative urgency, exotic instrumentation, and exquisite writing for vocal ensemble. …

Music From Dublin Castle


Past Performance

Dublin Castle was the epicenter of Irish musical activity in the eighteenth century with visitors including Handel, Geminiani, and many of the greatest violinists of the day. Experience a time capsule of well-known and newly discovered works celebrating the Golden Age of Irish music. …

Young People’s Concert - Music From Dublin Castle


Past Performance

Take a one-hour musical journey to Dublin, Ireland and experience the sounds and stories of Dublin Castle. Bassoonist and harpsichordist Peter Whelan joins PBO's Executive Director Abigail McKee for this interactive program designed especially for young listeners and their families. …

Handel’s Messiah 2017

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 conduct and sing the tenor role in this year’s production, adding another dimension to the Messiah experience. …

Vivaldi’s Women: Magnificat and Gloria

In 1703, Vivaldi was hired by an orphanage in Venice called the Ospedale della Pietà, known for its state-sponsored musical education. Iconic works like his Gloria and Magnificat (now usually sung by mixed voiced choirs) were written for and performed by the young women who spent their lives there. Reviving this haunting experience otherwise lost to time, the works on this holiday program will be performed as intended – by a chorus, soloists, and orchestra made up entirely of women. …

Il Favorito


Past Performance

The highly sought after Italian violinist Riccardo Minasi makes his PBO debut leading a program of works by Italy’s finest: Vivaldi, Mossi, Galuppi, Zavateri, and Brescianello. The program features Vivaldi’s famous violin concerto, Il Favorito, Vivaldi’s gift to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI in 1728. …

Flights of Fantasy


Past Performance

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, and more. The program recreates Monica’s acclaimed Flights of Fantasy recording, chosen by Alex Ross in The New Yorker as 2010’s Classical Recording of the Year. …

Monica Huggett’s Benvenue Trio

Pianist Eric Zivian joins PBO’s Monica Huggett and Tanya Tomkins for their longtime passion project: the Benvenue Trio. This program of works highlights the classical piano trio through works by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, and features the debut performance of PBO’s beautiful fortepiano. …

J.S. Bach Mass in B Minor


Past Performance

PBO is thrilled to be joining forces with the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral choir to present J. S. Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor, BWV 232. …