2018-19 Season

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An Empire of Silver and Gold: Music of 18th Century Latin America

AN EMPIRE OF SILVER & GOLD

Fri Nov 16, 7:30pm
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Sat Nov 17, 7:30pm
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Sun Nov 18, 3pm
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PBO welcomes Dr. Daniel Zuluaga back to lead this trailblazing program of music that was gathered from the archives of Latin American cathedrals. Five singers, two guitars, dulcian, violins, cello, cornetto, harp, and percussion blend familiar baroque sounds with distinct Latin American style. Zuluaga (guitar, lute, theorbo) shares this historically complex music from the nexus point between Spain and Latin America. …

Young People’s Concert: An Empire of Silver and Gold

Milagro and Portland Baroque Orchestra collaborate to present this very special Young People’s Concert. Journey through Peru with an archbishop in 1767 in this performance featuring music from An Empire of Silver and Gold: Music of 18th Century Latin America. Milagro, Guest Director Dr. Daniel Zuluaga, five singers, and Portland Baroque Orchestra will perform this story in English and Spanish. This is a one-hour family-friendly program and tickets are only $5 per person! …

Handel’s Messiah

HANDEL’S MESSIAH

THE COMPLETE ORATORIO
Fri Dec 7, 7:30pm
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THE COMPLETE ORATORIO
Sat Dec 8, 7:30pm
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THE COMPLETE ORATORIO
Sun Dec 9, 3pm
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HIGHLIGHTS
Mon Dec 10, 7:30pm
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Messiah is arguably the most-performed work in all of musical history. Guest director and harpsichordist Desmond Earley leads PBO and Cappella Romana in Portland’s only annual production of this holiday tradition on period instruments. Guest soloists include Miriam Allan, soprano; Laura Beckel Thoreson, mezzo-soprano; Nils Neubert, tenor; William Gaunt, bass-baritone. Choose a full-length or highlights performance. Hallelujah! …

J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

J.S. BACH’S CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

Fri Dec 14 (Cantatas 1-3), 7pm
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Sat Dec 15 (Cantatas 4-6), 7pm
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PBO is delighted to once again join forces with the choir of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral for J.S. Bach’s spectacular Christmas Oratorio. Celebrated Bach scholar & interpreter Matthew Dirst will lead PBO, the Trinity Cathedral Choir, and soloists from across the country for a performance of the full oratorio over two nights. Celebrate the season with other concertgoers at a festive Wassail Party after each concert. …

Bach and the Young Prince

BACH AND THE YOUNG PRINCE

Fri Feb. 15, 7:30pm
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Sat Feb. 16, 7:30pm
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Sun Feb. 17, 3pm
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Pondering the impact of Bach’s influence on all of music, Beethoven once said, “His name shouldn’t be Brook, but Ocean.” Bach’s concerti from time spent in the court of Prince Leopold of Cöthen are one part of that nearly endless sea, and Monica Huggett leads a program highlighting PBO’s extraordinary concert- master Carla Moore, principal second violin Rob Diggins, and principal oboist Gonzalo X. Ruiz. …

Love, Chaos, and Restoration: Chamber Music of Baroque England

NPR music calls John Blow the “consummate master of ceremonial music,” Henry Purcell “a composer who took extra care in matching words to music,” and Matthew Locke, “the man in charge of making the King of England musically happy.” Lutenist John Lenti leads this program of English chamber music alongside Monica Huggett, an intimate string ensemble, and Portland soprano Arwen Myers. …

The Road to Dresden

THE ROAD TO DRESDEN

Fri Mar 15, 7:30pm
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Sat Mar 16, 7:30pm
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Sun Mar 17, 3pm
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Acclaimed British and Brazilian violin virtuoso Rodolfo Richter studied with Monica Huggett at the Royal Academy of Music. Experience his PBO debut as he leads a program of Telemann, Biber, Muffat, Pisendel, and more on a journey through the cosmopolitan centers of Northern Europe. The program features Telemann’s quirky and evocative violin concerto, “The Frogs.” …

Leclair, Rameau, and the Age of Enlightenment

“The best music happens...when you have the best possible combination of players of the instruments,” says harpsichordist Byron Schenkman. This intimate chamber program for two violins, gamba, and harpsichord features selections from the greatest French composers of the Baroque A era performed by Byron Schenkman and Monica Huggett with core members of the PBO roster Joanna Blendulf and Toma Iliev. …

The Fulfillment of Genius: Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony

We’re pulling out all the stops for the final concert of PBO’s 35th-anniversary season in a program that includes a full complement of winds and guest pianist Eric Zivian. From Mozart’s golden years in Vienna, the works on this program represent a sampling of his best in a riveting combination that will leave you wishing the season would never end. …

35th Anniversary Luncheon

35th ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON

Past Performance

Monica Huggett invites you to lunch with the musicians of Portland Baroque Orchestra, a special 35th anniversary affair benefiting PBO! …

Vivaldi: The Red Priest, The Poet

We welcome you to our 35th-anniversary season with PBO’s star team of violinists and Czech soprano Hana Blažíková, praised by Opera News for her “clean lines, immaculate tuning, and attention to rhythmic detail.” Showcasing Vivaldi’s contribution to developing the violin as a solo instrument alongside his exploration of the human voice as instrument, this program is a tribute to one of Monica Huggett’s mentors, Christopher Hogwood, a leading figure in early music revival who was known for his pioneering and carefully curated programs. …

Telemann in Paris

TELEMANN IN PARIS

Past Performance

Telemann’s Paris Quartets rank among his most famous compositions. These gems share the program with works by “Couperin the Great,” Telemann’s Parisian contemporary. Janet See, whose name is synonymous world-wide with the baroque flute, celebrates her 30th year with PBO by leading this intimate showcase featuring Monica Huggett, violinist, Sarah Cunningham, gambist, Elliot Figg, harpsichordist, and Annabeth Shirley, cellist …