Handel's Messiah

December 7, 8, 9, 10

Handel's masterwork.

Guest director Desmond Earley leads Portland Baroque Orchestra and Cappella Romana in Portland's only annual production of this holiday tradition on period instruments. Guest soloists include Miriam Allan, soprano; Laura Bexkel Thoreson, mezzo-soprano; Nils Neubert, tenor; William Gaunt, bass-baritone. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performances will include the complete 3-hour oratorio, and Monday will feature a 2-hour long highlights version.

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Bach and the Young Prince

February 15, 16, 17

Virtuoso concerti from the court of Prince Leopold.

Reflecting on Bach's wide influence on music, Beethoven once quipped, Nicht Bach! Meer sollte er heissen... –– "Not Brook! His name should be Ocean."

Bach's concerti are one part of that nearly endless sea, and Monica Huggett leads a program of that canon for violins and oboe highlighting PBO's extraordinary violin section and principal oboist (and audience favorite!) Gonzalo X. Ruiz.

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Love, Chaos, and Restoration

February 22

Chamber music of baroque England.

Monica Huggett and John Lenti join forces with Adam LaMotte and Adaiha MacAdam-Somer for this English Baroque chamber program, featuring works by Henry Purcell, John Blow, Matthew Locke, and others. Soprano Arwen Myers will also join the ensemble for a selection of songs.

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The Road to Dresden

March 15, 16, 17

Sprightly music from Northern Europe to usher in the spring.

Acclaimed Anglo-Brazilian violin virtuoso Rodolfo Richter (and former student of Monica Huggett) makes his PBO debut leading 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”.

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Leclair, Rameau, and the Age of Enlightenment

April 6

Joyous chamber music from the zenith of French culture.

Portland Baroque Orchestra and Byron Schenkman & Friends co-present an evening of decadent music from the late French Baroque, the age of Voltaire and the Philosophes. Monica Huggett and harpsichordist Byron Schenkman will perform Couperin's La Paix du Parnasse and Leclair's Deuxième Récréation de Musique for two violins and continuo; and selections from Rameau's Pièces de clavecin en concerts for harpischord, violin, and viol. Other works by Leclair and Rameau round out this joyful and festive program.

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Mozart's Jupiter Symphony

April 26, 27, 28

The fulfillment of Mozart's artistic genius.

PBO concludes is 35th season with a Mozart feast, including the C Minor piano concerto (featuring pianist Eric Zivian) and his final large symphony (No. 41) nicknamed Jupiter. The program will also feature PBO's full complement of wind players with Mozart’s utterly charming Wind Serenade No. 11 in Eb Major, very rarely performed on all period instruments.

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