Sunday November 5, 2017
Sunset Center, Carmel
This concert was sponsored in part
"Venice, Vivaldi, Visitors, and Virtuosi"
Ballos/Gondola: Songs TBD
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
"An ensemble for early music as fine as any in the world today,"
ELIZABETH BLUMENSTOCK is widely admired as a performer of interpretive eloquence and technical sparkle. A frequent soloist, concertmaster, and leader with American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and the Italian ensemble Il Complesso Barocco, she is also a member of several of California's finest period instrument ensembles, including Musica Pacifica, Ensemble Mirable, the Arcadian Academy, and Trio Galanterie. She has appeared with period orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States and abroad, and has performed for the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, Germany's Goettingen Handelfestspiel, Los Angeles Opera, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Oulunsalo Soi festival in Finland, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, among many others. Ms. Blumenstock has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin Classics, Dorian, BMG, Reference Recordings, Koch International, and Sono Luminus. She is instructor of baroque violin at the University of Southern California, teaches regularly at the International Baroque Institute at Longy, has taught at the Austrian Baroque Academy, and has coached university Baroque ensembles at USC, Roosevelt University, the University of Virginia, and California Institute of the Arts.
PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA (PBO) under the musical direction of Nicholas McGegan is recognized as America’s leading historically informed ensemble. Using authentic instruments and stylistic conventions of the Baroque to early-Romantic periods, the orchestra engages audiences through its signature Bay Area series, national tours, recordings, commissions, and education projects of the highest standard. Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area 36 years ago, the ensemble is the largest of its kind in the United States and is known for its versatility in programming and joyful performances.
PBO’s musicians are among the best in the country and serve on the faculties of the Juilliard School and Harvard University, among others. The orchestra performs an annual subscription season in four venues throughout the Bay Area and has its own professional chorus, the Philharmonia Chorale. It regularly welcomes eminent guest artists including mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, countertenor David Daniels, mezzo-soprano Anne-Sofie von Otter, fortepianist Emanuel Ax, and maestro Richard Egarr, to name a few.
Among the most recorded orchestras in the world, PBO boasts a discography of more than 40 recordings and launched its own label in 2011, on which it has released nine recordings, including a coveted archival performance of mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in Berlioz’s Les Nuits D’été, and a Grammy nominated recording of Haydn symphonies. The orchestra just released a recording of its modern North American premiere of Alessandro Scarlatti’s La gloria di primavera, which coincided with a tour in May 2016. PBO comissioned its first work, a one-act opera titled To Hell and Back, by acclaimed composer Jake Heggie, in 2002.
Audiences heard the world premiere of Red, Red Rose by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw at Walt Disney Concert Hall in May 2016. The piece was written for and was performed by mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. This unique tour also included works by Handel, Purcell, and Arvo Pärt. The orchestra’s newly launched alternative concert series for younger and new audiences—SESSIONS—has regularly sold out since its inception in 2014.