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HISTORIC MUSIC FOR THE

MODERN AUDIENCE

2017–2018 Season


ONE EXPECTS CONDUCTOR MARTIN PEARLMAN AND BOSTON BAROQUE’S ORCHESTRA OF ADEPTS TO HIT THEIR MARKS WITH APLOMB, BUT FRIDAY’S PERFORMANCE ALSO CONJURED SO MANY MOMENTS OF UNFLAPPABLY EXPRESSIVE ELOQUENCE

Pictured: Metropolitan Opera star Susanna Phillips takes her curtain call after last season's triumphant production of Handel's Giulio Cesare.

[CHRISTINA DAY ] MARTINSON’S PRESENCE AND PROWESS ASTOUNDED MORE AND MORE BY THE MINUTE The Boston Globe

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The Boston Globe


AMANDA FORSYTHE POSSESSES A JAWDROPPING FACILITY

PAULA MURRIHY’S PRESENCE The Boston Globe COULD NOT HAVE LEFT ANYONE THOMAS COOLEY UNTOUCHED, SANG WITH SWEET TONE, EITHER VIBRANT ENGAGEMENT, ON STAGE AND SUPERB BAROQUE OR IN THE STYLE AUDITORIUM Chicago Classical Review

Bachtrack

WENDY BRYN HARMER...STEALS THE SHOW WITH HER GORGEOUS VOCALS Deseret News

AMERICAN TENOR WILLIAM BURDEN WAS HUGELY IMPRESSIVE

AVA PINE’S HIGH NOTES SOAR WITHOUT STRAIN AND HER TONE IS A BEAUTIFUL COMBINATION OF LIGHTNESS AND WARMTH

The Times

Dallas Observer


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WELCOME TO OUR 2017–2018 SEASON As Boston Baroque heads into our 45th season, it feels fresher than ever. People have always remarked on how this ensemble creates every nuance in the music. This year will be no different, all while showcasing five internationally acclaimed singers making their Boston Baroque debuts. Our opera this season is Boston's period-instrument premiere of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, featuring a cast headed by Metropolitan Opera stars Wendy Bryn Harmer as Leonore and William Burden as Florestan. To hear this great opera and these musicians in the intimate acoustic of Jordan Hall is an experience that you won't want to miss. Our Mozart program includes his moving Requiem, the Symphony No. 40, and Exsultate, jubilate with soprano Amanda Forsythe. Our recording of the Requiem two decades ago was called “a knockout” by Fanfare and was voted one of the three most important classical CDs of the year by CD Review. I look forward to revisiting this profound work. The real rarity in this series—a fascinating work that deserves to be better known—is Telemann’s St. Luke Passion of 1744 , a beautiful and touching work by Bach's famous contemporary. Soloists include Thomas Cooley as the Evangelist and audience favorite Andrew Garland as Jesus. There will be one performance only for this truly special event. And the holidays bring our popular and acclaimed Messiah, as well as festive New Year's concerts with champagne intermissions. I invite you to join us for an exhilarating season!

Martin Pearlman, Music Director


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MOZART’S REQUIEM The drama and mystery of Mozart’s Requiem, one of his best-known and most beloved works, opens Boston Baroque’s season with a cast of our audiences’ favorite soloists and the Boston Baroque Chorus. This All-Mozart program will include his joyful concert aria Exsultate, jubilate featuring soprano Amanda Forsythe, and the airy Symphony No. 40 in G minor.

AMANDA FORSYTHE soprano

ANN MCMAHON QUINTERO mezzo-soprano

THOMAS COOLEY tenor

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017, 8:00PM SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017, 3:00PM NEC’S JORDAN HALL

KEVIN DEAS

baritone

MARTIN PEARLMAN conductor


PHOTO: THOMAS SHELLBERG


HANDEL’S MESSIAH Boston Baroque gave the period-instrument premiere of Handel’s oratorio in Boston in 1981, prompting The New York Times to later comment that this was a “Messiah that would have shocked our grandparents.” The tradition continues this year with soprano Ava Pine, Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy (in her Boston Baroque debut), tenor Aaron Sheehan, and baritone Stephen Powell.

AVA PINE

soprano

PAULA MURRIHY

mezzo-soprano

AARON SHEEHAN tenor

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017, 7:30PM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017, 7:30PM NEC’S JORDAN HALL

STEPHEN POWELL baritone

MARTIN PEARLMAN conductor


PHOTO: KAZUEND

BOSTON BAROQUE’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY TRADITION

NEW YEAR’S EVE AND FIRST DAY GALA CONCERTS


Ring in the new year in true Baroque style with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, Handel's Water Music, and selected operatic arias by Handel, featuring soprano Mary Wilson. All accompanied by champagne and chocolates at intermission courtesy of Cambridge Trust Company! SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2017, 8:00PM MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 2018, 3:00PM SANDERS THEATRE, CAMBRIDGE

MARY WILSON soprano

MARTIN PEARLMAN conductor


PHOTO: LUKAS BUDIMAIER


TELEMANN’S ST. LUKE PASSION Georg Philipp Telemann, one of the most prolific composers in history, wrote over 40 compositions based on the Passion texts, including the magnificent St. Luke Passion of 1744. Join us for a very special and rare performance featuring the Grammy Award-nominated Boston Baroque Chorus accompanied by world-class soloists.

THOMAS COOLEY

tenor (Evangelist)

ANDREW GARLAND baritone (Jesus)

TERESA WAKIM soprano

ONE NIGHT ONLY! FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018, 8:00PM NEC’S JORDAN HALL

STEFAN REED tenor

MARTIN PEARLMAN conductor


PHOTO: ASHIM D. SILVA


ANNUAL SEMI-STAGED OPERA

BEETHOVEN’S FIDELIO Beethoven’s only opera is a compelling story of political oppression, the fight for justice, and the triumph of love. An internationally renowned cast of Metropolitan Opera soloists will join the orchestra in Boston’s first periodinstrument performance of this work. PERFORMED IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH DIALOGUE

WENDY BRYN HARMER

WILLIAM BURDEN

soprano (Fidelio/Leonore)

KIERA DUFFY

soprano (Marzelline)

JOSHUA KOHL tenor (Jaquino)

tenor (Florestan)

NATHAN STARK bass (Rocco)

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018, 7:30PM SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018, 3:00PM NEC’S JORDAN HALL

MARK WALTERS

bass-baritone (Don Pizzaro)

BRIAN KONTES

bass (Don Fernando)

MARTIN PEARLMAN conductor

MARK STRESHINSKY stage director


BOSTON BAROQUE IN THE COMMUNITY

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Our commitment to music doesn’t end when the performance is over. Outside the concert hall throughout Greater Boston, Boston Baroque brings classical music to thousands of members of the community—and many more around the world—giving them memories to last a lifetime.


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LISTENERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TUNE IN ONLINE EACH WEEK TO BOSTON BAROQUE RADIO

AUDIENCE MEMBERS ATTENDED OUR RECENT CONCERTS IN POLAND

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Pictured: Lauren Nelson shows a violin to a young music lover at the Instrument Petting Zoo at Classics for Kids.


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