JBO announces season 13
The Jefferson Baroque Orchestra has announced the beginning of its 13th season. They continue the exploration of the great treasures of 18th century sacred and secular music while remaining as faithful as possible to the Baroque timbres, tunings and rhetorical gestures of this most elegant of ages.
Concerto Masterworks by Georg Philipp Telemann directed by harpsichordist Margret Gries.
The program will feature Concerto in E Major for two flutes Sherril Kannasto and Luna Bitzer, baroque flutes; Concerto in G Major for Viola Pat Berlet, baroque viola; Concerto in D Major for trumpet Markus Tannenholz, baroque trumpet; Concerto in for flute and violin with Luna Bitzer, baroque flute and Michelle Pauly, baroque violin; Concerto in e minor for recorder and flute Jim Rich, recorder and Sherril Kannasto, baroque flute.
Telemann's popularity was unrivaled in his day for reasons which will be clear from these concertos.
A special treat will be the appearance of Baroque flutist Sherril Kannasto, her first since JBO's very first concert in 1994.
Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m., at the Newman United Methodist Church on 6th and B Street, Grants Pass Sunday, Nov. 12 at — p.m., First Baptist Church, 2004 Siskiyou Blvd in Ashland.
Christmas Music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier.
Margret Gries, organ and Director
Chant de Noel (Christmas Oratorio)
Messe de Minuit (Midnight Mass for Christmas)
The greatest French composer of the age of Louis XIV was Marc-Antoine Charpentier, overshadowed in his day by the politically astute Jean-Baptiste Lully. For this Christmas JBO will offer two of Charpentier's delightful seasonal works. Each section of the Midnight Mass is based on a different French Christmas carol. Both works are accompanied by an orchestra of strings and recorders. To add a little pomp, JBO will include Charpentier's Prelude for trumpets and strings.
Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. at the Newman United Methodist Church in Grants Pass and Sunday, Dec. — at — p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Ashland.
A Program of Baroque Dance with Philippa Waite directed by harpsichordist Margret Gries.
Last season's Showcase concert of Baroque dance was a great success, but was held in a space that seated only 60 very lucky people, and accommodated a band of only six.
This season JBO has excellent venues with ample seating, expansive dance floors and room for a large band of five-part strings and winds and continuo.
England's Philippa Waite returns to lead a program of minuets, gavottes, sarabandes, canaries, gigues and other Baroque dances of this most elegant age. Leading the dance troupe are Judy Kennedy and Daniel Stevens, co-coreographers of the old Shakespeare Festival Green Show dance troupe. The music of Lully, Rameau and other French Baroque composers will be directed from the harpsichord by Margret Gries.
Saturday, Mar. 31 at 8 p.m. at the Grants Pass Community Center on 4th L Street and Sunday, April — at — p.m., at the Mountain Ave. Theater at Ashland High School.