Sunday January 12, 2020
Sunset Center, Carmel
Single Tickets: $60, $53, & $45
Shakespeare under the Stuarts:
Jeremiah Clarke (1674-1707)
Robert Johnson (ca. 1583-1633)
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
John Weldon (1676-1736)
Music from The Tempest:
attrib. John Weldon
Matthew Locke (ca. 1621-1677)
attrib. Henry Purcell
James Paisible (ca. 1656-1721)
Shakespeare under the Georgians:
Thomas Arne (1710-1778)
Thomas Chilcot (ca. 1707-1766)
J. C. Smith (1712-1795)
Thomas Linley (1756-1778)
Charles Dibdin (1745-1814)
Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players
The Music of Shakespeare
America's premiere Baroque ensemble, with one of the great Baroque vocalists of her generation. If music be the food of love, play on! Feast your ears on a banquet of 17th- and 18-Century vocal and instrumental music inspired by the Bard and dramatically brought to life by Philharmonia and one of their favorite soloists: soprano Sherezade Panthaki.
SHEREZADE PANTHAKI has been hailed in the international press for her superbly honed musicianship; "shimmering sensitivity" (Cleveland Plain Dealer); a "radiant" voice (The Washington Post); and vividly passionate interpretations, "mining deep emotion from the subtle shaping of the lines" (The New York Times). An acknowledged star in the early-music field, Ms. Panthaki has developed ongoing collaborations with many of the world's leading interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, Mark Morris, Simon Carrington, Matthew Halls, and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she made her New York Philharmonic debut in a program of Bach and Mendelssohn. After Panthaki's recent performance with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, she was described as "a phenomenon" and praised for the "multifold splendor of her singing" by The San Francisco Chronicle. A 2015 performance with PBO was named one of the "Top 10 Classical Music Events of 2015."
Ms. Panthaki's 2019/20 orchestral season includes returns to both Minnesota Orchestra (Messiah) and Winter Park Bach Festival (Brahms Requiem) and performances with Houston Symphony (Messiah), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, St. Thomas Church in New York, and Santa Fe Pro Musica (Telemann's Passion Cantata). This season she also returns rejoins the viol consort Parthenia for an "Elizabethan Christmas" program and returns to Boston Early Music Festival for their overseas trip to Bremen, performing the role of Ellenia in Graupner's Antiochus und Stratonica. In recital Ms. Panthaki will be featured at Caramoor Music Festival in "Love and Revenge: The Baroque Diva" with Helicon Ensemble.
Born and raised in India, Ms. Panthaki began her musical education at an early age. Following intensive study and earning top distinction as a young pianist, she turned to singing and found a more personal and expressive means to connect with audiences. She holds a Masters degree in Voice Performance from the University of Illinois, and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. She is the winner of multiple awards at Yale University, including the prestigious Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize. Ms. Panthaki has served as Vocal Coach for the Yale Baroque Opera Project, and currently teaches voice lessons to scholarship winners of the top undergraduate and graduate choral ensembles at Yale University.
NICHOLAS MCGEGAN is "one of the finest baroque conductors of his generation" (Independent) and "an expert in 18th century style" (New Yorker). In his capacity as Music Director of San Francisco based Philharmonia Baroque he has established the group as the leading period band in America. In 2005 they marked their 20 year association with concerts at Carnegie Hall, their first European tour with appearances at the BBC Proms, Snape Maltings Aldeburgh, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the International Handel Festival, Göttingen where McGegan was Artistic Director 1991 - 2011. He is also the Principal Guest Conductor of Pasadena Symphony.
Active in opera as well as the concert hall, he has been Principal Guest Conductor of Scottish Opera and Principal Conductor of Sweden's 18th Century theatre in Drottingholm, running the annual festival there.
He has been a pioneer in the process of exporting historically informed performance practice beyond the world of period instruments to wider conventional symphonic forces, guest-conducting with orchestras such as the Chicago, St Louis, Toronto, Montreal and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, the New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Houston and Concertgebouw Orchestras as well as the Royal Scottish National, BBC Scottish Symphony, Scottish Chamber, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and CBSO Baroque Ensemble, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto at Casa da Musica, Capella Savaria at the Esterházy Festival, and the Hallé.
Opera companies he works with include Royal Opera House Covent Garden, San Francisco, Santa Fe and Washington. He has broken new ground in experimental dance-collaborations with Mark Morris, notably at festivals such as Edinburgh International and Ravinia.
Born in England, he was educated at Cambridge and Oxford universities. His awards include an honorary professorship at Georg-August University, Göttingen, the Hallé Handel Prize, an order of merit of the state of Lower Saxony, a medal of Honour of the City of Goettingen and an official Nicholas McGegan Day, declared by the Mayor of San Francisco for two decades of distinguished work with the Philharmonia Baroque.
PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA AND CHAMBER PLAYERS (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.