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Boston Baroque 2015-16 Season Features Music Of Vivaldi,
Beethoven, Haydn, Handel, and Mozart

 Season launches on October 23rd with
Vivaldi's only surviving oratorio, Juditha Triumphans

Concerts presented at the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall
and Harvard's Sanders Theatre 
 
NEW YORK, NY – Boston Baroque's 2015-2016 season launches this Friday, October 23 with Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans.  This fine Italian Baroque oratorio – Vivaldi's only surviving work in the genre – is part of a season which also includes Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) starring Nicholas Phan
 
"For the 2015–2016 season, Boston Baroque continues its commitment to presenting today’s leading performers, alongside our Grammy®-nominated orchestra and chorus. To kick off the season, we present Vivaldi’s masterpiece oratorio Juditha Triumphans, featuring the Boston Baroque debut and the Boston debut of mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, a finalist in the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition," notes Boston Baroque founder and music director Martin Pearlman.
 
Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout makes his Boston Baroque debut in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2. This concert will also feature Romanian-born soprano Ana Maria Labin, in Beethoven’s Ah! perfido, and Haydn’s Scena di Berenice.
 
Boston Baroque continues its popular series of semi-staged operas with Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). American tenor Nicholas Phan returns by popular demand to perform the role of Tamino, and is joined by MET Opera soprano Leah Partridge as his beloved Pamina.

The new season's concerts will all be presented at the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall (55 Gainsborough Street, Boston) except for two New Year concerts, which are presented at Harvard's Sanders Theatre (45 Quincy Street, Cambridge). 
 
Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans
The season launches with Vivaldi's only surviving oratorio, Juditha Triumphans devicta Holofernis barbarie (Judith triumphant over the barbarians of Holofernes) on Friday, October 23 at NEC's Jordan Hall. Daniela Mack – a mezzo-soprano praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for her "irresistible combination of tonal luster and bravado" – makes her Boston Baroque debut, as Juditha. Other soloists include mezzo-soprano Leah Wool as Holofernes, soprano Amanda Forsythe as Vagaus and soprano Sonja DuToit Tengblad as Abra and Ozias.
 
Handel's Messiah:
In keeping with Boston Baroque's annual holiday tradition, the ensemble will again present Handel's Messiah Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12 at Jordan Hall. This season's Messiah includes another Boston Baroque soloist debut, Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique, together with countertenor Christopher Lowery, tenor Thomas Cooley and bass-baritone Dashon Burton, with the Boston Baroque Chorus.
 
New Year Celebrations:
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day will once again soar this year at Harvard's Sanders Theatre, with Antonio Vivaldi's most famous work, The Four Seasons. Boston Baroque's highly-regarded concertmaster Christina Day Martinson will take center stage in this mesmerizing and celebratory concerto. The concert will also include Vivaldi's Concerto for Sopranino Recorder, featuring Aldo Abreu. 

"I have to admit that I left Boston Baroque’s New Year’s Concert a little intoxicated, and it had nothing to do with the bubbly served at intermission." Berkshire Fine Arts.
 
Beethoven and Bezuidenhout:
Boston Baroque's March 4 and 5 concerts will include Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. paired with his Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19 with the outstanding fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout – who the Times of London calls "arguably the most brilliant fortepianist of our time" – making his Boston Baroque debut.
 
This program will also include two cantatas for soprano: Beethoven’s Ah! Perfido, Op. 65 and Haydn’s Scena de Berenice with Romanian born soprano Ana Maria Labin making her Boston Baroque debut. Tim Ashley of The Guardian has praised Labin's "sumptuous tone, immaculate technique and formidable intensity" which will be put to good use in these virtuosic cantatas.
 
Die Zauberflöte:
Finally, the Boston Baroque season closes with its annual opera. This year's semi-staged production of Mozart's "singspiel" Die Zauberflöte will feature Tenor Nicholas Phan stars as Tamino and soprano Leah Partridge stars as Pamina in a production directed by Mark Streshinsky.
 
Also appearing The Magic Flute are baritone Andrew Garland as Papageno, soprano Mary Wilson as Queen of the Night, bass Gustav Andreassen as Sarastro and soprano Sara Heaton as Papagena.
 
About Boston Baroque:
Boston Baroque is the first permanent Baroque orchestra established in North America, and is widely regarded as "one of the world's premier period-instrument bands" according to Fanfare. The ensemble produces lively, emotionally charged, ground-breaking performances of Baroque and Classical works for today's audiences, performed on period-instruments and using performance techniques that reflect the eras in which the music was composed.
 
Founded in 1973 by Music Director Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque's orchestra is made up of some of the finest period-instrument players in the United States; they are frequently joined by the ensemble's professional chorus and by instrumental and vocal soloists from around the world. The ensemble presents an annual subscription series consisting of five programs that are performed at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, or Harvard University's Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

2015 – 2016 Season Program:
Antonio Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans
Friday, October 23, 2015, 8:00 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA 02115
  • Daniela Mack, mezzo-soprano as Juditha (Boston Baroque debut and Boston debut)
  • Leah Wool, mezzo-soprano as Holofernes
  • Amanda Forsythe, soprano as Vagaus
  • Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano as Abra and Ozias
  • Boston Baroque Chorus
George Frideric Handel: Messiah
Friday and Saturday, December 11 & 12, 2015, 7:30 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA 02115
  • Jeanine De Bique, soprano
  • Christopher Lowrey, countertenor
  • Thomas Cooley, tenor
  • Dashon Burton, bass-baritone
  • Boston Baroque Chorus 
New Year's Celebrations
Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Sopranino Recorder
Thursday December 31, 2015, 8:00 pm
Friday, January 1, 2016, 3:00 pm
Sanders Theatre
45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Christina Day Martinson, violin
  • Aldo Abreu, recorder
Ludwig van Beethoven:
   Symphony No. 5
   Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19
   Ah! Perfido, Op. 65

Franz Joseph Haydn: Scena de Berenice
Friday and Saturday, March 4 & 5, 2016, 8:00 pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA 02115
  • Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano (Boston Baroque debut)
  • Ana Maria Labin, soprano (Boston Baroque debut)
OPERA!
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
(The Magic Flute)
Sung in German with English Dialogue
Semi-staged by Mark Streshinsky
Friday and Saturday, April 15 & 16, 2016, 7:30 PM
NEC’s Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA 02115
  • Nicholas Phan, tenor as Tamino
  • Leah Partridge, soprano as Pamina
  • Andrew Garland, baritone, as Papageno
  • Mary Wilson, soprano as Queen of the Night
  • Gustav Andreassen, bass, as Sarastro
  • Sara Heaton, soprano, as Papagena
  • Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano, as First Lady
  • Mara Bonde, soprano, as Second Lady
  • Emily Marvosh, contralto, as Third Lady
  • Owen McIntosh, tenor, as Monostatos
  • Stefan Reed, tenor, as Armored Man 1
  • Dana Whiteside, baritone, as Armored Man 2
  • Boston Baroque Chorus
             
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