Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra to Dispel Misconceptions about the Baroque Concerto

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s November program is designed to dispel your misconceptions about the Baroque concerto, which is often compared to a musical conversation – thought civil, restrained. However, the music in this concert overflows with unchecked passions and boundless energy. The musicians will quarrel, brawl, reconcile and fight some more in an evening of sophisticated contretemps. Opening with Georg Muffat’s graceful ode to friendship, the program rollicks with Georg Philipp Telemann’s grand and youthful joust (Concerto for Two Violins & Bassoon) and Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s posturing swordplay (Die Fechtschule), ending with Johann Sebastian Bach’s harrowing Violin Concerto No. 2. PBO is excited to welcome back to the podium Libby Wallfisch, one of the foremost period-violin soloists and a good friend of many in the Orchestra. This fiery virtuoso and exciting program may just stir you into a debate or two before the evening is up.

Visit to hear music by Schmelzer and Muffat, as well as works performed by PBO during Wallfisch’s last visit in 2004.

For more information, visit or call (415) 252-1288.

The Concerto – An Adversarial Friendship
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra – “America’s Period-Instrument Orchestra”
MUFFAT: Indissolubilis Amicitia(“Inseparable Friendship”) in E major, from Florilegium Secundum
TELEMANN: Concerto for Two Violins & Bassoon in D major
BIBER: Serenade in C major Der Nachtwächter (“Nightwatchman’s Call”)
TELEMANN: Sonata for Four Violins in C major
MUFFAT: Nobilis Juventus (“Noble Youth”) in D minor, from Florilegium Secundum
SCHMELZER: Die Fechtschule (Fencing School)
BIBER: Battalia á 10
BACH: Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major

Nicholas McGegan, Music Director
Elizabeth Wallfisch, violin and leader

Friday, October 9, 2009, at 8:00 p.m.
Palo Alto – First United Methodist Church (625 Hamilton Avenue)

Saturday, October 10, 2009, at 8:00 p.m.
Berkeley – First Congregational Church (2345 Channing Way)

Sunday, October 11, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.
Berkeley – First Congregational Church (2345 Channing Way)

Friday, October 16, 2009, at 8:00 p.m.
San Francisco – Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Avenue)

Saturday, October 17, 2009, at 8:00 p.m.
Lafayette – Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church (49 Knox Drive)

Subscriptions now on sale by calling (415) 252-1288, ext. 305. Beginning August 1, tickets available online at or through City Box Office, (415) 392-4400.


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