PBO with Richard Egarr
Richard Egarr conducting the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

As we reported last month, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale presented its first live concert in 14 months at Herbst Theatre on June 11, with the ensemble concurrently announcing a robust slate of Baroque, Classical, and modern works for their 2021–2022 season. Local PBO fans will have to wait a while, though, because the season starts far from home, beginning at the Caramoor Summer Music Festival in Katonah, New York, on July 18 at 4 p.m.

Music Director Richard Egarr will conduct the orchestra from the harpsichord in a program of English Baroque music featuring works by Gibbons, Blow, Locke, and Purcell, with soprano Rowan Pierce the featured soloist. The ensemble presents the same program for the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts series in New York City’s Central Park on July 20 at 7:30 p.m. These two concerts mark Egarr’s first appearances in North America since the start of the pandemic.

Rowan Pierce
Soprano Rowan Pierce performs with PBO July 18 and 20 in New York. | Credit: Gerard Collett

Local performances begin Aug. 25–29 with a special event dubbed The No One’s Rose, a mélange of music, poetry, dance, and theater described as “a new, multifaceted, genre-defying work,” featuring the poems of Paul Celan set to new music by Matthew Aucoin and presented in collaboration with American Modern Opera Company.

Other concerts on tap include “Schumann’s Reawakened Masterpieces” with violinist Shunske Sato, Oct. 14–17; “Something Old, Something New, Something ... Mad” with guest conductor Jonathan Cohen and cellist Keiran Campbell, Nov. 10–14; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Dec. 9–12; Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Feb. 2–5; “Mozart the Radical,” Feb. 10–13; “From Versailles to the English Court,” Mar. 9–13; and Handel’s Radamisto, in a new staging by Christophe Gayral, April 20–24.

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