The new season of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra will get under way at the beginning of next month, when Music Director Nicholas McGegan will conduct a performance of one of the major pieces of sacred music from the Italian Baroque period. This will be Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s 1736 setting of the “Stabat Mater Dolorosa” hymn. Pergolesi scored this composition for a string ensemble accompanying two high voices. The soloists for this performance will be soprano Carolyn Sampson and countertenor David Daniels.
During the first half of this program, these vocalists will also perform two duets from operas by George Frideric Handel: “Io t’abbraccio” from Rodelinda and “Caro/Bella” from Giulio Cesare. Each of these operas will also be represented by a solo aria. Daniels will sing “Dove sei, amato bene?” from Rodelinda; and Sampson will sing “Da tempeste il legno infranto” from Giulio Cesare. The first half of the program will then conclude with a G minor concerto grosso by a less familiar Neapolitan composer, Francesco Durante; and the opening selection will be the overture that Pergolesi composed for his opera L’Olimpiade.
The San Francisco performance of this concert will take place at the SFJAZZ Center (201 Franklin Street on the northwest corner of Fell Street) at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4. Ticket prices are $30, $49, $73, $90, and $105. There is an event page for this concert on the Philharmonia Baroque Web site, as well as a Web page for purchasing tickets from City Box Office. City Box Office may also be reached by telephone at 415-392-4400. In addition, because this is the first concert of the new season, subscriptions are still available. There are options for both full and “trio” series, all of which are outlines on a Philharmonia Baroque Web page.