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Philharmonia Baroque will play the East Coast touring circuit next month

The member of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
The member of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
by Randi Beach, courtesy of Philharmonia Baroque

Next month the Philharmonic Baroque Orchestra (PBO) and its Music Director Nicholas McGegan, based in San Francisco during the concert season, will travel to the East Coast. Over the course of about two weeks, they will run the festival touring circuit with three programs representative of their current repertoire and partnerships. Details are as follows:

The first program will be a full-length performance of George Frideric Handel’s HWV 49 opera Acis and Galatea. This will be given a fully-staged production directed and choreographed by Mark Morris with costumes designed by Isaac Mizrahi. The Mark Morris Dance Group will perform with PBO and the Philharmonia Baroque Chorale using the arrangement prepared by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Vocal soloists will be soprano Yulia Van Doren, tenors Thomas Cooley and Isaiah Bell, and bass-baritone Douglas Williams. The libretto text will be sung in English.

This production of Acis and Galatea will be performed as part of the Mostly Mozart festival. It will receive three performances at the David H. Koch Theater, all at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, Friday, August 8, and Saturday, August 9. On Friday Morris will participate in a pre-performance discussion with Jane Moss that will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the David Rubenstein Atrium. This production has its own event page on the Mostly Mozart Web site from which tickets to all three performances may be purchased. Tickets may also be purchased by called 212-721-6500.

The second program will be a concert presentation of Handel’s HWV 9 opera Teseo. A recording of highlights from this opera was released this past April, and all of the performers on that recording will reunite for two performances. The libretto will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. The first performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Seji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, after which the musicians will return to the Mostly Mozart festival to give the second performance in the Starr Theater of Alice Tully Hall at 3 p.m. on August 17. Ellen Rosand will give a pre-concert lecture prior to the Mostly Mozart performance beginning at 1:45 p.m. Event pages for the purchase of tickets may be visited online for both Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart.

Between these two performances of Teseo, PBO will present a single concert at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut, organized by the Yale School of Music. The program will include compositions by Handel, as well as Arcangelo Corelli and Jean-Philippe Rameau. Soprano Céline Ricci and countertenor Robin Blaze, both singing in Teseo, will join PBO for this concert. This performance will take place at 8 p.m. on August 15 in the Norfolk Festival Shed and tickets may be purchased through an event page or by calling 860-542-3000.