Our 22nd Season
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Since its founding by Jim Rich in 1994, JBO has performed many of the major works of such well-known composers as Bach, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Purcell, and Lully. At the same time we have also explored the lesserknown masters of the eighteenth century: Graupner, Heinichen, Zachow, Pergolesi, and many others. We did not neglect the early seventeenth-century masters such as Cima, Castello, Frescobaldi, and Monteverdi. Extending our scope in the other direction, we have performed early works of Josef Haydn and W. A. Mozart.
Making the Music
This is a literature whose charm is, if not lost, then certainly diminished by the imposition of 19th/20th century instruments, performing styles and concepts of intonation. Our intention has been to apply the best and most enlightened scholarship to recovering the ‘period‘ sound of this music. This we do by the use of the most appropriate instruments available, the original editions or manuscripts where possible, and the powerful element of improvisation which was so much a part of the period and which makes the music seem new and fresh again.
In each concert we tell a story, or at least make a point. We research, devise, plan, rehearse and present these programs both for our own pleasure and gratification and for that of our audiences. It is they who make it possible through support of and attendance at our concerts, supplying the receptive ears without which the music loses a vital dimension.
Season Concerts 2015-2016
Showcase Concerts 2015-2016
The Salon Series
Our Salon Series director Norman Wakefield has organized two programs this season. The first "Sacred Songs of the Mystics" presents music of Jewish, Christian and Sufi traditions. Transcendent to all religions is the search for the 'sublime' in life. Countertenor Norman Wakefield and soprano Lauren Pomerantz and friends have assembled a riveting program of devotional and inspirational music. The second salon program is titled "Funeral of a Songbird" and brings Telemann's masterful mini-drama to audiences in Ashland. Lauren and Norman portray two distraught siblings who have lost their beloved songbird to a vagrant feline. Dismay, anger, revenge, sorrow, memories, reverence and love all bundled up into arias and recitatives. Information regarding date, time and venue for each of the Salon Series programs will be available by contacting Norman Wakefield at email@example.com.
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The Young Artist Program
JBO Music Director Margret Gries and the JBO Board have developed an initiative to encourage the next generation of period instrument performers in Southern Oregon. The purpose of the initiative is to pass on to younger musicians the skills our JBO community has developed in researching and presenting programs, using the most appropriate instruments available, the original editions or manuscripts wherever possible and the powerful element of improvisation which was so much part of the music of the baroque period. To provide career-expanding experiences and training for young musicians in performance practice study, we need to make available access to instruments and coaching by our directors. We also would like to present these younger players in recital and give them the opportunity to perform in our concert series as a member of the JBO ensemble. If you are interested in helping us reach these goals with your financial support, please email Peggy Gries at firstname.lastname@example.org.