Tempesta di Mare | Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Players

2015-2016 Programs & Dates


May 2016

Handel & His Frenemies

concertos, overtures and symphonies by Handel and his London friends and rivals at The Kimmel Center

In the cut-throat world of the music business, a composer can be “in” one day and “out” the next. Handel went elbow to elbow with the some of the finest composers in the field before penning his landmark Messiah: a few friends, a few enemies, but mostly frenemies. Maurice Greene, once Handel’s champion, became a sworn foe who gladly stirred the mud against his former idol. Partisans set Giovanni Bononcini and Handel against each other as symbols for their own political causes. Even Handel once absconded with a suitcase full of his mentor Reinhard Keiser’s scores when he left Keiser’s company, then reused the material. Tempesta di Mare brings some of the finest orchestral music by these composers and more to the Perelman Theater.

Handel suite from Il Pastor Fido
Handel Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op 6, No 3
Arne Symphony No. 1 in eight parts
Greene Overture no. 2 in G
Bononcini Cello Concerto in F
Pepusch Overture to The Beggar’s Opera
Keiser Concerto for Orchestra in D

Single tickets sold through the Kimmel Center’s Website. Call 215-983-1999 or click below to buy online.

Saturday, May 21, 8:00
Nancy and Dick Eales Series
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater
300 S Broad Street

Past Performances this Season

Zimmermann’s Coffeehouse

a tribute to Bach, coffee and our own Mr. Zimmerman
with Julianne Baird

Soprano Julianne Baird joins the Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players for a concert of music Bach composed for Café Zimmermann in Leipzig, presented in honor of Tempesta’s beloved supporter, the late Robert Zimmerman, with a café-style reception following each performance.

When Bach came to Leipzig as the new music director at St. Thomas’ church in 1723, he fell in love with the city’s thriving secular music scene. The city boasted two thriving musical performance clubs for professional, student and amateur musicians. Café proprietor Gottfried Zimmermann, avid patron of both clubs, hosted their concerts and rehearsals in his popular coffee house, while serving up the latest brew . Bach penned some of his most exuberant pieces for these gatherings—three of them on this program—and eventually became director one of the clubs.

J.S. Bach Non sa che sia dolore, BWV 209
Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Arias from Coffee Cantata, BWV 211
Recorder Concerto in G after BWV 530

Friday, October 23, 8:00
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
8855 Germantown Avenue

Saturday, October 24, 8:00
American Philosophical Society
427 Chestnut Street

Gwyn Roberts & Richard Stone

Bach, Couperin and more on flute and recorder, lute and theorbo

Saturday, November 7, 5:00
St. Paul’s Church Chestnut Hill
22 E Chestnut Hill Avenue

Sunday, November 8, 3:00
Physick House
321 S 4th Street

December 2015

Christmas in Germany

baroque Advent music for the court chapel of Dresden
with Piffaro and Choral Arts Philadelphia

Piffaro the Renaissance Band and the Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players perform baroque Advent music for the court chapel of Dresden, with Choral Arts Philadelphia

When the Court at Dresden decided it was time to “modernize” and bring worship music at the royal chapel into the seventeenth century, it commissioned Germany’s top two composers, Michael Praetorius and Heinrich Schütz. Their makeover yielded some of the finest music from the confluence of the Renaissance and baroque. Tempesta, Piffaro and Choral Arts Philadelphia, all three groups together for the first time, perform Advent music from that Dresden renovation: sumptuous polychoral “vocal concertos” with consorts of brilliant cornettos, burnished sackbuts, gentle recorders, robust strings, all to a rich accompaniment of harps, theorbos and organs.

Praetorius Veni redemptor (O come, Redeemer)
Schütz Der Herr sprach zu meinem Herren (The Lord said to my lord)
Praetorius Magnificat (my soul doth magnify the Lord)
Schütz Wohl dem der den Herren fürchtet (Blessed he who fears the Lord)
Praetorius Wachet auf! (Sleepers wake!)

Friday, December 18, 8:00
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul
1723 Race Street

Saturday, December 19, 8:00
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
8855 Germantown Avenue

Sunday, December 20, 3:30
Saints Andrew and Matthew, Wilmington
719 N Shipley Street

January 2016

Aaron Sheehan & Adam Pearl

Songs by Couperin, Purcell, Britten and more for tenor and harpsichord

Grammy-winning tenor Aaron Sheehan and harpsichordist-pianist Adam Pearl perform French and English songs from the 17th- and 20th-centuries. Henry Purcell’s songs, admired for their innate sense of the English language combined with melodic flair, find their equal in Benjamin Britten’s works, including perhaps his best known song, The Last Rose of Summer. At the other side of the Channel, French court composers, including Couperin, inspired one of that countries’ most famous Impressionist composers, Debussy.

Presented in intimate, informal settings, Tempesta di Mare’s Artist Recitals are curated and narrated by the performers. Each concert is followed by an artist reception. Performances at Woodmere Art Museum include admission to the galleries.

Friday, January 15, 7:30
Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 N. American Street (off 2nd Street, between Market and Arch Streets)

Saturday, January 16, 5:00
Woodmere Art Museum
9201 Germantown Avenue

March 2016

The Nations

orchestral portraits of the peoples of Europe
featuring Telemann’s Folk Suite

Germany’s favorite composer, Georg Philipp Telemann, was a musical chameleon who wrote fluently in the French, Italian, Polish and German styles. His Folk Suite takes his enthusiasm for local color to the next level, with movements celebrating the Turks, Swiss, Muscovites and Portuguese. Tempesta di Mare’s full orchestra of strings, winds, percussion and continuo rounds out this tour of off-the-beaten-musical-track locations with visits to Bohemia for distinctively asymmetrical music by Zelenka, Sweden for Roman’s sunny Drottningholm Suite, England for Locke’s consort-flavored theatre music, and Scotland for Barsanti’s homage to local fiddlers.

Telemann Folk Suite, TWV 55:B5 (Russia, Portugal, Turkey)
Zelenka Orchestral Suite in F, ZWV 188 (Silesia)
Roman Music for Drottninghom Palace (Sweden)
Locke music for The Tempest (British Isles)
Barsanti Overture Op 4 no. 2 (Scotland)

Saturday, March 5, 8:00
American Philosophical Society
427 Chestnut Street

Sunday, March 6, 4:00
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
8855 Germantown Avenue

And we are taking this show on the road for a performance at the Tropical Baroque Music Festival in Miami Beach!

Thursday, March 3, 8:00
Miami Beach Community Church

April 2016


Daniela Pierson & Christof Richter

Violin duets by Telemann, Mozart and Bartók

Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare’s principal violist Daniela Pierson and violinist Christof Richter share their joy of playing together in a program of duos for two violins and for violin and viola.

To play duets on like instruments is to make chamber music at its most conversational. Whether we are playing with our teachers as students or with peers as professionals, duets let us share musical thoughts with other musicians, often “saying” through music what words cannot express. Together these consummate musicians will impart the wit of Telemann’s Swift-inspired Gulliver suite, the mischievousness of a Mozart duo for violin and viola, folk song settings by Bartók on gut strings, and their very personal musical dialect in their own duo-improvisations.

Presented in intimate, informal settings, Tempesta di Mare’s Artist Recitals are curated and narrated by the performers. Each concert is followed by an artist reception. Performances at Woodmere Art Museum include admission to the galleries; at Powel House come early for a self-guided tour.

Saturday, April 2, 5:00
Woodmere Art Museum
9201 Germantown Avenue

Sunday, April 3, 3:00
Powel House
244 S 3rd Street


A Tale of Two Italian Cities

chamber music from Venice and Naples
with recorder, violins, cello, lute and harpsichord

The trove of instrumental fare served up by baroque Venice and Naples, the north and south poles of Italian opera, embodied the characters of the two cities as much as their renowned opera seasons. From Naples, we perform the witty Renaissance music of Andrea Falconieri, that pays homage to that kingdom’s ties to Spain, while Francesco Mancini’s and Alessandro Scarlatti’s quartets for recorder and strings epitomize a Neapolitan obsession with music as architecture. From Venice, Dario Castello’s Sonate concertante translate the emotion-driven esthetic of Venetian opera into an instrumental idiom, a move furthered by Giovanni Legrenzi in his sonatas from La Cetra, and in the next century by Antonio Vivaldi with his reinvention of the concerto.

Vivaldi Lute Concerto and Recorder Concerto “La Notte”
Scarlatti Sonata a quattro for recorder, violins and continuno
Mancini Concerto di Flauto, Violini e Basso
Castello Sonate concertant in stil moderno, nos. WV and XVI
Legrenzi La Cetra, Op 10, nos. 1 and 5 a tre
Falconieri Fantasia para padre Falla, Folias para doña Tarolilla, “L’Infante arcibizzarra”

Saturday, April 23, 8:00
Arch Street Meeting House
320 Arch Street

Sunday, April 24, 4:00
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
8855 Germantown Avenue

Monday, April 25, 7:30
Gettysburg Community Concert Association
Gettysburg High School

1130 Old Harrisburg Rd
Gettysburg, PA
Tickets available for $20 at the door