Tempesta di Mare – Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra performs baroque music on baroque instruments with a repertoire that ranges from staged opera to chamber music. The group performs all orchestral repertoire without a conductor, as was the practice when this music was new. Led by directors Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone with concertmaster Emlyn Ngai, the ensemble is the only American baroque music group to record for the prestigious British label Chandos. Over the course of its 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons, the ensemble presented Tragédie et Comédie, a Center-funded concert series of French baroque orchestral music played on period-specific instruments. In 2016, Tempesta received a Center grant to present Telemann 360º, a two-part concert program combined with a live talk show hosted by Live from Lincoln Center's Fred Child, and an accompanying studio recording that will offer a fresh perspective on the artistic legacy of baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann.
Tempesta di Mare – Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra will present Telemann 360º, a two-part concert program and live talk show hosted by Live from Lincoln Center's Fred Child that will offer audiences a renewed perspective on baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann. Commemorating the 250th anniversary of Telemann's death, the project will unravel the 18th-century composer's remarkable, yet under-appreciated craft, in an effort to revive and solidify his artistic legacy. The chamber program will include a ca. 1715 quartet for flute, violin, cello, and harpsichord; a quartet written ca. 1710 in a pre-Vivaldian form; and a sonata in Telemann's "mixed" style from 1733. Audiences will also experience the modern premiere of a church cantata for alto and strings that was recently discovered to have been performed at the 1766 inauguration of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA. The second program will be performed by Tempesta's largest band to date: a 31-piece orchestra. The program will feature two rarely-performed orchestral concertos-en-suite, along with the modern premiere of the first newly-discovered Telemann orchestral work in decades. A studio recording of core project repertoire and the "Telemann Portal," an interactive web-based discovery tool, will augment the project.
*Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.*