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.
Over the course of its 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons, Tempesta di Mare – Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra will present Tragédie et Comédie, a concert series of French baroque orchestral music played on period-specific instruments. While French and Italian styles are the two pillars of baroque music, French compositions are rarely performed in the United States, despite their historic importance. Tempesta di Mare will perform five concerts—including their first at the Kimmel Center—of music from tragic operas, comic plays, and ballets, including compositions by Jean-Baptiste Lully and Jean-Phillippe Rameau. Described by Fanfare magazine as "one of America's great period-instrument bands, full of vitality and elegance," Tempesta di Mare has performed over 30 modern "world premieres" of lost or forgotten baroque masterpieces since 2002. Full-length recordings of these concerts will be made available for international audiences via CD, radio broadcast, and YouTube, establishing Tempesta di Mare as an early-music ensemble with a thorough investment in French baroque music.