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Boston Baroque Orchestra Presents 2016-17 Season

By Shane Jordan s.jordan@classicalite.com on Feb 28, 2016 04:30 AM EST

Boston Baroque, the oldest continuing period instrument orchestra in North America, is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 season. The season will feature the Boston Baroque debut of international star countertenor David Daniels in Bach's Mass in B minor on October 21 and 23, as well as the return of soprano Susanna Phillips in her debut of the iconic role of Cleopatra in Handel's opera Giulio Cesare on April 21 and 23, 2017.

A very special program of Biber's virtuosic and rarely performed The Mystery Sonatas will feature concertmaster Christina Day Martinson as the solo violinist on March 10.

Two annual traditions continue with Handel's Messiah on December 9 and 10, 2016, and the very popular New Year's Eve and Day Gala concerts on December 31 and January 1 featuring Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks and Bach's Violin Concerto in A Minor.

In a recent press release touting the 2016-17 season, Boston Baroque's Music Director Martin Pearlman assured fans of the unique orchestra that they would not be disappointed with the concerts to come:

"This will be an exciting season. I look forward to revisiting and rethinking two huge masterworks of Bach and Handel -- and to working with spectacular soloists, including the returning Metropolitan Opera star Susanna Phillips and the great countertenor David Daniels in his Boston Baroque debut.

"In a very different vein, our March concert will be a rare and major event: the complete cycle of The Mystery Sonatas of Heinrich Biber played by our virtuosic concertmaster and soloist Christina Day Martinson with members of our ensemble.

"It depicts the mysteries of the rosary, will use four violins in different tunings, and will be not only a technical tour de force but a deeply moving, glorious experience that you will not want to miss."

All programs will take place at NEC's Jordan Hall, (30 Gainsborough Street, Boston) except for the two New Year's concerts, which will be performed at Sanders Theatre (45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA). Both concert venues are wheelchair accessible.

Season subscriptions starting at $168 will go on sale Saturday, February 27 at 10:00 am at Boston Baroque's official website or by calling (617) 987-8600.

The 2016-2017 Season Program:

Bach: Mass in B Minor

Friday, October 21, 2016 | 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 3:00 pm

NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston

Kiera Duffy, soprano I

Jennifer Rivera, soprano II

David Daniels, countertenor

Aaron Sheehan, tenor

Jesse Blumberg, bass

Handel: The Messiah

Friday, December 9, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:30 pm

NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston

Amanda Forsythe, soprano

Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano

Keith Jameson, tenor

Andrew Garland, bass

Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks

Bach: Violin Concerto in A Minor

Corelli: Christmas Concerto

New Year's Eve and Day Gala Concerts

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 8:00 pm

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 3:00 pm

Sanders Theatre, Cambridge

Heinrich Biber: The Mystery Sonatas

Friday, March 10, 2017, 8:00 pm

NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston

Christina Day Martinson, violin

Handel: Giulio Cesare

Friday, April 21, 2017, 7:30 pm

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston

Cleopatra: Susanna Phillips, soprano

Cesare: Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor

Tolomeo: John Holiday, countertenor

Cornelia: Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano

Sesto: Jennifer Rivera, mezzo-soprano

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