May 1, 2015 | 8:00pm
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“This is a disc that merits the attention of anybody who appreciates the highest flights of violin playing, from whatever period.” – The Daily Telegraph, review of Monica Huggett’s recording of music by Biber
Monica Huggett celebrates her 20th season with the Portland Baroque Orchestra with a Northwest tour of Vivaldi’s inimitable Four Seasons (plus additional works by Vivaldi and Matthew Locke). Experience sounds and scenes of nature and country life with the virtuosity and theatricality that Monica and the wonderful Portland Baroque Orchestra deliver.
Vivaldi Violin Concerto “Spring” op. 8 no. 1
Vivaldi String Sinfonia “alla Rustica” RV 151
Vivaldi Violin Concerto “Summer” op. 8 no. 2
Locatelli Lamento in F Minor
Vivaldi Violin Concerto “Autumn” op. 8 no. 3
M. Locke Curtain tune from “The Tempest”
Vivaldi Violin Concerto “Winter” op. 8 no. 4
To be added soon…
Monica Huggett, artistic director and violin soloist
Monica Huggett was born in London in 1953, the fifth of seven children. She took up the violin at age six and at age sixteen entered the Royal Academy of Music as a student of Manoug Parikian.
From age seventeen, beginning as a freelance violinist in London, Monica has earned her living solely as a violinist and artistic director and, in 2008, was appointed inaugural artistic director of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program, where she continues as artistic advisor. Monica’s expertise in the musical and social history of the Baroque Era is unparalleled among performing musicians today. This huge body of knowledge and understanding, coupled with her unforced and expressive musicality, has made her an invaluable resource to students of baroque violin and period performance practice through the 19th century.
In the intervening five decades, Monica co-founded, with Ton Koopman, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra; founded her own London-based ensemble, Sonnerie; worked with Christopher Hogwood at the Academy of Ancient Music and Trevor Pinnock with the English Concert; toured the United States in concert with James Galway; co-founded, in 2004, the Montana Baroque Festival; and serves as artistic director of Portland Baroque Orchestra since 1994 where she made her first appearance in 1992 playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. From 2006 to 2017 she was also the artistic director for Irish Baroque Orchestra, where she recorded “Flights of Fantasy,” named by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as Classical Recording of the Year for 2010.
Monica is a frequent guest director and soloist around the world; recent and upcoming engagements include appearances with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Esterhazy Hofkapelle, the Victoria Symphony, Early Music Vancouver, as well as a revival of 2017’s Breathtaking: A Voice and Cornetto Entwined with Bruce Dickey and Hana Blažíková in spring 2018 on the East Coast. Her annual appearances at the Oregon Bach Festival since 2009, where she regularly plays to sold out audiences, are some of the festival’s most popular. As a chamber musician, Monica enjoys collaborating with her colleagues and is excited this season to be touring with the Benvenue Trio for performances in Portland, Vancouver (BC), San Diego and Sonoma, CA; appearing on the Portland-based 45th Parallel series; and returning to the Valley of the Moon Festival (Sonoma, CA) in summer 2018.
Monica’s recordings, numbering well over 100, have won numerous prizes and acclaim throughout her career. In addition to her baroque violin recordings, she recorded “Angie” with The Rolling Stones in 1972. She received the Gramophone Award for her recording of Biber’s violin sonatas (2002) and her recording of J.S. Bach’s “Orchestra Suites for a Young Prince” with Gonzalo X. Ruiz (principal oboist, Portland Baroque Orchestra) and Ensemble Sonnerie was nominated for a Grammy™ Award and won the Diapason d’or in 2009. Recordings with PBO include a 2011 recording of Bach’s St. John Passion (Avie). This was followed by a 2014 release of “J.S. Bach Concertos for Oboe and Oboe d’amore” (Avie) featuring Gonzalo X. Ruiz, and a 2015 release of “J.S. Bach Concertos for One, Two and Three Violins.” In 2015, Juilliard Baroque, led by Monica, released its inaugural recording, “Couperin, Les Nations: Sonades, et Suites de Simphonies en Trio.” Monica lives in Portland, where she enjoys cycling and gardening (somewhat compulsively).
Portland Baroque Orchestra
Emerging in the early 1980s as a grassroots cooperative of musicians, the Portland Baroque Orchestra has matured as a polished, professional organization within the ranks of the best period-instrument orchestras in North America and Europe. Succeeding PBO’s regular guest director and artistic advisor Ton Koopman, Monica Huggett has been the group’s artistic director for seventeen years. She is considered one of the premier baroque violinists, and was appointed the inaugural artistic director of the Juilliard School’s Institute for Historical Performance in 2008.
In addition to its October to May Portland subscription series, PBO presents the Pacific Northwest’s only annual performances of Handel’s Messiah on period instruments, and it is a regular collaborator with arts organizations in the Portland region and beyond. In 2009 PBO collaborated with Portland Opera to gather a unique ensemble of 17th-century specialists from around the nation to perform Cavalli’s Venetian masterpiece La Calisto. In that same year, PBO became period ensemble-in-residence of the Oregon Bach Festival and has since represented the Festival in Ashland, Astoria, Bend, Corvallis, Lincoln City, as well as Portland and Eugene, Oregon. In July 2013, to celebrate the fifth year of this partnership, Monica Huggett and members of PBO will join OBF artistic director designate, Matthew Halls, for performances of music by J.S. Bach in Portland, Eugene, Corvallis and Florence, Oregon. In March 2013, PBO joined forces with Portland Opera for a second fully-stage production at the Newmark Theater with Handel’s Rinaldo.
Under the direction of Monica Huggett, in 2011 PBO collaborated with Montreal’s Les Voix Baroques and Portland’s Cappella Romana to produce and record Bach’s St. John Passion. The studio recording of that production, made after critically acclaimed performances in Portland, Eugene, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., is available on the AVIE label. In April 2014, legendary Dutch bass, Harry van der Kamp will join PBO under Huggett for a program of rarely heard 17th-century German Cantatas with performances in Portland, Salem, Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria, B.C.