March 8th, 2014: Tempesta di Mare announces W<i>e will also perform this program on the Cornell Concert Series in Ithaca, NY.
March 8th, 2014: Tempesta di Mare announces We will also perform this program on the Cornell Concert Series in Ithaca, NY.
Tempesta di Mare announces
2013–2014 Philadelphia Concert Series:

Eight new programs
CD recording of Comédie et Tragédie, Vol. 1
performances at the Kimmel Center

PHILADELPHIA, PA – May, 2013: Tempesta di Mare announces its twelfth Philadelphia Concert Series, with eight new orchestral, chamber and solo programs in Center City and Chestnut Hill, including its first performances at the Kimmel Center. The 2013–2014 season will also include the release of Bach Trio Sonatas on Chandos, and a new recording project of French baroque orchestral music, Comédie et Tragédie. Additional performances will take place on Cornell Concert Series (Ithaca, NY), the Folger Consort series (Washington, D.C.), and at WCU Live! (West Chester, PA).

Orchestra and chamber projects

The 2013-2014 season kicks off on October 5 & 6 with Brandenburg 5 & Co. featuring Bach’s extravagant fifth Brandenburg Concerto with Tempesta’s resident harpsichord virtuoso, Adam Pearl. We’ve programmed this iconic chamber concerto alongside music by Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Telemann and Couperin. We will also perform this program on October 4 as part of WCU Live! at West Chester University, PA.

On November 23 & 24 the Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players perform Holiday in Paris. In 1737 Georg Philipp Telemann, Germany’s favorite composer, fulfilled a life-long dream of traveling to Paris, where he played music with the French musicians who invited him. The program includes both music that Telemann composed for the occasion and by his hosts Blavet, Forqueray, Guignon and Guillemain.

Tenor Aaron Sheehan joins the Tempesta di Mare Chamber Playerson January 25 & 26 for A Secret Flame, a soirée of French art song and instrumental music from the time of Louis XIV, with music by Charpentier, Lambert, Couperin and Lully, including scenes from Actéon, Orphée descendant and Le Marriage forcé.


On March 8 Tempesta di Mare will perform Apollo at Play, an orchestral program dedicated to Jean-Baptiste Lully and his legacy, with Apollon enjoué by his student Kusser, Stravinsky’s neo-baroque homage to Lully, Apollon musagète, and Lully’s own incidental music for Le Bourgeois gentilhomme. We will also perform this program on the Cornell Concert Series in Ithaca, NY.

The season concludes on June 7 with Elements, composers’ depictions of nature in its fury and glory, with orchestral music from Marais’s opera Alcyon (Halcyon), Hamburger Ebb und Flut, Telemann’s orchestral tribute to the Elbe, and Les Éléments, Rebel’s tone-poem depicting the creation, written before there was officially such a thing as a tone poem.

Artist Recital Series

2013-2014 marks the second season of Artist Recital Series, three programs spotlighting Tempesta’s principal musicians. We continue our collaboration with Woodmere Art Museum’s Classic Sundays in Chestnut Hill, and present the Center City concerts at some of Philadelphia’s historic houses and private art collections.

This season’s recitals feature lutenist and Artistic co-Director Richard Stone, principal cellist Lisa Terry on viola da gamba and a trio of soloists—Gwyn Roberts flute, Karina Schmitz, viola and Adam Pearl, harpsichord—in a concert marking Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s 300th birthday.

Comédie & Tragédie

The 2013-2014 season marks the beginning of Tempesta di Mare’s project Comédie & Tragédie: French baroque orchestral music for the theater. This two-season curatorial focus on French baroque music comprises concerts, CDs, workshops and broadcasts.

The core repertoire consists of music from two tragic operas, Alcyone (Marin Marais, 1706) and Scylla et Glaucus (Jean-Marie Leclair, 1746); incidental music for two comic plays, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (Jean-Baptiste Lully, 1670), and Le Malade Imaginaire (Marc-Antoine Charpentier, 1673); and music for two ballets, Les Éléments (Jean-Féry Rebel, 1737) and Les Fêtes de Polymnie (Jean-Philippe Rameau, 1745). Music by Kusser, Praetorius, Purcell, Stradella, Stravinsky and Telemann will support these works. Two related commercial CDs will be released on Chandos records in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Since its inception, Tempesta di Mare has distinguished itself by programming high-quality, lesser-known works and composers alongside more familiar music, providing a sense of context and discovery for our audience. Comédie & Tragedie expands upon this pattern of programmatic imagination with a broad exploration of this important repertoire that is rarely performed in the United States.

Comédie et Tragédie is supported and made possible in part by a grant through The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

Tempesta di Mare
Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Players

Fanfare magazine recently hailed Tempesta di Mare for its “abundant energy, immaculate ensemble, impeccable intonation, and an undeniable sense of purpose.” Led by directors Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone with concertmaster Emlyn Ngai, Tempesta 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.

Tempesta’s Philadelphia Concert Series, noted by the Philadelphia Inquirer for its “off-the-grid chic factor,” emphasizes creating a sense of discovery for artists and audience alike. Launched in 2002, the series has included 31 modern “world premieres” of lost or forgotten baroque masterpieces, leading the Inquirer to describe it as “an old-music group that acts like a new-music group, by pushing the cutting edge back rather than forward.” Its supporters include the Pew Charitable Trusts, the William Penn Foundation, the Presser Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

In a marketplace dominated by European ensembles, Tempesta is the only American baroque music group to record for the prestigious British label Chandos. Current releases are Weiss: Lute Concerti (2004), Handel: Flaming Rose (2007), Scarlatti: Cantatas and Chamber Music (2010), and Fasch: Orchestral Music, vol.1 (2008), vol.2 (2011) and vol.3 (2012). Bach Trio Sonatas is forthcoming. National broadcasts of live performances include SymphonyCast, Performance Today, Sunday Baroque and Harmonia. Our concert recordings are distributed worldwide via the European Broadcasting Union, the world’s foremost alliance of public service media organizations, with members in 56 countries in Europe and beyond.

Tempesta has toured from Oregon to Prague. Notable recent tours have included the Göttingen Handel Festival, our New York debut at the Frick Collection, our orchestra’s first European tour to the International Fasch Festival in Zerbst and a sold-out appearance on the Garmany Series in Hartford.

2013-2014 Season Performance Details

Flashy concerti and other ensemble pieces
Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players

  • October 5, 2013, 8:00—Arch Street Friends Meeting, 320 Arch Street
  • October 6, 2013, 4:00—The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave

Telemann’s once-in-a-lifetime trip
Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players

  • November 23, 2013, 8:00—Arch Street Friends Meeting, 320 Arch Street
  • November 24, 2013, 4:00— The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave


Airs from the Court of Louis XIV
Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players with Aaron Sheehan, tenor

  • January 25, 2014, 8:00—Arch Street Friends Meeting, 320 Arch Street
  • January 26, 2014, 4:00— The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave

Lully and his legacy, from Kusser to Stravinsky
Tempesta di Mare Orchestra
Gwyn Roberts & Richard Stone, Directors, Emlyn Ngai, Concertmaster

  • March 8, 2014, 8:00—Perelman Theatre, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

orchestral depictions of nature in its glory and fury
Tempesta di Mare Orchestra
Gwyn Roberts & Richard Stone, Directors, Emlyn Ngai, Concertmaster

  • June 7, 2014, 8:00—Perelman Theatre, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Full performance details for the Artist Recital Series will be published after June 15, 2013.

October/November at Powel House and Woodmere: Richard Stone, lute and theorbo
Tempesta co-director Richard Stone performs eighteenth-century lute music by J.S. Bach and S.L. Weiss, and seventeenth-century theorbo music by Robert de Visée and Alessandro Piccinini.

February at Fleisher Art Memorial and Woodmere: Happy Birthday, Carl Philipp Emanuel
Flutist Gwyn Roberts, violist Karina Schmitz and harpsichordist Adam Pearl perform a joint recital of solos and trios by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach to mark the composer’s 300th birthday.

April/May at Powel House & Woodmere: Lisa Terry, viola da gamba
Principal cellist Lisa Terry shifts gears to perform music for the viola da gamba. Richard Stone accompanies on theorbo.


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