Nicholas McGegan is your tour guide on this excursion through the heart of Baroque Europe. Experience works written for the most skilled ensembles of Venice and Versailles, Dresden and London – as the virtuoso collective of our age, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, takes center stage.
It was Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” that inspired Mendelssohn to compose his most profound music. Declarations of personal faith that have moved audiences for over a century: Elijah, St. Paul and the Hymn of Praise. Hear Beethoven’s tender Elegiac Song and Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, then Mendelssohn’s monumental Hymn of Praise sung by the colossal choral forces of UC Berkeley, Stanford and the Philharmonia Chorale — nearly 60 strong — alongside exquisite guest artists, soprano Dominque Labelle and tenor Thomas Cooley in this rare period-instrument performance.