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Richard Egarr Concocts a Powerful Brew

Imagine being in Leipzig, in Zimmermann’s Coffeehouse, and watching Bach himself perform the “Coffee Cantata” while enjoying your favorite latte. Richard Egarr pairs this lighthearted vocal work with some of Bach’s grandest instrumental music. Joined by the extraordinary talents of Nola Richardson, James Reese, and Cody Quattlebaum, all rising stars out of Yale or Juilliard voice programs, Richard concocts another powerful brew of Bach’s brilliant music from the bench of the harpsichord.

BACH Harpsichord Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058
BACH Cantata No. 211, Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211, “Coffee Cantata”
BACH Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052
BACH Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068

Richard Egarr, conductor & harpsichord
Nola Richardson, soprano
James Reese, tenor
Cody Quattlebaum, bass-baritone

February 7th sponsored by Kay Sprinkel Grace; February 12th sponsored by Mrs. Jonathan B. Gifford


Friday February 7 @ 8 pm | Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Saturday February 8 @ 8 pm | First Congregational Church, Berkeley
Sunday February 9 @ 4 pm | First Congregational Church, Berkeley
Wednesday February 12 @ 7:30 pm | Bing Concert Hall, Palo Alto

Join us for the Pre-Concert Talk forty-five minutes prior to the concert start time.

RICHARD EGARR – conductor and PBO music director designate

Music Director, Academy of Ancient Music / Principal Guest Conductor, Residentie Orkest (from 2019/20) /Artistic Partner, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (from 2019/20) / Music Director Designate, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale (from 20/21)

Richard Egarr brings a joyful sense of adventure and a keen, enquiring mind to all his music-making – whether conducting, directing from the keyboard, giving recitals, playing chamber-music, and indeed talking about music at every opportunity. Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music since 2006, in September 2019 he adds two new responsibilities as Principal Guest Conductor of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, Artistic Partner of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota. He will become Music Director Designate of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale in 20/21 and assume Music Directorship from 21/22.

He was Associate Artist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra 2011-2017, has conducted major symphonic orchestras such as London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw and Philadelphia Orchestra, and guested with leading baroque ensembles such as Philharmonia Baroque and the Handel and Haydn Society. He regularly gives solo harpsichord recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and elsewhere.

In 18/19 Egarr conducts Bruckner’s “Nullte” and Beethoven 5 with the Residentie
Orkest, Schumann 2 with the Utah Symphony, and Schubert 9 with the Handel and
Haydn Society. He makes his debut with the Cincinatti Symphony in Bach and Vivaldi, and returns to the Seattle Symphony and St Paul Chamber for Handel and Purcell, also the Kioi Sinfonietta (Tokyo) for Bach and Vivaldi, the Scottish Chamber for more Handel and the Seoul Philharmonic for Mozart. He plays solo harpsichord recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Tokyo Spring Festival and at the Madrid Auditori. Season highlights with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican Centre include Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (staged) and Handel’s rarely-performed Brockes Passion, also his first collaboration with the Grange Festival (staged Nozze di Figaro).

Early in his tenure with AAM Egarr established the Choir of the AAM; operas and
particularly Handel’s oratorios lie at the heart of his repertoire. He made his
Glyndebourne debut in 2007 conducting a staged version of St Matthew Passion. He has directed Mozart’s La Finta Giardinera, a Monteverdi cycle and Purcell operas with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican, and staged productions of La clemenza di Tito, Le nozze di Figaro and Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino at the
Netherlands Opera Academy. He has a long-standing teaching position at the
Amsterdam Conservatoire and is Visiting Professor at the Juilliard school.

Egarr’s extensive discography on Harmonia Mundi includes solo keyboard works by
JS Bach, Handel, Mozart and Louis Couperin. His long list of recordings with the
Academy of Ancient Music includes seven Handel discs (2007 Gramophone Award,
2009 MIDEM and Edison awards), and JS Bach’s St John and Matthew Passions on
the AAM’s own label. His latest recital disc of Byrd and Sweelinck appeared in May
2018 on Linn Records, who have also released his performance of Gilbert and
Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore live from the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival.
Egarr trained as a choirboy at York Minster, at Chetham’s School of Music in
Manchester, and as organ scholar at Clare College Cambridge. His studies with
Gustav and Marie Leonhardt further inspired his work in the field of historical

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