Illustration by Dennis Bolt

Something Old, Something New, Something Mad

November 10–14, 2021

A thrilling potpourri of baroque, classical and modern sounds make up this program, featuring conductor Jonathan Cohen, cellist Keiran Campbell, and a world premiere by Australian composer Paul Stanhope.

LOCATELLI Concerto Grosso in E-flat major, Op. 7, No. 6, Il pianto d’Arianna
JS BACH The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus 8
HANDEL Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op. 6, No. 4
MOZART Fugue No. 2 in E-flat major, K. 405 (after Bach’s BWV 876)
VIVALDI Concerto for Strings in G minor, RV 156
JS BACH Sinfonia Trio BWV 76
CPE BACH Concerto for Violoncello in A major, Wq.172
JS BACH The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus 9
Paul STANHOPE Giving Ground *world premiere*
GEMINIANI Concerto Grosso in D minor, H.143, La Folia
Jonathan Cohen, conductor
Keiran Campbell, violoncello

Cohen's interpretation was notable for its austere beauty...[his] judgment of the work's measured dramatic momentum was wonderfully assured."

The Guardian

About Something Old, Something New, Something…Mad

A thrilling potpourri of baroque, classical and modern sounds make up this program.

CPE Bach (one of the many children of JS) was a daringly different composer, who liked to shock his audiences with unexpected twists and turns, and this concerto is no exception—a mix of playful, sad and hyperactive. This distinctive piece is realized by Keiran Campbell—something of a ‘PBO alum,’ having been part of our collaboration with The Juilliard School, and also recently appointed Principal Cello of our Canadian counterpart, Tafelmusik.

Capping off the program is Geminiani’s take on the ancient European folk tune of La Folia. True to its translated title of ‘madness,’ this is a dizzying whirlwind of a piece that will remain lodged in your head for days afterwards. You have been warned…

Prior to this is a world premiere from composer Paul Stanhope. His music is full of drama and warmth, reflective of the character of his home country, Australia, and here he gives us his own, distinctive take on that same La Folia folk melody. This co-commission with the Australian Baroque Orchestra marks our first partnership with our friends Down Under.

Joining us to direct this eclectic evening is Jonathan Cohen, an electrifying presence in the Baroque world whom we’re very excited to welcome back to PBO.

The Music

LOCATELLI Concerto Grosso in E-flat major, Op. 7, No. 6 “Il pianto d’Arianna”
JS BACH The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus 8
HANDEL Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op. 6, No. 4
MOZART Fugue No. 2 in E-flat major, K. 405 (after Bach’s BWV 876)
VIVALDI Concerto for Strings in G minor, RV 156
[intermission]
JS BACH Sinfonia Trio BWV 76
CPE BACH Concerto for Violoncello in A major, Wq.172
JS BACH The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus 9
Paul STANHOPE Giving Ground *world premiere*
GEMINIANI Concerto Grosso in D minor, H.143 “La Folia”

Program Notes

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Something Old, Something New, Something Mad

WED 11/10/21
7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto
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FRI 11/12/21
8:00 p.m.
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
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SAT 11/13/21
8:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
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SUN 11/14/21
4:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
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