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Gramophone award-winning violinist Rachel Podger leads Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale in Vivaldi and Bach program

Dianne Provenzano
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September 21, 2016, San Francisco – Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale welcomes back Rachel Podger who will lead the Orchestra in a program of mostly violin concertos by Vivaldi and Bach in concerts taking place November 2-6 throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Earlier this year, Rachel Podger won the BBC Music Magazine Concerto Award for Vivaldi “L’Estro Armonico” and was just recently awarded the Gramophone Classical Music Awards Baroque instrumental category for her recording of Biber “Rosary Sonatas” on Channel Classics. This is her third appearance with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale.

Dubbed the “queen of Baroque violin” by the Sunday Times, Podger is known for her definitive interpretations of Vivaldi. This program explores the variety of styles and forms encompassed by the word “concerto” from the violin virtuosity of Tartini to the collaboration of flute, oboe, violin and bassoon in the chamber of Vivaldi. The program also includes work by Veracini and one of only four orchestral suites written by J.S. Bach.

See Rachel Podger with PBO throughout the bay area November 2-6. The Vivaldi & Bach program takes place Wednesday November 7 at 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto; Friday November 4 at 8 pm at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco; Saturday November 5 at 8 pm and Sunday November 6 at 4 pm at First Congregational Church in Berkeley.

Tickets range from $27 to $108. For more information about this and other Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale concerts, visit For tickets, visit or call 415-392-4400.

These concerts are the second set in a series of six regular 2016-17 season concerts that take place throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Program Notes for “Vivaldi & Bach” by PBO Scholar in Residence Bruce Lamott here.

Classical KDFC is the radio home of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale. KDFC broadcasts an unreleased live Philharmonia concert recording the second Sunday of every month from 8-9 PM.


Rachel Podger, leader and violin
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale (Chorale not performing)

PHOTOGRAPHY: (Click to download)

Rachel Podger

WHAT: Concert Performance
Vivaldi & Bach with Rachel Podger

VERACINI Overture No. 6 in G minor
VIVALDI Violin Concerto in D major “L’inquietudine”
BACH Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin
TARTINI Concerto for Violin in A major
VIVALDI Chamber Concerto in G minor
BACH Orchestral Suite No. 1

Rachel Podger, leader and violin

PRICE: Range from $27 to $108.

TICKETS: Available at City Box Office 415-392-4400 or


Wednesday, November 2, 7:30 pm
First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto

Friday, November 4, 8 pm
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

Saturday, November 5, 8 pm
First Congregational Church, Berkeley

Sunday, November 6, 4 pm
First Congregational Church, Berkeley

Short Description:

No two violin concertos are alike and no one knows this better than recent Gramophone Award winning violinist Rachel Podger. Rachel joins Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale to perform a variety of violin concertos exploring different Baroque era styles and forms and leads the Orchestra in the first of only four orchestral suites written by J.S. Bach.