"Chatham Baroque provided the core of the orchestra, and was supplemented by young string and wind players who have become expert in baroque style through study at Carnegie Mellon. The instrumental ensemble was world class, including Morales' harpsichord improvisations."
There are a number of labels you could use to describe Quantum Theatre's production of “The Winter's Tale” — an anniversary celebration, a collaboration of enormous complexity, an extraordinary leap of faith.
You also could distill it down to a single adjective: wondrous.
As you might expect from Quantum Theatre, the production that's playing through Oct. 3 goes beyond a traditional staging of Shakespeare's tragedy.
"As self-confident as it is audacious, it is a remarkable creation to mark the 25th year of both Quantum and Chatham Baroque."
Rest assured, the most famous Shakespearean stage direction is fully honored: “Exit, pursued by a bear.”
During the intermission of “The Winter’s Tale,” two friends told me they were surprised: They hadn’t expected an opera.
And why should they? Quantum Theatre is staging the production, in collaboration with period instrument group Chatham Baroque and dance company Attack Theatre. In a Post-Gazette article previewing the performance, Quantum head Karla Boos said she preferred the term “ultimate piece of theater” to opera.
"Chatham Baroque’s rendition is an unusual and engaging theatrical experience, in large part due to the expressive, highly inflected singing of guest tenor Aaron Sheehan as Testo;... and colorful, precise playing by Chatham Baroque’s expert instrumentalists."
“The Battle of Tancredi and Clorinda,” the central work on Chatham Baroque’s all-Monteverdi concert in the Elsie Hillman Auditorium at the Hill House’s Kaufmann Center in the Hill District this weekend, is a landmark in music history.
The combination of Chatham Baroque and the Ping vocal ensemble produced one of the most enjoyable and valuable concerts of the season April 30 at the Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium in the Hill House Kaufmann Center in the Hill District. The program is devoted to the music of Claudio Monteverdi and will be repeated through May 3.
In a month typically saturated with holiday-themed concerts, Chatham Baroque offered an alternative: “Fête Parisienne,” a French-inspired program performed the weekend before Christmas. I caught the second of the ensemble’s three performances, at Synod Hall in Oakland; the others took place at St. James Parish in Sewickley and Campbell Memorial Chapel at Chatham University.
"The excellent early-music trio Chatham Baroque lent authenticity to the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, led by Michael Beattie..."
Producing Handel’s “Rodelinda” is no small feat.
"Conductor Michael Beattie led a performance that was brilliantly unified in baroque style and dramatic thrust. The orchestra featured guest artists Chatham Baroque, along with Mark Trawka on harpsichord. The remainder of the ensemble was drawn from Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, played as though born to the baroque manner."
"On the evidence of this disc, the group is in a highly rewarding phase."