Jefferson Baroque Orchestra

Our 20th Season

In Memoriam: Jim Rich
JBO Founder and Artistic Director


Since its founding by Jim Rich in 1994, JBO has performed many of the major works of such well-known composers as Bach, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Purcell, and Lully. At the same time we have also explored the lesserknown masters of the eighteenth century: Graupner, Heinichen, Zachow, Pergolesi, and many others. We did not neglect the early seventeenth-century masters such as Cima, Castello, Frescobaldi, and Monteverdi. Extending our scope in the other direction, we have performed early works of Josef Haydn and W. A. Mozart.

Making the Music

This is a literature whose charm is, if not lost, then certainly diminished by the imposition of 19th/20th century instruments, performing styles and concepts of intonation. Our intention has been to apply the best and most enlightened scholarship to recovering the ‘period‘ sound of this music. This we do by the use of the most appropriate instruments available, the original editions or manuscripts where possible, and the powerful element of improvisation which was so much a part of the period and which makes the music seem new and fresh again.

In each concert we tell a story, or at least make a point. We research, devise, plan, rehearse and present these programs both for our own pleasure and gratification and for that of our audiences. It is they who make it possible through support of and attendance at our concerts, supplying the receptive ears without which the music loses a vital dimension.

Season Concerts 2013-2014

Showcase Concerts 2013-2014


The Young Artist Program

JBO Music Director Margret Gries and the JBO Board have developed an initiative to encourage the next generation of period instrument performers in Southern Oregon. The purpose of the initiative is to pass on to younger musicians the skills our JBO community has developed in researching and presenting programs, using the most appropriate instruments available, the original editions or manuscripts wherever possible and the powerful element of improvisation which was so much part of the music of the baroque period. To provide career-expanding experiences and training for young musicians in performance practice study, we need to make available access to instruments and coaching by our directors. We also would like to present these younger players in recital and give them the opportunity to perform in our concert series as a member of the JBO ensemble. If you are interested in helping us reach these goals with your financial support, please email Peggy Gries at

James Rich 1945-2013

James Brooking Rich, artistic director of the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra, died suddenly on June 23, 2013 at his home in Takilma, Oregon at the age of 68. The JBO community mourns his death, and will carry on his vision of historically informed music making, dedicating the Twentieth Anniversary Season to his memory.

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Fall Season Concert:
the Literary Telemann
Sat. October 19, 2013
Sun. October 20, 2013
Fall Showcase Concert:
Honoring Our Founding Members
Sun. November 17, 2013
Winter Season Concert:
Celebrating the Seasons
Sat. January 4, 2014
Sun. January 5, 2014
Winter Showcase Concert:
Sun. February 16, 2013
Spring Season Concert:
Monuments of Music: J.S. Bach
Sat. April 5, 2014
Sun. April 6, 2014
Spring Showcase Concert:
Moliere's Comedie-Ballet
Sun. April 27, 2014
Spring Special Concert:
5-String Celli
Sun. May 4, 2014


Updated Sept 1, 2013