Jefferson Baroque Orchestra

Our 21st Season


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 2014-2015

Showcase Concerts 2013-2015


The Salon Series

New this season, we are presenting two programs in a lovely private home near Medford on Sunday afternoons at 3:00. The first ("Shakespeare's Songbook") is scheduled for November 2, and the second ("Music from Spain's Golden Age") is scheduled for Sunday, March 1. These hour-long programs will be followed by refreshments and time for conversation with the artists. For more details about the Salon Series and to make reservations, write to music director Margret Gries at or call her at 541-683-6648 (leave message).
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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

The Jefferson Baroque Orchestra and Chorus perform Bach
Fall Season Concert:
Voices of Vivaldi
Sat. October 11, 2014
Sun. October 12, 2014
Fall Salon Concert:
Shakespeare's Songbook
Sun. November 2, 2014
Fall Showcase Concert:
Sun. November 16, 2014
Winter Season Concert:
The Turning of the Year
Sat. January 3, 2015
Sun. January 4, 2015
Winter Showcase Concert:
Music from the Concert Spirituel
Sun. February 15, 2015
Spring Salon Concert:
Music from Spain's Golden Age
Sun. March 1, 2015
Spring Season Concert:
Delights of Dresden
Sat. March 21, 2015
Sun. March 22, 2015
Spring Showcase Concert I:
Catch as Catch Can
Sun. April 12, 2015
Spring Showcase Concert II:
False Enchanters and Sweet Aires
Sun. May 17, 2014
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Updated Jan. 29, 2015