The Esbenshade Series takes a break through most of the winter but returns strong with three performances in the spring.

It starts with Tempesta di Mare at 4 p.m. March 24. Tempesta di Mare performs baroque music on baroque instruments with what the Philadelphia City Paperdescribes as “zest and virtuosity that transcends style and instrumentation.”

Led by directors Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone with concertmaster Emlyn Ngai, Tempesta’s repertoire ranges from staged opera with full orchestra to chamber music. The group performs all orchestral repertoires without a conductor, as was the practice when this music was new. Tempesta di Mare is named for baroque master Antonio Vivaldi’s concerto meaning, “storm at sea,” a title reflecting music’s power to evoke drama.

For more information, go to tempestadimare.org.