It is an absolute honour and privilege for me to welcome everyone to this new season with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, my first as the new Music Director.  I am so thrilled and excited beyond belief to become part of this awesome organization that has done an immeasurable amount for the promotion of historically informed performance in the United States.
I am determined to carry on that work in presenting programmes that satisfy and challenge both performers and audiences alike.  There is so much extraordinary music still to discover, and so much that we are still learning about performance practice in all areas of repertoire, not just the Baroque.
I am an unashamed musical omnivore, and I hope you will come on our fabulous journey together to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new works and re-assess old ones, to boldly take Philharmonia into the 21st century.  I couldn’t be happier.

Yours,

February 3–6, 2021

Mr. Beard, Mr. Pears & Mr. Gilchrist

Three masterful tenors—John Beard, Peter Pears, and James Gilchrist—are the inspiration for this intriguing program of Handel, Purcell, and PBO’s debut performance of music by Benjamin Britten.

Learn More
February 12, 2021 | SPECIAL EVENT

Richard Egarr’s Debut Season Gala Concert

Celebrate Richard’s inaugural season and 40 incredible years of Philharmonia with a monumental concert of Muffat’s spectacular Missa in labore requies. Featuring the award-winning Philharmonia Chorale and full Orchestral forces with members of the elite East Coast ensemble Juilliard415, this mighty performance spotlights an all-star cast of Baroque specialists, including the stunning voices of Mary Bevan, Tim Mead, James Gilchrist, and Roderick Williams.

Learn More
February 3–6, 2021 | SPECIAL EVENT

Masses for Troubled Times

Highlighting the pristine voices of Mary Bevan, Roderick Williams, Tim Mead, and James Gilchrist—and the “musical brilliance” of the Philharmonia Chorale—this program serves as a magnificent beacon of light to those who need it most.

Learn More
March 10–14, 2021

Classic Podger

Star violinist Rachel Podger makes her long-awaited return to the Bay Area as she extends beyond the baroque with PBO for the first time!

Learn More
April 15–18, 2021

A Wolf in Bear’s Clothing

Spend some time in Old Russia and hear two composers anew—Tchaikovsky with old instruments, and Mozart in a Russian guise—as PBO welcomes cellist Nicolas Altstaedt for the first time!

Learn More
May 7–9, 2021 | SPECIAL EVENT

Rameau’s Platée

The dream team of the Mark Morris Dance Group and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra joins forces once again in a wild and whimsical revival of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s masterpiece Platée, the story of a homely yet vain nymph who falls prey to a prank set by the gods.

A co-production with Mark Morris Dance Company and Cal Performances.

Learn More

Cancelled due to COVID-19:

September 13, 2020 | SPECIAL EVENT

Egarr on Beethoven

This performance has been cancelled.

In partnership with the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) and Stanford Live, Philharmonia brings to the Bay Area the world premiere of a powerful new production conceived and created by AMOC, featuring new music by 2018 MacArthur Fellow Matthew Aucoin.

Learn More
October 7–11, 2020

The No One’s Rose

This performance has been postponed.

In partnership with the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) and Stanford Live, Philharmonia brings to the Bay Area the world premiere of a powerful new production conceived and created by AMOC, featuring new music by 2018 MacArthur Fellow Matthew Aucoin.

Learn More
November 4–8, 2020

Cloaked in the English Veil

This performance has been cancelled.

On the heels of their acclaimed recording, Music Director Richard Egarr and star English soprano Rowan Pierce bring PBO audiences an intimate, inventive English Baroque evening.

Learn More
December 2–6, 2020

Messiah

This performance has been cancelled.

Following rousing critical acclaim from his performances at The Babican in 2017, Richard brings his extraordinary rendition of Handel’s Messiah to the Bay Area.

Learn More