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Egarr on Beethoven

September 13, 2020

A Monumental Four-Hour Recreation of the Legendary 1808 Concert!

This performance has been cancelled.

In lieu of live performances, our 2020/21 programming has been expanded to a digital platform. Click here to experience PBO/VIRTUAL!

Egarr heightened every moment of drama and evoked a sense of magic...

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About Egarr on Beethoven

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Richard Egarr takes the podium as our new Music Director as Beethoven turns 250—so what better way to welcome Richard than a marathon Beethovenian blast! For the first time ever Philharmonia will perform a historically-informed remounting of Beethoven’s momentous 1808 concert which featured premieres of some of his most iconic works. This historic event, with a lengthy intermission for dinner, will be performed in the same fashion as Beethoven presented it over 200 years ago with Richard conducting and starring as the fortepiano soloist. The concert, with full orchestral and choral forces, will also feature an illustrious line-up of brilliant vocal soloists. For those Beethoven fanatics searching for the 250th birthday event of the year, look no further than this triumphant season-opening performance!

The first half of this program is approximately two hours in length, followed by a two-hour intermission. The second half of the program is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes in length.

Add dinner with Richard! Buffet dinner at intermission in the Green Room of Herbst Theatre; wine included. Only 100 dinner tickets available! For more information, please contact Chief Development Officer Sarah Angello (

The Music


Symphony No. 6 in F major, “Pastoral”
“Ah! perfido” for soprano and orchestra
“Gloria” from Mass in C major
Concerto for Fortepiano No. 4 in G major

Two-hour intermission

Symphony No. 5 in C minor
“Sanctus” from Mass in C major
Fantasia in C minor, “Choral Fantasy”

Richard Egarr, conductor and fortepiano
Mireille Asselin, soprano
Kelley O’Connor, alto
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Cody Quattlebaum, bass-baritone
David Belkovski, fortepiano
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale
Bruce Lamott, 
chorale director

Pre-Concert Talk

Join us for the Pre-Concert Talk forty-five minutes prior to the concert start time. More information about the talk available here soon.
If you’re unable to join us, the Sunday Pre-Concert Talk will be livestreamed here. Tune in at 3:15PM before the Sunday performance to listen in! The video will be available for viewing after the livestream as well.

Program Notes

The program notes for this performance will be available here one week before the first performance. Refresh the page for the latest updates.

Egarr on Beethoven

SUN 9/13/20
4:00 p.m.
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco