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A Wolf in Bear’s Clothing

April 15–18, 2021

This performance has been cancelled.

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!

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

“One of the cello realm's most brilliant young princes.”

Huffington Post

About A Wolf in Bear’s Clothing

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Imagine attending a concert in 19th-century Moscow and hearing Mozart played in an ever-so-quintessentially Russian way. In PBO’s very first foray into Russian Romanticism, Richard Egarr allows you to do just that! The second half of the program, featuring Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony, plummets into angry misery and acts as the perfect foil to Mozart’s bouncing symphony in the first half. Sandwiched between the two symphonies are Tchaikovsky’s virtuosic Rococo Variations performed brilliantly by cellist Nicolas Altstaedt. Spend some time in Old Russia and hear both composers anew: Tchaikovsky with old instruments, and Mozart in a Russian guise!

The Music

MOZART Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201
TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Richard Egarr, conductor
Nicolas Altstaedt, violoncello
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

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.

A Wolf in Bear’s Clothing

THU 4/15/21
8:00 p.m.
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
FRI 4/16/21
7:30 p.m.
Bing Concert Hall, Stanford
SAT 4/17/21
8:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
SUN 4/18/21
4:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Berkeley