Last updated: October 12, 2020

Important Update Regarding 2021 Performances

 

Dear Patrons and Friends,

I am writing to share the difficult but inevitable news that Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale has cancelled all live performances as originally scheduled through April 2021, including off-season performances and the February Gala. There is no indication that halls will reopen to capacity, we cannot bring guest artists to the U.S. from other countries because borders are closed, and most importantly, it remains unsafe for our musicians and audience.

We will continue to expand on our robust virtual offerings through 2020/VIRTUAL — LIVE from Amsterdam with Music Director Richard Egarr, Jews & Music (JAMOnline), our Salon Series featuring orchestra members and guest artists, What’s New and H.I.P. with Tarik and Rick, educational Musical Explorations, Musical Postcards, PBO SESSIONS; and we’ll be introducing new programs including Virtual Masterclasses, and hopefully streamed concerts with small ensembles beginning in late fall. And a wonderful surprise ‘un-gala’ in early 2021 is in the works.

Since July, we have released, produced and broadcast more than 50 unique programs. None of these will ever replace the live experience, but I invite you to become a 2020/VIRTUAL Member if you have not joined already.

We’ll have news to share soon about the 2021/22 season, and until then, I thank you for your partnership and support.

With my best wishes,

Courtney Beck
Executive Director

 

Concert Announcements

  • July 21, 2020 — Tour to New York for Naumburg Orchestral Concerts performance cancelled. For more information, please visit Naumburg’s website.
  • July 24–25, 2020 — Tour to the United Kingdom for Ryedale Festival performances cancelled. For more information, please visit Ryedale’s website.
  • September 13, 2020 — Egarr on Beethoven performance cancelled. Refund checks for ticket holders will be issued by August 31, 2020. Check our FAQ page for more information.
  • September 19, 2020 — Tour to Montreal’s Arte Musica cancelled.
  • September 20, 2020 — Tour to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario cancelled.
  • September 29, 2020 —  PBO SESSIONS: The Poetry of Paul Celan at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco cancelled. Refund checks for ticket holders will be issued by August 31, 2020. Check our FAQ page for more information.
  • October 7–10, 2020 —  The No One’s Rose subscription concerts cancelled. Check our FAQ page for more information.
  • October 15, 2020The No One’s Rose tour to Krannert Center in Champaign/Urbana cancelled.
  • October 17–18, 2020 — The No One’s Rose tour to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York cancelled.
  • November 2, 2020 — PBO SESSIONS: Purcell, Monkeys & Chocolate at ODC Theater in San Francisco cancelled. Refund checks for ticket holders will be issued by August 31, 2020. Check our FAQ page for more information.
  • November 4–8, 2020 — Cloaked in the English Veil subscription concerts cancelled. Check our FAQ page for more information.
  • December 2–4, 2020 — Messiah subscription concerts cancelled. Check our FAQ page for more information.
  • February 3–7, 2021 — Mr. Beard, Mr. Pears & Mr. Gilchrist subscription concerts cancelled. Check our FAQ page for more information.
  • February 12, 2021 — Richard Egarr’s Season Debut Gala will be reimagined on a virtual platform. More information soon.
  • February 13–14, 2021 — Masses for Troubled Times special performances cancelled. Refund checks for ticket holders will be issued. Check our FAQ page for more information.
  • March 10–14, 2021 — Classic Podger subscription concerts cancelled.  Check our FAQ page for more information.
  • April 11, 2021 — Tour of Corelli the Godfather to Washington University, St. Louis cancelled.
  • April 15–18, 2021 — A Wolf in Bear’s Clothing subscription concerts cancelled. Check our FAQ page for more information.

July 7, 2020

Important Update Regarding 2020/21 Season

 

Dear Friends and Patrons of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale,

I need share some news about our 2020/21 season — news that is unlikely to surprise you but nonetheless disappointing. First, I can’t thank you enough for your unwavering support and loyalty. Each of us has faced the stark realities resulting from COVID-19, but we are proud of all that Philharmonia has accomplished in the last four months, the result of your commitment and love for all that PBO brings to our lives. It has arguably been one of the most devastating moments in our history and it is also turning out to be one of our most dynamic, as we rethink how we make music, how we connect and share all that makes PBO so unique in the classical music landscape and how we manage through a public health pandemic that is changing on a daily basis. Our most important objective is to keep historically-informed performance alive and to focus on a future that is innovative, bold, and responsive. As you know, PBO is an ensemble in the truest sense of the word — a partnership between the Music Director, Orchestra, Chorale and audience. Since March, we have banded together to support our artists and community, and in doing so have learned that we can make art and bring art in times of hardship.

Together with our new Music Director Richard Egarr, we are actively re-envisioning the upcoming season. As of today, Philharmonia’s live concerts that were scheduled to take place in halls throughout the Bay Area between September and December 2020 are officially cancelled and will be replaced with a series we’re calling 2020/VIRTUAL — a range of inspired and unusual programming throughout the fall. We are adapting, and are committed to making the “unusual” as inspiring and creative as we can — you helped a lot by responding to our recent survey. I hope that you will join us as a 2020/VIRTUAL Member, where you’ll enjoy access to all virtual programming throughout the fall.

If you had already subscribed to the 20/21 season, you should receive an email and/or a letter in the mail with more information regarding your options, along with a coupon code for a 2020/VIRTUAL Membership at no additional cost.

I am asking you to take a leap of faith, and to stick with us for the 20/21 season—one that we are committed to delivering, be it in our usual venues or by way of digital streaming, or a combination of both. Beauty and innovation are at the heart of what we do at PBO, and the past weeks have shown that we can employ those assets even during the most challenging times.

We are working diligently to find a safe path back to live performances. It’s going to be a process, but I am confident that we will emerge stronger than ever. On behalf of the Board of Directors, Richard, the musicians and staff, we thank you for making Philharmonia a special place in your life. We are only here because of you and we never lose sight of that.

In partnership and with heartfelt thanks,

Courtney Beck
Executive Director