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,