Bring Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra to your school!
PBO works with partnering teachers to tailor our entertaining and informative In-School Programs to their students.
There are four programs from which to choose.Vibrant performances on PBO’s period instruments, clear instrument demonstrations, explanations about the music’s historic context, the musicians’ reflections about careers in music, an ample question and answer period, and terrific audience engagement are hallmarks of these small ensemble presentations! Each of the four 45-minute to hour-long programs may be modified for students at any grade level, and are appropriate for music and cross-disciplinary classes. Scheduling priority will be given to large school assemblies, and neighboring schools are encouraged to apply for joint presentations as school policies allow.
Read about our FOUR program offerings for the 2016-17 school year and apply for programs below!
2016-17 In-School Programs
Period Winds Play Historic Pop features a Beethoven-era wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon). Students will be treated to the sounds of period crooks, slides, tubing, reeds, and just a few keys when this ensemble of early music experts performs tunes that have remained popular for over two centuries. This program is a must-see for school wind and jazz bands!
(October 19-20, 2016)
- “OUT-OF-SCHOOL” PROGRAMS FOR SF SCHOOLS:
PBO has rented the Taube Atrium Theater in the War Memorial building, a spectacular venue complete with a Meyer Sound system, for two special “Out-Of-School” presentations of Period Winds Play Historic Pop on October 18 at times indicated below. Click on the link to apply for these special programs!
- Middle School Presentation (10/18 @ 10AM)
- High School Presentation (10/18 @ 11:30AM)
Melody and The Continuo Team: Jammin’ Baroque Style features a baroque style “combo” (violin, cello, and harpsichord). Students will discover just how continuo players (cello and harpsichord) work together when musicians peel back the many “layers” of harmonic and rhythmic foundation upon which the melody rides in baroque style music—in much the same way as the bass and rhythm instruments function in rock, jazz, fusion, and electronic music! Ornamentation and improvisation will be highlighted as creative stylistic elements, and students will have an opportunity to handle baroque style musical artifacts.
(January 17-19, 2017)
Period Strings and Classical Genius features a classical style string quartet (two violins, viola, and cello). Celebrating the creative genius of diverse composers from Europe, Africa, Brazil, and the West Indies, the program traces some of the historic innovations in ensemble and orchestral music that continue to excite today’s performers and audiences. Through interactive demonstrations, students will learn how the “inner voices” fill out a classical ensemble’s sound, how the instruments “converse,” and how classical style composers engaged amateurs, professionals, and music lovers in the love of music.
(February 6, 12 & 14, 2017)
Mixing it up Vocally: SATB and Continuo features a lively, dramatic quartet of vocalists representing the soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone sections of PBO’s all-star Chorale. Accompanied by continuo cello and harpsichord (performed by Chorale Director Bruce Lammot!), the singers will perform a variety of popular early repertoire, demonstrate what it takes to deliver ensemble singing at its best, and provide opportunities for the audience to sing along!
(March 6-10, 2017)
“This was an amazing way to put to practice the concepts we have been learning. It was also fantastic to ‘see’ the music rather than just listening to it.” -Jane
“… I’m a brass player and I learned so much about strings and how to play better in a group.” -J. Tayo
“Ideas expressed extremely clearly. Very charismatic group!” -Dominique