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Twice annually, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale offers hour-long, full Orchestra concerts designed especially for middle- and high-school students. Our goal is to create a truly impactful, informative presentation for—and with—each audience member. Student Concerts are extremely popular! Seats and waiting lists are filled quickly as teachers and administrators apply online. (During the 2014-15 season, PBO had a waitlist of over 1,000 students.)

Here’s what you can expect from a PBO Student Concert: one month before the event, preparation materials will be made available on PBO’s education website. Logistical and other information will be e-mailed to teachers two weeks before the performance. As the audience is seated (beginning 30 minutes prior to the concert), a rich visual presentation will provide historic context for the music. During the concert proper, there will be many musical performances, onstage interviews of PBO’s musicians, period instrument demonstrations, simultaneous projected visual images, and a variety of opportunities for the audience to participate.

Student Concert #1


Rachel Podger, violin

Musical Meet-Ups: Baroque Favorites With Rachel Podger
Friday, November 4, 2016: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Herbst Theatre, SF

Soaring, virtuosic solos and breathtaking ensemble playing are in store as the incomparable Rachel Podger returns by popular demand to lead PBO from her violin. In a riveting program of solo violin concertos as well as concertos for mixed wind and string soloists, Podger, PBO, Bach, and Vivaldi “meet up,” forging an unforgettable concert for students.

Apply HERE to reserve first-come, first-served seats.

Jonathan Cohen, Conductor Photo: Marco Borggreve

Jonathan Cohen, conductor

Student Concert #2

The Daring & Unexpected: Classics with Jonathan Cohen
Friday, March 3, 2017: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Herbst Theatre, SF

In concert with PBO’s period woodwinds, strings, theorbo, and keyboard players, Jonathan Cohen will tease out the quirks and hijinks, the sublime and the unconventional aspects of compositions by composers Jan Dismas Zelenka and his younger contemporary, CPE Bach—composers who stood at the very threshold of early classical styles of music.

Apply HERE to reserve first-come, first-served seats.