“Brainiacs and Brandenburgs”  Events Wowed Millennials

Richard Egarr Loves the Brandenburg Concertos

Richard Egarr loves the Brandenburg Concertos

In a display of breathtaking virtuosity enhanced by a generous supply of mischief, PBO treated throngs of students and teachers at two free concerts on November 12 and 13 at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre and Palo Alto’s First Unitarian Methodist Church. Both venues were near capacity; at one point, over a thousand were waitlisted.

This was a rare opportunity for students to actively participate in a live performance and to “breathe in” the tonal colors and compositional ideas that once flooded Bach’s brain.

The program began with a surprise performance of “Mission Impossible” (not often heard on period instruments), followed by the first movement of Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. A “brainiac” in his own right, Guest Leader and harpsichordist Richard Egarr dazzled the audience with his brilliant cadenza, and playfully illuminated for students the numerical and religious symbolism in J.S. Bach’s compositions.

Hopefully that single hour of performances, onstage interviews of PBO’s musicians, instrument demonstrations, simultaneous slide presentations highlighting the history behind the music, and the student’s own questions and answers will have a lasting impact. It was a privilege for the Orchestra to share music with those who may well be PBO’s future audience members and performers.



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Questions? Please contact Director of Education, Lisa Grodin. Email: education@philharmonia.org