FAQs Regarding the 2020/21 Season

Fall 2020 Cancellations

Which concerts have been cancelled due to COVID-19?

All performances through December 2020 — subscription concerts, special events, SESSIONS, and tour performances — have been cancelled. More information can be found here.

In lieu of live performances, our programming through December 2020 has been expanded to a digital platform. Click here to find out more about our 2020/VIRTUAL series.

What about performances in 2021? When will tickets go on sale?

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. To read our most recent COVID-19 statement, click here.

We will not begin selling tickets to our 2021/LIVE series until we have a clear understanding of whether these performances will be able to proceed, which will be informed by updates from the Center for Disease Control as well as from local and state government officials. We are also working closely alongside trusted colleagues in the field of live performance to precisely and safely determine our course of action amidst this unprecedented crisis.

Know that we are exploring a plethora of ways to ensure that anyone involved in creating or attending our concerts is treated with the utmost care, and with the utmost safety in mind. There are creative, innovative ways to allow our performances to take place while abiding by social distancing guidelines, and we are constantly investigating these possibilities with our colleagues—no stone unturned. We will certainly keep you updated as we move forward into this uncharted territory.

For 20/21 Subscribers

What if I already subscribed to the 2020/21 season?

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. Some of you renewed your subscription before the pandemic, others long after we were sheltering in place, a testament to how you feel about us — and we would never take you for granted.

As a current subscriber, you are eligible to receive — at no additional charge — an exclusive membership to our 2020/VIRTUAL series, where you’ll enjoy access to all digital programming through the end of 2020. You will receive communication via email and/or post in early July with instructions on how to sign up.

In exchange, we are boldly asking you for a leap of faith in joining our Balance Forward program, in which we will apply the value of any cancelled performances that were part of your subscription toward your renewal for the 2021/22 season. Through this program, you will never lose the value of the price you paid for your subscription, regardless of when we’re able to return to the concert halls.

What is the Balance Forward program?

As a current 20/21 subscriber, our hope is that you will join our Balance Forward program. Any subscription value lost from cancelled subscription performances in 2020/21 will be credited toward your 2021/22 subscription purchase. You will never lose the value of your original subscription transaction.

You will be first in line to lock in your preferred dates and seats for the 21/22 season.

Director of Patron Services Naren Larson will be in touch with you personally by August 31 to review your Balance Forward balance. You may check your balance at any time with him at nlarson@philharmonia.org.

What if I wish to decline this offer?

No problem at all. Just email Naren Larson at nlarson@philharmonia.org or call 415-501-0547. You will be refunded in full for the value of your cancelled performances.

What about my special event add-ons?

All cancelled non-subscription add-on events (Egarr on Beethoven, PBO SESSIONS: The Poetry of Paul Celan, PBO SESSIONS: Purcell, Monkeys & Chocolate) will be automatically. refunded, and you will receive a check in the mail for the value of those tickets by August 31.

If you wish to donate your non-subscription tickets back to PBO and receive a tax letter, please contact Naren Larson at nlarson@philharmonia.org.

2020/VIRTUAL Series

What is the 2020/VIRTUAL Series?

In lieu of live performances, all Fall 2020 programming has been expanded to a digital platform in a Members-Only series called 2020/VIRTUAL.

What you can expect from PBO’s 2020/VIRTUAL series: LIVE from Amsterdam with Music Director Richard Egarr as he presents programs in unique and sacred spaces in his hometown; our alternative concert series; PBO SESSIONS will be reimagined for a dynamic online experience; Jews & Music has been transformed into JAMOnline, curated by Francesco Spagnolo in a series of seminars and musical encounters; exclusive Musical Explorations with Chorale Director Bruce Lamott will be offered throughout the fall; Orchestra, Chorale, guest artists and composers in conversation; and so much more that we’ll reveal in the weeks and months ahead. And for our supporters, invitations are on the way for a series of exclusive events.

Click here for more information on 2020/VIRTUAL programming.

How do I become a 2020/VIRTUAL Member?

To purchase a membership, click here. Memberships are $50 and are valid through December 2020, until which time you are able to access all digital programming released by PBO whenever you’d like — and rewatch to your heart’s desire.

If you are current 2020/21 subscriber, you will receive communication via email and/or post in early July with instructions on obtaining a 2020/VIRTUAL Membership at no additional charge.

2021/LIVE Series

What is the 2021/LIVE Series?

Our 2021/LIVE series consists of all of our previously-scheduled 2020/21 season performances beginning February 2021. Click here for more information on our 2021/LIVE programming.

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. To read our most recent COVID-19 statement, click here.

When will 2021/LIVE series tickets go on sale?

We will not begin selling tickets to our 2021/LIVE series until we have a clear understanding of whether these performances will be able to proceed, which will be informed by updates from the Center for Disease Control as well as from local and state government officials. We are also working closely alongside trusted colleagues in the field of live performance to precisely and safely determine our course of action amidst this unprecedented crisis.

If you are a current 2020/21 subscriber and have already purchased tickets for any 2021/LIVE performances, rest assured that your seats are locked in and your tickets secured.