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Prelude Lectures

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra is pleased to present Prelude Lectures. These informal discussions take place forty five minutes before each concert performance. They are free to all ticket-holders and are designed to enrich the concert experience with thoughtful insights from Nic McGegan, guest artists, musicians, scholars and speakers from the world of classical music. We invite all ticket-holders to join us for our Prelude Lectures throughout the season.

Join us at our next pre-concert talk
Hail, Bright Cecilia!

Presented by



December 2, 6:45 p.m. – First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto
December 4, 7:15 p.m. – Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
December 5, 7:15 p.m. – First Congregational Church, Berkeley
December 6, 3:15 p.m. – First Congregational Church, Berkeley

Choral Director Bruce Lamott will give listeners a behind-thescenes
look at Purcell and Handel’s singers in the musical life
of London. Unlike many of their Baroque contemporaries, their
music needed little “revival” by the Early Music movement of
the mid-20th century. They have been regarded both by their
contemporaries and posterity as the twin peaks of English choral
music, although it was performed under quite dissimilar circumstances