PBO SESSIONS

Come to PBO SESSIONS for a guided and deconstructed tour of music, social and political history, and art.
Each 90-minute program includes multimedia, illuminating dialogue from the stage, and incredible orchestral and vocal performances.
Tickets to these lively experiences are always $25, with complimentary wine and an opportunity to engage with the artists.

Though our previously planned PBO SESSIONS events cannot take place as planned, we have launched "PBO SESSIONS: Home Edition" as part of our 2020/VIRTUAL series.

Explore our 2020/VIRTUAL series!
September 29, 2020 | 8 p.m.
Jewish Community Center, San Francisco

The Poetry of Paul Celan

Explore the world of Jewish Romanian poet and Holocaust survivor Paul Celan, whose work inspired composer Mathew Aucoin to create The No One's Rose. Aucoin joins PBO's Jews & Music scholar Francesco Spagnolo and stage director Zack Winokur in dialogue about music, life, and loss, including an exploration of visual artist Anselm Kiefer, whose works were inspired by Celan.

Cancelled due to COVID-19
November 2, 2020 | 8 p.m.
ODC Theater, San Francisco

Purcell, Monkeys, and Chocolate

What do. dancing apes, chocolate poisoning, and Henry Purcell have in common? Let Music Director Richard Egarr connect the dots through lively, interactive discussion about the English composer and performances by soprano Rowan Pierce.

Cancelled due to COVID-19

“PBO SESSIONS manifests the PBO core: authenticity, belief that audiences (of all ages) are intelligent, and fascination with the culture and context of classical music.”

Lou FancherSan Francisco Classical Voice
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