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Each PBO SESSIONS program is unique. Conductors and artists take audiences on a guided and deconstructed tour of music, social and political history and art. The 90-minute program includes multimedia and intimate dialogue from the stage in addition to performances of incredible orchestral and vocal music. PBO SESSIONS is for anyone on the musical spectrum looking for an informative and lively experience with an opportunity to engage with the exceptional artists. Tickets are always $25 and complimentary wine follows every performance.

An Evening with Caroline Shaw 
March 7, 2019 | 8 pm

Bing Concert Hall STUDIO Stanford 

For the first time, Philharmonia brings PBO SESSIONS to Stanford with a program that showcases the synergies between old and new music. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and performer Caroline Shaw presents several of her acclaimed compositions with Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players, alongside works by Baroque and Classical composers that directly influenced her writing. Countertenor Daniel Moody will perform music old and new, and composers Bálint Karosi and Grace-Evangeline Mason will contribute their new works as well in a historically-informed program that will captivate the ears of early music enthusiasts as much as those who crave contemporary cadence. PBO’s Nicholas McGegan and star mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter will join in discussion of new music for old instruments. KQED journalist and personality Rachael Myrow returns to PBO SESSIONS to moderate this cabaret-style experience, complete with no host bar.


April 9, 2019 | 8 pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

The Jewish hero Joshua leads the Children of Israel into the Promised Land after forty years of wandering in the wilderness of Egypt. An aged King Saul plots against young hero David to the downfall of his own family. Judas Maccabaeus accepts his new role as his father’s successor and restores the Temple of Jerusalem. Flurries of fury storm the stage as Nic McGegan and a star-studded cast conjure the heroes and villains that figure prominently in Handel’s most blisteringly brilliant music.

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