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PBO SESSIONS is a guided and deconstructed tour of music, social and political history, and art.

Each 90-minute program includes multimedia, dialogue from the stage, and incredible instrumental and vocal performances with a casual vibe. Tickets are always $25, with free wine and an opportunity to chat with the artists after the show. Come as you are—no experience necessary.

Past events

Davóne Tines

Creative Partner

Nola Richardson


David Belkovski


The Artist as Human

Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
ODC Theater, San Francisco

Classical music is a meeting place between the highest levels of technical execution and self-expression. The lived experience of musicians is the fuel for beauty and masterful artistry, but do audiences see the humans behind the performances they engage? Singer Nola Richardson, PBO Creative Partner Davóne Tines, and PBO Assistant Conductor David Belkovski explore their personal connections to the music and art they make through lenses of gender, race, and sexuality. The artists will let audiences in on the long-term, iterative process to excavate these themes through old and new music from Henry Purcell, David Belkovski, Katherine Balch, and more.

As always: tickets are $25 and there’s free wine as the artists and audience come together after the show.

Nola Richardson, soprano
Davóne Tines,
David Belkovski,
Kevin Payne,
William Skeen,



Nola Richardson
HENRY PURCELL ‘Evening Hymn’
KATHERINE BALCH ‘these intervals matter’

David Belkovski
DAVID BELKOVSKI ‘Tombeau for the Artist as a Young Man’

Davóne Tines
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI ‘Lasciatemi morire’
TYSHAWN SOREY after “Were you there”

Open Rehearsal Piece: announced by the artists from the stage.

“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