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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.

2019/20 Season Programs

with Music Director Designate Richard Egarr
February 6, 2020 | 8 pm
ODC Theater, San Francisco

Take a deeper dive into the grounds and sounds of Café Zimmermann, where Bach and his Collegium Musicum gathered for free weekly concerts. Far from the formal demands of church or court, the eminent Thomaskantor could let loose with the secular and the silly—here a harpsichord concerto, there a humorous paean to the beverage that fueled those performances. The very caffeinated Music Director Designate Richard Egarr commands this coffee accompanying jaunt to Leipzig.


Performers, Patronage & Prejudice
March 10, 2020 | 8 pm
Bing Concert Hall Studio, Stanford

Philharmonia’s Jews & Music Scholar Francesco Spagnolo joins forces with Nicholas McGegan once again, this time on a journey to the world of Mendelssohn and 19th-century Germany, a period in history rife with socio-political tensions, rich musical splendor, and religious conflict. As part of our Jews & Music Initiative, this riveting program offers musical reflections paired with dynamic discussion.

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