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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.

November 8, 2018 | 8 pm
ODC Theater, San Francisco

Sixty years ago a revolution began when a group of musicians rebelled against “mainstream” classical music and sparked the historically-informed performance (HIP) movement. They wanted to play on original instruments, in the performance style the composers intended, and give their audience an authentic experience. These rebels put Baroque music on the map and today, more students than ever are choosing HIP.

Take a journey from HIP’s rebellious beginnings through today with performances by three recent Juilliard grads and their teachers (PBO Orchestra members) in this dynamic evening of discussion, history, and music by Handel, Vivaldi, and Geminiani.

Nicholas McGegan, PBO Music Director
Ben Sosland, Director of Juilliard Historical Performance
Bruce Lamott, PBO Chorale Director

“The former rebels are no longer on the fringes, and they have inspired a new generation of baroque musicians.” —The Economist


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. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and performer Caroline Shaw presents her acclaimed compositions and works by Pärt and Leonarda in a program that showcases the synergies between old and new music. This historically-informed program will captivate the ears of early music enthusiasts as much as those who crave contemporary cadence. The charismatic composer joins conductor Nic McGegan and countertenor Daniel Moody. Mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter moderates 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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