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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, 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.
Thursday, November 11, 2021 | 8:00 p.m.
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Handel’s Biblical Heroes & Villains

Drawing from Handel’s popular renditions of biblical narratives in the historically ubiquitous format of the oratorio—somewhere between off-stage opera and a secular meditation on the role of the Bible in the age of enlightenment—PBO continues its exploration of key characters, their changing ‘roles’ throughout history, and the hidden relations between the Hebrew Bible, the librettos, and the composer’s blisteringly brilliant music. Join us for an evening of great music and

Francesco Spagnolo, Scholar in Residence
Heidi Waterman, mezzo-soprano
Davóne Tines, bass-baritone
Jonathan Cohen, conductor
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra


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Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 8:00 p.m.
Bing Studio, Stanford

A Meetup with Davóne

'Recital No. 1: MASS' transforms the Catholic Mass into a vessel for holding, comparing, contrasting, and connecting music of faith from the Western European, African American, and 21st Century traditions including the music of J.S. Bach, Margaret Bonds, Moses Hogan, and newly commissioned works from Caroline Shaw, Tyshawn Sorey, and Composer in Residence Tarik O'Regan. The program reveals that diverse cultures and aesthetics share equally deep connections throughout our collective human journey. Creative Partner Davóne Tines will curate and perform this dynamic program, which also "features" the audience as they engage deeply with Davóne in topics ranging from why we go to concerts, why baroque and new music, how together we set the tone for the future of classical music.

Davóne Tines, Creative Partner
Philharmonia Chamber Players
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Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 8:00 p.m.
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Cantorial (Re)Volutions

Star countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, San Francisco’s Temple Emanu-El Cantor Emeritus Roslyn Barak, and others will join Francesco in an evening of song and dialogue, exploring synagogue repertoires—ancient, old, and new as well as repertoire from the Baroque to modern. Our guests will discuss the evolution of the cantorial soloist, changes in gender perception and roles, and how they bridge the worlds of the
sacred, operatic and other repertoire.

Francesco Spagnolo, Scholar in Residence
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor
Roslyn Barak, Cantor Emeritus, Temple Emanu-El


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Tuesday, April 12, 2022 | 8:00 p.m.
ODC Theater, San Francisco

Voice Crossing

Using striking examples from his own output and those of his contemporaries, as well as some vivid gems from as far back as the 14th century, Tarik O’Regan explores the role of the human voice from a composer’s perspective. Beginning with a solitary singer and culminating in the combined forces of PBO’s Chamber Players and Chorale, Tarik will trace a unique journey across centuries and cultures to arrive at the very music he is writing today, here in San Francisco, as PBO’s Composer in Residence.

Tarik O’Regan, Composer in Residence
Richard Egarr, Music Director
Philharmonia Chamber Players
Philharmonia Chorale
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“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