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Before every Sunday matinee performance, join us online at 3:15PM and watch our always-compelling Pre-concert Talk LIVE on our Facebook page, on our YouTube channel, or on Vimeo/Livestream!
UPCOMING #PBOLive EVENTS
with Bruce Lamott
December 8, 2019 | 3:15 pm
Join PBO’s Scholar-in-Residence and Chorale Director Bruce Lamott as he focuses on Handel’s representation of the Chorus of Israelites and his audience’s identification with “British Israel”—the concept that viewed Britain as a modern manifestation of the “chosen people” of the Old Testament. Handel’s choice of Jewish heroes, including Samson, Joshua, and Judas Maccabaeus, was not to entice Jews into the theater, as they were a discriminated minority in England. The ancient Israelites were rather analogous to the British people and the Church of England, and their enemies, to Catholic usurpers and political opposition.
PAST #PBOLive EVENTS
with Bruce Lamott and Jeannette Sorrell
November 17, 2019 | 3:15 pm
Bruce Lamott sits down with guest conductor Jeannette Sorrell to muse on Mozart, from his La finta semplice—written when he was just twelve years old—to one of his most celebrated symphonies written much later in life. Sorrell also discusses her life of music-making, from growing up in San Francisco in the 1970s to her studies with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam and her founding of Apollo’s Fire.
with Bruce Lamott and the New Esterházy Quartet
October 20, 2019 | 3:15 pm
Join Bruce Lamott in a journey through New Music for Old Instruments, sharing notes on his conversations with Caroline Shaw and her new piece The Listeners, written for PBO and inspired by The Golden Record, while also providing insight on Handel’s spectacular Eternal Source of Light Divine. This intriguing discussion culminates with a performance of Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte by the New Esterházy Quartet!
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
An Evening with Caroline Shaw
March 7, 2019 | 8 pm
Bing Concert Hall STUDIO Stanford
For the first time, Philharmonia brought 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 performed music old and new, and composers Bálint Karosi and Grace-Evangeline Mason contributed their new works as well in a historically-informed program. PBO’s Nicholas McGegan and star mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter joined in a discussion of new music for old instruments. KQED journalist and personality Rachael Myrow moderated this cabaret-style experience.