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2023/24 Season

March 20, 2023: Philharmonia announces its forward thinking 2023/24 season, with something for everyone.

2022/23 Season

June 13, 2022: Philharmonia Introduces Fresh Faces and Innovation in 2022/23

2021/22 Season

March 30, 2022: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra closes Bay Area season with Handel’s opera Radamisto

November 19, 2021: Award-winning Philharmonia Chorale returns to the live stage after two year hiatus for Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

October 20, 2021: Jonathan Cohen Leads Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in Program of JS Bach to Geminiani, Featuring a New World Premiere

September 28, 2021: Richard Egarr Makes His First Bay Area Appearances Since His Appointment as PBO’s Music Director

July 20, 2021: PBO to present a World Premiere years in the making, arriving just in time: THE NO ONE’S ROSE

June 8, 2021: PBO Announces Radical 2021/22 Season, Marking a Triumphant Return to Live Performances

2020/21 Season

May 4, 2021: Davóne Tines Named PBO’s First-Ever Creative Partner

March 9, 2021: Tarik O’Regan Named Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale’s First-Ever Composer-In-Residence

November 2, 2020: Bruce Lamott To Retire as Director of Philharmonia Chorale After 23 Years

October 8, 2020: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale Announces Cancellation of All Concerts and Events Through April 2021

July 7, 2020: PBO announces cancellation of fall live concerts; replaces with robust 2020/VIRTUAL series led by new Music Director Richard Egarr, scholars, guest artists

2019/20 Season

February, 2020: Violinist Alana Youssefian returns to Philharmonia for “Romantic Reflections”

February, 2020: PBO Announces 20/21 Season

February, 2020: Philharmonia presents “The Well-Caffeinated Clavier” and SESSIONS with Music Director Designate Richard Egarr

January, 2020: Philharmonia brings gender- and genre-bending production of Handel opera Aci, Galatea e Polifemo to the Bay Area

December, 2019: Philharmonia performs Handel Judas Maccabaeus

November, 2019: Philharmonia presents “Mozart’s Musings” with Jeannette Sorrell

November, 2019: Juilliard and Philharmonia side by side concert

October, 2019: PBO opens its 2019/20 season with “A Cosmic Notion,” featuring a world premiere by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw

2018/19 Season

PBO Releases Joseph and his Brethren, its first recording of a Handel oratorio in 25 years and only the second recording of this work

PBO Announces 2019/20 Programming for Nic McGegan’s Final Season

Richard Egarr Named PBO’s Next Music Director

PBO’s 2019 Gala Honors Anne Sofie von Otter and Caroline Shaw

PBO Reaches 90 Percent Subscriber Retention Rate

Nicholas McGegan to Retire as Music Director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale at End of 2019/20 Season

Mozart’s sacred vocal works open the PBO season with the Chorale and the return of soprano Camille Ortiz

2017/18 Season

PBO Closes Season with Impassioned Beethoven Program Spotlighting Chorale and Star Soloist Debuts

PBO SESSIONS Presents Richard Egarr in Program Exploring the Musical Influence of Composer Arcangelo Corelli

Academy of Ancient Music’s Director Richard Egarr Returns to Lead PBO in March Jam Sessions

GRAMMY® Nominated Cellist Steven Isserlis Joins PBO for February Concerts

PBO Performs Back-to-Back Handel Oratorios in December with “Messiah” and “Joseph and his Brethren”

PBO Violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock Leads a Program of Baroque Venetian Violin Treasures November 8-12

Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale open 37th season with the U.S. premiere of a provocative co-commission with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. (8/21/2017)


2016/2017 Season

Nicholas McGegan leads Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, Soloists, and New York Baroque Dance Company in the Modern-Day Premiere of Rameau’s 1745 opera-ballet “Le Temple de la Gloire” (The Temple of Glory) a Cal Performances Co-Production, April 28-30 in Zellerbach Hall (3/6/2017)

Guest conductor Jonathan Cohen leads PBO in program of vocal works with acclaimed countertenor Iestyn Davies (1/18/2017)

PBO does Haydn’s Symphony No. 91 and Mozart’s “Turkish” Violin Concerto in January (12/15/2016)

PBO SESSIONS is back with 90 minutes of Handel’s Joshua at the SFJCC (11/8/2016)

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale present rarely performed Handel oratorio Joshua (11/1/2016)

Rachel Podger leads Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale in Vivaldi and Bach program (9/21/2016)

PHOTO LINK: Vivaldi & Bach with Rachel Podger, Friday November 4, 2016, Herbst Theatre. Photos by Frank Wing.

PBO Opens 36th season with ‘All Beethoven’ program with fortepianist Robert Levin (9/7/2016)

PHOTO LINK: All Beethoven with Robert Levin, Friday October 21, 2016. Herbst Theatre. Photos by Frank Wing.

PBO does modern premiere of Rameau’s original “Le temple de la gloire”  (3/10/2016)

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale is pleased to announce its 2016-17 Season of Heroes including Rameau’s original version of “The Temple of Glory” (3/2/2016)

2015/2016 Season

Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra close the anniversary season with powerful choral performance (March 29, 2016)

PBO Releases 9th CD: Scarlatti’s “La Gloria di Primavera” (March 14, 2016)

Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra take audience on a musical journey through Baroque Europe (February 4, 2016)

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale Celebrates Nicholas McGegan’s 30th Anniversary with Celebratory Concert Featuring Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham (January 8, 2016)

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale welcome Kristian Bezuidenhout for ‘All Mozart’ concert on replica fortepiano (January 4, 2016)

Philharmonia performs rare “Foundling Hospital Version” of Handel’s Messiah (November 6, 2015)

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Brightens Season with Handel and Purcell (November 1, 2015)

Philharmonia welcomes Richard Egarr for Bach’s Brandenburgs (October 22, 2015)

Philharmonia opens season with U.S. Premier of 300 year old Scarlatti Serenata (August 24, 2015)