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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale

Lauded by the New York Times as "America's leading period instrument ensemble," Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale has been dedicated to authentic performances of Baroque, Classical, early Romantic and new music on original instruments since its inception in 1981.

Under the leadership of Music Director Nicholas McGegan, the Orchestra performs an annual subscription season in the San Francisco Bay Area and is regularly heard on tour in the United States and around the world. PBO boasts a discography of more than 40 recordings and can also be heard in recorded performances on Classical KDFC the 2nd Sunday of each month at 8 pm. The Orchestra has its own professional chorus, the Philharmonia Chorale, under the leadership of Bruce Lamott.

Explore the 2017/18 Season and join Philharmonia for a brilliantly curated mix of programming in concerts in San Francisco, Berkeley or the Peninsula.

October 4-8, 2017
Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven? Nicholas McGegan and a cast of international stars seek the answer in the U.S. premiere of this co-commission written for our period instruments and voices. Scottish composer Sally Beamish and librettist David Harsent explore Judas in a more sympathetic light—evoking questions of failing humanity, forgiveness and redemption. This provocative new semi-staged Passion is accompanied by Telemann’s Tafelmusik.
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Mary Bevan, soprano
Brenden Gunnell, tenor
Roderick WIlliams, bass-baritone
Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott, director

November 8–12, 2017
featuring Elizabeth Blumenstock
Violin legend Elizabeth Blumenstock returns to lead a vivacious program, postmarked Venice—music by Venetians and by those who visited the popular city. Virtuosic concerti for oboes are paired with solo turns for violin, a concerto by Tartini and Vivaldi’s seasonal “Autumn” from
The Four Seasons.
Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin and leader

HANDEL’S Messiah
December 8–9, 2017
Experience this holiday favorite in all its historically-informed glory as Handel scholar Nicholas McGegan and the Orchestra and Chorale perform with an international cast. This is the first time in 7 years that PBO will perform this masterpiece in San Francisco!
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Yulia Van Doren, soprano
Diana Moore, mezzo-soprano
James Reese, tenor
Philip Cutlip, baritone
Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott, director

HANDEL’S Joseph and his Brethren
December 14–17, 2017
These definitive performances of this rarely performed oratorio, led by renowned Handel interpreter Nicholas MicGegan, will tell the story of the Bible’s Joseph and his estranged brothers in a plot of intrigue and mistaken identity within the grandeur of Pharaoh’s court.
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Diana Moore, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Philip Cutlip, baritone
Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott, director

February 7–11, 2018
with Steven Isserlis
The planets have aligned to bring star cellist Steven Isserlis back to perform Haydn’s Concerto for Violoncello No. 2 in a stellar program featuring the music of astronomer and discoverer of Uranus Sir William Herschel, Haydn’s “Mercury” symphony, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 17.
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Steven Isserlis, violoncello

March 8–11, 2018
with Richard Egarr
Conductor and keyboard virtuoso Richard Egarr returns to explore the major influence of Corelli and Muffat on Handel. The master borrowed and reworked their musical ideas when copyright was unknown adding to a stunning program of concerti grossi where PBO musicians will shine.
Richard Egarr, conductor and organ

April 25–29, 2018
with Avery Amereau
Experience the most powerful works by Beethoven performed by the brightest up-and-coming opera stars on the scene as mezzo-soprano Avery Amereau, soprano Chantal Santon-Jeffery and tenor Thomas Cooley perform Beethoven’s monumental Mass in C and “Choral Fantasy” with a reverent tribute to Haydn by Cherubini.
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Avery Amereau, mezzo-soprano
Chantal Santon-Jeffery, soprano
Thomas Cooley, tenor
David Kurtenbach, tenor
Hadleigh Adams, baritone
Eric Zivian, fortepiano
Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott, director

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