Palo Alto Philharmonic

serving the Bay Area with quality classical music since 1988

Thomas Shoebotham Music Director
Thomas Shoebotham
Lee Actor Composer-in-Residence
Lee Actor

Palo Alto Philharmonic in concert

The Palo Alto Philharmonic celebrates its 29th season

We are a community orchestra that provides quality performances at a reasonable cost to the Silicon Valley. Founded in 1988 by a group of local musicians, we have grown to include members from many communities throughout the Bay Area. We present a broad spectrum of music and exciting soloists, while focusing on the classic repertoire beloved by our audiences.
Baroque Concert 8 pm Saturday, September 10, 2016

Philharmonic musicians and their friends perform works from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries...

Russian Masters 8 pm* Saturday, October 22, 2016

Stravinsky Fireworks
Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

Fall Chamber Concert†† 8 pm Saturday, November 12, 2016

Philharmonic musicians and their friends in wind, string, and brass ensembles...

Kujawsky Conducts 8 pm* Saturday, December 10, 2016

Guest Conductor Eric Kujawsky
   Chabrier España
   Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2
        with piano soloist Louise Costigan-Kerns
   Schnittke (K)ein Sommernachtstraum
   Beethoven Symphony No. 8

East meets West 8 pm* Saturday, February 18, 2017

Adams The Chairman Dances
Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1
       with cello soloist Thomas Shoebotham
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

Spring Chamber Concert†† 8 pm Saturday, March 11, 2017

Philharmonic musicians and their friends in wind, string, and brass ensembles...

Actor World Premiere 8 pm* Saturday, April 8, 2017

Nielsen Maskarade Overture
Lee Actor Trumpet Concerto (World Premiere!)
      with trumpet soloist Guy Clark
Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Family Concert 3 pm Sunday, May 21, 2017

Featuring the winners of our 2017 Concerto Movement Competition!

*Orchestra concerts include a pre-concert talk at 7:30pm


Baroque Concert

8 pm Saturday, September 10, 2016

First Baptist Church

305 North California Avenue, Palo Alto

Giovanni Gabrieli

Christoph Willibald Gluck


Jacob Klein

George Frideric Handel

Johann Sebastian Bach

Selections for Brass

Minuet and Dance, Orfeo,
      for Flute and Strings

"Vertigo" for Harpsichord

Sonata for Cello and Harpsichord

Concerto Grosso No. 1

Cantata Selections, for solo Voices,
     Chorus, and Orchestra

Tickets: General $22 / Senior $18 / Student $10

Russian Masters

8 pm* Saturday, October 22, 2016

Cubberley Theatre

4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

(* pre-concert talk at 7:30pm) + post-concert reception

Igor Stravinsky 

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 

Sergei Prokofiev 


Francesca da Rimini

Symphony No. 5

Tickets: General $22 / Senior $18 / Student $10
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News on upcoming concerts, soloists, and activities

  • 2016-2017 Season Tickets are now available!
    We have three different season ticket packages that can save you up to 25% on tickets.
  • We're looking for more string players! If you’re an advanced string player looking for a stable & well-organized, yet informal & fun community orchestra, dedicated to both musical excellence and the musical growth of its members, why not consider joining us as a musician?
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