Overview of our 2018-2019 Season


Baroque Concert†  8 pm SATURday, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018

Philharmonic musicians and their friends performing a delightful array of music from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.


Premiere and Finale†  8 pm Saturday, OCTOBER 20, 2018

Weber Overture to Der Freischütz
Actor Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra      (World Premiere!)
       featuring cello soloist Jennifer Kloetzel
Dvořák Symphony No. 8
       conducted by Music Director Thomas Shoebotham


Fall Chamber Concert††  8 pm SATURday, NOVEMBER 10, 2018

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


An Exotic Musical Journey†  8 pm Saturday, DECEMBER 8, 2018

Humperdinck Selections from “Hansel und Gretel”
Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 5
      featuring piano soloist Misha Galant
Arensky Symphony No. 1
      Guest conductor:  Leo Eylar


Arctic Souls†  8 pm Saturday, February 16, 2019

Mussorgsky  Khovanshchina Prelude
Shostakovich Violoncello Concerto No. 1
      featuring cello soloist Evan Kahn
Sibelius Symphony No. 1
      Guest conductor: Lara Webber


Spring Chamber Concert††  8 pm SATURday, MaRCH 9, 2019

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


A Study in Contrasts†  8 pm Saturday, April 6, 2019

Smyth The Wreckers Overture
C. Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor
      featuring piano soloist Daniel Glover
Ippolitov-Ivanov Caucasian Sketches Suite No. 1
Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements
      Guest conductor: John Kendall Bailey


Family Concert †††  3 pm Sunday, May 19, 2019

featuring the Winners of our 2019 Concerto Movement Competition,
    at De Anza Visual and Performing Arts Center in Cupertino


Concerts at:      † Cubberley Theatre   †† First Lutheran Church

††† De Anza Visual and Performing Arts Center, Cupertino

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


About the Philharmonic —

In 1988, a group of musicians and lovers of classical music organized a new community-based orchestra in Palo Alto, with the goal of presenting an annual series of orchestral and chamber music concerts performed by local musicians and led by conductor Gideon Grau for a discriminating local audience.

Today, 31 seasons later, the orchestra will soon complete the search for its next Music Director. The new Music Director will take the podium for the 2019-2020 season, assisted by Composer-in-Residence and Assistant Conductor Lee Actor.

The Palo Alto Philharmonic Association is a registered non-profit organization, governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. In addition to presenting musically stimulating concerts at reasonable prices and in venues convenient to many, the Philharmonic is dedicated to encouraging all — young and old — to perform and appreciate serious contemporary and classical music. Our members as well as our audience, come from all over the Bay Area to make and enjoy music together.

In addition to the four Orchestra Concerts that constitute the backbone of the season, there are two Chamber Concerts and a Family Concert. The Chamber Concerts are a mix of small instrumental groups, that include orchestra members and invited guest musicians. Over the years, a loyal following has attended these performances. Our most recent addition is our Baroque Concert, held at the beginning of each concert season in September. This concert, featuring chamber and small-ensemble music from the Baroque period, has been tremendously successful. Our Family Concert, at the close of each season in May, has attracted its own following. These concerts have featured winners of student concerto movement competitions, educational and musical journeys designed to interest and entertain young and old.

Ticket prices cover only a small percentage of our operating costs; a large part of our success is due to your generous donations.


Composer-in-Residence and
Assistant Conductor Lee Actor