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


Brief History of the Palo Alto 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, 28 seasons later, Maestro Thomas Shoebotham leads the orchestra, ably 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, which have recently been held at the Palo Alto First Baptist Church while the Palo Alto Arts Center Auditorium is under renovation. 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.

 

Help support the Palo Alto Philharmonic

Ticket prices cover only a small percentage of our operating costs; a large part of our success is due to your generous donations. Find out more on our support page.