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



May concert MP3 files now available

PAPA 2017-2018 Orchestra season schedule

Regular rehearsals take place in Room H1 in the Cubberley Community Center. Sectional rehearsals will be announced beforehand, but typically string players will be in H1 and wind/brass in M3 (just behind the theatre). Dress rehearsals will be in the performance venue unless otherwise noted.


2017-2018 Palo Philharmonic Rehearsal and Performance Schedule


9/9/17 Baroque Concert in First Baptist Church, 305 North California Ave., Palo Alto


**Kick-off BBQ Sunday 9/10/17


10/21/17 Dances with Flute (8 PM Saturday 10/21/17; dress 7:30 PM Friday 10/20 both in Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto) Mondays 7:30 PM (all H1 except 3rd rehearsal for winds and brass in M3): 9/11, 18, 25; 10/2, 9, 16

Marquez: Danzon No. 2 (10')
2d1.2.2.2 - 4.2.3.1 - timp+3 - pf - str

Nielsen: Flute Concerto (19') [soloist Natalie Haworth-Liu]
0.2.2.2 - 2.0.1.0 - timp - str

Brahms: Symphony No. 3, Op. 90 (33')
2.2.2.2+1 - 4.2.3.0 - timp - str


11/11/17 Fall Chamber Concert in First Baptist Church, 305 North California Ave., Palo Alto


12/9/17 Scenes and Characters (8 PM Saturday 12/9/17; dress 7:30 PM Friday 12/8 both in Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto) Mondays 7:30 PM (all H1 except 3rd rehearsal for winds and brass in M3): 10/30; 11/6, 13, 20, 27; 12/4

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture, Op. 26 (10')
2.2.2.2 - 2.2.0.0 - timp - str

Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 22 (24') [soloist Tamami Honma]
2.2.2.2 - 2.2.0.0 - timp+1[opt] - str

Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947) (34')
3d1.2+1.3d1[bcl].2+1 - 4.3.3.1 - timp+3 - hp - cel,pf - str


2/17/18 Winter Concertos (8 PM Saturday 2/17/18; dress 7:30 PM Friday 2/16 both in Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto) Mondays 7:30 PM (all H1 except 3rd rehearsal for winds and brass in M3): 1/8, 15, 22, 29; 2/5, 12

Debussy: Petite Suite (13')
2d1.2d1.2.2 - 2.2.0.0 - timp+3 - hp - str

Actor: Saxophone Concerto (22') [soloist Ron Bowman]
2.2.2.2 - 2.2.0.0 - timp+1 - str

Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra (36')
3d1.3d1.3d1[bcl].3d1 - 4.3.3.1 - timp+2 - 2hp - str


3/10/18 Chamber Concert in First Baptist Church, 305 North California Ave., Palo Alto


4/7/18 German Masters (8 PM Saturday 4/7/18; dress 7:30 PM Thursday 4/5 both in Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto) Mondays 7:30 PM (all H1 except 3rd rehearsal for winds and brass in M3): 2/26; 3/5, 12, 19, 26; 4/2

Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer (16') [soloist TBA]
3d1.2d1.3d1[bcl].2 - 4.2.3.0 - timp+2 - hp - str

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (70')
2.2.2.2 - 4.3.3.1 - timp - str


5/20/19 Family Concert "Humor in Music" (3 PM Sunday 5/20/18; dress 7:30 PM Thursday 5/17 both in Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto) Mondays 7:30 PM (all H1): 4/16, 23, 30; 5/7, 14

TBA (Humor in Music)