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Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be rededicated as Marian Anderson Hall, home of The Philadelphia Orchestra


PlayIN with The Philadelphia Orchestra

Come sit side-by-side with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra at one of the popular PlayIN events being presented this season. Musicians of all ages across a range of abilities are invited to join the Fabulous Philadelphians onstage—Philly style!—in a shared music-making event that will excite and inspire.

Each PlayIN will be filmed and / or photographed to potentially be used for future promotion.

The Philadelphia Orchestra's PlayINs are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Upcoming events

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Harp PlayIN

Saturday, April 13, at 6 PM

Back by popular demand! Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen and former Boston Symphony Principal Harp Ann Hobson Pilot will lead a Harp PlayIN in Commonwealth Plaza under the Kimmel Center’s 150-foot glass-vaulted dome.This community event is open to musicians of all ages across a range of abilities to join in a shared music-making event. The PlayIN will be led by Assistant Conductor Tristan Rais-Sherman and will last approximately one hour.

Bach-Gounod/arr. Adie “Ave Maria”
Chertok “Ten Past Two,” from Around the Clock
Traditional/arr. Dudley “Greensleeves”
Dunstone Wind Harp
Fauré/arr. Abbey-Lee “Sanctus” and “In paradisum,” from Requiem
Dearnley French Café Waltz
Mascagni Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
Velvin Spinning (in circles)
Puccini/arr. Maerz “Nessun dorma,” from Turandot

Registration for this free event has reached capacity.


Past events


Tuba/Euphonium PlayIN

Saturday, March 16, 2024, 4:00 PM
Verizon Hall



Bass PlayIN 

Saturday, January 13, 6:00 PM
Perelman Theater 

At-Home Cello PlayIN

Saturday, August 8, at 11 AM

Thank you to all who participated in this at-home PlayIN event. Participants played "screen-by-screen" with our assistant principal cello, Yumi Kendall.

At-Home PlayIN for Tuba/Euphonium

Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch

On May 1, International Tuba Day, Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch and the ensemble Tubular released three videos with unique arrangements by Carol herself. Tuba and euphonium players around the world were encouraged to submit videos of themselves playing along with the recording, for the chance to win a lesson with Carol.


  • Johann Strauss I Radetzky March
  • Grieg Anitra’s Dance from Peer Gynt Suite
  • Beethoven Symphony no. 5, excerpt from 1st movement

Here is the winning video, submitted by Nick Angiulo: 

An honorable mention goes to the Temple University Euphonium and Tuba studio for their submission:

PlayIN Videos, performed by Tubular


Past PlayIn Events

PlayIN for Bass

The Philadelphia Orchestra invites bass players of all ages and abilities to participate in an exciting community event. All bass players and audience members are welcome to join this fun experience, hosted by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s bass section and Kensho Watanabe.

Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 4 PM

Perelman Theater
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia PA


Tchaikovsky Suite from The Nutcracker, Op. 71
Mahler Second movement from Symphony No. 1 in D major
Copland “Hoe-Down,” from Rodeo
Musorgsky “Bydlo,” from Pictures from an Exhibition
Holst “Mars, the Bringer of War,” from The Planets, Op. 32
Hague “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” 

PlayIN for Strings

Step onto Verizon Hall’s stage and sit side-by-side with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal for an unforgettable string PlayIN. The event will be led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Conducting Fellow Lina Gonzalea-Granados on November 23, 2019.

Advanced and intermediate level string players (violin, viola, cello, and bass) of all ages are invited to join the musicians on stage in a shared music-making event that will excite and inspire.

Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 3 PM

Check-in time is 2:15 PM
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S Broad Street, Philadelphia PA


Grieg Holberg Prelude
*Bach Brandenburg no. 3, 1st mvmt
Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 1st mvmt
Tchaikovsky Serenade, 3rd mvmt: Elegie
Holst St. Paul Suite, Finale (Dargasson)




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