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Open Rehearsals for Students


Experience The Philadelphia Orchestra like never before!

For High School and College Students

Don’t miss the opportunity to go behind the scenes and watch The Philadelphia Orchestra at work in rehearsal. Students observe first-hand the artistic collaboration between world-class musicians and conductors. Open Rehearsals begin promptly at 10:30 AM, end at 1:00 PM, and include a 20-minute break. If necessary, groups may leave during this intermission, which occurs approximately one hour into the rehearsal.

Open Rehearsals for Students are supported by the Annenberg Foundation.

Pre-Rehearsal Conversation

Enrich this educational experience by attending a Pre-Rehearsal Conversation with one of the artists involved in the rehearsal. These half-hour talks begin at 9:45 AM and provide valuable insight and a personal connection to the music. Held in the Kimmel Center’s Rendell Room, the Pre-Rehearsal Conversation is limited to 150 participants.

2016-17 Philadelphia Orchestra Open Rehearsals for Students

Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts



Tenth Anniversary Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Celebration

Thurs, Nov 17, 10:30AM
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Paul Jacobs Organ

Respighi The Fountains of Rome
Rouse Organ Concerto
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”)

The Paris Festival: Week 2

Thursday, Jan 19, 10:30AM(CLOSED)
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Louis Lortie Piano

Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1
Stravinsky Petrushka

Brahms: Symphony No. 3

Friday, Feb 17 at 10:00AM
Herbert Blomstedt Conductor
Garrick Ohlsson Piano

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503
Brahms Symphony No. 3

Pat Metheny and the American Beat

Thursday, Mar 30, 10:30AM(Closed)
Bramwell Tovey Conductor
Christopher Deviney Vibraphone
She-e Wu Marimba

Bernstein Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
Metheny/arr. & orch. Deviney Duo Concerto for Vibraphone and Marimba
Dvorak Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”

Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony

Thursday, May 11, 10:30AM
Tugan Sokhiev Conductor
Renaud Capuçon Violin

Liadov Kikimora
Korngold Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5



School groups will be limited to reservations at only one Open Rehearsal per season. Any requests for reservations at additional rehearsals should be communicated to HEAR@philorch.org and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If your group cannot make its scheduled rehearsal, please contact the Orchestra at HEAR@philorch.org as soon as possible, so that your seats can be released to groups on the waiting list. Failure to notify the Orchestra of your cancellation prior to the open rehearsal may jeopardize your schools’ ability to attend open rehearsals in the following season.


Program notes may be found online at www.philorch.org, typically one week prior to the start of the concert series. Use these resources in the classroom to supplement music history, literacy, and general curriculum materials.

Open Rehearsals for Students are supported by the Annenberg Foundation.