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Every Monday, we hold a music therapy session with two music therapists from Temple University and two musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra at Broad Street Ministry. The music therapists host a workshop that includes guided musical improvisation and discussions which require no prior musical knowledge. Walk-ins are welcome, and anyone can join at any point of the session.
One of the main goals of these sessions is to create a safe space for all sections of our community. Participants create sounds and melodies that stay with them for the rest of the week and ease their days. More importantly, this environment brings everyone together through music. The background or the status of the individual doesn't matter; during the workshop, everyone is equal.
Beginning one hour before every Philadelphia Orchestra subscription concert, a special PreConcert Conversation gives you insights into the music and music-makers you will hear on the program. PreConcert Conversations are free to all ticket holders and include informal interviews with renowned guest artists and composers, discussions led by Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians, and behind-the-scenes information. These lively and engaging programs are held in the Rendell Room of the Kimmel Center or in Verizon Hall.
Join us for 2019-20 Community Play-INs.
The Free Neighborhood Concert Series brings ensembles of varying sizes to communities where the Orchestra does not frequently perform. These free concerts in parks, churches, museums, and community centers bring neighbors together to experience the Fabulous Philadelphians in familiar, local venues. Come early, bring a picnic, and enjoy fun pre-concert activities!
Penn’s Landing, on the Delaware River Waterfront, provides a beautiful outdoor amphitheater where the Orchestra performs free summer concerts.
MLK Tribute Concert
The Philadelphia Orchestra honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through an annual free community concert, combining music traditions of African-American culture with the traditions of Western classical music. The MLK Tribute Concert pays tribute to Dr. King’s vision of equality and his belief that music holds the power of change.
Free Neighborhood Chamber Concert Series
In its ongoing work to deepen ties to Philadelphians and to make music and arts education accessible to all people, The Philadelphia Orchestra will present six concerts as part of its 2020 Free Neighborhood Chamber Concert Series taking place February through June around the city, which introduces the music and musicians of the Orchestra to new audiences and venues outside of Verizon Hall.
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