Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra will present a free concert for the community at Temple University Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, November 6. (Photo by Jessica Griffin)
What’s better than taking in a concert by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra? Catching the beautiful music for free.
All week long, May 12-15, our city’s outstanding orchestra is set to impress new audiences during Philadelphia Orchestra Free Days, a series of six free performances on four days at a number of neighborhood locations, culminating in an awesome free neighborhood concert at Urban Outfitters, Inc., Headquarters at the Navy Yard.
Read on for a rundown of opportunities to hear the renowned sounds of The Philadelphia Orchestra for free.
• Sound All Around: To kick off the week of free events, the orchestra invites wee ones out to the Parkway Central Library to hear a program focusing on the flute with Loren N. Lind, Charlotte Blake Alston and Grame Burgan. Aimed towards young kids, the interactive 45-minute show includes storytelling, singing and more.
When: Monday, May 12, 11 a.m.
Where: Parkway Central Library Auditorium, 1901 Vine Street
Cost: Free, no tickets required
• Side-by-Side Rehearsals: Aspiring conductors and musicians, tune up. During two side-by-side rehearsals, budding musicians have the chance to make music with the pros of The Philadelphia Orchestra. On Tuesday, May 13, Tune Up Philly and the Philadelphia Region Youth String Music program play at the Salvation Army Kroc Center of Philadelphia. On Wednesday, May 14, the Lower Merion Symphony joins up at Harriton High School. Tickets are not required, and audience seating is available on a first-come, first-served
When: Tuesday, May 13, 4 p.m.; Wednesday, May 14, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Salvation Army Kroc Center, 4200 Wissahickon Avenue; Harriton High School, 600 N. Ithan Avenue
• Philadelphia Orchestra SingIN: In yet another opportunity to join the orchestra in making music, conductor Michael Rossi leads Academy of Vocal Arts Soloists, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and the audience in a sing-a-long at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Amateur singers — a.k.a. the audience — can belt out alongside the orchestral music to selections from Handel’s Messiah and more. The event is still free, but tickets are required to reserve a seat.
When: Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets
Cost: Free; Tickets required
• Lunchtime Concert: Would-be conductors have the chance to take up the baton to lead members of the string section during this free lunchtime concert at the always-bustling Market & Shops at Comcast Center. During the performance, audience members will have an opportunity to volunteer and take the stage to conduct an excerpt from the first movement from Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music).
When: Thursday, May 15, noon
Where: Market & Shops at Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Boulevard
• Neighborhood Concert: Wrapping up the week of freebies, the orchestra presents one of its uber-popular Neighborhood Concerts. The Philadelphia Orchestra’s newly-named Orchestra Assistant Conductor Designate Lio Kuokman will lead his first Neighborhood Concert at the impressive Urban Outfitters Inc. Headquarters at the Navy Yard. Tickets are completely free and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Since the space holds room for a set number of audience members, though, tickets are required. Reserve tickets online.
When: Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m.
Where: Urban Outfitters Inc. Headquarters at the Navy Yard, Navy Yard, Building #543, 16th Street and Flagship Avenue
Cost: Free; Tickets required
Don’t miss this world-class entertainment at no cost.
Philadelphia Orchestra Free Days
When: May 12-15
Where: Locations vary
More info: www.philorch.org