Introducing the Public Orchestra of Philadelphia

April 8–10
Location: The Market
Time: Times Vary

Experience The Public Orchestra, a newly founded orchestra that seeks to represent the cultural and sonic diversity of Philadelphia and challenge western concepts of what a symphony orchestra can be, look and sound like.

Fifty musicians present five new works expressly composed for them by five commissioned artists. These performances take the form of open public rehearsals over two evenings and an afternoon at the Pier. The orchestra includes instrumentation and musical practices from bandoneon to the oud, from DJing to French horn, from electric guitar to Korean percussion.

Anthony Tidd serves as The Public Orchestra’s musical director, with new commissions by Ann Carlson, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Sun Ra Arkestra (Marshall Allen & David Middleton), Ursula Rucker, and Xenia Rubinos.

Performance Schedule
Friday, April 8 at 8 pm
Saturday, April 9 at 8 pm
Sunday, April 10 at 3 pm

Visit to learn more about the public performances, artists, and times, and to RSVP for free.

About Rehearsing Philadelphia

Rehearsing Philadelphia is a large-scale public project that explores how we can come together as a city through musical rehearsal. Created by Ari Benjamin Meyers and jointly produced and presented by the Curtis Institute of Music and Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Rehearsing Philadelphia consists of four modules: Solo, Duet, Ensemble, and Orchestra.

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