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We're HEAR Week

HEAR is the Orchestra’s portfolio of programs that promotes Health, champions music Education, eliminates barriers to Accessing the Orchestra, and maximizes impact through Research.

We're HEAR Week

The Orchestra’s 2019 “We’re HEAR Week” will take place March 18-23, 2019, and will include three school concerts in Verizon Hall, chamber performances in various settings throughout the city, continued work with Broad Street Ministry, side-by-side rehearsals with the All-City Orchestra and Penn Symphony, a chamber orchestra performance at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA, and a benefit concert featuring Ben Folds. The benefit concert will feature orchestral arrangements of Ben Folds’ hit songs, solo performances, and orchestra-only pieces, with all proceeds benefitting the Orchestra’s education programs.

The “We’re HEAR Week” will conclude on March 23 with a sensory-friendly full-orchestra concert on the practice field of the Philadelphia Eagles’ NovaCare Complex. The sensory-friendly concert at the NovaCare Complex will feature the full orchestra and will be welcoming, inclusive, and comfortable for children and families with sensory sensitivities and cognitive and learning differences, as well as anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

We’re HEAR Week

Monday, March 18, 2019, 1:30 PM
Broad Street Ministry music therapy (not open to public)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 12:15 PM
School Concert in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (open to school groups)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 10:30 AM and 12:15 PM
School Concerts in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (open to school groups)

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 12:30 PM
Side-by-Side Rehearsal with All-City Orchestra

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 6:00 PM
Side-by-Side Rehearsal with The University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7:00 PM
Chamber orchestra performance at the Keswick Theatre benefiting arts education in Montgomery County public schools.

Friday, March 22, 2019, 8:00 PM
Chamber ensemble performances in neighborhoods (locations TBA)

Friday, March 22, 2019, 8:00 PM
Benefit concert with Ben Folds in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 3:00 PM
Full orchestra sensory-friendly performance at the Philadelphia Eagles’ NovaCare Complex

Press about 2017 "We're HEAR Week"

The Philadelphia Inquirer
A Philadelphia Orchestra first: Into the sensory-friendly realm

6abc Action News
Philadelphia Orchestra performs sensory concert
Performing for the kids

CBS Philly
Philadelphia Orchestra Donates Instruments to Aspiring Musicians
Philly Orchestra Brings Hope, Inspiration To Those With Health Challenges