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Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be rededicated as Marian Anderson Hall, home of The Philadelphia Orchestra


Open Rehearsals for Students

Students in Verizon Hall

For Middle and High School Students

Open Rehearsals are a unique and exciting opportunity for students to observe firsthand the artistic collaboration between world-class musicians and conductors. Since this is a working rehearsal for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the full length of the rehearsal is 3 hours. Open Rehearsals begin promptly and include a 20-minute break. If necessary, groups may leave during this intermission, which occurs approximately one hour into the rehearsal. Open Rehearsals take place in Verizon Hall on the Kimmel Cultural Campus.

Open Rehearsals for Students are supported by the Annenberg Foundation.

Register here!

2023–24 Philadelphia Orchestra Open Rehearsals for Students

Please note our new registration process: 

  • Fill out the registration form and wait for an e-mail from the Philadelphia Orchestra.
  • Use the Open Rehearsal Reservation link provided in the e-mail to order your tickets.
  • Order your FREE tickets (max 100 tickets per school).
  • After ordering you'll receive an e-mail to confirm your ticket order.

Mahler’s Symphony No. 1

Friday, December 1, 2023 10:00 AM

Rafael Payare Conductor
Javier Perianes Piano

López Bellido Ephemerae, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (U.S. premiere—Philadelphia Orchestra co-commission)
Mahler Symphony No. 1

Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

Thursday, January 18, 2024 10:30 AM

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Marcus Roberts Trio

Stravinsky Petrushka
Weill Symphony No. 2
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

All Beethoven

Thursday, February 29, 2024 10:30 AM

Nathalie Stutzmann Conductor
Haochen Zhang Piano

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”)
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony

Thursday, March 21, 2024 10:30 AM

Paavo Järvi Conductor
Christian Schmitt Organ

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Connesson Concerto da Requiem, Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (U.S. premiere)
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

Salonen Conducts Daphnis and Chloe

Thursday, May 16, 2024 10:30 AM

Esa-Pekka Salonen Conductor
Olivier Latry Organ

Saariaho Lumière et Pesanteur
Salonen Sinfonia concertante, for organ and orchestra
Ravel Daphnis and Chloe (complete ballet)


Open Rehearsal Policies

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 [email protected] and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If your group cannot make its scheduled rehearsal, please contact the Orchestra at [email protected] 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 on our website 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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