Our City, Your Orchestra

Our City, Your Orchestra is a tour of Philadelphia like no other. This digital series uncovers and amplifies the voices, stories, and causes championed by unique Philly organizations and businesses that align with what The Philadelphia Orchestra is today, and what we are becoming. Through thoughtful storytelling and musical collaboration, OCYO creates powerful bonds between Philadelphia communities and the Orchestra. The Philadelphia Orchestra embraces this opportunity to step off the stage and into our community to introduce you to the positive things happening in our region.

New episodes will be available on this page on the 1st and 15th day of each month.


Prevention Point

Musicians of the Orchestra visited Prevention Point Philadelphia in Kensington to kick off this season of Our City, Your Orchestra. Prevention Point Philadelphia promotes health, empowerment, and safety for communities affected by drug use and poverty.

Paul Robeson House and Museum

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Members of the Orchestra visit the Paul Robeson House and Museum in West Philadelphia to learn more about Robeson and his life’s work fighting against injustice.

Johnson House Historic Site (Part 1)

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The Johnson House, located in nearby Germantown, was a pivotal station along the Underground Railroad in the 1800’s. (Watch part 2)

Family Promise (Part 1)

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Learn what one local organization, Family Promise of Burlington County, is doing to address housing insecurity in the region. (Watch part 2)

Grant BLVD (Episode 1)

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Grant BLVD is an ethically sourced, sustainable clothing store in West Philadelphia that uses upcycled garments and fashion to create employment opportunities and raise awareness for marginalized communities. (Watch Episode 2)

Asian Arts Initiative (Episode 1)

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Philadelphia Orchestra musicians join with Asian Arts Initiative staff for a diverse program incorporating song, percussion instruments, and dance. (Watch episode 2)

William Way LGBT Center

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The William Way Community Center encourages, supports, and advocates for the well-being and acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community of Philadelphia through service, recreational, educational, and cultural programming.

Daddy Dressed Me at the Fabric Workshop and Museum

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In celebration of Father’s Day, the Orchestra teams up with Michael Gardner’s Daddy Dressed Me for a special episode filmed at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM).

Citizenship and Immigration Services

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Julia Li (violin), Che-Hung Chen (viola), and Yumi Kendall (assistant principal cello) perform during three naturalization ceremonies in West Philadelphia, presided by Joel H. Slomsky, senior U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Share Food Program

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Share Food Program also manages the National School Lunch Program for more than 305,000 children in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs who qualify for free or reduced lunch.


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Journey across the Delaware to UrbanPromise, a Camden organization working to equip local youth with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and leadership.


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For this episode of Our City, Your Orchestra, musicians Juliette Kang, Kirsten Johnson, and Priscilla Lee travelled to PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society), the city’s largest rescue organization dedicated to saving homeless and at-risk pets.

NextFab North Philadelphia

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March 22, 2021

Taller Puertorriqueño

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This all-Spanish-language program, presented with English subtitles, reflects on the communities and cultures in Latin America and the Latin diaspora, highlighting the unique rhythms at the core of Latin music.

AR Workshop Chestnut Hill

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February 22, 2021

First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry Armory

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December 21, 2020

Woodmere Art Museum

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December 7, 2020

Project HOME

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This week, we present a Thanksgiving-themed performance at Project HOME, a Philadelphia non-profit organization empowering individuals to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.

Valley Forge National Historical Park

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November 9, 2020

National Marian Anderson Museum

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November 2, 2020

The Franklin Institute

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October 26, 2020

Harriett's Bookshop

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October 19, 2020

The Historic Belmont Mansion/Underground Railroad Museum

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October 12, 2020

Our City, Your Orchestra is supported in part by the William Penn Foundation, with additional support provided through the PNC Arts Alive initiative, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

William Penn Foundation

PNC Arts Alive

National Endowment for the Arts



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