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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.
Music Education at KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School: Part 1 and 2
Our City, Your Orchestra highlights the importance of music education, specifically through our partnership with KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School. Your Philadelphia Orchestra is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of musicians through the School Ensemble Program, which makes music education possible for every student at the school. Music and Artistic Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Principal Bass Joseph Conyers, Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa, and celebrated Philly jazz musicians Orrin Evans, and Justin Faulkner collaborated with the school’s music ensembles for a special two-part series.
Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy
Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy is in the Bustleton neighborhood of Philadelphia. Pegasus is dedicated to serving children and adults with disabilities, diagnoses, and those in at-risk populations by providing therapeutic horseback riding programs and equine-assisted activities and therapies.
We are the Seeds
In this episode of Our City, Your Orchestra, learn all about We Are the Seeds, an organization dedicated to amplifying contemporary Indigenous arts and culture. wearetheseeds.org
Down North Pizza
This episode of Our City, Your Orchestra takes us to Down North Pizza in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood of Philadelphia. Down North seeks to erase employment barriers faced by formerly incarcerated men and women, by providing culinary career opportunities. Learn more about their important work, including performances in collaboration with Khemist and KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School.
Pathways to Housing
Pathways to Housing works to empower people with disabilities to improve their housing stability, achieve better health, and reclaim their lives. Guided by the belief that housing is a basic human right, and everyone deserves a place to call home, Pathways to Housing creates a culture where it is easy to practice kindness, and everyone is welcomed with grace and hospitality.
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
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
The Johnson House, located in nearby Germantown, was a pivotal station along the Underground Railroad in the 1800’s.
Learn what one local organization, Family Promise of Burlington County, is doing to address housing insecurity in the region.
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.
Asian Arts Initiative
Philadelphia Orchestra musicians join with Asian Arts Initiative staff for a diverse program incorporating song, percussion instruments, and dance.
William Way LGBT Center
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
March 22, 2021
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
February 22, 2021
First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry Armory
December 21, 2020
Woodmere Art Museum
December 7, 2020
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
November 9, 2020
National Marian Anderson Museum
November 2, 2020
The Franklin Institute
October 26, 2020
October 19, 2020
The Historic Belmont Mansion/Underground Railroad Museum
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.
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