Be part of Philadelphia’s symphony!
Philadelphia Voices is a creative community music project led by composer Tod Machover and The Philadelphia Orchestra in collaboration with you, the citizens of Philadelphia. In this crowd-sourced commission, he creates a piece infused with the sounds and voices of today's Philadelphians. Inspired by the hundreds of thousands who sang in unison on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during the visit of Pope Francis in 2015, and reflecting the Orchestra's deep relationship with, and commitment to, its city and community, this work will represent Philadelphia Voices in the truest sense.
The Philadelphia Orchestra is proud to partner with the following community organizations and individuals in the creation of Philadelphia Voices.
Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Pennsylvania Girlchoir and Keystone State Boychoir)
Constitution High School
Drexel University’s ExCITe Center
The Franklin Institute
Hardy Williams High School
Michelle Angela Ortiz
Museum of the American Revolution
National Constitution Center
School District of Philadelphia
Sister Cities Girlchoir
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
The Village of Arts and Humanities
University of Pennsylvania
Westminster Symphony Choir
These performances are made possible in part by the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
One of the priorities of Knight Foundation’s arts program is to seek out projects that engage audiences in new ways, which this project does by asking residents to contribute the sounds of their city for the piece. Knight Foundation discovered Tod Machover’s work at MIT, traveled to Scotland to hear that city’s collaborative symphony, and immediately wanted to bring the project to communities where Knight invests, including Philadelphia. Ambitious projects take ambitious partners, which is why Knight Foundation chose Philadelphia as a site for a crowd-sourced symphony.
For more information, visit https://philadelphia.media.mit.edu/