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School Concerts

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s School Concerts are the ideal way to expose students in grades 3-5 to the exciting and powerful art form of orchestral music. They familiarize students with the environment and traditions of a concert hall, equip them with fundamental musical vocabulary, and cultivate a lifelong interest in classical music.

School Concerts

2017-18 School Concerts
Link Up: The Orchestra Sings

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts—Verizon Hall

Kensho Watanabe Conductor

Tuesday, February 20, at 12:15 PM
Tuesday, February 27, at 10:30 AM (Sold Out) and 12:15 PM
Tuesday, March 20, at 10:30 AM and 12:15 PM

Tickets are $8 per student, teacher, and chaperone for private, regional, and home schools. Tickets are free for Philadelphia public schools through the Billy Joel School Concert Program.

All performances are 45 minutes long.

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Link Up

The Philadelphia Orchestra tailors its School Concerts to align with the interactive and engaging Link Up curriculum developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. This curriculum places a strong emphasis on student participation: the students learn to sing and play an instrument in the classroom and then perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra from their seats at a culminating School Concert in Verizon Hall. The 2017-18 program, The Orchestra Sings, is a thrilling way for students to explore how composers create great melodies.

Billy Joel School Concert Program

Established in 2008 with an extraordinary donation from legendary singer-songwriter Billy Joel, the Billy Joel Fund for Music Education is earmarked to support and augment music education in the School District of Philadelphia. The Fund subsidizes the Billy Joel School Concert Program, through which designated schools receive a Link Up curriculum guide along with 44 tickets and bus transportation to a School Concert each year. The Program rewards and celebrates schools that, despite limited budgets and resources, have ensured a well-rounded education for their students by employing full-time music faculty.

Approximately 85 elementary and middle schools are selected to participate from within the district. In sum, the Program impacts over 3,500 students and teachers each season.

To participate in the Billy Joel School Concert Program, schools and their music teachers must commit to attending a professional development session, devoting instructional time for preparation and reflection, and completing post-concert evaluation surveys. Please note that eligibility for the program is limited to elementary and middle schools within the School District of Philadelphia only.


The Philadelphia Orchestra has a strict policy regarding the cancellation of concerts due to inclement weather. To cancel a performance, the Orchestra requires that the City of Philadelphia declare a state of emergency, not just a snow emergency. The Orchestra also has a strict no-refund policy. However, all available measures will be taken to reschedule any missed performances due to weather. Thank you for your understanding.

School Concerts are funded in part by the Annenberg Foundation, the Julius and Ray Charlestein Foundation in memory of Morton and Malvina Charlestein, the Connelly Foundation, the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, the Christian Humann Foundation, the Billy Joel Fund for Music Education, Lincoln Financial Group Foundation, the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, the Volunteer Committees for The Philadelphia Orchestra, and an anonymous donor.