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School Concerts

Experience The Philadelphia Orchestra with your students for only $8 a person

School Concerts

For Students, Grades 3-5

Introduce your students to the thrilling and powerful art form of orchestral music with a Philadelphia Orchestra School Concert. Held on weekdays, these 45-minute full orchestra performances are open to school groups and home schools throughout the greater Delaware Valley area.

Link Up: The Orchestra Moves

About the Program

Join The Philadelphia Orchestra and guest conductor Aram Demirjian for Link Up: The Orchestra Moves, an interactive and engaging program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute for students in grades 3-5. In this program that unites the classroom to the concert hall, students will join in on the music-making at a Philadelphia Orchestra concert where they will listen to symphonic masterworks, and move and sing along with the Orchestra. 

Link Up: The Orchestra Moves explores how music moves—rhythmically, melodically, motivically—and even makes us want to move our bodies. The Orchestra Moves features Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Offenbach’s “Can-Can” from Orpheus in the Underworld, Strauss’ Blue Danube, Mozart’s Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, and Bizet’s Toreador Song from Carmen, among other works.

Introducing Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Program

2016-17 Philadelphia Orchestra School Concerts

Aram Demirjian Conductor
David Hutchman Host, Manager of Creative Arts, Please Touch Museum

Tuesday, October 18 at 12:15 PM
Tuesday, October 25 at 10:30 AM (Sold Out) 12:15 PM
Tuesday, November 1 at 10:30 AM (Sold Out) and 12:15 PM 

All performances are 45 minutes long and take place in Verizon Hall at
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets: $8 per student, teacher, and chaperone

Reserve Your Seats Now!

School District of Philadelphia Schools Reservations


Connelly Access Program Schools Reservations


All Other Schools Reservations


Information about the Billy Joel School Concert Program

Established in 2008 with an extraordinary donation from legendary singer-songwriter and composer Billy Joel, the Billy Joel Fund for Music Education is specifically earmarked to expand and improve music education in the School District of Philadelphia. The Billy Joel School Concert Program was designed to reward and celebrate the schools and principals who, in the face of constricting budgets and increasingly limited resources, have chosen to support the well-rounded education of their students by hiring full-time music teachers.

The Billy Joel Fund allows The Philadelphia Orchestra to provide each designated school with 44 tickets and transportation to a School Concert performance in order to eliminate all barriers to access. Approximately 80 elementary and middle schools are selected to participate from within the district, serving more than 3,500 students and teachers each season. Since its inception, the Billy Joel Program has made it possible for thousands of students and teachers to experience The Philadelphia Orchestra in Verizon Hall.

Program Objectives

To improve access, the Billy Joel School Concert Program strives to achieve the following key objectives:

  • Physical access: Every child will experience a performance of a symphony orchestra in a concert hall, cultivating a positive interest and curiosity in classical music.

  • Cultural access: Every child should know about the traditions and behavioral expectations of attending an orchestra concert, so that he or she feels comfortable returning to the concert hall.

  • Cognitive access: Every child should be able to identify, explain, and/or apply the meaning of the following fundamental vocabulary: orchestra, conductor, concertmaster, composer, tuning, strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

Requirements and Resources

To participate in the Billy Joel 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 student and teacher evaluation surveys. Teachers are provided with classroom resources, including a curriculum guide and recordings of the concert music, and arrangements for bus transportation are made on behalf of each school. Participation in the program is limited to School District of Philadelphia elementary and middle schools, and not open at-large via application.


The Philadelphia Orchestra is pleased to recognize the following major donors who support the School Concert Program.

School Concerts are funded in part by the Annenberg Foundation, Anonymous, 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, the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Fund, and the Volunteer Committees for The Philadelphia Orchestra.