Donor Benefit Events

When you make a gift to The Philadelphia Orchestra, you receive member benefits designed to deepen your personal Orchestra experience.

Donor benefits are delivered based on your membership, which begins the month of your primary Annual Fund gift. For example, if you make your gift each December, your membership is active from December through November.  

You will receive invitations to our benefit events throughout your active membership period. Participation in donor events may affect the tax deductibility of your gift. When making your gift, you may elect to decline donor benefits. Please note that if you prefer to decline these benefits, you will not receive certain event invitations.  

If you have questions about these events, or would like to RSVP, contact the Annual Fund office at 215.893.3151 or [email protected].

As we continue to monitor health and safety recommendations due to COVID-19, some of the benefits listed below have been adjusted or postponed for the 2021–22 season. 

Please see our full statement regarding donor benefits for fall 2021.

Donor Events

Open Rehearsals

Members are invited to a final working rehearsal, typically on Thursday morning of the concert program’s opening night. The Orchestra offers five (5) Open Rehearsals for members per season. Open Rehearsals are working rehearsals, and therefore schedules, repertoire, and artists are subject to change. As a courtesy to the musicians and production staff, seating may not be allowed in the rows closest to the stage. Children under the age of eight (8) will not be admitted. Rehearsals begin promptly at the start time.   

Tickets are distributed as follows: $100 members are eligible for two (2) tickets; $250 members are eligible for four (4) tickets; $500–$2,499 members are eligible for eight (8) tickets.  

Orchestra-level general admission tickets are required for admittance into the concert hall and are available by logging in to My Account and clicking Memberships or by contacting our office. Open Rehearsal tickets are date specific, and exchanges can be made by contacting our office.  

Members at the $2,500 level and above are eligible to attend all Open Rehearsals without tickets and have access to Tier 1 seating as well as an intermission reception with Orchestra musicians. Donors at this level should contact the Annual Fund office to make their Open Rehearsal reservation.  

Backstage Tours

Members at the $500 level and above are invited to a pre-concert backstage tour of Verizon Hall. This is a special opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Verizon Hall, the music library, and more. Tours are scheduled on select dates throughout the season.

Tours begin prior to the concert and last approximately 45 minutes. Reservations are required. For the convenience and enjoyment of patrons, each tour is limited to 20 people.

Meet the Artists Series

Members at the $1,500 level and above receive invitations to evening events featuring a cocktail reception and hors d'oeuvres, followed by an interview with a guest conductor, soloist, or Philadelphia Orchestra musician(s) featured in a concert program.   

Donors at all levels are invited to experience “Meet the Artists” digitally and will receive e-mail invitations as events become available.

Annual Rehearsal and Reception Event (Formerly Closed Rehearsal)

Members at the $1,500 level and above receive an invitation to this annual event, which includes a meal and discussion of the featured concert program, and a full rehearsal. You do not need to redeem Open Rehearsal tickets for this event.

Ambassadors Circle House Party

This annual house party is an opportunity for members of $5,000 or more to celebrate the end of the Orchestra’s subscription season with musicians and Orchestra leadership. This event is held at a different private residence each year.   

Carnegie Hall Patron Day Trip

Members at the $7,500 level and above are invited to the annual Carnegie Hall Patron Day Trip. Travel from 30th Street Station to New York City with Orchestra musicians on a charter Amtrak train. Upon arrival in New York, the schedule includes a specially planned cultural activity, dinner at a restaurant near Carnegie Hall joined by musicians, the Orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall, and return transportation to Philadelphia. This is a truly special experience!

Accessibility at Donor Events

Your Philadelphia Orchestra is committed to accessibility and to accommodating the needs of individuals with disabilities. In order to best accommodate your request, please contact us with your needs prior to the event.  

We are committed to holding our events in venues that allow for wheelchair and other mobility device access to parking, seating, and restrooms.  

Parking in the Kimmel Center garage is available for purchase to those with a Persons with Disability Parking Placard.  

Personal care attendants may attend any benefit event in addition to your guests.  

For events in the Kimmel Cultural Campus, we offer:  

  • Assistive listening devices 
  • Reserved seating near the front of the event for those with low vision or blindness  
  • Large print programs  

While many common requests are listed above, you may have additional needs. We are here to serve our guests and make your donor experience as enjoyable as possible. Please contact us if you have any further requests or questions.  

A majority of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s events take place within the Kimmel Cultural Campus. The Kimmel Center, Inc., complies with all applicable federal, state, and local statutes and laws to ensure accessibility to individuals with disabilities who use our facilities.