Donor Benefit Events

Thank you for your continued support as a loyal donor to The Philadelphia Orchestra. Your dedication is critically important and deeply appreciated. We have announced changes to our fall concert schedule, with performances filmed without audiences through December 31, 2020. Regrettably, due to the continuing COVID-19 crisis, we also will not be able to host donor benefit events during that time.

We have not announced changes to events tentatively scheduled for January 2021 or later. Please be sure to update your contact preference on My Account to be one of the first to receive this announcement.

We will miss seeing you at Open Rehearsals, Salon events, and the many other activities we schedule in a typical Orchestra season. Over these coming months we will continue to provide you with the connection and service you deserve in return for your support, including a series of digital donor events.

We wish to pledge our commitment to serving your Orchestra needs and to expressing our gratitude for your generosity. We are in this together. You have been loyal to us, and we want to demonstrate our loyalty to you. When you donate to The Philadelphia Orchestra, we promise to prioritize your well-being, communicate authentically, act with empathy, and keep music alive in Philadelphia and for the world.

We will prioritize your well-being.
Nothing is more important than the safety of our patrons, musicians, and staff. We will meet and exceed the health guidelines put forth by the CDC and the City of Philadelphia. This currently impacts our ability to schedule in-person donor events, but we promise to find other ways to keep you engaged.

We will communicate authentically.
There are many unknowns right now, and the situation evolves daily. We will be transparent in our communications with you and share information as soon as possible. Together, we will navigate the future with honesty and integrity.

We will listen to you and respond to your needs.
We very much want to stay in touch with you throughout the season and invite you to keep in touch with us. The Development team continues to work standard business hours and we welcome your feedback and questions.

We will keep music alive in Philadelphia and for the world.
Music brings joy to our lives. We will continue to offer musical refuge and community to our fans all over the world via the Digital Stage and the Listen On Demand platform on our website.

Thank you for your support and for helping to keep the music alive. Please see below for more information about digital donor benefit events and the normal offering of donor benefits, to be reinstated during the 2021–22 season.

This season we will continue with a series of Philadelphia Orchestra Virtual Town Halls for our donor community. During these events, President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky will be joined by special guests to provide important updates on the state of Your Philadelphia Orchestra and answer your questions. We are pleased to announce that the next Virtual Town Hall webinar/conference calls will take place during the fall. They are:

  • Monday, October 5, at 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday, November 11, at 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday, December 9 at, 12:00 PM

Please keep an eye out for invitations to these, as well as other substantive event programming throughout the months ahead.

When you make a membership gift ($100 or more) to The Philadelphia Orchestra, you receive member benefits designed to deepen your personal Orchestra experience.

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

Standard Donor Events

Open Rehearsals

One of our most popular member benefits is the Open Rehearsal series. Members are invited to a final working rehearsal, typically on Thursday mornings of the concert program’s opening night. The Orchestra offers five (5) Open Rehearsals for members per season, and schedules are subject to change.

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 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 and Conductor’s Circle 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.

Open Rehearsals are working rehearsals. As a courtesy to the musicians, 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. Repertoire and artists are subject to change.

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.

Salon Series

Members at the $1,500 level and above receive invitations to the annual Salon Series of three (3) events. These events begin with 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.

Eligible donors will receive e-mail invitations and postcards in advance of these events with more details.

Closed Rehearsal Event

Members at the $1,500 level and above receive an invitation to this annual event, which begins with a meal and is followed by a discussion of the concert program being rehearsed, concluding with a full rehearsal. Open Rehearsal tickets are not redeemable for this event.

Eligible donors will receive an invitation in advance of this event with more detail.

Maestros Circle House Party

This springtime 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 leadership. This event is held at a different private residence each year. Invitations will be mailed to eligible members six to eight weeks prior to the event.

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!

Eligible donors will receive an invitation in advance of this event with more details.