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Philadelphia Voices

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.

Did you know that 2,325 texts and words, nine original poems, and one Eagles victory parade went into the composition of Philadelphia VoicesLearn more about the making of this concert from our infographic.

Contribute your sounds! Simply download the Philadelphia Voices app and record a sound, words, song, or anything that represents Philadelphia to you. 
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Join us for a sonic portrait of Philadelphia:
Thursday, April 5 
Friday, April 6
Saturday, April 7 

The Philadelphia Orchestra is proud to partner with the following community organizations and individuals in the creation of Philadelphia Voices.

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture
Jennifer Cleary
Cameron Coles
Constitution High School
Nick DiBerardino, The Curtis Institute of Music
Makan Taghavi Dilamani, NYU
The Franklin Institute
Germantown Avenue
Google “Magenta” Project
Jayda Hepburn
Keystone State Boychoir and Pennsylvania Girlchoir
Youngmoo Kim and Drexel University’s ExCITe Center
Make Music Day Philly
Jack McCarthy
Mighty Writers El Futuro
Mighty Writers West
MIT Media Lab
Dorina Morrow, High School for Creative and Performing Arts
Mummer’s Museum
Museum of the American Revolution
National Constitution Center
Michael O’Bryan, The Village of Arts and Humanities
Michelle Angela Ortiz
Pat’s King of Steaks
Elizabeth Perez-Luna
Philadelphia Zoo
Reading Terminal Market
Merrill Reese
Christina Rissell, Mighty Writers
School District of Philadelphia
Sister Cities Girlchoir
Slought Foundation
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
University of Pennsylvania
U.S. Dream Academy
The Village of Arts and Humanities
Naomi Waltham-Smith
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Hardy Williams Academy Mastery Charter School
Jacob Winterstein


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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/ 

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