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The Philadelphia Orchestra Announces “We’re HEAR Week”

September 12, 2017

Weeklong Celebration Kicks Off

2017-18 Season Community Service Events


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Introducing @philaorchestra’s “We’re HEAR Week”–30 events, 25+ locations, 1 goal of connecting communities thru music. 9/25-28 #PhilOrchHEAR

(Philadelphia, September 12, 2017)—As part of its ongoing commitment to community service, and in celebration of National Arts in Education Week, The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced its first-ever “We’re HEAR Week”—a weeklong series of events that will kick off a season of service in support of the Orchestra’s HEAR initiative, a portfolio of programs that promotes Health, champions music Education, enables broad Access to Orchestra performances, and maximizes impact through Research. From September 25 through 28, Philadelphia Orchestra musicians will work throughout the city with community partners at hospitals, schools, and non-profit centers for public performances, side-by-side rehearsals, music therapy sessions, instrument donations, master classes, and more. “We’re HEAR Week” will engage a variety of Orchestra ensembles in 30 events in more than 25 locations across the city, culminating in a free sensory-friendly full-orchestra concert in Verizon Hall led by Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Conductor Kensho Watanabe.

“‘We’re HEAR Week’ furthers The Philadelphia Orchestra’s commitment to making music and arts education accessible to all people,” said President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “With more than 25 partners––representing everything from healthcare organizations and community centers to schools and local orchestras––we will collaborate with and give back to the communities that form the tapestry of this great city. We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve Philadelphia’s broad and diverse audiences in meaningful ways during ‘We’re HEAR Week’ and beyond.”

“We’re HEAR Week” kicks off with a day of professional development sessions designed for the Orchestra musicians to best serve the communities they will visit in the subsequent days. These sessions will be held at the School District of Philadelphia’s offices. In addition, the School District has generously offered its building as a rehearsal space throughout the day for the musicians to prepare music for the week ahead, exemplifying its commitment to providing access to the arts to all students.

The week will include two events that are free and open to the public and more than 25 private functions with community partners across the city. The public events include a chamber music performance at Taller Puertorriqueño and the Orchestra’s first-ever sensory-friendly concert featuring the full Orchestra in Verizon Hall. The concert will be welcoming, inclusive, and comfortable for children and families with sensory sensitivities and cognitive and learning differences, as well as anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. Trained staff, ushers, musicians, and volunteers will be on hand throughout the experience and there will be pre-concert activities like an instrument petting zoo and arts and crafts starting at 5:00 PM. The concert will feature the premiere of “Hymn for the World,” an original work by Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Hannibal Lokumbe.


A schedule of “We’re HEAR Week” events is listed below. More information can be found at www.philorch.org/HEAR.


“We’re HEAR Week”

September 25-28, 2017


* indicates an event that is open to the public

Monday, September 25

Broad Street Ministry                                                                 Music Therapy

School District of Philadelphia                                                     Health and Education Professional Development

Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts       Master Class with Hilary Hahn (2017-18

                                                                                                Philadelphia Orchestra Artist-in-  Residence)

Verizon Hall                                                                               Rehearsals


Tuesday, September 26

Esperanza Academy Charter School                                             Chamber Orchestra Performance

                                                                                                Instrument Donation as part of the

                                                                                                “Buy One, Give One” Program

 Buy One, Give One is generously supported by the William Penn Foundation


Overbrook School for the Blind                                                     Small Ensemble Performance

John Moffet Elementary School                                                     Small Ensemble Performance

Gesu School                                                                                Small Ensemble Performance

Philadelphia Performing Arts: String Theory Charter School             Small Ensemble Performance

HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy                                  Small Ensemble Performance

Northeast High School                                                                  Small Ensemble Performance

Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships                               Percussion Lessons

at Drexel University

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra                                                         Youth Orchestra Side-by-Side Rehearsal

Musicopia String Orchestra                                                            Youth Orchestra Side-by-Side Rehearsal

Main Line Symphony Orchestra                                                      Community Orchestra Side-by-Side Rehearsal

Philadelphia Sinfonia                                                                     Youth Orchestra Side-by-Side Rehearsal

Lower Merion Symphony                                                               Community Orchestra Side-by-Side Rehearsal

Penn Med Symphony Orchestra                                                      Community Orchestra Sectionals and

                                                                                                   Side-by-Side Rehearsal


Wednesday, September 27

St. Francis De Sales School                                                            Small Ensemble Performance

Shriners Hospitals for Children                                                        Small Ensemble Performance

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia                                                   Small Ensemble Performance

St. Katherine Day School                                                                Small Ensemble Performance

Franklin Learning Center                                                                 Chamber Orchestra Performance

Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts            Master Classes

Central High School                                                                        Master Classes

Julia R. Masterman School                                                               Master Classes

Girard Academic Music Program                                                       Master Classes

Taller Puertorriqueño                                                                    Pre-Concert Reception* (6:15–7:00 PM)

                                                                                                       Free Neighborhood Chamber Music Concert*  

                                                                                                       (7:00–8:00 PM)


This event is generously supported by the William Penn Foundation as part of the Orchestra’s “New Audiences, New Places” initiative


Thursday, September 28

Verizon Hall                                                                                   We’re HEAR at the Kimmel:

                                                                                                       A Sensory-Friendly Concert* (6:30–8:00 PM)

                                                                                                       Pre-concert lobby activities begin at 5:00 PM

Hannibal Lokumbe’s work as Music Alive Composer-in-Residence is generously supported by New Music USA and Carole Haas Gravagno



Program to include:

Copland                     “Hoe-Down,” from Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

Mozart                         First movement from Eine kleine Nachtmusik

Hannibal                     “Hymn for the World” (world premiere)

Tan                              Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds (first Philadelphia Orchestra performance)

J. Strauss, Sr.            “Radetzky” March


(all programs are subject to change)


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