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Philadelphia Orchestra Playing Free Family Concert on Giving Tuesday

The November 28 performance is aimed at local families.

Drop what you’re doing and head to the Philadelphia Orchestra’s website, to score free tickets to a special family concert on Giving Tuesday, November 28.


The family-friendly program will run about 60 minutes, with no intermission, and begins at 6:30 pm in the Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Starting at 5 pm in the Commonwealth Plaza, the orchestra will present a unique interactive activity called “ConductUS!”, giving members of the audience the chance to conduct musicians. There’s even a chance you could be chosen to conduct the full orchestra during the main concert!


The concert will feature music that will appeal to children, including the “Russian Dance” from The Nutcracker. It’s a great opportunity to expose your kids to live music and the experience of going to a theater.


“During this season of giving thanks for those we care for, we offer our Giving Tuesday Concert to our many communities of Philadelphia and fellow Philadelphians,” orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore said in a press release. “We hope to see our home, Verizon Hall, filled with friends for this fun and shared experience, celebrating the enriching power of music to gather us in unity.”


The concert is part of the orchestra’s ongoing effort to bring music to a wider swath of the community. Families that attend should bring new hats, mittens, scarves, and gloves to donate to Philadelphia City Council member Blondell Reynolds Brown’s “Warmth in Winter” drive.


If you can’t go to the November 28 show, the orchestra has several holiday concerts on its schedule. The Christmas Kids’ Spectacular is December 2, and the “Glorious Sounds of Christmas” shows, featuring a panoply of traditional holiday music, are scheduled for December 14 — 17. The orchestra also is offering the kid-friendly “Sound All Around” concerts on November 18 and 20 (the Saturday performance is even sensory-friendly).


Photograph by Jessica Griffin, courtesy of the Philadelphia Orchestra. 



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