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Donor Benefit Events

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

Below is a brief overview of our annual membership events. If you have questions about these events, or would like to RSVP, contact the Annual Fund office at 215.893.3151 or memberevents@philorch.org.

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.

2019-20 Open Rehearsals

Friday, October 4, 2019

11:00 AM
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Haochen Zhang Piano

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2
Strauss An Alpine Symphony


Thursday, December 12, 2019

10:30 AM
Wynton Marsalis’s Blues Symphony
Cristian Măcelaru Conductor
Leonidas Kavakos Violin

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1
Marsalis Blues Symphony


Thursday, January 30, 2020

10:30 AM
BeethovenNOW: Daniil Trifonov
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Daniil Trifonov Piano

Boulanger Of a Sad Evening
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1
Farrenc Symphony No. 2


Thursday, February 20, 2020

10:30 AM
Symphonie fantastique
Herbert Blomstedt Conductor
Lise de la Salle Piano

Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 2
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique


Thursday, May 28, 2020

10:30 AM
Yuja Wang and the Brahms Piano Concertos
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Yuja Wang Piano

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
Sibelius Symphony No. 3

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.

2019–20 Backstage Tours

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. 

Below are confirmed backstage tour dates for spring 2020.

3/21/2020 BeethovenNow Symphonies 2 & 3
Tour Time: 6:15 pm–7 pm
Concert Start Time: 8 PM

4/24/2020 Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony
Tour Time: 6:15 PM–7 PM
Concert Start Time: 8 PM

5/14/20 BeethovenNOW: Solo Piano Recital with Evgeny Kissin
Tour Time: 5:45 PM–6:30 PM
Concert Start Time: 7:30 PM

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.

2019–20 Salon Series

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

Friday, September 27, 2019

Composer and conductor John Adams is an American musical icon whose work unflinchingly confronts, defines, and embraces contemporary culture. President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky will join Adams and violinist Leila Josefowicz for a conversation about their preparations for Scheherazade.2, a musical exploration of the present-day struggles of women in a patriarchal society. This piece was written for Josefowicz, whose solo violin plays the role of a modern Scheherazade.

SEI Innovation Studio
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

November 22, 2019

Featuring the artists of The Firebird.

Hamilton Garden
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

March 6, 2020

Featuring the artists of Porgy and Bess.

Tier 2 Lounge
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

To RSVP to any of these events, contact the Annual Fund Office at 215.893.3151 or memberevents@philorch.org.

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.

2019–20 Closed Rehearsal Event

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

Thursday, March 19, 2020

8:30 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM Conversation with Artistic Team
10:30 AM Rehearsal

BeethovenNOW: Symphonies 2 & 3
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Hunt Work in Dialogue with Beethoven (world premiere—Philadelphia Orchestra commission)
Beethoven Symphony No. 2
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica")

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.

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.

Carnegie Hall Patron Day Trip

Friday, April 3, 2020

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Angel Blue Soprano
Mihoko Fujimura Mezzo-soprano
Rolando Villazón Tenor
Quinn Kelsey Baritone
Westminster Symphonic Choir

Beethoven Symphony No. 1 
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 ("Choral")