Cherry Street Pier

121 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Fri April 8 & Sat April 9, 8PM

Sun April 10, 3PM

Duration: ~75 mins

Ticket Info

Admission is free. RSVP for updates.

With new commissions by

Ann Carlson

Ari Benjamin Meyers

Sun Ra Arkestra (Marshall Allen & David Middleton)

Ursula Rucker

Xenia Rubinos

Musical Director: Anthony Tidd

Rehearsal Director for Ann Carlson: Ellen Gerdes


Rehearsing Philadelphia introduces The Public Orchestra, a newly founded orchestra that seeks to represent the cultural and sonic diversity of Philadelphia and challenge western concepts of what a symphony orchestra can be, look and sound like. Fifty musicians present five new works expressly composed for them by a group of local and international artists. These performances take the form of open public rehearsals over two evenings and an afternoon at Cherry Street Pier. The orchestra includes instrumentation and musical practices from bandoneon to the oud, from DJing to French horn, from electric guitar to Korean percussion.

The Public Orchestra Manifesto can be found here.

Special thanks to:

Chris Totora, Mandell (Theater Technical Director)

Andrew Cowles

Azuka Theatre

Inis Nua Theatre

Claire Thai

Drew Schlegel

Zoë Keating w/ Ensemble