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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Symphony for a Broken Orchestra at the 23rd Street Armory, Todd Rundgren at the Keswick Theatre, Spoon at the Sherman Theater

Symphony for a Broken Orchestra | photo by Neda Ulaby | courtesy of NPR

Symphony for a Broken Orchestra is a city-wide effort to support music education in Philadelphia’s public schools — tonight, hundreds of musicians will come together at the 23rd Street Armory to perform an original composition on the school district’s broken, battered and worn-out instruments, with goal of getting all fixable instruments repaired and back into the schools, which lack the funds to fix them. You may have caught NPR’s feature on the effort a few days ago — read that here, and find more information on Symphony for a Broken Orchestra on their website. Continue reading →

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This weekend, Symphony for a Broken Orchestra launches its mission of rehabbing music education in Philly

A broken trombone owned by the School District of Philadelphia | photo by Nathan McChristy | via NPR

Symphony for a Broken Orchestra is, in many ways, just what its name indicates. The instruments that make up the symphony aren’t just any old broken instruments, though — they’re owned by the School District of Philadelphia.

There are over a thousand musical instruments in Philadelphia public schools that are broken and worn to the point that they cannot be played. And while many of them are not broken beyond repair, the school district doesn’t have the funds to fix them. That’s where Symphony for a Broken Orchestra steps in. Continue reading →