Symphony for a Broken Orchestra Concerts

3 Dec 2017
5pm - 8:30pm
23rd Street Armory, 22 S 23rd Street, Philadelphia


Wall installation of broken instruments from Philadelphia schools, Temple Contemporary. Photo by Haley Adair.

Temple Contemporary’s Center-funded project Symphony for a Broken Orchestra culminates in two performances on December 3. A 600-member orchestra comprised of Philadelphia school students and teachers, professional and amateur musicians will perform a new composition by Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning composer David Lang using over 1,000 broken instruments gathered from Philadelphia public schools.

Created in collaboration with Found Sound Nation, Lang’s composition has been written specifically for the sounds the instruments make in their broken state. Following the performances, Temple Contemporary will repair the fixable instruments and return them to the schools along with instrument repair kits for future use.

Performances take place at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Reserve free tickets here.