Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us at this year’s Evening of Harmony!

It was an inspiring night that celebrated Play On Philly and Stanford Thompson’s vision of providing transformative music education to Philadelphia’s youth. Internationally acclaimed ensemble Canadian Brass kicked off the evening and were joined by a chamber orchestra comprised of students, alumni, and former/current Teaching Artists for an inspiring performance.

Thank you to everyone who supported our event! Your meaningful support empowers young people through music education, mentoring, and performance opportunities.

Dr. Anna, Keith, Ravonna, and Neary share the powerful ways they’ve been inspired through Play On Philly.

Thank You To Our 2023 Evening of Harmony Sponsors


POP Legacy Sponsor
Carole Haas Gravagno

POP Family Sponsor
Jill Kirshner

Producer’s Circle
The Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation
Tom and Pat Vernon

Director’s Circle

Composer’s Circle
Mitchell Bach and Elayne Bloom
Connelly Foundation

Encore Circle
Samantha Butts, MD
Kathleen and Nicholas Chimicles
The Thompson Family
Drs. Thomas and Dennie P. Wolf

Video Sponsor

Design Sponsor

Media Sponsors

Ambassador’s Circle
Emily and Chris Collier
Harry Griendling
William A. Loeb
Maple Glen Strategic Advisors

Member’s Circle
Janet and Jim Averill
Beth and Paul Babcock
Gianna and Himesh Bhise
Mark Churchill
Kate Hall
Joseph Kluger and Susan Lewis
Kim Larson and Gary Knell
Gabrielle Kazze Rinaldi
The Zweig and Sullivan Families

Friend’s Circle
Cathy Barbash and Michael Riley
Karen and Mark Belding
Charlotte H. Biddle
DeDe and Tony Brown
Barbara Brynelson and Steve Hirsh
Cathryn Coate
Peter Compo
John and Marian Connelly
Dillon Music, Inc
Elise Drake
Allan and Joyce Goldberg
Peter G. Gould & Robin M. Potter
George and Renee Greenfield
Terry and Ann Marie Horner
Sara Hertz and Lee Meinicke
Willa J Hightower
Honeywell Arts Academy
Horatio and Suzanne Jones
Jason Karlawish and John Bruza
Claire and Steve MacRae
Robert Martin and Katherine Gould-Martin
Daniel and Emily Master
Laura and Kenneth Mitchell
Philadelphia Zoo
David Rasner and Caroline Wischmann
Dianne L. Semingson
Lourdes Starr
Elizabeth and Sam Warshawer

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

Performed by the POP Chamber Orchestra, including Stanford Thompson, Hannibal Lokumbe, and guest artists Canadian Brass.

Andrés González, conductor

Listen to POP violinist Danielle share why POP is important to her.

2023 Evening of Harmony Honoree

Stanford Thompson, Founder and Executive Director of Play On Philly

Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Play On Philly and Founding Board Chairman of El Sistema USA and the National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network. Recognized as a TED Fellow, Stanford believes that music education is a powerful tool for positive personal and community change. Mr. Thompson serves on the faculty of the Global Leaders Institute and regularly presents at major universities and music conservatories about leadership, entrepreneurship, and social justice. As a consultant, he has guided the development of dozens of music programs across the United States and collaborated with major orchestras, higher education institutions, and arts organizations to develop new strategies and initiatives that help provide equitable access to the arts. As a professional trumpeter, Stanford has performed as a soloist and member with major orchestras around the world and continues to perform throughout the Philadelphia region. Stanford is a native of Atlanta, GA, a graduate of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program and holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Sistema Fellows Program.

2023 Evening of Harmony Guest Artist

Canadian Brass

With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group.” Masters of concert presentations ranging from Bach, Vivaldi, and Ellington, to ballet and opera, Canadian Brass has developed a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences. Since 1970, they have received a combined total of 25 Grammy and Juno nominations and won the German Echo Award for Goldberg Variations. Most recently, Canadian Brass created another award-winning recording, Canadiana. The album features unique arrangements of many Canadian superstars including Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Bruce Cockburn, Drake, and DeadMau5. Education continues to be at the forefront of Canadian Brass’ yearly activities. As part of their commitment to training the next generation of brass players, there are over one million Canadian Brass quintet repertoire books in the hands of students in every country.