Thank you for celebrating with us!

Thanks to the collective support of our Play On Philly community, this year’s Evening of Harmony raised more than $150,000 to help support our students through music education, mentoring, and performance opportunities.

We look forward to a future of continued partnership with you to provide Philadelphia students with a transformative music education that helps them develop the necessary skills to lead a successful life.

Together, we can build a beautiful and supportive community in which all of our young people will grow and thrive.

Your meaningful support empowers young people through music education, mentoring, and performance opportunities.

2024 Evening of Harmony Guest Artist

Tommy Mesa

Cuban American cellist Dr. Tommy Mesa has established himself as one of the most charismatic, innovative, and engaging performers of his generation. The recipient of the Sphinx Organization’s 2023 Medal of Excellence, its highest honor, Mesa has appeared as soloist at the Supreme Court of the United States on four occasions and with major orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra among others. Mesa gave the world premiere of Jessie Montgomery’s cello concerto in the 2022-23 season, performing her concerto at major halls across the United States and Brazil, including Miami’s New World Center and New York’s Carnegie Hall. His orchestral recording debut of the work was released in July 2023 on Deutsche Grammophon. Mesa’s career launched after becoming the First Prize winner in the 2016 Sphinx Competition and a winner of the 2017 Astral Artists National Auditions. He received his BM from The Juilliard School, MM from Northwestern University, and his DMA from the Manhattan School of Music.  Mesa’s first solo album, Division of Memory on the PARMA Recordings label, received rave reviews such as in PianoMania, “Do not hold your breath for Yo-Yo Ma to record this repertoire, for the just-as-excellent Mesa has the field entirely to himself.”