Honoring Stanford Thompson, Founder and Executive Director of Play On Philly and featuring internationally acclaimed ensemble Canadian Brass

Join us for an inspiring night celebrating Play On Philly and Stanford Thompson’s vision of providing transformative music education to Philadelphia’s youth. This year’s Evening of Harmony will be a special one as Stan moves on to his next great adventure and POP enters its next phase of growth. Share a joyful evening with us as we honor our past and look forward to a brilliant future.

Crystal Tea Room

100 Penn Square East
Wanamaker Building, 9th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Evening’s Events

6:00 pm
Cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer bar, and live music

7:30 pm
Concert featuring performances by guest artists Canadian Brass and Play On Philly students, alumni, and Teaching Artists

Business Attire

RSVPs are requested by Friday, April 7, 2023.

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

Thank You To Our Sponsors


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

Encore Circle
The Thompson Family
Drs. Thomas and Dennis P. Wolf

Ambassador’s Circle
William A. Loeb
Maple Glen Strategic Advisors

Member’s Circle

Beth and Paul Babcock
Mark Churchill
Joseph Kluger and Susan Lewis
Kim Larson and Gary Knell

Friend’s Circle
Karen and Mark Belding
Elise Drake
Allan and Joyce Goldberg
George and Renee Greenfield
Sara Hertz and Lee Meinicke
Horatio and Suzanne Jones
Jason Karlawish and John Bruza
Robert Martin and Katherine Gould-Martin
Laura and Kenneth Mitchell
David and Caroline Rasner
Lourdes Starr
Elizabeth and Sam Warshawer

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 Program 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.

Ways to Support Evening of Harmony

Event FAQs

Can I pay by check?

Yes! Make your check payable to Play On Philly and mail it to PO Box 8662, Philadelphia PA 19101. Include a note that the check is for either a sponsorship or tickets and include the name(s) of the guest(s) so that name badges can be prepared for you. 

What portion of the ticket is tax deductible?

For both $50 concert ticket purchases and $150 reception ticket purchases, no part is tax deductible.

What is the dress code?

The dress code for this event is business attire. 

What’s the event address?

Crystal Tea Room
100 Penn Square East
Wanamaker Building, 9th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Link to the entrance on Google Maps

Is there parking for the event?

Yes, complimentary on-site indoor parking is included with the price of your ticket. You and your guest(s) may park in the Wanamaker Garage at 1301 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The parking garage is located under The Wanamaker Building. The entrance to the garage is off of Juniper Street, between Penn Square and Chestnut Street. Bear right onto Juniper Street from Penn Square and the garage will be on your left.

Is the venue wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the venue is wheelchair accessible. The onsite parking garage is also wheelchair accessible and has ramps leading up to the elevator.