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Our events are free and open to the public. Our students perform in an average of 30 concerts each year. View our past performance videos from 2020 here!

June 2021

Dream Keepers: A 10th Anniversary Celebration

June 18

In this milestone performance, we will highlight the musicianship and dreams of our students while reflecting on POP’s achievements as we head towards a new decade of transformative music education.

Join us to celebrate through a series of virtual musical performances by POP ensembles of all ages, including a performance of The Dream Keeper by Rollo A. Dilworth performed by the POP Symphony Orchestra and Choir in collaboration with Commonwealth Youthchoirs.

Registration is required for this free event. Register on BigMarker. 

May 2021

POP Chamber and PEAC May Honors Recital

May 14
6:00 pm
- 7:00 pm

This virtual performance will feature POP’s chamber groups and solos by students from the POP Emerging Artist Collective (PEAC). PEAC students express an interest in pursuing music in their educational and occupational futures and receive one-on-one instrumental instruction. Join us to celebrate the progress that these young musicians have made over the school year!

For security reasons, registration is required to access the recital on Zoom. Please fill out the form below to register for this event: 

April 2021

Young At Art

April 26
5:00 pm
- April 30
5:00 pm

In this series of virtual concerts, Astral and Play On Philly have joined together to create small groups of chamber musicians of all ages and levels of experience. Each concert pairs works from the Mural Arts collection with a specific instrument group- brass, percussion, woodwinds, harp, and strings. Every day at from Monday, April 26th to Friday, April 30th at 5:00 pm ET, we will be premiering a mini-concert via BigMarker.

Register for Young At Art on BigMarker.

*You can register for the entire concert or for each individual concert of your choice!

February 2021

POP Chamber Recital

February 26
6:00 pm
- 7:00 pm

This virtual performance will feature works performed by POP’s chamber groups, including our string quartets, brass and wind quintets, woodwind trio, and percussion ensemble.

December 2020

POP Virtual Winter Showcase

December 18, 2020
5:00 pm
- 5:45 pm

click here to watch the POP Virtual Winter Showcase!

On Friday, December 18th, we invite you to celebrate our students’ work, including the premiere of an original composition written together with Dr. Iman Habibi and performed by our students. We will also share our students’ collaborative works created in partnership with BalletX and Fleisher Art Memorial. This is a free event, but for security reasons, registration is required. We look forward to seeing you there!

October 2020

Creative Conversations for a Changing World: Looking to Others

October 13, 2020
4:00 pm
- 5:00 pm

Drexel University’s ExCITe Center Director Youngmoo Kim and Play On Philly (POP) Program Director Jessica Zweig continue hosting Creative Conversations for a Changing World, a free online series of discussions with Philadelphia cultural, education, and technology leaders centered around innovation through the COVID-19 pandemic. The third and final discussion will focus on will talk about looking to organizations in other sectors for inspiration and innovation. Join Jessica and Youngmoo for the final panel discussion Looking to Others featuring Juliet Fink Yates, Digital Inclusion Fellow at the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology, Bill Rhoads, Senior Vice President of Esperanza Arts Center, and Chris Bartlett, Executive Director at William Way LGBT Community Center.

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September 2020

Creative Conversations for a Changing World: On Collaboration

September 29, 2020
4:00 pm
- 5:30 pm

Drexel University’s ExCITe Center Director Youngmoo Kim and Play On Philly (POP) Program Director Jessica Zweig will host Creative Conversations for a Changing World, a free online series of discussions with Philadelphia cultural, education, and technology leaders centered around innovation through the COVID-19 pandemic. The second discussion will focus on collaboration. Panelists for this session include Ellen Fishman, composer and Director of Arts & New Media at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Jay Fluellen, composer and Choir Director at Northeast High School, and Paul Smith, co-founder of VOCES8.

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Creative Conversations for a Changing World: How Arts and Education are Innovating through the Pandemic

September 15, 2020
4:00 pm
- 5:00 pm

Drexel University’s ExCITe Center Director Youngmoo Kim and Play On Philly (POP) Program Director Jessica Zweig will host Creative Conversations for a Changing World, a free online series of discussions with Philadelphia cultural, education, and technology leaders centered around innovation through the COVID-19 pandemic. The first discussion How Arts and Education are Innovating through the Pandemic will be held on September 15th at 4:00 pm ET as part the B.PHL Innovation Fest. David Devan of Opera Philadelphia, Valerie Gay of the Barnes Foundation, and Melissa Talley-Palmer of Bartol Foundation will discuss program-design shifts and co-creating with staff, students, and audiences.

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August 2020

POP Summer Showcase: Lifting Our Voice

August 7, 2020
5:00 pm
- 5:45 pm

Click here to watch the POP Summer Showcase!

On Friday, August 7th, we invite you to experience the artistic works and hear the voices of each of our POP Virtual Summer students at our POP Summer Showcase: Lifting Our Voice. Join us to celebrate our students’ work including the premiere of an original composition written together with Kerwin Young and performed by our students and Teaching Artists! This is a free event, but for security reasons, registration is required. We hope that you will join us and invite your friends and family to help us celebrate each and every students’ voice!

July 2020

Beyond POP: A conversation with Kerwin Young

July 17, 2020
5:00 pm
- 6:00 pm

Join us this Friday for a POP community conversation with Kerwin Young. As part of Mr. Young’s collaboration with us for POP Summer Virtual, he will speak about his career, which has ranged from hip hop producer to classical music composer, and will answer questions from students interested in going into musical career pathways. The workshop is open to the greater community.

 

Registration is required, sign up on Bigmarker.

May 2020

POP Virtual Jubilee

May 29, 2020
5:00 pm
- 5:45 pm

Click here to watch the POP Virtual Jubilee!

Join us in this time of reflection, appreciation, and celebration for our free POP Virtual Jubilee on Friday, May 29th. The concert will include performances and messages of inspiration and hope by POP students, Astral Artist’s Tommy Mesa, and a virtual orchestra performance of an excerpt from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 by our Teaching Artists. This is a free event, but for security reasons, registration is required. We hope that you will join us and invite your friends and family to help us celebrate the talents and resilience of our students, their families, and our POP family!

POPSO Final Concert – CANCELLED

May 28, 2020

POP Symphony Orchestra

The final POPSO concert has been CANCELLED due to school closures through the remainder of the school year.

POP Jubilee Concert – CANCELLED

May 13, 2020
7:00 pm

The POP Jubilee concert has been CANCELLED due to school closures through the remainder of the school year.

April 2020

POP Emerging Artists Collective Recital – CANCELLED

April 30, 2020
6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm

TBA

POP Emerging Artists Collective’s Recital has been CANCELLED due to school closures through the remainder of the school year.

March 2020

POPSO Spring Concert – CANCELLED

March 23, 2020
5:00 pm

POP Symphony Orchestra
Independence Charter School West 5600 Chester Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143 United States
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POPSO’s Spring Concert has been CANCELLED due to ongoing concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus.