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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!

October 2020

Creative Conversations for a Changing World: Looking to Others

October 13
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.

Click here to register for the final panel discussion of this three-part series!

September 2020

Creative Conversations for a Changing World: On Collaboration

September 29
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.

Click here to register for the second panel discussion of this three-part series!

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

September 15
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.

Visit B.PHL Innovation Fest’s website to register for the first panel discussion of this three-part series,

August 2020

POP Summer Showcase: Lifting Our Voice

August 7
5:00 pm
- 5:45 pm

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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
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
5:00 pm
- 5:45 pm

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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

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
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
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
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.

St. Francis de Sales Spring Concert – CANCELLED

March 14
2:00 pm

St. Francis POP Students
Saint Francis de Sales School 917 South 47th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143 United States
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St. Francis de Sales’ Spring Concert has been CANCELLED due to ongoing concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus.

Freire Spring Concert – CANCELLED

March 13
6:00 pm

Freire POP Students
Freire Middle School 1026 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 United States
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Freire Charter Middle School’s Spring Concert has been CANCELLED due to ongoing concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus.

Independence Charter School West Spring Concert – CANCELLED

March 13
5:30 pm

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

February 2020

POP String Festival Culminating Concert

February 8
4:15 pm
- 5:00 pm

Lenfest Hall 1616 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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Featuring the Ritz Chamber Players

Play On Philly Strings Festival

February 8
9:00 am
- 5:00 pm

Lenfest Hall 1616 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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