If you’re a civically engaged student who has a passion for all things music, this is where your interests intersect. But first, let’s get you set up with something awesome— a Philadelphia Orchestra eZseatU membership, which offers full-time college students the opportunity to see UNLIMITED Orchestra concerts all season for only $25!
Now with your membership in hand and your foot in the Kimmel Center’s door, you will be able to see that the Orchestra works inside and outside the concert hall. When it comes to the Orchestra being accessible to the community, eZseatU is just the tip of the iceberg.
Last spring, they rolled out a series of programs called HEAR (Health, Education, Access and Research), which is designed to connect musicians and music with neighbors and neighborhoods. “We’re people who want to share our music-making. We want to be part of the social agenda in Philadelphia,” says President and CEO Allison Vulgamore.
This program will promote Health by sending musicians and music therapists into Broad Street Ministry to work with those experiencing homelessness and trauma. It will enrich music Education by increasing programming in underserved communities and equipping public school students with instruments through a buy-one, give-one instrument program.
Access will work on “eliminating as many obstacles or barriers between people having a chance to love music that we can provide, and be touched by it,” says Vulgamore. The music is being brought to communities through Free Neighborhood Concerts, free citywide PopUp concerts, and other programs. The Research component of HEAR will measure the impact these initiatives have on the community’s welfare.
Doesn’t all this good work make getting your eZseatU membership even better? We sure think so. Get yours today to be a part of this musical movement!