Philadelphia Orchestra Playing Two Free Concerts This Summer


Photo by Jessica Griffin

For the fifteenth year in a row Philadelphians can witness live performances by a world-renowned ensemble for free. The Philadelphia Orchestra performs two shows this summer at no cost: one at the Great Plaza on July 2nd and another at the Kimmel Center on July 30th.

For the first one, audiences can roll out their picnic blankets and enjoy a lineup of patriotic favorites for a pre-Independence Day celebration performed on the RiverStage at Penn’s Landing. In addition to the American classics, the Orchestra is presenting a collection of pieces from Michael Daugherty’s Reflections of the Mississippi. The show doesn’t end when the conductor drops his baton. Be sure to stick around for the landslide firework display that will light up the night sky after the show.

For those itching for an encore, head to the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall on July 30th. The Orchestra is partnering with the Kimmel on a show led by Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève.

Audience members who wish to learn more about each musical number can follow along with their LiveNote app. This unique feature allows users to explore the history and background of each piece as they listen in real time. Fans from around the world will be able to enjoy the musical experience of the Philadelphia Orchestra via a live-streamin on

Pre-show performances are offered at the Kimmel Center before the main event. The show will feature live jazz and more free entertainment in the Commonwealth Plaza.