Audience members and #musicians will gather at the #23rdStreetArmory in #Philadelphia on December 3rd for a novel experience. Around 400 #performers will play a #symphony on broken basses, flutes, clarinets, autoharps, violins and cellos.
The “Symphony for a Broken Orchestra” will live for a day, but impart renewed life to the instruments, which will be repaired and returned to children in the Philadelphia public schools @philly_schools.
The symphony is musical stop on the #journey of the broken instruments before they reach their repair destinations.
#Pulitzer- and #Grammy-winning #composer #DavidLang has created this ephemeral piece, written in both prose and music notation. #JayceOgren of Philadelphia’s Orchestra 2001 will #conduct it. It's changing sounds will migrate through sections made up of many, including #Mummers, parents and children, jazz and classical artists, members of The Philadelphia Orchestra @philorchmusicians , and students from Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, and The Curtis Institute of Music.
One of the instruments included in David Lang's Symphony for a Broken Orchestra.
A wounded instrument might be considered a leveler of musical prowess, but, says Lang, the real leveler was “the notion that everyone should be doing this together and that in doing it, everyone should be equal.” His written instructions allow them to do the same thing.
David Lang studied music in elementary, junior, and high school. He says he's a musician because there was music in the public schools. Having music in the community is something that makes the community better.
And so, says Lang, "I wanted everyone in the community to play these instruments. So you have this incredible range of musicians. You have people from the Philadelphia Orchestra and you have school children just starting out." The story behind “Symphony for a Broken Orchestra” is a tale built around a mission to do good and further the social function of art. It involves academic, governmental, philanthropic, and neighborhood organizations, and professionals and volunteers coming together for a very large-scale project to enable more Philadelphia