Philadelphia pitches up with a symphony for broken instruments

When the School District of Philadelphia found it had more than 1,000 broken musical instruments in store, it called in the experts.

Temple University, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boyer College of Music & Dance, and others all gave good advice.

First, the broken instruments were given a serious, curated exhibition.

photo: Robert Blackson

Then composer David Lang was called in to write a symphony with parts for every damaged flute, broken bridge and wounded clarinet.

The symphony will be performed next year. And a lot of money has been raised to repair instruments.

Full story, by Allison Meier, here.


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