Symphony for a Broken Orchestra is a two year initiative committed to re-imagining sustainable art education throughout the Philadelphia School District.  As part of our work, David Lang will be creating a visionary new composition  featuring the School District of Philadelphia's 1,500 broken instruments. This new work will premiere in October 2017, and will be performed by a specially assembled orchestra of 600 musicians from the classical, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and improvised music communities in Philadelphia.

Following the performances, Temple Contemporary, in collaboration with instrument repair professionals, will repair all of the fixable instruments and return them back to the School District in the fall of 2018. Instrument repair kits will also be installed in every public school offering instrumental music classes, allowing any broken instruments in the future to be repaired.

Major support for Symphony for a Broken Orchestra is provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Barra Foundation. Temple Contemporary is part of Tyler School of Art at Temple University.

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