Is it possible to create a world-class performance using only broken instruments? Find out at this once in a lifetime musical event composed for the School District of Philadelphia’s hundreds of broken instruments on Sunday, December 3rd in the historic 23rd Street Armory.

After the concert ends the real work begins when all of the fixable instruments will be professionally repaired and returned to children throughout the School District of Philadelphia’s Instrumental Music Program in 2018.

You can choose to join the hundreds of others who have given back to arts education in our public schools by Adopting an Instrument at  All of the money raised through instrument adoptions directly benefits the School District of Philadelphia’s Instrumental Music Program. Follow the journey of these instruments as they get fixed and make their way back into the hands of Philadelphia’s public school children on Symphony for a Broken Orchestra’s Instagram page @BRKNOrchestra or by searching #BRKNOrchestra on your social media channels.

Symphony for a Broken Orchestra is a city-wide effort initiated by Temple Contemporary in partnership with the Temple University, Tyler School of Art, School District of Philadelphia, The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Curtis Institute and hundreds of professional/amateur musicians throughout the city. This performative work uniting generations of Philadelphian musicians and audiences in support of music education for our public schools is written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, David Lang.

Major support for Symphony for a Broken Orchestra is provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Barra Foundation.