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Back on Campus: A College Student’s Guide to the Arts in Philly

Posted by:  My Nguyen, Drexel Co-op Public Relations Intern on August 24, 2023

It’s that time of year again – students flood back onto the many colleges and universities located around Philly as they return to their studies. But just because you’re working hard doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun! Philadelphia is an incredible city for the arts with concerts, theaters, murals, and more everywhere you turn. With so many options, we understand that it can be overwhelming…so leave it to us to provide you a few suggestions for you to find an amazing performance (or two)! Come with a few friends, a class, a club, or even yourself – we have something for everyone!

Do you have a love for classical music? Look no further than a performance by the Grammy Award-winning Philadelphia Orchestra and their 2023-24 season. With an impressive line-up of star-studded programs including world-renowned artists like cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Opening Night, pianist Daniil Trifonov playing Brahms, and Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald as well as family events like Music of Superheroes and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Music Director and Artistic Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin bring the music of the world to Philly’s doorstep.

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Are you a huge fan of Broadway musical? Then what is better than tickets to one of Broadway’s hits like Mean Girls, WICKED, or Stephen  Sondheim’s COMPANY as they bring their national tours to Philly Trust us -- you won’t want to miss out on seeing one of these amazing productions. Save money when you come as a group!! Gather your favorite club, class, or maybe your whole dorm floor to save 35% on tickets for groups of 10 or more people.

Perhaps one show just isn’t enough? Pre-plan your study break rewards by purchasing a Broadway subscription and choose up to 7 shows today so you know you won’t miss out on any of your favorites.


Want to be part of the laughter, see an epic film score performed live, or hear the hottest new jazz artists? Catch one of our one-night only Ensemble Arts Philly Presents performances that cover a vast array of genres!

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Check out some of the biggest-selling comedy acts on our stage as acts including Steve Martin and Martin Short,  The McElroy Brothers in a live episode of hit podcast My Brother, My Brother, and Me, TikTok’s famous Nurse Blake, or Miami’s sassiest seniors in a new show at Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue!

Not to mention, a variety of live film concerts with the score played by a full like Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Live in Concert, Coco Live-to-Film Concert, Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas and Elf in Concert.

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Did you know that Philly is a hub for jazz music?? Hear the vast array of styles within the genre from big bands like Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalisvocalist Samara Joy, or genre-defying like Grammy-Award winning icon Terence BlanchardSave money with our Jazz Series, choosing three shows or more and discover a performance you’ll love.

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You don’t have to break the bank to have fun!!! Grab a discounted Community Rush ticket the week of a performance for as low as $10 for Ensemble Arts Philly Presents shows and $35 for Broadway performances.  Deals are listed on the Community Rush page every Monday at noon.

Attending with a student group of 10 or more? Don’t forget that you are eligible for our Group Sales discount that can save you to 35% on your tickets! Working with our Group Sales team will get you the best seats at the best price every time.

And we know going back to school is not just about the students -- teachers can access discounted tickets for their school/class at anytime in the season for by calling our Group Sales office at 215-790-5883.

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We also offer so many FREE events at our three venues (Kimmel Center fro Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and the Miller Theater). Join us to kick off the arts season with arts organizations from across the city at Philadelphia Falls Arts Fest, and then come back for free performances on our Plaza featuring a variety of up-and-coming regional artists for chill vibes.

Be sure to stay updated on all of the upcoming events by visiting our website at EnsembleArtsPhilly.org and following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Good luck with the school year and we hope to have you join us soon!

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