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Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be rededicated as Marian Anderson Hall, home of The Philadelphia Orchestra

Wide view of an audience in Verizon Hall watching a performance. Wide view of an audience in Verizon Hall watching a performance. Wide view of an audience in Verizon Hall watching a performance.

FREE Pride Celebration and Concert

with The Philadelphia Orchestra

Jun 25, 2024
7:00 PM

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The Philadelphia Orchestra and Ensemble Arts celebrate Pride with free plaza events and a special one-night-only Orchestra performance hosted by Sapphira Cristál! 

Join The Philadelphia Orchestra and incoming Principal Guest Conductor Designate Marin Alsop for our third annual FREE Pride Concert! Fresh off her appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Philadelphia drag queen Sapphira Cristál will host this fabulous celebration of unity, empowerment, and the Philadelphia region’s LGBTQ+ community. 

The concert will feature music by LGBTQ+ composers and allies including works by Bernstein, Copland, and more. Joining in on the fun are the ANNA Crusis Feminist Choir, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, and Philadelphia Voices of Pride.

Enjoy fun entertainment in the plaza, including a drag storytime with Brittany Lynn and a performance showcase featuring local drag queens and kings.

Pride Pre-Concert Celebration (no tickets required) 

4:00 PM–7:00 PM 

Join us for pre-concert entertainment in Commonwealth Plaza! 

4:00 PM: Drag storytime with Brittany Lynn

5:00 PM: Drag performance showcase featuring Brittany Lynn, LisaLisa, Cyrus K. Stratton, Mister Right, Karen Vonsay, Iris Spectre, Morgan Wells, Victoria Courtez, Hannibal Lickher

Philadelphia Orchestra Pride Concert (sold out

7:00 PM 

Marin Alsop Conductor 
Sapphira Cristál Host
ANNA Crusis Feminist Choir 
Miriam Davidson Artistic Director 
Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus 
Joseph J. Buches Artistic Director 
Philadelphia Voices of Pride  
Daniel Schwartz Artistic Director 

Bernstein Overture to Candide
Copland Excerpt from Appalachian Spring Suite (1945 version)
Maggio "As Long as we Live (Allons! Allons!)," from Open Road
Edwards "We Are Family"
Higdon Fanfare Ritmico
Calloway "Minnie the Moocher"
Styne "People," from Funny Girl
Tchaikovsky Third movement from Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 ("Pathétique")


Important: This is a free, general admission event. Tickets are required for entry into the Philadelphia Orchestra concert in Marian Anderson Hall. Ticket holders will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis beginning approximately 45 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Entry to the concert is not guaranteed. Please plan to arrive early, as you may need to wait in line. A standby line will let additional people into the concert if seats are still available at the earliest convenience. 

Vogue Category and Dancing

9:00 PM

In a Mock ball co-curated by Philadelphia Mother Rylee Prodigy, witness the Performance category featuring some of the “It Girls” of the new generation and Legends from the Philadelphia Ballroom Scene with commentator ICON Kevin JZ Prodigy, then dance and mingle with the community to the sounds of Legendary VJtheDJ.




The Pride Concert is generously supported in part by Dr. James F. Dougherty and George Condos. Additional support is given by Donald E. Barb, Esq., and the Rev. Bruce H. Davidson; Christos Coutifaris and Deborah Driscoll, in memory of Woody Driscoll; Allan Schimmel; and Jennifer and Ralph Watts. 




Marian Anderson Hall

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