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All-City Music Festival Celebrates Music Education in Philadelphia

March 02, 2016

The All-City High School Music Festival brought more than 400 students from 30 of the School District of Philadelphia’s schools to the Verizon Hall stage on Tuesday, March 1. The concert featured the All-City Band, conducted by Dr. Wesley J. Broadax; Choir, conducted by Dorina C. Morrow; and Orchestra, conducted by Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Principal Bass Joseph Conyers. The finale, a world premiere work by Philadelphia’s own John B Hedges, featured all three ensembles onstage together and was conducted by Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.


Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the world premiere of Promise of a City, the work by John B Hedges that was commissioned especially for the All-City Music Festival. More than 400 students from Philadelphia’s public high schools performed the piece. Photo by Jessica Griffin.

Joseph Conyers, music director of the All-City Orchestra and executive director of Project 440, leads the All-City Orchestra in the first movement from Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”). Photo by Jessica Griffin. 



Students from the All-City Orchestra. Photo by Jessica Griffin.

Students from the All-City Choir perform Promise of a City. Photo by Jessica Griffin.

Cellists from the All-City Orchestra. Photo by Jessica Griffin.

Joseph Conyers and Yannick Nézet-Séguin backstage following the All-City Music Festival.