Families to the Phil

Live music experiences play a crucial role in inspiring a child to develop an abiding love for the art form of classical music. Families to the Phil provides young people from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds the opportunity to share the powerful and inspirational experience of a live, fully professional symphonic concert with their parents and other family members.

Enjoying “Haunted Hearts” at Harris Theater, October 2016

Each season we underwrite over 300 Chicago Philharmonic symphonic concert tickets for students and family members from a list of Chicago-area public schools, community music schools and youth orchestras. Almost all of the public schools we reach have a significant low-income population. Schools served by this program have included Chicago Math and Science Charter School, Senn High School, Evanston Township High School, Old Orchard Junior High School, Merit School of Music, Midwest Young Artists and the Music Institute of Chicago, among many others.

Our performance venues are easily accessible by public transportation, and many offer free parking, so it is convenient for families traveling from the city and surrounding communities to attend. Participation in the program opens doors to new musical and cultural worlds for these young people, planting the seeds for a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of the art form.

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Banner and page photo by Elliot Mandel