Your Cart UMS

Pre-Performance Talks

The Society of Disobedient Listeners

2023/24 Series

Doyle ArmbrustJudging by streaming service playlists, Western classical music’s primary function is one of either relaxation, sophistication, or prematurely inflating infant IQs.

Hosted by the “arrestingly unconventional” (The New Yorker) music writer and former Spektral Quartet violist Doyle Armbrust, The Society of Disobedient Listeners is an interactive pre-concert experience reconnecting listeners to the subversive, visceral, and even revolutionary elements of the evening’s program. Conceived as an anti-lecture, The Society of Disobedient Listeners draws the great music of the past into proximity with the felicities and calamities of modern life.

Upcoming Events

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Pre-Performance Talk

Pre-Performance Talk

The Philadelphia Orchestra
in two different programs

Saturday, April 20 - Sunday, April 21

The Philadelphia Orchestra and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin return to Hill Auditorium in two programs:

Sat Program

Florence Price Symphony No. 4 in d minor
Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 in e minor, Op. 27

Sun Program

Johannes Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Love great music, theater, and dance?

Love great music, theater, and dance?

Surely your inbox has room for one more email... Sign up for notifications on new digital and live performances, plus season updates.

Thanks! We'll keep you updated.