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FAQ

GENERAL
What is the New Philharmonia Orchestra?
Who was Ronald Knudsen?
What sorts of outreach programs do you provide?
How can I become a member of the New Phil?
Do you have an email mailing list?

TICKETS
What are you performing this season?
Can I order tickets online?
What are the benefits of subscribing?
What are the ticket prices?
What if I lose my tickets?
What if I cannot come to the concert I bought tickets for?
Can I buy tickets at the door?
What ages are your Student tickets good for? Senior tickets?

CONCERTS
I’ve never been to a classical music concert before. What do I do?
Where can I get directions to the concert venues?
Are the venues accessible by public transportation?
Are your venues handicap accessible?
Where can I park at the concert?
What is the street address for the Sorenson Center at Babson College?

FAMILY DISCOVERY CONCERTS
Tell me about your children’s concerts?
What ages are the Family Discovery Concerts suitable for?
What is a petting zoo?


GENERAL

What is the New Philharmonia Orchestra?
The New Philharmonia, or “New Phil,” is an all-volunteer orchestra based in Newton. Our motto is “Music for All,” and we live by that motto by providing reasonably priced concerts in the metro-west area of Boston. Click here for more information about the history of the New Phil.

Who was Ronald Knudsen?
Ronald Knudsen was a 43 year veteran of the Boston Symphony violin section, and conducted the New Phil since its inception in 1995, to his passing in 2015. Click here for more information about our Founding Music Director.

What sorts of outreach programs do you provide?
We provide all sorts of outreach programs. These include traveling instrument demonstrations and Instrument Petting Zoos for school children, collaborative community education programs with John Hancock and WCRB, and various opportunities for senior centers. For more information on these programs, click here.

How can I become a member of the New Phil?
Membership to the New Phil is by audition only. If you are interested in auditioning, please email musicians@newphil.org. We generally hold auditions in September, so please come back in the late summer to see what positions we have open!

Do you have an email mailing list?
Yes, we do! Click here to join and receive updates about our upcoming concerts, information about our programmed composers and soloists, as well as information about special ticket deals.

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TICKETS

What are you performing this season?
This season we have a wide variety of programmed works. Click here for our complete schedule.

Can I order tickets online?
Yes! You may place your order securely online by clicking here.
Or,order tickets over the phone, by calling the New Phil at (617) 527-9717.

What are the benefits of subscribing?
Subscribers to the New Phil season receive first choice in seating before single ticket buyers. Also, if you purchase your tickets during the “Early Bird Special” window, you can receive 10% of your ticket order. Subscribers are also notified of special opportunities and programs before the general public.

What are the ticket prices?
For the Classics Series, tickets start at $37 for adults, $34 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. For the Family Discovery Series, tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for students and children. There are group rates also available. Please call for more information. 617-527-9717.

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What if I lose my tickets?
If you lose your tickets, please call our box office at least 48 hours before the concert at (617) 527-9717. If there is time, we will mail you a new set. Otherwise, we will hold replacement tickets for you at the door.

What if I cannot come to the concert I bought tickets for?
If you cannot attend the concert, there are two options. You can exchange your ticket for the other concert with the same program by calling our office (617-527-9717) to arrange the exchange. Or you can donate your tickets to the New Phil. Please call for more information.

Can I buy tickets at the door?
If there are tickets available, they can be purchased at the door on the day of the concert, using cash or check. To find out if tickets are available, please call our ticket hotline (617) 527-9717.

What ages are your Student tickets good for? Senior tickets?
Student tickets are good for children from 18 months to 17 years, and students under 25 with ID. and including, currently enrolled university students. Senior tickets are for those aged 62 years and older.

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CONCERTS

I’ve never been to a classical music concert before. What do I do?
There is a great guide for first-timers on the League of American Orchestra's’s website here. If you have any more questions, don’t be shy and go ahead and ask us!

Where can I get directions to the concert venue?
Click here for directions to our upcoming concert venue.

Is the venue accessible by public transportation?
First Baptist Church is accessible by public transportation. Take the D line (Riverside) to Newton Center. Turn left down Union Street, in front of Starbucks, and walk one block to the intersection of Beacon and Centre Streets where there is a traffic light. You will see the church across the street.

Is your venue handicap accessible?
Yes, all of our venues are handicap accessible. Please call for more information.

Where can I park at the concert?
First Baptist Church, Newton Centre: Meter parking is available in Newton Centre, and is free on Sundays. Please visit the website of our venue, the First Baptist Church, Newton Centre, for more parking information.

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What if there is bad weather on the day of the concert?
Please call the NPO office at (617) 527-9717. If there is a cancellation, it will be announced on our voicemail.

What should I wear?
The concert attire varies among our audience members. Most opt for business or business casual clothing.

FAMILY DISCOVERY CONCERTS

Tell me about your children’s concerts?
Our children’s concerts are specially programmed to entertain and educate children about the joys of classical music. Each one is narrated with a theme to bring out a special aspect of the music we are performing. The music for this concert typically includes an abbreviated version of our Classics concert, performances by young musicians, and audience marches around the room.

What ages are the Family Discovery Concerts suitable for?
We recommend the Family Discovery Concerts for children up to 12 years old.

What is an Instrument Petting Zoo?
The instrument petting zoo is a favorite New Phil tradition. After every Family Discovery concert, the audience is invited to try out all the instruments of the orchestra: strings, winds, brass, and percussion. We even have child-sized string instruments!

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