PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Sounds of Philadelphia have been turned into a symphony. The Philadelphia Orchestra debuts its community-based commission later this week with thousands of recorded sounds and voices from the area blended in.
Several Philadelphia-area choirs will be on stage performing live with the orchestra for the Philadelphia Voices symphony at the Kimmel Center, April 5-7. Recorded sounds of Philadelphia will also be interspersed at times, like a man making cheese steaks in South Philly, a day at the Philadelphia Zoo, or at the Museum of the American Revolution.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: How Much Snow Will Major Nor'easter Dump On Your Area?
MIT professor Tod Machover, who will be at a giant mixing board during the show, has been collecting the Philly sounds for several months.READ MORE: Philadelphia Officials Rollout New Plan To Address Gun Violence Epidemic After Bartram High Student Was Killed
“I can’t lie to you. Putting this piece together was very difficult because Philadelphia is a big city. It’s spread out,” Machover said. “I didn’t want to simplify or do a cliche version of what the city is, what it feels like, what it sounds like. I really wanted to explore it.”
Machover say more than 8,000 sounds were gathered. About a third of them are being used in this symphony.MORE NEWS: Lebanon Man Pleads Guilty To More Than A Dozen Animal Cruelty Charges
Ticket information can be found at the Philadelphia Orchestra website.