David Lang’s Symphony for a Broken Orchestra

Artist-in-Residence David Lang's "Symphony for a Broken Orchestra," which debuted Sunday, December 3, at the 23rd Street Armory in Philadelphia, was written as part of a project of the same name to repair more than 1,000 damaged instruments that had been doomed to silence in storage because of severe budget cuts to Philadelphia’s public school music programs. ... To Mr. Lang, who said in an interview he owes his career to public school music education, those instruments represent “over 1,000 missed opportunities.”

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