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You’re Invited! Sing "Silent Night" with us at the Kimmel Center on Dec. 15

Silent Night Sing-In 2023

Let's get together and sing a simple, joyful song! We’re gathering at the Kimmel Center on Friday, December 15 to sing the beloved carol “Silent Night,” side-by-side with our fellow Philadelphians, and we need your voice!

We may be strangers when we arrive — from various backgrounds and neighborhoods, and from school children to seniors — but we will leave united by song.

Register at the bottom of this page.

This free community performance will be a powerful experience that you don’t want to miss, showing beyond a doubt that music connects us, inspires us, and elevates us — regardless of our differences.

We welcome singers of all ages and experience to participate, but you can also participate as a listener. Everyone is welcome to this free event!

Meg Bragle, WRTI's classical afternoon host and accomplished singer herself, will emcee the night and cheer us on. Philadelphia composer and conductor John Conahan will lead all singers in his beautiful arrangement of "Silent Night."

In 2018, to mark the 200th anniversary of "Silent Night," more than 1,200 singers gathered at the Kimmel Center for the first annual Silent Night Sing-In. In 2019, over 1,500 singers assembled. We're so glad to be able to gather again in 2023 with the pandemic behind us. Let’s break that 2019 attendance record! Watch this video from the 2019 event:

Event details: On Friday, December 15, 2023 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., singers of all ages and abilities, some from diverse ensembles all across the Greater Philadelphia Region, and many who just enjoy singing, will come together for the SILENT NIGHT SING-IN, a performance in the Commonwealth Plaza of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. There will be a brief rehearsal for all participating singers beginning at 5:00 p.m. sharp, and then a performance by all participating singers directly following the rehearsal.

Please register below so that we can accommodate and prepare for all singers and audience members planning to attend.

Schedule for Silent Night Sing-In on Dec 15:
4:15 – 4:50 p.m. — Participating singers and audience arrive at Commonwealth Plaza at the Kimmel Center.
4:55 – 5:00 p.m. — Opening remarks from the podium by Meg Bragle, Kimmel Center, and John Conahan.
5:00 – 5:55 p.m. — Rehearsal and Performance of “Silent Night," led by John Conahan.
5:55 – 6:00 p.m. — Closing remarks. Disperse and spread the joy!

John Conahan conducting the 2019 Silent Night Sing-In.
Lisa Schaffer @LisaSchafferPhotography
John Conahan conducting the 2019 Silent Night Sing-In.

Learn your vocal part:
Singers can find the sheet music of John's arrangement, showing soprano, alto, tenor, and bass parts along with MP3 listening files available by soprano, alto, tenor, and bass parts at SilentNightPhilly.com

Don't worry, it's easy and fun! You already know the song, but if some preparation is helpful use the resources link above – it will help us sound even better that night! Please print and bring the sheet music with you, or access it on your phone.

Our goal is to provide a wonderful experience, and a comfortable space for singers of all backgrounds to connect and celebrate the joy of music and communal singing. We welcome singers of all ages and experience. Many diverse voices and backgrounds will create the best experience. Please join us for this celebration of the connectivity of music in our beloved city.

Lisa Schaffer/@LisaSchafferPhotography

Are you in? We’d love to sing WITH YOU. Register below — it's free!

Produced by WRTI 90.1 with composer and conductor John Conahan and the Kimmel Cultural Campus, this event is free for singers and audience members. Everyone is invited to participate! #silentnightphilly

Notice: when you attend this event, you enter an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By entering and by your presence, you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded.