Fun and family-friendly, Philadelphia Performances for Autism is a concert series for all ages to enjoy! Presented in a sensory-friendly manner, concerts are just an hour long, and filled with live music and activities for the kids, like singing, dancing and talking with the musicians.

Come prepared to relax, and experience familiar classical music in a uniquely supportive, engaging, and joyous environment. All behaviours are welcome.

Presented by cellist Arlen Hlusko, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia Performances for Autism is designed to make the best in classical music, performed by superb young musicians, accessible to families of children with developmental disabilities, such as autism. All concerts are free, and everyone is welcome—please join us!

Click here to see our concert schedule.
Click here  for FAQ about attending a concert.

Philadelphia Performances for Autism (PPA) is an interactive, classical music-based concert series with a focused mission to provide free, high quality, sensory-friendly professional performances in traditional and alternative concert venues throughout the greater Philadelphia area. This initiative’s goal is to enhance the quality of life for families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through mutual experience and enjoyment of live arts and culture. All of our programs are specifically designed for individuals with autism and their families. We offer an all-inclusive, supportive environment for families to experience the power and joy of music together, within and beyond the traditional concert hall.

Please see our calendar for more details, and feel free to contact us with any questions!

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Community Partners

  • Tarisio Trust

  • Autism Cares Foundation

  • CHOP: Center for Autism Research

  • Drexel Autism Institute

  • A Step Up Academy

  • Variety Children's Charity

  • Dornsife Center

  • Independence Seaport Museum

  • The Ethical Society of Philadelphia

  • Haddonfield First Presbyterian Church

  • Christ Church

  • The Free Library of Philadelphia

  • Curtis Institute of Music