Curtis Symphony Orchestra
See some of the best student musicians in the country perform Bartók and Rimsky-Korsakov at Verizon Hall, led by Gilbert Varga, a masterful British conductor. Many of the students have solos, so you can listen individually for stars of tomorrow.
3 p.m. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, 300 Broad St., $20 to $50, 215-731-3333, kimmelcenter.org
English pianist, poet, and singer Benjamin Clementine’s music is captivating in its experimental nature and thought-provoking in its artistry. His 2017 album I Tell a Fly is a reflection of his unique poetic vision, with its political musings and avant-garde sound.
8 p.m. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St., $25, 215-922-1011, venue.tlaphilly.com
This group has redefined what it means to be an American boy band. The 15-member ensemble has rappers, producers, and art directors, and their talent really shone through on their three-part 2017 album, Saturation. Expect raw energy and rapid-fire verses at their show at TLA.
9 p.m. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St., $56 and up, 215-922-1011, venue.tlaphilly.com
The world’s leading Argentine tango company brings its sizzling chemistry and lively music to the Merriam Theater. Tango Fire’s exhilarating and sensual performance will have you feeling like you’re spending the evening in Buenos Aires.
8 p.m. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., $39 to $74, 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org
Watch four women find friendship and strength while trying to beat back extremist insanity. Sound familiar? Kathryn MacMillan’s new comedy, opening Feb. 1, is set during the French Revolution, and you can catch it at Theatre Horizon. Expect sharp knives and sharper wit.
7:30 p.m. Thursday; additional performances through Feb. 25, Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb St., Norristown, pay what you wish, 610-283-2230, theatrehorizon.org
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Rostam Batmanglij, formerly of Vampire Weekend, made his solo debut last year with Half-Light, an intimate exploration of the singer’s experiences of the last decade. His sound is influenced by Middle Eastern music he was exposed to as a child, which meshes beautifully with unexpected string arrangements and vocal distortions. He’s also a talented producer who has worked with such artists as Carly Rae Jepsen and Frank Ocean.
8:30 p.m. Friday, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., $20, 215-232-2100, utphilly.com
This Tony Award-winning play was one 2016’s best. Catch a weekend show at the Walnut Street Theatre, preferably with someone related by blood. Centered on a family celebrating Thanksgiving, The Humans tackles the hopes, dreams, and fears of the American middle class with a heartwarming touch and bursts of hilarity.
8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, with additional shows through March 4, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., $20 to $77, 215-574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org
Bernstein: 100 Years Young
Celebrate the legacy of one of America’s most influential composers, Leonard Bernstein, with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In this children’s program, the maestro’s daughter Jamie Bernstein will lead the audience on a tour of her father’s most beloved works, including Fancy Free, the “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story and the Overture to Candide.
11:30 a.m. Saturday, Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., $19 to $48, 215-731-3333, philorch.org
Leonard Bernstein conducting at the Hollywood Bowl in 1983.