Enjoy a themed tour focusing on the history of the Kimmel Center and architectural and construction highlights. You'll see the Commonwealth Plaza, Perelman Theater, Verizon Hall, Merck Arts Education Center and the Dorrance H. Hamilton Garden. First Saturday tours will also include an organ demonstration.
This program is designed to introduce children to the vibrant and exciting world of musical theater. A talented group of guest artists will perform songs from various classic musicals, and kids are welcome to sing along.
The arts season kicks off at the Kimmel as 100+ shows go on sale for the first time. Visitors can purchase fee-free tickets at the box office, then enjoy a day of entertainment and activities including tours, Plaza Stage performances, a chandelier light show at the Academy, ticket giveaways and more.
Join the Chamber Orchestra and Music Director Dirk Brossé for an exciting new work alongside a classic. Composer and pianist Conrad Tao premieres his concerto for chamber orchestra, piano, and iPad, combining the familiar orchestral sounds with contemporary electronics. This program promises a vast soundscape and complete performance experience through Saint-Saëns' rich orchestration and expression, while Tao's commission calls upon live sampling.
This sports drama tells the story of a new head basketball coach who sets out to lead her team to the championships, despite the many obstacles in their way. Director Tim Chambers will be on hand to introduce the film.
Based on a true story, this drama follows the story of Father John McNamee (David Morse), a Catholic priest who accepts a position at an inner-city church. Special guests at today's screening will include Father McNamee himself, plus actor David Morse and director Eugene Martin.
This historical documentary traces the narrative of the many immigrants groups who cam to Philadelphia and whose common bond was their Catholicism. The story arcs from the earliest times through the more modern stresses of a changing Philadelphia. Executive Producer Sam Katz will be on hand to introduce the film.
Martin Sheen stars in this comedy/drama about a father who travels to France to retrieve the body of his son, who perished in a storm while hiking a historical pilgrimage route. While there, he decides to hike the route himself in his son's memory.
The Philadelphia Orchestra launches their 2015-16 season with a special evening of music and festivities at the Kimmel Center. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead the Orchestra through a performance of musical selections from Disney's "Fantasia," which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Also on the program are excerpts from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" and works by Bach and Debussy. Immidately following the concert, gala attendees will enjoy a black-tie dinner in the Commonwealth Plaza, with catering by Garces.
The first half of this concert event will feature solo and duo performances by renowned musicians from around the world. In the second half, the Ambler Symphony Orchestra will be joined by a 300-voice choir to perform eight movements of Xian Xinghai's "Yellow River Cantata," one of China's most celebrated choral works. Wanjun Qiao conducts.
Panetta served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 16 years before President Clinton selected him as Director of the Office of Management and Budget in 1993, and then, in 1994, appointed him White House Chief of Staff. President Obama nominated Panetta to run the CIA in 2009. He subsequently served as Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013.
Sir Alex Ferguson's new book "Leading" is out this fall. Receive a signed copy of his book and listen to Sir Alex Ferguson, in person, discussing leadership and the lessons he learned over a 49 year career, including his record-breaking spell as coach of Manchester United.
Poet and performer Carl Hancock Rux recounts the life of German-Jewish art historian Carl Einstein - an influential scholar on African sculpture and Cubism who fled the Nazis - together with tales of genocide and personal genealogy in this magnetic evening of storytelling. With music composed and performed live by Theo Bleckmann, direction by SITI Company's Anne Bogart, and video by Onome Ekeh, "The Exalted" untangles knots of heritage, art, and atrocity to reconsider the price of freedom and self-preservation.