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Kimmel Center
300 S. Broad St.. Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-893-1999
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    Upcoming events
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      Building & Theater Tour
    • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    • 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.
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      2017 AIA Philadelphia Design Awards Gala
    • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    • Come celebrate the announcement of the 2017 Design Award winners and recipients of the John Frederick Harbeson, Young Architect, and Paul Philippe Cret awards, the three highest honors presented by AIA Philadelphia. After the presentation of awards is the dinner and dessert reception on the Tier 2 Lounge, overlooking South Broad Street and City Hall. 6 - 6:30 p.m.: Registration & Cocktail Hour (Lobby, 1st Floor); 6:30 - 7: 30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony (Perelman Theatre, 1st Floor); 7:30 - 9 p.m.: Dinner & Dessert Reception (Tier 2 Lounge, 2nd Floor). Registraiton closes Monday, October 9, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. If you are purchasing 10-packs of tickets, please email your guest lists to Julianne Foley at juli@aiaphila.org by 10/9/16 at 11:59 p.m. For more information, please contact: AIA Philadelphia, Julianne Foley, 215-569-3186, ext. 101, juli@aiaphila.org.
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      The Philadelphia Orchestra: Deneve Conducts Mahler
    • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    • Stéphane Denève begins his newly extended tenure as Principal Guest Conductor with Mahler's premiere symphony matched with a Philadelphia Orchestra premiere. Mahler's groundbreaking First Symphony "changed the genre forever" (The Guardian). From the shimmering opening to the joyful finale, this work shakes the soul. The six members of the Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird join the Orchestra for Jennifer Higdon's On a Wire in its first-ever Philadelphia Orchestra performances. Higdon is hailed as one of American's greatest living composers; Eighth Blackbird has been captivating audiences since its founding 20 years ago.
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      Philadelphia Orchestra
    • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    • The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world through a century of acclaimed performances, historic tours and its unprecedented record of innovation and outreach.
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      Philly POPS: A Star Wars Celebration
    • Friday, October 20, 2017
    • John Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, and 22 Grammy Awards. What would E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws or Harry Potter be without his signature music? The Philly POPS season opens with a thrilling tribute devoted to Star Wars in its 40th anniversary year, along with Williams' other iconic scores. The program features the Philly POPS Festival Chorus and, as an added bonus, a visit from the fabulous, costumed-members of Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion re-creating the Star Wars galaxy of characters.
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      Philadelphia Chamber Music Society: Dover Quartet With Richard Woodhams, Oboist
    • Friday, October 20, 2017
    • his must-see foursome with ties to the Curtis Institute returns to Philadelphia with a piece that PCMS commissioned in 2005: William Bolcom's Serenata Notturna, originally written for Richard Woodhams and the Guarneri Quartet. Surrounding Bolcom's quintet are two pieces that allow us to experience music in connection with its most human and natural purposes: movement and dance. Tchaikovsky's Quartet in D Major brings to life many of the elements of his trademark ballet music, and Bartók's epically masterful Quartet No. 1 exhibits many different forms of human movement, from the funeral-dirge first movement to the last movement's lively and jovial Hungarian folk music.
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      Art & Architecture Tour
    • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    • This themed tour features an in-depth look at the Kimmel Center's architecture, a walk down the Avenue of the Arts and a tour of the Center's displayed artwork.
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      Only God Knows
    • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    • For nearly a decade, Olivia Hope's life has taken a series of dramatic turns. Having experienced a rape at age 17, Olivia's family and her church family rejected her and left her out in the cold. This led to a short but, dreadful life of prostitution. Years later, she finally got a break, only to learn that her father has died. And worse yet, her old pimp has resurfaced from jail with a demand that causes Olivia's husband to question the actual paternity of their 8-year-old daughter. This introduces Sugar Foot and Sweet Mocha, the possible grandparents who are standing in for their son, (the former pimp). These events have the potential to ruin her happy home. Is Kenny (Olivia's husband) the child's father? Or could little Princess Hope be the former pimp's daughter? Only God Knows. Presented by CJ Productions Theatre Arts Company.
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      PCMS Concert: Richard Goode, Pianist
    • Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    • Widely regarded as heir to the mantle of his teacher, Rudolf Serkin, in the Mozart- Beethoven-Schubert-Brahms repertory, pianist Richard Goode is acclaimed for the tremendous emotional power, depth, and sensitivity of his playing--a rare combination of grandness and humility, boldness and insight. "Every time we hear him, he impresses us as better than we remembered, surprising us, surpassing our expectations, and communicating perceptions that stay in the mind" (Gramophone). Byrd: My ladye Nevells Booke [Sel.] Bach: English Suite in D Minor, BWV 811 Beethoven: Sonata in A Major, Op. 101 Debussy: Préludes, Book II
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      Philadelphia Orchestra: Deneve & Shaham
    • Thursday, October 26, 2017
    • Ever the champion of music of living composers, Stéphane Denève kicks off a year-long exploration of his fellow Frenchman Guillaume Connesson, whose Maslenitsa, the first of three of his dynamic works to be heard this season, is inspired by a Russian pre-Lenten festival. The world is coming to recognize Connesson's uniquely vibrant work as he emerges as one of the most exciting new voices in the classical music world, winning international awards and incredible acclaim. Audience favorite Gil Shaham returns to Verizon Hall with Tchaikovsky's monumental Violin Concerto. Beloved ballet music rounds out the program: Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Scriabin's vibrant orchestral showpiece Poem of Ecstasy.
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      Courtnee Roze
    • Thursday, October 26, 2017
    • Courtnee Roze leads a percussion-driven ensemble featuring congas, djembe, drums, bass, keyboard, strings, woodwinds, brass and taps. The band features and rotates a collective of musicians, and has been described as one of the most innovative, influential, and intriguing acts of their generation. Roze and her band draw on of funk, fusion, afrobeat, soul, house, world music, live dance creations and heavy percussion to create their unique sound.
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      Philadelphia Orchestra: Halloween Organ Extravaganza
    • Friday, October 27, 2017
    • The Halloween Organ Extravaganza has become an annual spine-tingling celebration of the magnificent Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ! Revel in the full range of this incredible instrument's capabilities through remarkable showpieces and the virtuosic action on the keyboard and pedals by spectacular guest organists. After the concert, audience members are invited to lie down on the Verizon Hall stage to feel the awesome power of this mighty instrument.
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      Peter Richard Conte
    • Friday, October 27, 2017
    • Peter Richard Conte, Longwood Gardens Principal Organist and longtime organist at the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy's in Philadelphia, presents a program featuring transcriptions of Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier and Four Last Songs with soprano Clara Rottsolk.
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      Curtis Symphony Orchestra: Juanjo Mena, Conductor
    • Sunday, October 29, 2017
    • The Curtis Symphony Orchestra shines under the "world-class conducting" (Washington Post) of Juanjo Mena, chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, in a feast of Romantic storytelling. By turns whimsical and noble, Strauss's take on the Cervantes novel Don Quixote gives way to the heady narrative of the Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz. A whirlwind tone poem by John Adams, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, sets it all in motion.
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      PCMS Concert: Schumann Quartet w/Gilbert Kalish, Pianist
    • Tuesday, October 31, 2017
    • The Schumann Quartet plays "staggeringly well... with sparkling virtuosity and a willingness to astonish" (Su¨ddeutsche Zeitung). Currently in the midst of a three-year residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Cologne-based group makes its first appearance in Philadelphia with renowned pianist Gilbert Kalish who joins the Schumann for Shostakovich's Quintet, a powerful, five-movement work written during World War II. The Quintet is memorable for its elegiac second movement fugue, the wit and verve of its scherzo and finale, and the virtuosity of its piano part. Haydn: Quartet in G Major, Op. 33, No. 5 Schumann: Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, No. 2 Shostakovich: Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57
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      Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia: All Beethoven
    • Sunday, November 5, 2017
    • Piano virtuosity, jaw-dropping technique, and passion collide in an unforgettable evening of All Beethoven. This will be a captivating evening of improvisations on works such as Für Elise alongside the debut of pianist Charlie Albright and Curtis trained conductor, Sarah Ioannides.
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      PCMS Concert: Modigliani Quartet
    • Thursday, November 9, 2017
    • With a new first violinist, the Modigliani Quartet makes its fourth PCMS appearance in a program that features two string quartets never before heard on our series. Puccini's melancholy I Crisantemi ("The Chrysanthemums") was originally conceived as a work for string quartet, but the composer later reworked the music for inclusion in his famous opera Manon Lescaut. Saint-Saëns composed his first String Quartet during a trip to Buenos Aires and the Canary Islands and dedicated it to the Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe, whose ensemble premiered it. The E Minor work successfully combines classical and romantic styles, proving to be music of great charm, grace, and facility. Puccini: I Crisantemi Brahms: Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1 Saint-Saëns: Quartet in E Minor, Op. 112
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      Philly POPS: The Music of Elton John With Michael Cavanaugh
    • Friday, November 10, 2017
    • After sold-out Music of Billy Joel shows with the Philly POPS in 2016, Cavanaugh and his energetic band return to Verizon Hall to rock Elton John's greatest hits, including "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer," "Your Song," "Candle in the Wind," "Crocodile Rock," and, of course, "Philadelphia Freedom". An in-demand artist who tours the globe, Cavanaugh earned Grammy and Tony nominations as the lead in Broadway's Movin' Out. Celebrated conductor Stuart Chafetz leads this tribute to Elton John, complemented with music by his contemporaries: Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, and many more. wwww.phillypops.org
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      CraftNOW Create
    • Saturday, November 11, 2017
    • Craft steps out of the studio and into the heart of Philadelphia with a hands-on exploration of craft at the Kimmel Center. Free, family-friendly activities will be presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Clay Studio, The Center for Art in Wood, University of the Arts, Wayne Art Center, and more.
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      Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
    • Friday, November 17, 2017
    • The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre. The LAGQ is comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians bringing a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from bluegrass to Bach.
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      PCMS Concert: Barbara Hannigan, Soprano & Reinbert de Leeuw, Pianist
    • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
    • Making her first recital appearance in Philadelphia, world-renowned soprano Barbara Hannigan is acclaimed for her superb virtuosity and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. With longtime collaborator Reinbert de Leeuw, she presents an evening of repertoire rarely heard on the PCMS series: songs by the composers of the late Romantic period and Second Viennese School. This revolutionary group of turn-of-the-century composers encapsulated the creative tension between the past and new modernist approaches. A. Mahler: Vier Lieder [Sel.] Wolf: Mignon Lieder [Sel.] Zemlinsky: Liederen [Sel.] from Opp. 2/5/7 Schoenberg: Vier Lieder, Op. 2 Berg: Fu¨nf Lieder nach Gedichte von R. Dehmel Webern: Sieben Fru¨he Lieder
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      The National
    • Monday, December 4, 2017
    • This group is made up of two sets of brothers and one tall blonde. Originally from Ohio, they now live in Brooklyn and get their musical inspiration from the likes of Voices, Afghan Whigs, Tom Waits and others.
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      PCMS Concert: Emerson Quartet
    • Wednesday, December 6, 2017
    • Drawing inspiration from the great American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Emerson Quartet approaches each performance with insightfulness, enthusiasm, and technical mastery easily connected to its namesake. It stands alone in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than 30 acclaimed recordings, nine Grammy Awards (including two for Best Classical Album), and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. Haydn: Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2 Turnage: Shroud [Philadelphia Premiere] Schumann: Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3
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      PCMS Concert: Jeremy Denk, Pianist
    • Thursday, December 7, 2017
    • MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" winner Jeremy Denk is "a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination--both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing" (New York Times). Having sold out his last four PCMS appearances at the Perelman Theater, this Avery Fisher Career Grant winner returns to demonstrate once again why he is one of the most compelling, thoughtful, and communicative artists before the public today. Mozart: Rondo in A Minor, K. 511 Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 109 Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13
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