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.
International star soprano and the star of Opera Philadelphia's "Turandot" Christine Goerke leads Opera Philadelphia's Emerging Artists through a master class. You'll witness these young talents blossom before your eyes as the company's incomparable Turandot shares her expertise.
This world premiere chamber opera by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek is based on the 1996 Academy Award-nominated film by Lars von Trier. Set in the Scottish Highlands in the early 1970's, "Breaking the Waves" tells the story of Bess McNeill, a religious young woman with a deep love for her husband Jan, a handsome oil rig worker. When Jan becomes paralyzed in an off-shore accident, Bess's marital vows are put to the test as he encourages her to seek other lovers and return to his bedside to tell him of her sexual activities. He insists that the stories will feel like they are making love together and keep him alive. Bess's increasing selflessness leads to a finale of divine grace, but at great cost.
Conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Orchestra through a performance of Mozart's Mass in C minor. Works by Theofanidis and Schubert round out the program, with guest artists to include soprano, tenor and bass-baritone soloists along with the Westminster Symphonic Choir.
Experience the legendary Philadelphia Sound as friends, musicians, and leaders from throughout Philadelphia's cultural community gather to celebrate the beginning of another marvelous year of performances. An unforgettable evening of great music, glamour, black tie, high couture, delicious food, and champagne awaits.
The Ama Deus Ensemble represents the union of Vox Ama Deus' vocal and instrumental ensembles. Performing Baroque and classical music from the likes of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, the orchestra and choir are sized to match historical common practice of the time period.
The POPS kick off their 2016-2017 season with a musical tribute to Elvis Presley, the unforgettable performer who changed the course of American popular music forever. Led by "Roots of Rock" legend Dave Bennett with Philly's own Allison Blackwell, the concert will feature memorable tunes such as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," "Love Me Tender," "Can't Help Falling in Love" and more.
The KlangVerwaltung Orchestra has been recognized for its superlative technical skill, ability to interact like a chamber music ensemble, vibrant orchestral color, and lively stage presence. Under the direction of conductor Enoch zu Guttenberg, the orchestra has earned rave reviews, both for its live performances and numerous recordings. For its 20th anniversary season tour, the orchestra is joined by the heralded Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern Chorus for performances in Canada and the U.S.A.
For the first time in its 24-year history, Astral will open its auditions process to Philadelphia audiences, with the launch of the annual Astral National Auditions Winners Concert. The Astral National Auditions is a nationally esteemed competition, which, until now, has been closed to the public. Selected from an initial pool of several hundred applicants, and following a competitive audition and interview process, seven exceptionally gifted rising-star artists have been invited to join Astral's prestigious roster; these rising talents will grace the Perelman theater stage tonight. Concert proceeds will directly benefit Astral's artistic and community engagement programs in Philadelphia.