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.
The second concert program in the Paris Festival series showcases work by two brilliant musical expats who made the French capital their home, while never forgetting their native land. Frédéric Chopin wrote his Piano Concerto No.1 before he left Poland in 1830; political upheaval drove him to Paris, where he remained for the rest of his life, dazzling the city (and audiences and critics throughout the world) with his extraordinary performing and composing skills. The Concerto is thus a fascinating look at a genius in transition. The featured soloist, Chopin-specialist Louis Lortie, will bring out all the riches of this piano masterwork. Igor Stravinsky enjoyed remarkable success and support in Paris, but kept strong ties to his roots. His music for the ballet "Petrushka," based on Russia's version of Punch and Judy, premiered in Paris in 1911, with the immortal Nijinsky in the title role.
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" (The New York Times). Having sold out his last three PCMS appearances at the Perelman Theater, the Avery Fisher Career Grant winner and The New Yorker writer returns to demonstrate once again why he is one of the most compelling and communicative artists before the public today. In his "Medieval to Modern" program, Jeremy Denk charts the history of Western music from the Medieval and Renaissance worlds of Machaut, Couperin and Frescobaldi to Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, the modernists Stravinsky, Cage, Ligeti and Adams, and back to Machaut.This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with David Dubal.
Hosted by the man The New York Times calls the "Mayor of Broadway,'"Seth Rudetsky, "Broadway Up Close" takes audiences on an insider journey beyond the fourth wall. Tonight's featured guest, Vanessa Williams, is an actress and singer who has been starring on stage and screens for over two decades. Known for her roles in television's Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives, she is also a Tony-nominated performer who has been seen on Broadway in Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Into the Woods and most recently in A Trip to Bountiful with Cecily Tyson. Vanessa has recorded numerous Top 10 hits, including "Colors of the Wind" and "Saved the Best for Last."
Singles and couples share their interest in good music with other lovers of the Orchestra. The Paris Festival: Yannick and the Orchestra feature two brilliant musical expats who made the French capital their home, while never forgetting their native land. Frédéric Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 1 and Igor Stravinsky, music for the ballet Petrushka. Soloist, Chopin-specialist, Louis Lortie, will bring out all the riches of this piano masterwork. Professional and Business Social Network (PBSN). $69.99 Prepaid Ticket required. 610-348-5544.
The Musicians from Marlboro touring program offers "exactly the type of concert that the classical scene needs more of" (Boston Musical Intelligencer). The second of three programs this year from classical music's "life-giving spring" (New York Times) spotlights Nicholas Phan--"one of the most eloquently communicative tenors on the scene today" (Baltimore Sun) --in a performance of Vaughan Williams' On Wenlock Edge. Using poetry from A.E. Housman's quintessentially English collection A Shropshire Lad, Vaughan Williams' cycle is simultaneously sophisticated and down-to-earth, ingenious in its instrumental effects and straightforward in setting the texts. Nicholas Phan, tenor; Michelle Ross, violin; Carmit Zori, violin; Rebecca Albers, viola; Alice Yoo, cello; Lydia Brown, piano. Tonight's program: Haydn - String Quartet in D Major, Op. 76, No. 5, Hob. III:79; Beethoven - Irish Songs, WoO 152 [Sel.]; Vaughan Williams - On Wenlock Edge; and Beethoven - String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, Razumovsky.
The Orchestra's final visit to Paris celebrates two composers who reached outside their rich musical milieu to find inspiration around the Mediterranean. Hector Berlioz's "Harold in Italy," inspired by Lord Byron's poetry, was written for the devilishly talented Niccolò Paganini. He decided the viola part wasn't prominent enough, and rejected the piece. His loss is the music world's gain; the work is now at the heart of the viola repertoire. Principle viola Choong-Jin Chang steps out front to shine in this wonderful piece. From Italy to Spain, a frequent creative wellspring for Maurice Ravel (his parents both had Spanish roots): "Alborada del gracioso" uses Spanish musical themes; "Rapsodie espagnole" celebrates all things Spanish, especially music and dance; and then there's the stunning "Bolero." Deceptively simple, yet utterly compelling, it was a sensational success at its Paris Opera premiere in 1928 and brings the Paris sojourn to an ecstatic finale.
French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras "produces a warm, dark tone ... It is not high-gloss playing, but its character, power and color make it hard to resist" (The New York Times). Captivating musicianship and compelling expressive integrity will be at the forefront during his PCMS debut recital program with Alexander Melnikov, the highly regarded Russian-born pianist who scored rave reviews in his previous appearance with the Society in concert with violinist Isabelle Faust. Schumann: Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102 Beethoven: Cello Sonata in A Major, Op. 69 Webern: Drei kleine Stücke, Op. 11 Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19
Commonly referred to as the "Geater with the Heater", "The Boss with the Hot Sauce," Blavat is a cultural icon in Philadelphia, well known for his on-air personality and knowledge of music, writers and performers. This engagement will feature an arrangement of special guests performing your favorite hits. Featuring performances by Eddie Holman, The Chi-lites, The Stylistics, A Celebration of Kenny Vance and the Planotones, with Ladd Vance and Johnny Gale; The Tokens, and more.
Bunny Sigler will perform with the Dixie Hummingbirds and more as part of Jerry Blavat's Gospel, Soul, and Doo Wop Reunion. Philadelphia R&B legend Bunny Sigler continues to share songs that prove his passion for music goes well beyond his beloved soul songs. Bunny's songwriting for tracks like Instant Funk's "I Got My Mind Made Up", Patti Labelle's "Somebody Loves You Baby", The Whispers' "Bingo", Jackie Moore's "Sweet Charlie Babe" and The O'Jays "Sunshine" are what put him on the musical map. Not only is Bunny skilled with the pen, but he is also a world-renowned singer. This Philadelphia native began his singing career in churches all over the metropolitan area with songs like "O Lord My God" and "The Lord's Prayer". The industry gave him the nickname "Mr. Emotion" after his heartfelt performances on stage. Creating numerous hits over the span of his career (many of which are still being sampled in today's generation), Bunny continues to write, produce and record new material. He is the co-writer of the song "The Ruler's Back" which was an opening song for Jay Z's album, "Blueprint". Even at over 70 years old, "there ain't no stopping us now" claims Sigler, as he gets continues to write, record, and release new music on a regular basis.
The Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia presents an exclusive screening of "Mr. Gaga," a film that Variety calls "possibly the most exciting documentary for fans of modern dance." Director and producer Barak Heymann will be the guest speaker. The film event begins at 5 p.m. in the Perelman Theater. A private dinner at Estia with Barak will follow.
The Last Waltz Tour is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the landmark final concert of The Band, which became the legendary documentary of the same name, directed by Martin Scorsese. The concert will be led by guitarist Warren Haynes (Government Mule, The Allman Brothers Band), and will feature musicians including Michael McDonald, Jamey Johnson, Don Was, John Medeski, Terrence Higgins, Bob Margolin, Dave Malone, Ivan Neville, and Mark Mullins.
The revered André Watts's professional career was launched at age 16 when Leonard Bernstein tapped him to perform with the New York Philharmonic, but he had already been discovered by The Philadelphia Orchestra six years earlier: he made his debut with the Philadelphians in 1957, as a 10-year-old winner of the Orchestra's Children's Student Competition. He has since appeared with the Orchestra over 100 times. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of that debut, Watts returns to present Beethoven's profound Piano Concerto No 4. Also returning will be conductor Fabio Luisi, who made his well-received Orchestra debut in 2011 and holds titles with the Metropolitan Opera, Zurich Opera, and the Danish National Symphony. He'll bring his impeccable touch to the Overture from Weber's "Oberon." The program concludes with Franck's Symphony in D minor.
The Philly Pops will be joined by acclaimed tribute band Classical Mystery Tour for concert of hits from the iconic Beatles album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Enjoy classics like "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," "When I'm 64" and "With a Little Help From My Friends," along with other Fab Four tunes like "Yesterday" and "Hey Jude."
Full of the live and in-your-face entertainment Netflix can't provide, this must-attend show features improvised comedy, audience interaction, and of-the-moment sketches and songs from The Second City made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more.
The evening kicks off with a meet and greet reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m. Acclaimed Beatles tribute band Classical Mystery Tour joins the Philly POPS in honor of the 50th anniversary of the album. " ... we can recreate these timeless songs in the concert hall," conductor Michael Krajewski stated. Just like done in a recording studio, "Beatles aficionados are blown away hearing an orchestra like ours perform this music." Sponsored by Professional and Business Social Network (PBSN)
In 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in Paris and the painter Picasso was accused of the crime. With Stravinsky's magical Suite from "The Firebird" as the soundtrack, this mystery comes to life through a cast of zany characters in Micah Chambers-Goldberg's 20-minute animated film, commissioned by Astral Artists in 2011. Weber's fairy-inspired Overture to "Oberon" opens the program.
Miguel Harth-Bedoya ('91), music director of the Fort Worth Symphony, returns to lead Ravel's atmospheric, shimmering "Daphnis et Chloé" Suite No. 2, with its shifting hues and sensuous harmonies. The program will also include works by Bernstein, Barber, Francaix and Strauss, with featured soloists to include oboist Richard Woodhams.
The Danish Quartet has reached incredible heights in the course of its 12 years of performing. These four young musicians-three Danes and a Norwegian-have concertized throughout Europe, demonstrating their technical mastery and joy of playing while remaining, in their own words, "simply your friendly neighborhood string quartet with above average amounts of beard." The group's typically adventurous program features the second Razumovsky quartet, a Philadelphia premiere by Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin, and a selection of folk tunes from the quartet's homeland. The program: Wallin - Swans Kissing [Philadelphia Premiere]; Selection of Nordic Folk Music; and Beethoven - Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, Razumovsky.
This romantic comedy takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider 'tips' come straight from the source: a gay man. The play is set at a local university auditorium where the English department holds its monthly meet the authors event. Robyn is the shy and studious moderator of the event and this month's featured author is Dan Anderson of "Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man." With the help of a hunky staged assistant named Stefan, Dan aims to turn this meet the authors event upside down with a highly theatrical, audience interactive sex tip seminar. Will Stefan's muscles be used for more than moving more than heavy scenery? Will the power of Dan's tips prove too titillating for even Robyn to resist? As with everything at this event...that is for Dan to know and you to find out.
With hypnotic elegance and a voice beyond her years, Edmonson released her debut studio album, "Take To the Sky" on March 10, 2009. The Austin-based artist borrows effortlessly from many musical styles to create a sound NPR calls, "memorable and contagious."
Acclaimed for her clear and deeply expressive voice, nuanced phrasing and immaculate control, French soprano Sandrine Piau debuts with PCMS in an art-song recital showcasing another side of one of the most famous singers in the Baroque music world. Featuring the music of Chausson, Mendelssohn, Poulenc, Berg, Debussy and Strauss.
Join the Kimmel Center and the Free Library of Philadelphia for a special discussion of the 2017 "One Book, One Philadelphia" featured selection, enhanced by film clips from the Broadway show. Plus, hear from the Kimmel Center's Director of Broadway Philadelphia Programming for inside knowledge of how Philadelphia's largest performing arts center chooses and brings in diverse shows like National Theatre's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," as well as what goes into creating a robust season of programs. Registration required.
A theme of farewell runs through this program--the first of three inquiries on "late style" that PCMS presents over a four week period. Beethoven's farewell is to the piano sonata--the medium in which he was so prolific yet ultimately declared too limiting. In Op. 111, his most central qualities--inner turmoil, humanity and spirituality--are taken to magnificent extremes. Bach's farewell is to composition: these fugues--which do not even specify their instrumentation--are as rigorous and intricate as any music ever written. Britten's farewell is to life itself: of the quartet's harrowing last movement, Norbert Brainen of the Amadeus Quartet (the work's dedicatees), said: "Ben wrote his own death." Regarding Játékok, happily, György Kurtág is still alive and active at age 88. But nostalgia has been a preoccupation of his work, growing more precise and moving as he ages.
The legendary Herbert Blomstedt turns 90 this season, returning to the Kimmel Center to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his Philadelphia Orchestra debut. Continuing this season's cycle of Brahms symphonies, he leads Brahms's lush Third Symphony, hailed by a critic of the composer's time as "a feast for the music lover and musician ... artistically the most perfect." Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 completes the program.
The great Scottish actor-singer, whose star turns include one of the several movie versions of the musical "Annie," a creepy wooer of Minnie Driver in the film version of Maeve Binchy's "Circle of Friends," a major role on "The Good Wife," and the quintessential 21st century interpretation of the Master of Ceremonies in "Cabaret" on the London stage and Broadway, here mixes intimate stories and witty reinterpretations of pop songs and stage classics in a show inspired by impromptu perofrmances he gave to friends and admirers in his "Cabaret" dressing room.
Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin has spoken often of his great passion for Brahms, possibly his favorite composer. The culmination of this season's symphonic cycle features selections from his final musical work, the Eleven Choral Preludes, as well as his last symphony and the Bach cantata that inspired it. The Choral Preludes, originally written for organ, are a natural companion to Bach, the master of sacred organ and choral music, who is represented here by his Cantata No. 150. And in an homage across time, Brahms based the final movement of his majestic Fourth Symphony on the final movement of the same Bach Cantata. Hear the Choral Preludes in beautiful new transcriptions by Detlev Glanert alongside the original organ works in this varied presentation featuring the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.
David Charles Abell - the internationally celebrated conductor who has wowed POPS audiences during "Christmas Spectacular" for the past three seasons - brings the best of modern Broadway to Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts. Enjoy selections from shows like "Into the Woods," "Phantom," "Les Miserables" and more, presented with guest vocalists and the Philly POPS Festival Chorus.
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia welcomes the new year with a salute to American music. The featured works range in genre from classical style to film music and even some award winning music written for award winning video games. Featuring violinist Michael Ludwig and Dirk Brossé on the podium, this concert offers something for everyone.
With more than 45 recordings and countless concerts to their credit, the Hagen Quartet, has long been regarded as one of Europe's leading string quartets. Known for a remarkable balance, precision, and subtlety, coupled with an uncanny conceptual freshness, a Hagen Quartet performance is a must-hear concert event.
The Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, companion ensemble to the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, is comprised of student musicians aged 12-18. Join them at the Kimmel Center this March for a program of works by J. Strauss, Borodin and Dvorak.