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.
To watch and hear Viennese pianist Rudolf Buchbinder in concert is to experience the totality of perfect phrasing, magnificent technique and an unparalleled love of his instrument. An evening of all-Beethoven with this singular artist promises Old World European tradition imbued with Buchbinder's trademark iconoclastic spirit. Tonight's program: Beethoven - Piano Sonata in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, Tempest; Beethoven - Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3; Beethoven - Piano Sonata in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2; and Beethoven - Piano Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, Waldstein. This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Elizabeth Morgan.
Money buys happiness but not true love for Magda, the heroine of Puccini's comic opera. Abandoning her lavish life with a rich banker for the affection of a poor young student, she realizes, heartbroken, that she is unworthy of his marriage proposal. Evocative waltzes and glowing melodies enliven Puccini's elegant score.
These concerts honor the composer with perhaps the closest ties to The Philadelphia Orchestra, presenting all four of Rachmaninoff's piano concertos, with two dynamic and contrasting soloists: the renowned Russian Nikolai Lugansky (Concertos 2 and 3) and the Chinese phenom and Curtis-trained Haochen Zhang (Concertos 1 and 4). For good measure, Lugansky will also solo in the gorgeous Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève also leads the Orchestra in the Symphonic Dances. Thursday, April 27th - Concertos No. 4 & 2; Friday, April 28th - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini & Concerto No. 3, and Saturday, April 29th - Concerto No. 1 & Symphonic Dances.
With four Grammy Awards and membership in the Hall of Fame of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Juilliard Quartet has been the gold standard of string quartet playing for seven decades. For the group's first PCMS program with new cellist Astrid Schween, a pair of well-known quartets bookend a new work by Mario Davidovsky, echoing the credo of the quartet's founders to "play new works as if they were established masterpieces, and established masterpieces as if they were new." Today's program: Mendelssohn - Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13; Davidovsky - Fragments, String Quartet No. 6 [Philadelphia Premiere]; and Beethoven - Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130 w/ Grosse Fuge, Op. 133. This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with James Primosch.
The third annual Catherine R. and Anthony A. Clifton Foundation Emerging Artists Awards ceremony will be held at the Perelman Theater beginning promptly at 7pm and will honor five exceptional young students in music proficiency. Performances by each of the winners will highlight the evening's festivities, with CBS TV news anchor Ukee Washington serving as host.
Looking ahead to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein in 2018, Yannick conducts the great American composer's first symphony, "Jeremiah," based on the prophet's lamentations "as he mourns his beloved Jerusalem, ruined, pillaged, and dishonored after his desperate efforts to save it" (Leonard Bernstein), and the young composer's own struggles with faith. Critics extol Radu Lupu, the "enigmatic and almost willfully individualistic pianist" (The New York Times), as an artist who simply must be heard live. A leading interpreter of Mozart's music, he performs the mesmerizing Piano Concerto No. 24, in which the composer makes full use of the orchestra. The program concludes with Schumann's Symphony No. 2, which includes "probably the most profound music Schumann ever wrote for orchestra," says Yannick, "on the one hand very simple, but also heartbreaking in its depth and richness of harmonies."
Channeling greats such as Diana Ross, Lean Horn, and Josephine Baker, Jomama presents fans old and new with an entirely original score, and storytelling art that confronts the fears and frights of today with a radiating gorgeous light. Called brilliant and versatile, Daniel Alexander Jones brings the diva alter ego Jomama Jones to glorious life - complete with a unique voice, energetic musical numbers, soulful singing, and a stellar band. This 90-minute cabaret-style evening creates a safe and engaging atmosphere, as Jomama invites the audience to imagine a loving and bright future together.
Leave your cares at home and kick back with The Philly POPS as they perform the hits that defined the golden musical era of the '70s and '80s. Joined by vocalists/guitarists Micah and Lori Wilshire and Shem von Schroeck, they'll revisit The Eagles, Journey, Fleetwood Mac, and other chart-topping rock bands with unforgettable hits like Take It Easy, Hotel California, Desperado, Go Your Own Way, and more. The Philly POPS, the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States, delights audiences with the inspired performance of American popular music. The POPS celebrates this distinctive musical heritage through an expanding repertoire of innovative concert presentations and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives. The Philly POPS, the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States, delights audiences with the inspired performance of American popular music. The POPS celebrates this distinctive musical heritage through an expanding repertoire of innovative concert presentations and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives.
In homage to a master nurtured at Curtis, Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings opens this memorable evening. Then Minnesota Orchestra's charismatic music director, Osmo Vänskä, joins forces with the formidable Peter Serkin in the monumental Piano Concerto No. 1 by Brahms. Continuing the theme of heroic struggle leading to ultimate triumph is "Ein Heldenleben," Strauss's autobiographical epic.
The CineMondays screening series concludes with "Big Sonia," a documentary about a tiny Holocaust survivor with a colorfully upbeat attitude, and "Joe's Violin," the story of how a donated violin transforms the life of a young aspiring musician.
Stars on the cross-over scene, this young, dynamic string trio merges traditional, gypsy and jazz elements to form a style all its own. Returning to PCMS by popular demand for its first appearance with new violinist Charles Yang, the "classically-trained garage band" presents an eclectic, crowd-pleasing program that fuses music from Bach to Brahms with their own arrangements of bluegrass and folk tunes and ingenious mash-ups of contemporary popular hits. Program to be announced from stage
Since winning the silver medal at the Warsaw Chopin competition 14 years ago, Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter has established a reputation as one of the pre-eminent interpreters of Chopin. Her 2014 Preludes disc made Gramophone's list of 10 "Must Have" Chopin recordings, and she performs the Complete Preludes here in a PCMS debut recital that promises "Chopin playing in the great tradition: rich-toned, generous though never profligate with its rubato, and invested with a vast range of keyboard color" (The Guardian). Tonight's program: Beethoven - Piano Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3; Beethoven - Piano Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, Appassionata; and Chopin - Complete Preludes, Op. 28, This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Jeffrey Kallberg.
After making a terrific impression in his debut with the Orchestra in 2014, Bolshoi Music Director Tugan Sokhiev returns for this stirring program drawn in part from strong Russian influences. Famous for its ingenious use of a "fate" theme, Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony progresses from a somber beginning to an uplifting, triumphant march in the final movement. Also on the program are works by Anatoli Liadov and Erich Korngold.
For his Kimmel Center Jazz Residency, University of the Arts graduate Max Swan crafted a crossover album that blended jazz sensibilities with electronic, rock, and pop approaches to music production, featuring saxophone, vocals, and lush arrangements. Tonight he'll be premiering his new work in the SEI Innovation Studio.
Composer/lyricist Joanna Pascale teamed up with arranger Etienne Charles and director Ellie Heyman to craft a song cycle that takes its inspiration from the lives of flowers as part of the Kimmel Center Jazz Residency Program. Tonight they'll be premiering the piece in the SEI Innovation Studio.
As part of the Kimmel Center Jazz Residency Program, Jawanza Kobie has crafted a musical project designed to introduce children to the various instruments and rhythms used in jazz. Todayhe premieres this new work in the SEI Innovation Studio.
In cooperation with The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's award winning Maestro and composer, Dirk Brossé has done it again. This new setting of "Pictures at an Exhibition" is inspired by works found in one of Philadelphia's greatest treasures, The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The profound beauty of classical visual art combined with the passion of Maestro Brossé's music is the highlight of the season.
The Philadelphia Sinfonia is one of the nation's outstanding symphony orchestras for young musicians. Based in Philadelphia and heard regularly in concert at the Kimmel Center, this is an ensemble of 100 professional-caliber young orchestral musicians.
The Philadelphia Orchestra ends their season with Mahler's colossal Third Symphony, among the grandest works of all. The Symphony is massive--calling for mezzo-soprano, women's choir, and children's chorus--and with six movements, is the longest piece in the standard repertoire. "It's a work that, even more than any other Mahler symphony, contains--as Mahler said--the whole world," says Yannick. "It has the mineral life, the vegetation life, the animal one, the human one--and the afterlife as well. ... It's a fascinating work of art." This is a rare chance to hear this commanding music in the inimitable hands of Yannick and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Featuring The American Boychoir and the women of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir.
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 May for a program of works by Hoiby, Debussy and Gershwin.
Conductor Louis Scaglione leads the ensemble through the world premiere of a work by the winner of the Inaugural Young Composers Competition, along with Orff's "Carmina Burana." Guest artists will include the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Boys Choir.