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.
Among many other artists, world-renowned cellist Ohad (Udi) Bar-David, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will lead an Eastern influenced ensemble of special guests including Hanna Khoury, Hafez Javier Kotain and Jiebeing Chen. Maestro Reona Ito will conduct the Harmony For Peace Symphony finale.
The Philadelphia Orchestra kicks off the season with a concert of works by Mozart and Strauss, along with a "project" piece chosen by the audience. Guest artists will include renowned pianist Lang Lang.
Chicago jazz vocalist Kurt Elling may be the last 'hep cat' left in the mainstream jazz world. His signature mix of high-flying poetry and jazz improvisation evokes comparisons to the Beat poets of the ‘60s with the added vocal ingenuity of the Manhattan Transfer and Bobby McFerrin. Beginning his career in music in 1995, he has quickly risen to become one of jazz's most talented and celebrated vocalists - earning his first Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance in 2010 for his album 'Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman.'
Jason Mraz, whose surname is Czech for "frost," was known on the San Diego coffee house scene in 2000. His 2002 debut album, "Waiting for My Rocket to Come," contained the hit single "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)," but it wasn't until 2005 when his second album, "Mr. A-Z" was released that he achieved widespread commercial success that has continued through such hit singles as "I'm Yours" and "I Won't Give Up." He is currently touring to support his latest album, "Yes!," which was released in July of 2014.
Musicians From Marlboro brings exceptional young musicians from Vermont's renowned Marlboro Music Festival together with seasoned artists in chamber music programs of rarely-heard works and masterpieces of varied instrumentation. Tonight, they'll be performing works by Kurtag, Servansky, Debussy and Beethoven.
Founded at the Royal College of Music in London in 1994, the Belcea Quartet is currently based in Great Britain, though two of its members hail from Romania and Poland. Today, the accomplished ensemble presents a concert of works by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.
Kathleen Battle's soaring voice has brought her to the top of the classical music world. She has appeared in numerous opera, concert and recital performances across the globe and has collaborated with some of the world's most distinguished artists.Today, she'll be performing a variety of traditional spirituals and hymns that reflect early African-American history.
From Berlioz to Batman, The Philadelphia Orchestra performs your favorite "spook"-tacular classics and film soundtracks, accompanied by artists from Cirque de la Symphonie. The mysterious "March to the Scaffold" and other haunting harmonies will turn Verizon Hall into a chilling chamber of fantastical fright and delight.
With a commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts, Yefim Bronfman is widely regarded as one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today. His regular appearances with virtually all the world's major orchestras and his collaborations with such celebrated musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax and Joshua Bell invariably elicit rave reviews. In solo recitals Bronfman has been praised as ...."an inquisitive artist who loves to illuminate rarely-heard masterworks as well as war horses." Tonight, he'll be performing works by Haydn, Brahms and Prokofiev.