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.
Conductor Gianandrea Noseda leads the Orchestra through a performance of Mahler's Fifth Symphony. Also on the program is Michael Daugherty's "Reflections on the Mississippi," featuring a solo by tuba player Carol Jantsch.
The Emerson String Quartet is comprised of violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton and cellist Paul Watkins, who replaced long-time member David Finckel in 2013. This Grammy award-winning and highly respected quartet has been together now for more than 20 years. This March, join them at the Kimmel Center for a program of works by Haydn, Beethoven and Ravel.
Philadelphia is the opera world's epicenter as AVA opera stars - past, present and future - take the stage in this gala concert event. Celebrate 80 years of AVA bringing voice to opera's future. Metropolitan Opera 2014-2015 Season stars Stephen Costello, Nancy Herrera, Angela Meade, Taylor Stayton and James Valenti join AVA's Resident Artists and other performers as Jeanne B. Cowles Music Director Christofer Macatsoris leads a full Orchestra in the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall. Funds raised from this Gala event benefit the AVA Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition-free training to the world's most promising opera soloists.
Beloved by generations of families, host Charlotte Blake Alston leads the audience on a journey of daring drama and scintillating sounds, where the listener the story's hero. Guests choose what music is performed and how the action unfolds in this interactive program featuring selections by Mozart, Holst, and other music from film, opera, and ballet.
Join one of the area's finest music schools to celebrate the outstanding talent of their students and faculty as they present their annual "Sounds of Excellence" concert. Works ranging from Bach and Mozart to contemporary variations on popular songs will be performed on piano, violin, cello, guitar and voice.
Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the late '90s, jazz pianist Jason Moran has proven more than his brilliance as a performer. The Blue Note Records recording artist has established himself as a risk-taker and innovator of new directions for jazz as a whole.
Marc-André Hamelin is a champion of unknown and highly challenging repertoire. His musical wizardry and artistic juggling of the unusual and traditional combine to create an evening of musical magic. Join him this March at the Kimmel Center as he presents a concert of works by Field, Debussy and Schubert, along with several original compositions.
The Orchestra will be joined by the Westminster Symphonic Choir, the American Boychoir and guest vocalists for a performance of Bach's "The Passion According to St. Matthew." Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.
The Ama Deus Ensemble combines with the Vox Renaissance Consort to make up Vox Ama Deus, a Philadelphia-based musical organization that specializes in authentic performances of vocal and instrumental music of the 15th through 18th centuries. Ama Deus, focused on the music of the Classical and Baroque periods, is made up of singers trained in early performance practice and an orchestra of authentic period instruments.
The Takács Quartet is one of the world's greatest string quartets. Formed in Budapest at the Franz Liszt Academy in 1975, they are currently based in Boulder, Colorado and have held a residency at the University of Colorado since 1983.
Conductor Paul Goodwin leads the Orchestra through a performance of Mozart's Symphony in D major, K. 320, along with Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 and overture for "The Consecration of the House." The program will also include Stamitz's Viola Concerto in G major, featuring Choong-Jin Chang.
The POPS Orchestra will be joined by the POPS Festival Chorus for a concert of stirring music from popular films such as "Gone With the Wind," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Lord of the Rings," "Harry Potter" and more.
This program is designed to introduce children to the vibrant and exciting world of musical theater. A talented group of guest artists will perform songs from various classic musicals, and kids are welcome to sing along.
One of the most successful folk/pop duos in recording history, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have carved out an enduring career that is due largely to the fierce loyalty of their fans. After over two decades and eight studio albums together, Ray and Saliers, known to their legion of fans as Indigo Girls, have played thousands of shows. They've operated within the music industry, without ever being a product of that industry, gaining the respect of their peers, not to mention an extremely loyal fan base. Regardless of which way the pop culture breezes are blowing, who is topping the pop charts, who is dominating fashion magazine covers, or who is getting played on the radio, an Indigo Girls' concert experience remains a constant.
Conductor Stephane Deneve leads the Orchestra through a program of fairy tale-themed classical works, including Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" accompanied by the Oscar-winning 2008 short film, "Peter and the Wolf Live." Featured soloists will include duo pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton.
Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar put his New York career on hold several years ago to immerse himself in the music of his ancestry, the Iraqi Maqam. He was already an accomplished jazz and classical trumpeter. He quickly became versed in Maqam, and learned to play the santoor (Iraqi hammered dulcimer) and to sing, and he now leads the only ensemble in the US performing Iraqi Maqam, Safaafir. He has also created new techniques for the trumpet that enable microtones and ornaments that are characteristic to Arabic music but are not typically heard on a trumpet. Now, ElSaffar has turned his attention back to Jazz, and is approaching it with an Iraqi/Arabic bent. Amir ElSaffar and his sextet meld styles and seamlessly cross-pollinate the languages of ancient and modern, East and West.
Revered not only for his exceptional technical artistry, but also for the sheer vitality he brings to every performance, Goode is considered one of the deepest thinkers at the keyboard, an artist who tempts listeners to new depths of understanding of some of the finest compositions written for the piano. This April, he visits the Kimmel Center to present works by Mozart, Brahms, Debussy and Schumann.
LiveNote™ Nights concert presentations offer a program of core repertoire and feature the conductor talking about the music and the Orchestra demonstrating the music that will be performed. Following the concerts the musicians step off the stage to meet and mingle with audience members. Tonight, conductor Stephane Deneve leads the orchestra through portions of Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet."
Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra will be joined by a large cast of singers and musicians from throughout the community for a performance of Leonard Bernstein's "Mass," a dramatic, theatrical piece conceived in honor of John F. Kennedy for the dedication of the Kennedy Center in 1971.