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.
Join POPS Music Director Maestro Michael Krajewski as he leads you through an all-new spectacular lineup of exciting musical arrangements featuring internationally acclaimed pianist/vocalist Tony DeSare -- a returning POPS audience favorite dubbed "two parts Sinatra, one part Billy Joel" -- as well as over 300 remarkable musicians and choir members, including The Philly POPS Festival Chorus. This Christmas tradition will also include an audience sing-along and a number of surprises to delight listeners of all ages.
The Chamber Orchestra brings 2016 to a close with a performance masterfully balancing the new and the old as only Maestro Dirk Brossé and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia can. The concert opens with two beloved masterworks. The effervescent Rossini Overture to "L'Italiana in Algeri" and the inspiring Gounod "Symphony No. 1. " The second half of the concert features two new works, each sure to please. The world premiere of Raphael Fusco's "Alternate Routes"; a work arranged specifically for the musicians of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Last but not least, the American premiere of Rami Khalife's "Stories for Piano and Orchestra" with the composer at the keys.
This documentary highlights the untold story of Philadelphia's impact on America and the historical significance of the region. The historic buildings and structures along the King's Highway, as well as the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route, are the foundation of the film. Augmenting that with in-depth historical coverage of the Northeast's three defining creeks and rivers will allow for a very comprehensive depiction of the history of Philadelphia as a whole. A short Q&A session with the film's director and producers will follow the screening.
"O Fortune! Like the moon ever-changing," the massive choir bellows amidst the opening clash of cymbals and banging of drums, but ever-constant is the enduring popularity of "Carmina Burana," Orff's heart-pounding and tantalizing tale of drinking and debauchery. It was a hit from the start. Whether you know it from the movies or TV commercials, rappers or Philadelphia's own Mummers, nothing can quite prepare you for The Philadelphia Orchestra's live and lusty delivery, vigorously led in these performances by the Orchestra's own Cristian Macelaru, whose career has quickly taken on international proportions.Also on the program is Beethoven's Symphony No. 2, one of his most ebullient and life-affirming works.
Well-Strung, a New York City based string quartet, derives their unique blend of vocals and strings by brilliantly fusing classical music with the pop music of today. Well-Strung has been receiving rave reviews at Feinstein's/54 Below and all over the world, from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Leicester Square Theatre in London. Their holiday show includes both traditional seasonal tunes and contemporary selections, with opportunities for audience participation.
Drawing inspiration from the great American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Emerson Quartet approaches each performance with an insight, enthusiasm and technical mastery easily connected to its namesake. It stands alone in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammy Awards (including two for Best Classical Album) and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. Tonight's program: Beethoven - Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, Serioso; Shostakovich - Quartet No. 4, Op. 83; Tchaikovsky - Quartet in E-flat Minor, Op. 30. This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Truman Bullard.
After its theatrical release on December 3, 1976, Rocky became one of the most iconic films of its time. See the original movie as you've never seen it before in this new 40th anniversary 4K digital release by MGM Studios. The film is presented by Pat's Steaks and Philadelphia magazine's Victor Fiorillo. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Philly Contraption Contest, a 501c3 nonprofit engineering competition for kids.
What musical gifts does Santa have in store for you? Get in the Christmas spirit with the Philadelphia Orchestra's annual Christmas Kids' Spectacular. You'll hear your favorite jingles and carols like "Sleigh Ride", "Joy to the World," and "Deck the Halls," plus have the chance to sing along.
"I only wish I could instill in every friend of music... the depth of sympathy and profound appreciation of Mozart's inimitable art that I myself feel and enjoy." The author of those words, the composer Franz Joseph Haydn, would be gratified if he could see how high Mozart's star has ascended in the two centuries and more since he wrote them. Today, millions share his enthusiasm for the work of his great contemporary. Returning to the Perelman Theater, the Curtis Chamber Orchestra--led by celebrated violinist Shmuel Asheknasi - embarks on a very memorable journey (in two parts) through all five Mozart Violin Concertos and his Sinfonia Concertante. Today's event is a special two-part concert comprised of one afternoon and one evening performance. Part I's program features Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Major, Violin Concerto K. 207, No. 3 in G Major, K. 216 and Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219. Part II includes Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K. 211, Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218 and Symphonie Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364.
The Philadelphia Orchestra's Christmas concerts feature the full Orchestra, choir, and special guests, all led this year by the irresistible Thomas Wilkins, principal conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Buy your tickets early and put this heartwarming holiday break on your calendar now.
Emmy® award winning Irish tenor Eamonn McCrystal and Chloë Agnew, formerly of Celtic Woman, join forces for an exclusive North American tour. Catch them live for an evening celebrating Irish culture, great music and Christmas. This "coast-to-coast" tour will feature: classic hit-music from Ireland, new music from both stars and a stunning live band.
It wouldn't be the holiday season without Handel's divine Messiah. French conductor and vocalist Nathalie Stutzmann--who made her U.S. conducting debut with Messiah performances in Detroit and at the Kennedy Center--makes her Philadelphia Orchestra conducting debut leading this most famous of oratorios. With one performance only, this is guaranteed to sell out.
As seen on Public Television, the Gettys are joined by their band of virtuoso instrumentalists fusing Celtic, Bluegrass, Americana, and classical music as well as cultural dance and the choral sounds of the holiday.
Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who must defend his home from two bungling thieves while his family is away. Composer John Williams' charming and delightful score will be performed live by The Philadelphia Orchestra.
More celebratory than a glass of champagne, Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert is a delight for the eyes and the ears. Welcome 2017 with this elegant concert, celebrating a 16-year tradition in Philadelphia. This December 30, a stunning new program featuring Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from operettas will be performed by a full orchestra, acclaimed European singers, ballet and ballroom dancers.
There's no denying Mozart was a genius in the most literal sense of the word. Here's an opportunity to experience the full sweep of his astonishing talent, from his first symphony, composed when he was just eight years old, to his last, the complex and majestic "Jupiter." In between he produced a staggering body of work, including his first woodwind concerto, composed at age 18. The esteemed British conductor and Mozart specialist Jane Glover makes her subscription debut in this effervescent program.
The Mexican Consulate and the Mexican Cultural Center invite you to celebrate one of Mexico's most popular holidays. Bring your family and join us for a reenactment of the story of the Three Wise Men. Enjoy an evening of activities, piñatas and a piece of traditional "Rosca de Reyes" bread, which will be the largest one ever made in Philadelphia.
The Johannes Quartet consists of four outstanding musicians who take time away from their busy careers to pursue their love of the string quartet literature. This quartet brings together Peter Stumpf, the principal cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Choong-Jin (C.J.) Chang, the principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Soovin Kim, the first American to win the Paganini Violin Competition in 24 years; and Jessica Lee, a Concert Artist Guild International Competition Winner. Today they are joined in concert by Grammy-winning violist Kim Kashkashian and accomplished cellist Marcy Rosen in a program of works by Mozart, Bartok and Brahms.
Internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel speaks informally with wit, charm and insight about composers and classical music, then performs select works. "Splendor From Silence" features pieces composed by Faure, Smetana and Beethoven after they had gone deaf.
Widely considered to be the greatest exponents of Haydn's work in the world today, the London Haydn Quartet has spent more than a decade reinvigorating the composer's reputation and sound, bringing his peerless music to new audiences around the globe. With their gut-bowed period instruments and dazzling interpretations of familiar classics, they play the master's opuses as they were meant to be played: full of color, texture, and verve, soaring with virtuosity and unexpected thrills. The LHQ's Philadelphia/PCMS debut pairs them with historical clarinetist Eric Hoeprich for a performance of Mozart's magnificent Clarinet Quintet. Tonight's program: Haydn - Quartet in F Major, Op. 17, No. 2, Hob. III:28; Haydn - Quartet in D Major, Op. 20, No. 4, Hob. III:34; and Mozart - Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581. This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Steven Kreinberg.
Paris is home to one of the world's richest mixtures of culture and music. This first of three Festival programs celebrates composers who were based in the City of Light, including Chabrier, Faure, Saint-Saens, Canteloube, Ravel and Schmitt. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts, with featured soloists to include soprano Susan Graham.
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.
Internationally renowned piano virtuoso Peter Donohoe returns fot perform some of Gershwin's most popular compositions, including "An American in Paris," the "Concerto in F" and "Rhapsody in Blue." Vocalists Kevin Deas and Julie-Ann Green will reprise their roles as Porgy and Bess in excerpts from Gershwin's landmark American folk opera.
The Jones Family Singers, consisting, in part, of five sisters, two brothers and their father, have been tearing up churches and festivals alike for over two decades. The Texas-based gospel powerhouse are modern practitioners of a long musical tradition, infusing joyful and reverent songs with vintage soul, funk and R&B.
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.
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.
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