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.
Rufus Wainwright, vocalist Michael Krajewski, Conductor The Philly POPS Orchestra Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus, guest vocalists Rufus Wainwright - the vocalist, composer, and songwriter considered one of the greatest of his generation - will join the POPS orchestra on the Verizon Hall stage, under the baton of Music Director Michael Krajewski. The concert will contain highlights from his notable career, which have received critical and international acclaim. Wainwright has said there's "no better instrument than an orchestra to help illustrate" his music. The 65-piece orchestra will accompany Wainwright through his unique repertoire of pop, art-rock, classical, and opera - "genuine originality" as proclaimed by The New York Times. The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus has been invited to perform themed music to support the concert prior to the show on the Kimmel's Plaza Stage and will also be performing during the finale of the show.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world through a century of acclaimed performances, historic tours and its unprecedented record of innovation and outreach.
Tired of looking over your shoulder before telling a funny story that might upset grandpa? Or are you still rebounding from that joke he told at your wedding? Why stress!? Let The Second City take all the risk while you sit back and laugh at their latest sketch comedy and improv revue, "Look Both Ways Before Talking." They'll put The Second City's signature spin on the things you wish you could bring up in mixed company-just be careful who you share them with when you head back to the office! Edgy, thought-provoking and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating nearly six decades of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy's best and brightest.
Suppose your nose was where your elbows goes... Would you call them smell-bows? Johnny Shortcake would! The Johnny Shortcake Show is a magical journey that feels like a funky dance party, featuring unforgettable songs for young and old alike, and starring Philadelphia's premier soul crooner Johnny Showcase.
He's the Geator with the Heator; the Boss with the Hot Sauce; the King of Philly Rock & Roll. He's as much a part of Philadelphia as cheesesteaks, Tastykakes, soft pretzels, and the Liberty Bell. He has been entertaining the Delaware Valley for over 50 years. He's Cruisin' 92.1 WVLT's Jerry Blavat. He is a cultural icon in Philadelphia, well known for his on-air personality and knowledge of music, writers and performers. It's a tradition for guests to head to the Commonwealth Plaza for cocktails and before each performance that Blavat does on stage.
British conductor Gilbert Varga brings his elegant, electric style to the lush melodic legends of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade--and to the blazing colors and shocking storyline of Bartók's Miraculous Mandarin. John Corigliano's Mannheim Rocket offers an explosive opening.
Immerse yourself in the intoxicating passion of late night Buenos Aires. Direct from Argentina, Tango Fire combines authentic dancers, sophisticated choreography and sultry live music in one seductive performance.
Composed of three dynamic, highly esteemed artists, the AKS Piano Trio made its debut three seasons ago. Combining a shared musical heritage from the Marlboro Music Festival and a love of performing great masterworks together, the trio of Lydia Artymiw, Erin Keefe, and Wilhelmina Smith has become a vital addition to the top tier of chamber ensembles. Joining the trio for this concert is Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska, who also happens to be an exceptional clarinetist. Their program includes Milhaud's spirited Suite for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano and Kalevi Aho's Eros, a work the Finnish composer wrote specifically for Keefe and Vanska. Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11 Milhaud: Suite for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano, Op. 157b Aho: Eros for Violin and Clarinet [Philadelphia Premiere] Brahms: Piano Trio in C Major, Op. 87
The POPS joins in a citywide tribute to Leonard Bernstein in his 100th anniversary year. Bernstein revolutionized music by forever blurring the lines between classical and popular, most famously with his iconic hits "West Side Story," "Candide" and "On the Town." David Charles Abell, Bernstein's protégé and a Philly favorite and native son, conducts the popular Bernstein repertoire in anticipation of the soon-to-premiere exhibition at the National Museum of American Jewish History.
PCMS's annual collaboration with ECCO features seventeen leading soloists and chamber musicians of today's younger generation (many of whom are principals in major American orchestras as well as leaders of internationally renowned quartets). This "exciting, conductor-less band of strings" (New Yorker) combines the power and expansiveness of a great orchestral ensemble with the personal involvement and spontaneity of chamber music. Of note on this program is Bartók's Divertimento for Strings, which marries the style of the Baroque concerto grosso to Hungarian folksong melodies. Written in 1939, its sunny disposition does not reflect the troubled political context of its composition; the piece was written two weeks before Nazi Germany invaded Poland, which signaled the beginning of World War II. Bermel: Murmurations [Philadelphia Premiere] Shostakovich: Quartet No. 8, Op. 110a [Arr.] Dvorák: Nocturne in B Major, Op. 40 Bartók: Divertimento for Strings
Philadelphia-based jazz vocalist, Laurin Talese, has performed on myriad stages around the globe with a host of internationally celebrated recording artists including Alicia Keys, Robert Glasper, Ed Sheeran, Sullivan Fortner and Christian McBride, among others. In 2016, Laurin Talese released her debut album, Gorgeous Chaos to wide acclaim. The recording was recognized as one of the top 10 best albums of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune and was highly ranked on 3 Billboard Jazz charts. The recording features modern day jazz elite such as Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, and longtime collaborator Eric Wortham II (Adele) among others. Laurin has appeared both nationally and internationally in a host of venues, most recently performing on the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Like Nancy Wilson, Laurin Talese is an Ohio native with an affinity for enchanting lyrics, entrancing melodies, and stories to be told. You don't want to miss this carefully curated performance in tribute to one of Talese's biggest influences, the iconic Nancy Wilson.
Painter and decorator by day, Mr. Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's popular book (also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) is the perfect family treat.
Luke Carlos O'Reilly, a composer specializing in piano, is focusing on the Black Lives Matter movement with choreographer Sanchel Brown and lyricist Pannam Hewitt. Beginning with his personal encounters with law enforcement, O'Reilly plans to channel fear, passion, sadness, and anger to inspire new music. The public workshop is the audience's first introduction to the artist's project, showcasing the very first musical concepts and excerpts.
Energy, a gripping emotional range, and flawless technique are just a few of the attributes that come to mind upon listening to the Smetana Trio. Each member of this premier Czech trio "responds to the tiniest nuance ... they live the music and you can't help but to live it with them" (BBC Music). The trio's debut program with PCMS features Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D Minor--a wonderful blend of Romantic sentiment and fantasy with Classical-period economy, clarity, and poise. Robert Schumann described the Trio as "the Master Trio of the Present", and declared that "Mendelssohn is the Mozart of the 19th century." Zemlinsky: Piano Trio, Op. 3 Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 8 Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 49
The Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra is one of six independent program ensembles that comprise the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Led by Director and Conductor Maestra Rosalind Erwin, the group features musicians aged 12-18. Join them at the Kimmel Center this February for a concert of works by Brahms, Ravel and Franck.
Saxophone and organ: an improbable duo that promises fascinating discoveries. Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, a specialist of both jazz and classical music, joins Jean-Willy Kunz, organist in residence of the OSM. A concert of two unexpectedly compatible instruments.
Visit the Kimmel Center's Commonwealth Plaza for an hour of interactive fun! Kids learn the basics of Jazz & Musical Theater. The Kimmel Center is the recipient of partnership funding through the nationally recognized PNC "Grow Up Great" program, a $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and life. Grow Up Great programs are held monthly in Commonwealth Plaza.
"Poetic, charismatic and virtuosic" (Sunday Telegraph), the Elias Quartet combines youthful élan with a musical intelligence beyond their years. The London foursome's latest collaboration with Jonathan Biss--a "virtuoso and poetic pianist of the first order" (Chicago Sun-Times)--promises "playing of wonderful exuberance and fire" (Guardian). Mozart: Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458, Hunt Kurtág: Six moments musicaux Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
"Only a few pianists regularly cross the threshold of mere excellence to transporting brilliance... Mitsuko Uchida can be included in that exclusive handful" (New York Times). In a storied career spanning dozens of acclaimed recordings and standing ovations the world over, Uchida has earned a reputation for magisterial performances and a sublimely elegant artistic temperament. Her PCMS recitals are always "must-see" events, her intensely moving interpretations of classical repertoire balancing sinew and sensitivity with crystalline articulation and vivid dynamic contrasts. Schubert: Sonata in C Minor, D. 958 Schubert: Sonata in A Major, D. 664 Schubert: Sonata in G Major, D. 894 This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with David Dubal
Improvisations from 1747 receive a new breath of new life in an evening of Baroque classics. Indulge in the brilliance and passion of Bach and Rameau as Jeffrey Brillhart brings the composer's works into new light on the harpsichord.
Now in its 78th season, The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) has a full schedule of performances for its six program divisions. One of the oldest and most highly regarded youth orchestra organizations in America, PYO is dedicated to excellence, transformative education, and access for student instrumentalists. The talented musicians in each ensemble gain exceptional musical training with many opportunities to perform that showcase the musicians. The anchor group is the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), conducted by President and Music Director Louis Scaglione, featuring 120 gifted instrumentalists who range in age from 14-21. Join them at the Kimmel Center this February for a concert of works by Brahms, Stravinsky and Ravel.
For his Jazz Residency Project, Doug Hirlinger, composer and percussionist, is compiling a group of artists including Ursula Rucker, M'Balia Singley, Tim Motzer, and John Swana who together are writing a suite entitled "Dear Philadelphia." This new work is informed by dialog between the artists concerning the changes occurring in the city through gentrification and other processes. During the public workshop, he'll be presenting some of their initial musical concepts and excerpts.
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 ECM recording artist Kim Kashkashian, former Cherubini Quartet cellist Christoph Richter, and four emerging young musical leaders in a program that culminates in Ravel's harmonically rich, texturally innovative Piano Trio in A Minor. Alexi Kenney, violin; Tessa Lark, violin; Kim Kashkashian, viola; Isang Enders, cello; Christoph Richter, cello; Zoltan Fejervari, piano. Boccherini: String Quintet in E Major, Op. 11, No. 5; Bartok: String Quartet No. 2; Ravel: Piano Trio in A Minor. This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Michael Klein.
Hailed as "a brilliant musician and an extraordinary visionary" (Wall Street Journal), Grammy Award winner Pierre-Laurent Aimard enjoys a career that transcends traditional boundaries. The French pianist's staggering technique, searing intellect, and fantastical imagination have been on display in four previous Perelman Theater recitals and promise to be further evidenced in a thrilling program that ranges from the Russian avant-garde to Beethoven's monumental Hammerklavier. Obukhov: Revelation; Chopin: Piano Sonata in B-flat Minor, Op. 35, Funeral March; Beethoven: Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 106, Hammerklavier.