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HAMILTON

August 27 - November 18

HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by…

Opening Night Concert and Gala

September 18 @ 7:00 pm

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor Plácido Domingo - Tenor Audra McDonald - Soprano Plácido Domingo is a paragon of the opera world, continuing to add roles to his repertoire while amassing raves all over the world. The truly legendary Spanish tenor joins Yannick and the Orchestra, performing beloved highlights of Italian grand opera. Join us for this glamorous evening, celebrating a superstar of classical music, Yannick's eighth fabulous season as music director, and the lush sounds of your Philadelphia Orchestra. Opening Night Co-Chairs Richelle…

Yannick and Hélène Open the Season

September 19 - September 22

Umoja, a world premiere commission by American composer Valerie Coleman, launches our 2019-20 season. Ms. Coleman's spirited music draws from Afro-Cuban, jazz, and classical genres. Umoja—meaning unity in Swahili—is alive with all these influences. Bartók's gorgeous Third Concerto, performed by Yannick's good friend Hélène Grimaud, is as vibrant today as the day The Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy gave the world premiere at the Academy of Music in 1946. This program, inspired by music of American roots, concludes with Dvorák's wondrous…

Semele

September 19 @ 7:00 pm

PART ONE Cadmus and his devout followers have created a temple to Juno, the queen of the gods, in order to bless the arranged marriage of his daughter Semele to Athamus. A sacred fire develops on the altar and the chorus proclaims that the omens for the marriage appear favorable. Semele arrives for the ceremony after many attempts to delay the marriage due her new love of Jupiter, the king of the gods. She pleads to Jupiter to intervene and his responding thunder interrupts…

Adam Ant: Friend or Foe

September 20 @ 8:00 pm

In October 1980 millions of living rooms across the UK were set on fire by a blazing TV performance by Adam and the Ants. After three ferocious minutes of ‘Dog Eat Dog’, on the weekly music show, Top of the Pops, the phenomenon rapidly began and they would go on to dominate the charts with extraordinary success. Inspired by the explosive punk band, The Sex Pistols, Adam and the Ants was formed. Building a huge cult following, Adam and the Ants…

The Love for Three Oranges

September 20 @ 8:00 pm

Company Premiere Music by Sergei Prokofiev Libretto by Sergei Prokofiev and Vera Janacopoulos Based on Vsevolod Meyerhold’s adaptation of the play by Carlo Gozzi Performed in English with English supertitles English translation by David Lloyd-Jones Part of Festival O19 This zesty love story is a pithy fairytale about a sweet young prince, cursed by a sour witch and forced to voyage into distant lands in search of three oranges, each of which contains a princess. Will he run out of juice or can he concentrate on his mission to find sun-kissed true love with a new…

Organ Demonstration

September 21 @ 1:00 pm

Join us for a very special Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ demonstration as part of our FREE Kimmel Center tour! Once a month, our 1pm tour will start with a 15 minute organ demonstration of the instrument's unparalleled and dramatic sounds LIVE in Verizon Hall. Together with our partners at The American Guild of Organists, we're excited to expand our popular tours to include this unique experience. Let our talented volunteers show you around! Organ programming is generously supported by the Wyncote Foundation. One…

Synopsis

September 21 @ 2:00 pm

PART ONE Cadmus and his devout followers have created a temple to Juno, the queen of the gods, in order to bless the arranged marriage of his daughter Semele to Athamus. A sacred fire develops on the altar and the chorus proclaims that the omens for the marriage appear favorable. Semele arrives for the ceremony after many attempts to delay the marriage due her new love of Jupiter, the king of the gods. She pleads to Jupiter to intervene and his responding thunder interrupts…

The Love for Three Oranges

September 22 @ 2:00 pm

Company Premiere Music by Sergei Prokofiev Libretto by Sergei Prokofiev and Vera Janacopoulos Based on Vsevolod Meyerhold’s adaptation of the play by Carlo Gozzi Performed in English with English supertitles English translation by David Lloyd-Jones Part of Festival O19 This zesty love story is a pithy fairytale about a sweet young prince, cursed by a sour witch and forced to voyage into distant lands in search of three oranges, each of which contains a princess. Will he run out of juice or can he concentrate on his mission to find sun-kissed true love with a new…

Synopsis

September 24 @ 7:00 pm

PART ONE Cadmus and his devout followers have created a temple to Juno, the queen of the gods, in order to bless the arranged marriage of his daughter Semele to Athamus. A sacred fire develops on the altar and the chorus proclaims that the omens for the marriage appear favorable. Semele arrives for the ceremony after many attempts to delay the marriage due her new love of Jupiter, the king of the gods. She pleads to Jupiter to intervene and his responding thunder interrupts…

Synopsis

September 26 @ 7:00 pm

PART ONE Cadmus and his devout followers have created a temple to Juno, the queen of the gods, in order to bless the arranged marriage of his daughter Semele to Athamus. A sacred fire develops on the altar and the chorus proclaims that the omens for the marriage appear favorable. Semele arrives for the ceremony after many attempts to delay the marriage due her new love of Jupiter, the king of the gods. She pleads to Jupiter to intervene and his responding thunder interrupts…

John Adams Conducts Adams

September 26 @ 7:30 pm

John Adams - Conductor Leila Josefowicz - Violin Ravel - Alborada del gracioso Stravinsky - Song of the Nightingale INTERMISSION Adams - Scheherazade.2, Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra Composer, conductor, teacher, writer, thinker—John Adams is an American musical icon. His work—exciting and beautiful—unflinchingly confronts, defines, and embraces contemporary culture. He wrote Scheherazade.2 for the stellar violinist Leila Josefowicz, inspired by an art exhibit about The Tales of the Arabian Nights and Rimsky-Korsakov's original. Josefowicz's solo violin plays the role of a modern Scheherazade. Adams's musical exploration of the…

John Adams Conducts Adams

September 27 @ 2:00 pm

John Adams - Conductor Leila Josefowicz - Violin Ravel - Alborada del gracioso Stravinsky - Song of the Nightingale INTERMISSION Adams - Scheherazade.2, Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra Composer, conductor, teacher, writer, thinker—John Adams is an American musical icon. His work—exciting and beautiful—unflinchingly confronts, defines, and embraces contemporary culture. He wrote Scheherazade.2 for the stellar violinist Leila Josefowicz, inspired by an art exhibit about The Tales of the Arabian Nights and Rimsky-Korsakov's original. Josefowicz's solo violin plays the role of a modern Scheherazade. Adams's musical exploration of the…

The Love for Three Oranges

September 27 @ 8:00 pm

Company Premiere Music by Sergei Prokofiev Libretto by Sergei Prokofiev and Vera Janacopoulos Based on Vsevolod Meyerhold’s adaptation of the play by Carlo Gozzi Performed in English with English supertitles English translation by David Lloyd-Jones Part of Festival O19 This zesty love story is a pithy fairytale about a sweet young prince, cursed by a sour witch and forced to voyage into distant lands in search of three oranges, each of which contains a princess. Will he run out of juice or can he concentrate on his mission to find sun-kissed true love with a new…

POPS Goes to Hollywood: From Raiders to Gotham

September 27 @ 8:00 pm

John Williams alone has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, seven British Academy Film Awards and 24 GRAMMY Awards. He, Danny Elfman, Howard Shore, Michael Giacchino and Hans Zimmer have created the signature sounds of some the most popular action-adventure films of all time. Their music transports you to a new world of magic and fantasy.    This program features music from Star Wars, Batman, Lord of the Rings, Raiders of the Lost Ark with some Incredibles and more. It’s a night…

Triumph Music Festival

September 28 @ 11:00 am

Synopsis

September 28 @ 2:00 pm

PART ONE Cadmus and his devout followers have created a temple to Juno, the queen of the gods, in order to bless the arranged marriage of his daughter Semele to Athamus. A sacred fire develops on the altar and the chorus proclaims that the omens for the marriage appear favorable. Semele arrives for the ceremony after many attempts to delay the marriage due her new love of Jupiter, the king of the gods. She pleads to Jupiter to intervene and his responding thunder interrupts…

Triumph Music Festival

September 28 @ 3:00 pm

Triumph Music Festival

September 28 @ 7:00 pm

John Adams Conducts Adams

September 28 @ 8:00 pm

John Adams - Conductor Leila Josefowicz - Violin Ravel - Alborada del gracioso Stravinsky - Song of the Nightingale INTERMISSION Adams - Scheherazade.2, Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra Composer, conductor, teacher, writer, thinker—John Adams is an American musical icon. His work—exciting and beautiful—unflinchingly confronts, defines, and embraces contemporary culture. He wrote Scheherazade.2 for the stellar violinist Leila Josefowicz, inspired by an art exhibit about The Tales of the Arabian Nights and Rimsky-Korsakov's original. Josefowicz's solo violin plays the role of a modern Scheherazade. Adams's musical exploration of the…

The Love for Three Oranges

September 29 @ 2:00 pm

Company Premiere Music by Sergei Prokofiev Libretto by Sergei Prokofiev and Vera Janacopoulos Based on Vsevolod Meyerhold’s adaptation of the play by Carlo Gozzi Performed in English with English supertitles English translation by David Lloyd-Jones Part of Festival O19 This zesty love story is a pithy fairytale about a sweet young prince, cursed by a sour witch and forced to voyage into distant lands in search of three oranges, each of which contains a princess. Will he run out of juice or can he concentrate on his mission to find sun-kissed true love with a new…

The Office! A Musical Parody

September 29 @ 2:00 pm

Singing! Dancing! Paper! It's a typical morning at Scranton's third largest paper company until, for no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin… The Office! A Musical Parody, currently selling out the Jerry Orbach Theatre in New York City, lovingly pokes fun at the hit TV show “The Office.” Don’t miss this hilarious unauthorized musical parody featuring your favorite coworkers from Dunder Mifflin. Featuring songs such as “Welcome to Scranton (The Electric…

POPS Goes to Hollywood: From Raiders to Gotham

September 29 @ 3:00 pm

John Williams alone has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, seven British Academy Film Awards and 24 GRAMMY Awards. He, Danny Elfman, Howard Shore, Michael Giacchino and Hans Zimmer have created the signature sounds of some the most popular action-adventure films of all time. Their music transports you to a new world of magic and fantasy.    This program features music from Star Wars, Batman, Lord of the Rings, Raiders of the Lost Ark with some Incredibles and more. It’s a night of musical action and…

La NOCHE

September 30 @ 8:00 pm

Heat up the Kimmel Center each month at La NOCHE!  Experience the hottest live bands as you turn up the steam on the dance floor, led by host/dance leader Kevin Ngo. Enjoy the sexy rhythms of The Caribbean and Latin America as live bands serve up a caliente mix of music that really makes you want to move. We kick off the party with The La NOCHE Band, led by master percussionist Arturo Stable.  We then welcome a different guest group…

Bianca Del Rio: “It’s Jester Joke”

October 2 @ 8:00 pm

Comedy queen and RuPaul's Drag Race champion Bianca Del Rio premieres her brand new comedy show, It's Jester Joke. The self-proclaimed ‘Clown in a Gown’ will tell tales of her world travels and the outrageous circus that is her life on the most ambitious solo drag show tour in history. Irreverent and fierce, Bianca is guaranteed to keep audiences in stitches with her comical ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ views, from politics and travel to family and social media that has seen her become one of…

Songs You Left Behind

October 3 @ 7:00 pm

Songs You Left Behind is an opportunity for representatives from many Latino nations to share the pride of their homeland in the community. Wherever we’re from, we all have songs that remind us of where we are from. This is the music of our childhood, sung by our families and neighbors, on the radio, and in our homes. So, come join us and listen to the music. Hear their stories. Experience the emotions. Open your heart and celebrate the cultures…

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2

October 4 @ 8:00 pm

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor Haochen Zhang - Piano PROGRAM Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 INTERMISSION Strauss - An Alpine Symphony Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 marked the composer's triumphant recovery from the disastrous premiere of his First Symphony. While some elements are familiar thanks to movie soundtracks and pop songs, the Concerto as a whole is a testament to Rachmaninoff's brilliance as a composer and pianist. Haochen Zhang is a worthy interpreter of this masterwork: Not yet 30, he's renowned for dazzling technique and…

Academy of Vocal Arts’ Giargiari Bel Canto Competition

October 5 @ 7:30 pm

40 years of the Giargiari Bel Canto! Let your voice be heard! The Academy of Vocal Arts' Giargiari Bel Canto Competition has seen such international opera stars as Angela Meade, Stephen Costello, Michael Fabiano and Ailyn Pérez win prizes over its 40 year history. AVA's Resident Artists each sing an aria in competition for prizes, including one voted on by the audience! Music Director and Piano: Danielle Orlando

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2

October 5 @ 8:00 pm

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor Haochen Zhang - Piano PROGRAM Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 INTERMISSION Strauss - An Alpine Symphony Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 marked the composer's triumphant recovery from the disastrous premiere of his First Symphony. While some elements are familiar thanks to movie soundtracks and pop songs, the Concerto as a whole is a testament to Rachmaninoff's brilliance as a composer and pianist. Haochen Zhang is a worthy interpreter of this masterwork: Not yet 30, he's renowned for dazzling technique and…

PHILADANCO GENESIS

October 5 @ 8:00 pm

Acclaimed Philadelphia dance company PHILADANCO kicks off their 50th season with GENESIS – igniting the Merriam Theater stage with some of the most requested and exciting ballets from the company’s early years. Former DANCO dancers and guest artists will join the current company in a special evening of the ballets that established the preeminent company audiences know and love. Featuring Christopher Huggin's "Enemy Behind the Gate," Milton Myers tribute to Aretha Franklin "Love and Pain," and "Exotica" by Ron K.…

Martinez Plays Mozart

October 6 - October 7

PHILADANCO GENESIS

October 6 @ 2:30 pm

Acclaimed Philadelphia dance company PHILADANCO kicks off their 50th season with GENESIS – igniting the Merriam Theater stage with some of the most requested and exciting ballets from the company’s early years. Former DANCO dancers and guest artists will join the current company in a special evening of the ballets that established the preeminent company audiences know and love. Featuring Christopher Huggin's "Enemy Behind the Gate," Milton Myers tribute to Aretha Franklin "Love and Pain," and "Exotica" by Ron K.…

Sittin’ In: Live Sessions

October 9 @ 9:00 pm

Sittin’ In introduces audiences to new cutting-edge artists. It defies genre, often drawing from everything from straight-ahead jazz to freestyle hip hop and all points in between. There’s an unpredictability to the night, which we enthusiastically embrace! Sometimes you’ll experience a finely tuned set and sometimes you can catch a totally improvised show by seven people who have never played together. The awesome creativity, excitement, and quality always shine through in The Kimmel Center’s informal club-like setting, featuring early warm-up sets by…

Don Quixote

October 10 - October 20

One of the most popular ballets of all time, Don Quixote has it all - romance, comedy, and, of course, the artistry of our dancers. Angel Corella’s restaging of the love story of Kitri and Basilio brings his unique Spanish flair to this lively classic. Whether you’re experiencing it for the first time or falling in love all over again, Don Quixote is sure to delight.

All Mozart with Yannick

October 10 @ 7:30 pm

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor Juliette Kang - Violin Choong-Jin Chang - Viola PROGRAM Mozart - Symphony No. 35 ("Haffner") Mozart - Sinfonia concertante, for violin, viola, and orchestra INTERMISSION Mozart - Symphony No. 40 Yannick leads an all-Mozart program displaying the seemingly infinite range of his musical gifts. The “Haffner” Symphony, named for the commissioning Salzburg family, began as a serenade, but Mozart tweaked and enhanced it into its present form, now recognized as a true breakthrough in his musical style. The Symphony No. 40, perhaps…

Cristela Alonzo: My Affordable Care Act

October 10 @ 8:00 pm

Cristela Alonzo made history in 2014 when she became the first Latina to create, produce and star in her own network sitcom, “Cristela” for ABC. During that same year, she split her time between LA and NYC to serve as one of ABC’s favorite guest hosts on their hit daytime talk show, “The View”.  In 2017 Cristela made history again when she became the first Latina lead in a Disney Pixar film when she voiced the part of “Cruz Ramirez”…

Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation

October 11 @ 8:00 pm

Pianist/composer, Marcus Roberts, has been hailed “the genius of the modern piano”. In 2014, the celebrated CBS News television show, 60 Minutes, profiled his life and work on a segment entitled “The Virtuoso”. The show traced Roberts’ life to date from his early roots in Jacksonville and at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind to his remarkable career as a modern jazz musician. Marcus, with his trio members, Jason Marsalis (drums) and Rodney Jordan (bass), founded the Modern…

China Night

October 12

The program will include music by Tan Dun and John Adams, as well as works celebrating Chinese musical culture.

All Mozart with Yannick

October 13 @ 2:00 pm

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor Juliette Kang - Violin Choong-Jin Chang - Viola PROGRAM Mozart - Symphony No. 35 ("Haffner") Mozart - Sinfonia concertante, for violin, viola, and orchestra INTERMISSION Mozart - Symphony No. 40 Yannick leads an all-Mozart program displaying the seemingly infinite range of his musical gifts. The “Haffner” Symphony, named for the commissioning Salzburg family, began as a serenade, but Mozart tweaked and enhanced it into its present form, now recognized as a true breakthrough in his musical style. The Symphony No. 40, perhaps…

CELEBRATING RACHMANINOFF & DEBUSSY

October 14 @ 7:30 pm

Following the 75th anniversary of the birth of Rachmaninoff and the 100th anniversary of the death of Debussy, the concert features soaring, spellbinding and ultra-Romantic melodies of the former and sensuous, exotic, Impressionistic works of the latter, including Clair de lune. "An achievement of a sort seldom heard." The New York Times "Jeffrey Siegel has everything: massive technique, musical sensitivity and character, wide tonal resources, immense reserves of power, and the ability to communicate." The Los Angeles Times Dynamic performances of piano masterpieces combined with sparkling commentary, concluding…

My Brother, My Brother and Me: Become the Monster Tour

October 15 @ 7:00 pm

Join Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy for a live episode of their podcast MY BROTHER, MY BROTHER AND ME, an advice show for the modern era. They take your questions, and the questions on Yahoo! Answers, and turn them, alchemy-like, into wisdom, right before your eyes. MY BROTHER, MY BROTHER AND ME was launched as a TV series on the NBC streaming app, Seeso, and is now available on Google Play, VRV, and iTunes, where it was the #1 downloaded…

Yannick and Mahler

October 17 - October 19

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor Louis Lortie - Piano PROGRAM Schubert - Wanderer Fantasy, for piano and orchestra INTERMISSION Mahler - Symphony No. 5 Mahler summons a large orchestra to explore the full range of human emotions in his Fifth Symphony, a work that Yannick returns to with the Philadelphians for the first time in 9 years. Schubert himself struggled to play the Wanderer Fantasy. More than just a technical challenge, the piece is an ingenious set of variations on the composer's song “Der Wanderer,” transformed by…

Renee Chenault Fattah’s Documentary – In Our Right Mind: Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias’ Impact in Communities of Color

October 17 @ 7:00 pm

The film In Our Right Mind: Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias’ Impact in Communities of Color tells the heretofore untold story of how neurocognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s and Dementias are having a disproportionate and devastating impact on people of color. Written, produced and narrated by veteran Philadelphia journalist and lawyer Renee Chenault Fattah, this documentary compassionately tells the stories of African Americans and Hispanics who are affected, the communities that support them and the call to action from a growing band of researchers,…

Judy Collins: Love Letters to Stephen Sondheim

October 17 @ 7:30 pm

Grammy-winning artist, Judy Collins is known for her eclectic palette as a solo artist, melding folk, rock, classical and jazz into a singular aesthetic. Her biggest success of her career came with her recording of Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” from her best-selling album Judith. The single charted on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1975 and again in 1977, spending 27 non-consecutive weeks on the chart and earning Collins a Grammy Award Nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance…

RENT

October 18 - October 20

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling…

Sound All Around: Woodwinds

October 19 - October 21

Charlotte Blake Alston - Host and Storyteller Socrates Villegas - Clarinet Hugh Sung - Piano Sound All Around, a concert series endowed in perpetuity by the Garrison Family Fund for Children’s Concerts, introduces young audience members to the joy of music through fun, engaging programs designed for 3–5 year olds. Each performance focuses on a different family of instruments, giving young music lovers an informal opportunity to listen to stories with live music performed by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and get an…

Grow Up Great with the Youth Troupe of The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

October 19 @ 10:00 am

The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts has been based in Germantown since 2008.  The teach adults and kids recreational classes in circus skills such as tumbling, aerials, tightwire, and unicycling.  Of the 500 students per week who come through their doors, some of their most talented young people take part in the Youth Troupe.  This year's Youth Troupe includes acrobats, equilibrists and jugglers ages 10-16.

Organ Demonstration

October 19 @ 1:00 pm

Dena Blizzard: One Funny Mother

October 19 @ 8:00 pm

Dena Blizzard, the viral video sensation and creator of the Back to School Rant (125 million views), Chardonnay Go (24 million views) and Chardonnay Go, The Board Game for Wine Lovers, Moms, and Other Shameless People has an Off Broadway Show!!! Join this comedian, former Miss New Jersey, and married mother of three on her hilarious journey through the trial and tribulations of motherhood and marriage. Since becoming a married mother of three, Dena wrestles with the eternal question, “Have…

Yannick at the Opera Curtis Symphony Orchestra

October 20 @ 2:00 pm

Yannick Nézet-Ségun weaves an unforgettable experience at the opera, as the Curtis Opera Theatre joins forces with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra for selections from Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte, two of Mozart’s best-loved operas. The program opens with one of four overtures Beethoven wrote for his only opera, Fidelio. And the dynamic Percussion Collective also shares the stage for the Philadelphia premiere of Drum Circles, by celebrated composer Christopher Theofanidis.

Brentano Quartet w/ Hsin-Yun Huang, viola

October 20 @ 3:00 pm

Mozart: Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 428 Mozart: String Quintet in C Minor, K. 406 Ravel: Quartet in F Major “Perfection may be an impossible goal in art, as in life, but the Brentano comes close” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). For its annual appearance with the Society, the Brentano is joined by the magnificent violist Hsin-Yun Huang for Mozart’s String Quintet in C Minor. A later arrangement of the C Minor Wind Serenade, K. 388, this is a seriously intense, compositionally…

La NOCHE Featuring Bembona

October 21 @ 8:00 pm

Bembona is a Puerto Rican-Panamanian DJ, Multi-Platform Artist & Activist, born & raised in Brooklyn, NY. Her work represents & pushes forward the Afro-Diasporadical movement, Latinx/Indigenous/Caribbean/African, with the purpose of empowering & bridging the gap between POC communities, generations, activist work & beyond.

Come From Away

October 22 - November 3

Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY is a Best Musical winner all across North America! This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s…

Come From Away

October 22 - November 3

This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to…

Christian Tetzlaff, violin and Lars Vogt, piano

October 22 @ 7:30 pm

Internationally-renowned, German-born musicians Tetzlaff and Vogt share the Perelman Theater stage for a program displaying their remarkable technical skill and stylistic understanding. An artist known for his musical integrity, Tetzlaff is recognized as one of the most important violinists performing today while his frequent collaborator Vogt has rapidly established himself as a leading pianist of his generation.

Musicians from Marlboro I

October 23 @ 7:30 pm

“Not only is the virtuosity of Musicians from Marlboro consistently jawdropping, but the freshness, rich imagination and sheer vitality of their playing is enough to make even the most jaded concertgoer edge to the front of his seat” (Washington Post). This season’s first of three Marlboro tours offers two cornerstones of the chamber music canon by Mozart and Beethoven plus Brett Dean’s Hamlet–inspired Quartet No. 2 with soprano.

Bruch and Brahms

October 24 - October 26

Max Bruch may have struggled to write it, but Concertmaster David Kim calls this violin concerto “the perfect combination of beautiful melodies and themes, virtuosic yet accessible.” Brahms's Second Symphony, possibly his most popular, is said to be his personal favorite as well. Its pastoral aura surely accounts for some of its appeal; but Brahms being Brahms, there is tension and drama as well, building to an extraordinary, triumphant finale. Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann returns to demonstrate her superb chemistry with…

Go Beyond Celiac Concert featuring Arturo Chacón-Cruz

October 24 @ 8:00 pm

A native of Sonora, Mexico, Arturo has performed over 50 roles such as Cavaradossi in Tosca, in cities across the globe – Rome, Berlin, Munich, Moscow, London – and notably, at La Scala in Milan and Carnegie Hall in New York City. An acclaimed performer, Arturo has a wide repertoire and has won a number of honors and awards. Arturo and his young son have both been diagnosed with celiac disease. And in pursuit of a brighter future for his family – and everyone dealing…

ECCO w/ Shai Wosner, piano

October 25 @ 7:30 pm

The eminent, Israeli-born pianist Shai Wosner joins forces with ECCO—an ensemble featuring 17 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. Their collaboration features beloved works by Beethoven and Mozart and the Philadelphia premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist Chris Cerrone’s Dissolving Margins, a work based on the writings of acclaimed novelist Elena Ferrante.

Halloween Spooktacular

October 26 @ 11:30 pm

Put on your best Halloween costume and the Orchestra will put on theirs! We've got plenty of musical treats to fill up your goodie bag. The Philadelphia Orchestra explores the spooky and the silly in this orchestral adventure, an annual audience favorite! Enhance your family's experience with Pre-Concert Adventures, free for all ticket holders, beginning one hour before the concert.

Philadelphia Speakers Series features Zanny Minton Beddoes presented by Thomas Jefferson University

October 28 @ 8:00 pm

Named one of the “Most Powerful Women in the World” by Forbes, Beddoes is the first female editor-in-chief of The Economist, a post she has held since 2015.  Prior to her 25-year tenure with The Economist, she was an economist at the International Monetary Fund.

The Phantom of the Opera

October 31 @ 7:30 pm

The 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera is technically a silent movie … but not when the mighty Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ is unleashed! Verizon Hall's magnificent instrument creates the perfect soundtrack for this Hollywood classic, a tale of doomed love in the spooky confines of the Paris Opera House. Known for his performances on the legendary Wanamaker Organ, Peter Richard Conte is master of the keyboard for this special Halloween presentation. Please note: The Philadelphia Orchestra does not…

Dover Quartet and Escher Quartet

November 1 @ 7:30 pm

Two of America’s brightest young ensembles unite for an evening of 20th century repertoire, including a string octet never before performed on our series. A 45-minute, hyper-romantic work of stunning ambition, Enescu’s C Major Octet combines his burgeoning love for polyphony with sounds that reflect his Romanian heritage.

Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

November 1 @ 8:00 pm

Lisa Fischer and her band are joined on stage by The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra for a fully orchestrated performance. Featured in the Oscar-winning documentary film 20 Feet from Stardom, Fischer stepped into the spotlight after a successful career as a back-up singer for the likes of the Rolling Stones and Sting. This special evening brings together Fischer and her band, Grand Baton, with musicians from the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra to perform powerful renditions of your favorite songs from Luther Vandross,…

All Beethoven

November 3 - November 4

Just Call Me God: A Dictator’s Final Speech Starring John Malkovich

November 3 @ 7:00 pm

A dictator teeters on the brink, and megalomania escalates into full-blown madness. John Malkovich stands against the sound of the mighty organ in this astonishing music-drama: an exploration of tyranny in the raw by an actor of unparalleled conviction. From Nero to Idi Amin, despots have had megalomaniac delusions of divine provenance. Michael Sturminger’s music-theatre piece pits Malkovich against the grandiloquent power of the organ. Organist Martin Haselböck responds with music by Bach, Wagner, Liszt: words against music, genius versus…

An Evening with Samin Nosrat

November 6 @ 7:30 pm

The Conversationalists

November 7 - November 9

The Conversationalists is a movie James and Jerome have written together, but which the audience never sees. Rather, the film is passionately described for the audience, shot by shot, by the performers, while a chamber ensemble on stage plays the acoustic and electronic score live. In this way, the spectacle of the movie occurs in the minds of the audience members. That "movie" itself is an international melodrama about the triangular friendship (and sometimes enemyship) between a Colombian-born Mexican-raised pop-ranchera…

New Works

November 7 - November 10

POPS Rocks Abbey Road Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ Masterwork

November 8 - November 10

It’s one of rock’s most iconic album covers, boasting some of the Beatles’ most legendary songs. Abbey Road features the final album of “The Fab Four” as a group. At its release in 1969, Abbey Road’s breakthrough use of new instruments and techniques rocketed it to the top of the charts in both the U.S. and U.K. Abbey Road is one of The Beatles’ four multi-platinum albums. For its seminal influence on music, Abbey Road was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1995 and holds 14th place on Rolling Stone’s…

Black Violin: Impossible Tour

November 8 @ 8:00 pm

Classically trained string instrumentalists, Wil Baptiste (Viola) and Kev Marcus (Violin), return after a widely successful engagement at the Merriam last October. With influences from Shostakovitch and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks all the rules, fusing classical with modern hip-hop, rock, R&B and Bluegrass music. Their collaboration and dynamic performance style has earned them support spots on tours for Wu-Tang Clan, Aerosmith, and Kanye West, among others. The band uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop…

Beethoven 9th Symphony & Ruins of Athens

November 8 @ 8:00 pm

wo works by Beethoven, one rarely heard (except for its famous “Turkish March”), the other among the most frequently performed—and both written in the context of the Napoleonic Wars. The Ruins of Athens, composed in 1811 shortly after Napoleon’s occupation of Vienna (where Beethoven lived), uses the devastation of Athens by the Ottoman Empire as commentary on the ruins of Austria. The Ninth Symphony was composed during the repressive political environment in Vienna after Napoleon’s defeat and exile. Its soaring final (choral)…

CraftNOW Create

November 9 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Craft NOW Philadelphia was launched in 2015 by a consortium of two dozen individuals, galleries, museums, universities, retailers and civic organizations whose mission is to promote Philadelphia as a national center of craft and making. Craft NOW serves as a citywide platform that celebrates Philadelphia’s unparalleled craft and artisanal legacy, showcases the area's many outstanding craft artists, galleries, and other institutions, and highlights the City’s continuing role in defining the future of craft and making. Each year CraftNOW promotes and/or…

Organ Demonstration

November 9 @ 1:00 pm

Join us for a very special Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ demonstration as part of our FREE Kimmel Center tour! Once a month, our 1pm tour will start with a 15 minute organ demonstration of the instrument's unparalleled and dramatic sounds LIVE in Verizon Hall. Together with our partners at The American Guild of Organists, we're excited to expand our popular tours to include this unique experience. Let our talented volunteers show you around! Organ programming is generously supported by the Wyncote Foundation. One…

Baby Shark Live!

November 10 @ 2:00 pm

Take an adventure into the sea with Baby Shark as he joins up with his friend Pinkfong to sing and dance through some of your favorite new and classic songs! Baby Shark Live! is a state of the art kids spectacular using interactive LED screens and large scale special effects. In this one-of-a-kind concert experience, young fans will be dancing in the aisles as Baby Shark and friends go on fun adventures to learn about shapes, colors, numbers and so much more!…

Outside the Wire

November 10 @ 5:00 pm

The Kimmel Center is proud to partner with Warrior Writers to present an evening of intriguing poetry performance about decisions around family and parenthood facing those who serve in the military. Veterans will be sharing their struggles of bringing the war home to meet their children, how their own parents reacted to their military experiences, and more. This unique evening will expand your mind and pull your heartstrings with performances from both local veterans and musicians working together.

Sasha Velour’s Smoke & Mirrors

November 12 @ 8:00 pm

"Smoke & Mirrors," Sasha Velour's first one-queen theatre tour, is an effortless blend of drag, visual art, and magic. Velour introduces audiences to a whole new side of her artistry, through 13 dazzling and genre-busting lip-synch performances, all directed and choreographed by the queen herself. You'll be on the edge of your seat as she explodes into rose petals, vanishes in a poof of smoke, saws herself in half, conjures a rainstorm, even transforms into a tree in front of…

Between River and Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon with Kevin Fedarko and Pete McBride

November 13 @ 7:30 pm

In an effort to share the Grand Canyon’s uncharted glory and shed light on the myriad threats it faces, writer Kevin Fedarko and photographer/filmmaker Pete McBride set off on an audacious and demanding adventure: to transect the length of the canyon on foot. This trek was not the pair’s first adventure together, but it may be the toughest. Join Kevin Fedarko and Pete McBride as they share the struggle and beauty of their estimated 875 mile walk through one of…

Sittin’ In: Live Sessions

November 13 @ 9:00 pm

Sittin’ In introduces audiences to new cutting-edge artists. It defies genre, often drawing from everything from straight-ahead jazz to freestyle hip hop and all points in between. There’s an unpredictability to the night, which we enthusiastically embrace! Sometimes you’ll experience a finely tuned set and sometimes you can catch a totally improvised show by seven people who have never played together. The awesome creativity, excitement, and quality always shine through in The Kimmel Center’s informal club-like setting, featuring early warm-up sets by…

Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

November 14 @ 8:00 pm

Taj Express: The Bollywood Revue explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation took audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society during their 2017 US tour. The production is a high energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and…

Sound All Around: Strings

November 16 - November 18

Charlotte Blake Alston - Host and Storyteller Nathaniel West - Bass Hugh Sung - Piano Meet the biggest string instrument we have! While violins and cellos are easy to notice, the bass section is always at the back of the stage. Join us and meet one of our bass players, Nathaniel West, and learn all about that bass!

Mean Girls

November 19 - December 1

Direct from Broadway, MEAN GIRLS is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer TINA FEY (“30 Rock), composer JEFF RICHMOND (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist NELL BENJAMIN (Legally Blonde) and director CASEY NICHOLAW (The Book of Mormon). Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming…

The Firebird

November 21 - November 23

With these concerts our esteemed colleague Stéphane Denève begins his sixth and final season as our principal guest conductor. Soviet-born American composer Lera Auerbach says she was drawn to the myth of Icarus because of “his wish to reach the unreachable, the intensity of the ecstatic brevity of his flight, and the inevitability of his fall.” Her adventurous musical palette exploits the full sonic range of the orchestra: shimmering, soaring, and ultimately dying away. Stravinsky describes a different myth about…

An Evening with Sutton Foster

November 22 @ 8:00 pm

Sutton Foster can currently be seen starring as the lead of Darren Star’s hit TV Land series, “Younger.” Sutton is a two-time Tony winning actress, singer and dancer who has performed in 11 Broadway shows – most recently the revival of Violet – and originated roles in the Broadway productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Young Frankenstein, Shrek The Musical, and her Tony Award-winning performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie. As a solo artist, she has performed nationally and internationally with her musical…

The Rainbow Fish

November 23

nThe Rainbow Fish includes an original stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister's colorful story as well as two of the author's companion tales, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites. The first of three tales introduces the most beautiful fish in the sea, whose scales shimmer in all the colors of the rainbow. He is admired – and resented – by the entire underwater world, until a clever octopus advises him to give each fish one of his scales. Further…

La NOCHE

November 25 @ 8:00 pm

Philadelphia Speakers Series features Bob Woodward presented by Thomas Jefferson University

November 25 @ 8:00 pm

A journalistic icon, Woodward is associate editor of The Washington Post.  He, along with Carl Bernstein, uncovered the Watergate scandal detailed in their Pulitzer Prize-winning book, All the President’s Men.  Woodward has written 19 bestselling books on American politics, most recently, Fear: Trump in the White House.

BeethovenNOW: Gil Shaham

November 29 - November 30

Beethoven's only violin concerto is “an amazing trip,” says Gil Shaham, from the opening drumbeats, through some of “the most sublime, most beautiful violin passages ever,” to the “perfect fiddling” of the final dance. Susanna Mälkki, renowned interpreter of new music, leads Betsy Jolas's A Little Summer Suite, written in 2015 on the eve of the composer's 90th birthday. The deceptively simple opening of Prokofiev's rhapsodic Fifth Symphony gives way to a rich and complex display of his expansive talents, conceived, in…

Organ and Brass Christmas

December 1 @ 2:00 pm

Hark the herald trumpets (and horns, trombones, and tuba) sing! The unmatched sound and musicality of The Philadelphia Orchestra's legendary brass section usher in the holiday season on a high note. And the glory of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ adds another heavenly voice to this collection of treasured Christmas music, with master organist Peter Richard Conte at the keyboard for this festive presentation.

The Spongebob Musical

December 3 - December 15

A legendary roster of Grammy® Award winners. A visionary director and a Tony Award®-winning design team. One of the world’s most beloved characters. Turn them loose on stage and what do you get? The musical The New York Times declares, “BRILLIANT!” Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in “a party for the eyes and ears” (Daily Beast). Explore the depths of theatrical innovation in THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, 2018…

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones

December 3 @ 7:00 pm

Groundbreaking banjoist, composer, and bandleader Bela Fleck has reconvened the original Bela Fleck & The Flecktones. Rocket Science marks the first recording by the first fab four Flecktones in almost two decades. Alongside Bela Fleck is pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy, bassist Victor Wooten, and percussionist/Drumitarist Roy “Futureman” Wooten creating some of the most forward-thinking music of their long, storied career. Fusing all manners of genres from classical and jazz to electrical blues and Eastern European folk dance, the result is…

La NOCHE

December 3 @ 8:00 pm

Heat up the Kimmel Center each month at La NOCHE!  Experience the hottest live bands as you turn up the steam on the dance floor, led by host/dance leader Kevin Ngo. Enjoy the sexy rhythms of The Caribbean and Latin America as live bands serve up a caliente mix of music that really makes you want to move. We kick off the party with The La NOCHE Band, led by master percussionist Arturo Stable.  We then welcome a different guest group…

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