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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…

HUA MULAN

August 28 @ 7:00 pm

Liaoning Ballet is one of the most famous ballet ensembles in China. Established in 1980, the company has dedicated over 35 years to producing new Chinese cultural works while also performing beloved ballet classics. In addition to the professional company, they have also built the Chinese School of Ballet Art for developing dancers. Based on the ancient Chinese fable, Hua Mulan’s story became familiar the world over after the multiple variation and motion picture release. This stage production of Hua Mulan incorporates…

The Wiggles-Party Time Tour!

August 31 @ 12:00 pm

Hey, hey, hey, The Wiggles are coming to the USA! For the first time in years the world’s most successful children’s entertainment group will perform in 28 cities this Summer from the west to the east coast of the USA; over 16 more cities than last year! Following the smash success of their tv series on Universal Kids and Hulu, as well as new clips released on YouTube every week receiving millions of views it’s time to see Emma, Lachy,…

AGAMA, Festival of Indian Classical Arts

September 6

Welcome to the first annual AGAMA, festival of Indian classical arts. AGAMA, meaning handed down is a festival showcasing the rich classical art traditions of India, as they have been handed down, from generation to generation. Intentionally designed as one of the richest cultural experiences outside of India, we are proud to present distinguished artists in their respective fields; each having their own distinct offering.

AGAMA, Festival of Indian Classical Arts

September 7 @ 6:00 pm

Welcome to the first annual AGAMA, festival of Indian classical arts. AGAMA, meaning handed down is a festival showcasing the rich classical art traditions of India, as they have been handed down, from generation to generation. Intentionally designed as one of the richest cultural experiences outside of India, we are proud to present distinguished artists in their respective fields; each having their own distinct offering.

The Strings/Keys Incident – An Evening with Joanna Newsom

September 7 @ 9:00 pm

This fall, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Joanna Newsom will be playing for the first time in a long time in Philadelphia. These will be rare and intimate performances by Joanna alone: solo voice, harp and piano. Newsom was classically trained on the harp in her youth, and began her musical career as a keyboardist in San Francisco-based indie band The Pleased.  Her song “Sapokanikan”, off her third album Divers, earned her a spot on NPR’s “The 200 greatest songs by 21st century women.” Newsom is…

AGAMA, Festival of Indian Classical Arts

September 8 @ 6:00 pm

Welcome to the first annual AGAMA, festival of Indian classical arts. AGAMA, meaning handed down is a festival showcasing the rich classical art traditions of India, as they have been handed down, from generation to generation. Intentionally designed as one of the richest cultural experiences outside of India, we are proud to present distinguished artists in their respective fields; each having their own distinct offering.

Opening Night Concert and Gala

September 18 @ 7:00 pm

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor Plácido Domingo - Tenor 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 Rabenou, Peter Shaw,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

Chick Corea Trilogy

October 27 @ 7:00 pm

Chick Corea’s Trilogy brings together six-time Grammy-winning Jazz bassist and Philadelphia native, Christian McBride, one of the most requested and most recorded figures in the music world today, and the widely respected drum master Brian Blade. This trio’s first outing, 2014’s landmark triple-disc set, earned Trilogy two Grammy Awards. Trilogy documents this trio interpreting classic Chick compositions, previously unreleased pieces by the pianist, an array of jazz standards and even a Prelude by Alexander Smith. “Both are master musicians and together…

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,…

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…

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)…

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!…

Marian Anderson Awards

November 12 @ 8:30 pm

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…

A Hilarious (Uncensored) Conversation with Alec Baldwin

November 13 @ 8:00 pm

Spend a hilarious evening with Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated actor, Alec Baldwin. Best known for his roles in Beetlejuice, The Hunt for Red October,  The Aviator, 30 Rock, and his impersonation of President Trump on Saturday Night Live Alec Baldwin is a master of characters. In this moderated conversation Alec will speak his mind on life, politics, Hollywood, and more. Baldwin earned a Tony nomination for his role in the 1992 Broadway production of A Street Car Named Desire and won an Obie Award for his role…

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…

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…

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

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…

Bach’s Mass in B minor

December 5 - December 7

PROGRAM Bach - Mass in B minor This work of towering musicality and deep spirituality is a fitting summation of J.S. Bach's epochal career; he finished it the year before he died. It's “above and beyond every piece of music that's been created for liturgical purposes,” says Yannick Nézet-Séguin. A setting of the complete Latin Mass, it demands superlatives, at the same time rendering them inadequate. Yannick's mastery of vocal music, the Westminster Symphonic Choir, distinguished vocal soloists, and the inimitable…

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

December 6 - December 31

It simply isn’t the holidays without a trip to the Academy of Music for a performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. For decades, this amazing production has been Philadelphia’s most beloved holiday tradition. Set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, the incredible dancing and lavish sets and costumes bring to life the story of a young girl’s magical dream – a dream that never loses its appeal.

A Philly POPS Christmas

December 7 - December 21

After the energy and sparkle of his hugely successful 2013, 2014, and 2015 Christmas shows, audiences eagerly anticipated Principal Guest Conductor David Charles Abell’s holiday homecoming.     David’s back with an original program featuring The Philly POPS Festival Chorus, The Philadelphia Boys Choir, The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir, and organist Peter Richard Conte.    Joining in for the fun is Broadway royalty Mandy Gonzalez—fresh from her breakout performance in Hamilton—returning her incandescent warmth and fabulous dresses to Philly’s…

Organ Demonstration

December 7 @ 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…

A Soulful Christmas

December 10 @ 7:30 pm

Wynton Marsalis’s Blues Symphony

December 12 - December 14

Pulitzer Prize-winner Wynton Marsalis switches from jazz band to symphony orchestra for his Blues Symphony. “Blues is affirmation with absolute elegance,” says Marsalis, and he uses the classic 12-bar musical form as the basis for this work, which celebrates all types of American and African-American music, from spirituals to ragtime, from marches to bluegrass. This Philadelphia premiere is conducted by our long-time friend Cristian Macelaru. Shostakovich's emotional First Violin Concerto reveals the pure power and technical prowess of orchestra and soloist.…

Christmas Kids’ Spectacular

December 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

It's the start of the holiday season! Join us for a festive celebration of all your favorite Christmas sounds and sing-alongs. Listen closely for those jingle bells, too—you never know who might pay a special visit to Verizon Hall. Add these tickets on to your subscription today as this one sells out each year!

La NOCHE

December 16 @ 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…

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello and Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

December 17 @ 7:30 pm

British-born, 19-year-old prodigy Sheku Kanneh-Mason enjoyed a breakout performance last year at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The first musician of color to win the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year Award, this technically superb and eloquently expressive cellist makes his Philadelphia debut with his sister, Isata Kanneh-Mason, in a recital that promises to leave the audience “spellbound with interpretations of exceptional authority” (The Guardian).

Chris Tomlin Christmas: Christmas Songs of Worship

December 18 @ 7:30 pm

This is going to be an incredible night with Chris Tomlin celebrating the reason for the season. It is an intimate night of remembering what the season is all about, remembering what Christmas is about, remembering why we celebrate and why we worship, and remembering our Savior together.

Sittin’ In: Live Sessions

December 18 @ 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…

The Glorious Sound of Christmas®

December 19 - December 21

The Glorious Sound of Christmas has been a Philadelphia Orchestra tradition since the Philadelphians and Eugene Ormandy released the now-iconic recording in 1962. Make these concerts part of your holiday tradition with these jubilant and family-friendly concerts.

Moscow Ballet

December 19 @ 7:00 pm

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage

December 20 - December 21

Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE is a present the whole family can enjoy! Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story of the spirit of Christmas, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE…

Messiah

December 22 @ 2:00 pm

Shortly after sending Handel his libretto for a new oratorio, Charles Jennens wrote to a friend, hoping that the composer “will lay out his whole genius and skill upon it.” In 24 days of feverish writing, Handel did just that, creating his immortal Messiah. Pioneering conductor and Handel expert Jane Glover brings her decades of experience with opera and Baroque music back to the Kimmel Center for our holiday presentation of this masterwork, with the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir joining the Orchestra…

Cirque Dreams: Holidaze

December 26 - December 29

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2019 holiday season with its popular and electrifying stage spectacular The New York Daily News proclaims a “delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload and so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil.” Cirque Dreams Holidaze features the most unique cast of incomparable cirque artists and theatrical talent to wow audiences nationwide. This critically-acclaimed extravaganza is a BROADWAY MUSICAL AND NEW CIRQUE ADVENTURE WRAPPED INTO THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIFT FOR THE ENTIRE…

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert

December 28 @ 2:30 pm

Waltz into 2020 with Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert, now an American Tradition! This dazzling performance evokes a golden age of Viennese music, brimming with energy, merriment, and romance. It is a glorious re-creation of the beloved Neujahrskonzert, the concert that has welcomed the New Year for more than 80 years in Vienna and all over the world. Led by a witty and charming conductor who is an expert in Viennese music, Salute to Vienna brings the music of…

New Year’s Eve

December 31 @ 7:30 pm

The popular Bramwell Tovey returns, bringing his inimitable flair and irrepressible joy to our New Year's Eve concert. Bring on the bubbly and ring in 2020 with the Fabulous Philadelphians.

Organ Demonstration

January 1, 2020 @ 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…

Disney’s Fantasia – Live in Concert

January 3, 2020 - January 5, 2020

Fantasia is a pinnacle of cinematic art, and a landmark in The Philadelphia Orchestra's incredible tradition of innovation. This groundbreaking 1940 collaboration between the visionary genius Walt Disney and the Orchestra's commanding maestro Leopold Stokowski has never lost its capacity to move, delight, and astonish audiences all over the world. There is simply nothing like a live performance of this classic by your Philadelphia Orchestra. Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts ©. All rights reserved.

La NOCHE

January 6, 2020 @ 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…

The Band’s Visit

January 7, 2020 - January 19, 2020

Spend an evening in the company of unforgettable strangers at The Band’s Visit—now one of the most celebrated musicals ever. It rejoices in the way music brings us to life, brings us to laughter, brings us to tears, and ultimately, brings us together. In an Israeli desert town where every day feels the same, something different is suddenly in the air. Dina, the local café owner, had long resigned her desires for romance to daydreaming about exotic films and music…

DRUMline Live

January 10, 2020 - January 11, 2020

DRUMline Live, the show stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the hit movies, "Drumline" and "Drumline:A New Beat," returns to the Merriam Theater with a brand new show  for the entire family!! DRUMline Live embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band experience. With its riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear grabbing energy, DRUMline Live is a high octane musical roller coaster ride that is guaranteed to touch every emotion in…

Four Rhapsodies – Gershwin & Enescu

January 10, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

New Voices: Paris of the Belle Époque

January 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Sittin’ In: Live Sessions

January 15, 2020 @ 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…

Hamlisch: With Love

January 17, 2020 - January 19, 2020

Todd Ellison gets personal with this heartwarming program dedicated to his mentor and longtime friend. Marvin Hamlisch is one of history’s two PEGOTs (Pulitzer, Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar and Tony winner). With an astounding three Oscars, 2 Golden Globes, 4 ASCAP Awards, 2 Tonys and a GRAMMY, Marvin Hamlisch’s lifetime achievement is showstopping. On Broadway, it was A Chorus Line, They’re Playing our Song, The Goodbye Girl and Sweet Smell of Success. In Hollywood, he was the composer of more than forty movie scores, including The Way We Were and The Sting. Dynamic vocalist Ashley…

Lost Voices: The War to End All Wars

January 17, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
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