Philly Orchestra, ONCE, Elvis Costello and More Set for Kimmel Center, Fall 2013
The KimMel Center for the Performing Arts campus is waking to the sweet sounds of a robust Fall harvest of programming with a dynamic line-up of arts offering something for everyone.
The Philadelphia Orchestra rolls out the red carpet with pre-concert cocktails and post-concert dinner on September 25 when renowned conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin kicks off the season at the KimMel Center with The Opening Night Concert and Gala featuring violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter joined by the Fabulous Philadelphiansin an All-Tchaikovsky program. In an unprecedented spectacle, Opera Philadelphia opens their 39th season on September 27 by producing the beloved biblical tale of Nabucco, Verdi's first great opera. In celebration of Verdi's 200th birthday, Opera Philadelphia unfolds the classical story with a twist: 19th century opera goers join the modern day audience, creating an exhilarating opera-within-an-opera. Music Director Dirk Brossé opened the The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia with beloved works by Mendelssohn and Beethoven with pianist HJ Lim for Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1.
Fall offerings continue to heat up when The Philly Pops kick off their inaugural season with new music director Maestro Michael Krajewski with Viva Philadelphia!, a celebration of Philadelphia and its Italian spirit. Special guests in the program are Philly's own vocalist Eddie Bruce, "Poperazzi" Vocal Trio and The POPS Festival Chorus with tributes to Mario Lanza, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Andrea Bocelli, music from The Godfather and more (Oct. 11-13). Pennsylvania Ballet's 50th anniversary season opener of Jewels, George Balanchine's full length masterpiece, dazzles with a three part performance to the music of Gabriel Fauré, jazz-inflected Stravinsky score, and a sumptuous Tschaikovsky score (Oct. 17-27). Opening night of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society's 28th Season features the incomparable nine time Grammy award winning Emerson Quartet (Oct. 18). December 6 to 8 brings African American modern Dance Company Philadanco honoring choreographer Christopher Huggins in an all-Huggins extravaganza.
KimMel Center Presents' Fall season includes Fred Hammond and the United Tenors with special guest Pastor Alyn E. Waller of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church performing in their Everybody Get Up tour on September 29. Jazz heats up the music scene in October with Diana Krall's Glad Rag Doll World Tour (Oct 12, Academy of Music), and French chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux's Merriam Theater debut with The Blue Room Tour (Oct. 25). The Latin Jazz and rhythmic sounds of Cuba's golden era of the 1940's and 50's come alive with the reunion of 13-piece Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club (Oct. 9, Merriam Theater). *
Broadway Philadelphia's 2013-14 season opens with Tony Award winning musical Once, an inspiring story of intriguing romance of two musicians who meet in Dublin, Ireland. Flashdance The Musical celebrates its 30thanniversary as a pop culture phenomenon premiering on Tuesday, November 19, followed by Disney's classic Beauty and the Beast on November 26 with fun for the whole family. From TV to the stage, I Love Lucy Live On Stage opens on December 26. We Will Rock You features tunes from the hit rock group Queen and debuts on Tuesday, January 14. Single tickets for select Broadway Philadelphia shows including Flashdance, Once, Beauty & the Beast, We Will Rock You, and I Love Lucy, are now on sale!
KimMel Center Presents' world, pop and dance offerings take on new forms with: Elvis Costello's SOLO tour performance* including new works from Wise Up Ghost, a collaborative album with the Roots (Nov. 10, Merriam Theater). Fiona Apple* pairs up with Blake Mills with Anything We Want tour performance of new works (Oct. 19). Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile performs a progressive bluegrass, classical, rock and jazz concert (Oct. 23, Perelman Theater). The Idan Raichel Project connects Israeli pop music to a celebration of the global sounds of African, Latin American, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern cultures (Oct. 24, Merriam Theater). Tango Fire's Flames of Desire captures the magic of Buenos Aires with a new generation of tango dancers, choreographed by Argentina's hot young choreographer, German Cornejo (Oct. 20). And Hungarian State Folk Ensemble makes their KimMel Center debut with a performance of authentic dances dating back hundreds of years tied to folk music that inspired Hungarian composers such as Liszt, Brahms, Kodály and Bartók.