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Evening Seminars at Curtis Institute of Music
For the first time, access the academic expertise of Curtis Institute of Music in a flexible, in-person course that is open to all. Curtis’s evening seminars will deepen your experience of concertgoing through an exploration of the repertoire presented on a Curtis Symphony Orchestra concert. Taught by the chair of Curtis’s musical studies department, Jonathan Coopersmith, the seminars provide an expert dive into each composer’s life and the historical context of the corresponding programming. After attending, you’ll hear the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in performance with intimate knowledge of the repertoire and performers, transforming your listening experience. Each seminar will focus on a particular piece from an upcoming concert, providing insight on the biography of the composer, the historical context of the piece, and an analysis of its form and what to listen for. Each night will also introduce a discussion topic related to classical music and the concert-going experience. Sign

presented by Curtis Institute of Music
01/2020/21 - 01/2020/28
The Vertical Hour
A brilliant and charismatic American war correspondent-turned-professor is set to marry into an accomplished British family. But is she too much of a renegade to fit in? Renowned British playwright David Hare lays bare the shifting alliances of a family trying to come together and the past secrets that may keep them apart. Philadelphia Premiere By David Hare Directed by Kathryn MacMillan

presented by Lantern Theater Company
01/2020/09 - 02/2020/16
InterAct Theatre Company Presents - Man of God
Four Korean-American teenage girls are on a Christian mission in Bangkok. They have very different attitudes, and they made this trip for very different reasons. But when one of them discovers a hidden camera in their hotel bathroom, they are unified in imagining ghastly revenge on the person (or persons) spying on them. Inspired by a true story, Moench’s dark comedy MAN OF GOD explores just how invasive, pervasive and perverse the male gaze can be. Show runs January 24 – February 16, 2020 Tuesdays - Wednesdays @ 7pm Thursdays - Saturdays @ 8pm Sundays @ 2pm Approximate running time: 90 minutes with no intermission Recommended for ages 16+ MAN OF GOD is a comedy examining some products of the patriarchy, including eating disorders, sexual harassment and assault. If you have questions, please contact the box office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

presented by InterAct Theatre Company
01/2020/24 - 02/2020/16
SWARM Presents: "Birds, Bees, & All Those Between"
Let 2020 be the year of METAMORPHOSIS 🐛🍻🐝 Bust out of that cocoon and celebrate the beauty that is you! Cirque du Nuit and The Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion join forces again to bring you a one-night-only event on January 25th.Come experience a bizarre world of performance, arts, and insects designed by a collective of Philadelphia artists. Join us for unique immersive activities, live aerial shows, other-worldly burlesque and interactive performances. It's always mating season here at SWARM. Guests are encouraged to dress to impress in their finest plumage and most lavish scales. Tickets: $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door 21+ 4PM-11PM First 75 guests at the door receive a complimentary terrarium! Questions/more info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

presented by Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion
01/2020/25 - 01/2020/25
Describe the Night at the Wilma Theater
A new thriller about truth, lies, and the origins of Vladimir Putin's power. BY RAJIV JOSEPH DIRECTED BY BLANKA ZIZKA JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 16, 2020 "When we say that something is true, it becomes true. When we say that something is false, it becomes false." This 2018 Obie Award Winner explores the blurred lines between lies, history and conspiracy theories, as it tracks back and forth across 90 years of Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. Rajiv Joseph’s (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) sharp-witted dialogue and historical juxtapositions bring to mind Tom Stoppard’s and Tony Kushner’s best works. An epic fantasy that weaves historical figures into imagined happenings of the past, featuring a Putin-esque KGB officer, the play deftly incorporates the tension and intrigue of a spy thriller with a touching dive into the realm of magical realism.

presented by The Wilma Theater
01/2020/28 - 02/2020/16
Grey Rock
A play about the inalienable right to dream. Grey Rock tells the story of a young Palestinian so enamored with the 1969 American moon landing that he muses, "shouldn't Palestine, the land of prophets, also have a presence on the moon?" Without money or technology, but with the help of his bemused West Bank neighbors, he sets out to build a space shuttle. Knowing full well that he can't succeed with this impossible, but necessary, task, the young man is visited by American heroes who guide him on his mission. Director and playwright Amir Nizar Zuabi creates a humorous, fantastical play exploring how US culture has permeated and influenced Palestinian culture. The 5 member cast of actors from across Palestine perform Grey Rock in English. "'Making theater shows in Palestine' — with a limited infrastructure and lack of state funding — 'sometimes feels like building rockets,' [Amir Nizar Zuabi, playwright] said. 'But when they take off, it’s glorious.'" – The New York Times

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
02/2020/06 - 02/2020/09
Rachel
Angelina Weld Grimké’s American classic depicts an African-American family at the turn of the 20th century striving to find life, liberty, and happiness in a Northern city.   Haunted by her family’s Southern past, Rachel, an ambitious high-school graduate, struggles to find a vocation, love and hope in the face of systemic racism, ultimately choosing to reject marriage and motherhood.   Inspired by the writing of Chekhov, Grimké’s Rachel opened in New York on April 25, 1917, and was the first play by an African-American author with an all-black cast to be performed before an integrated audience.

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
01/2020/29 - 02/2020/23
Flamenco Vivo: Carlota Santana
Reflejos Flamencos (Flamenco Reflections), the newest production by Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, celebrates the fundamental emotions that connect us while honoring the individual human spirit inherent in flamenco. A new work by Jose Maldonado, heralded by The New York Times for his “bursts of brilliance and uncommon invention,” explores the notion of personal limits and connections across borders – both literal and figurative. Reflejos Flamencos includes traditional solos highlighting the dancer’s virtuosic technique and nuanced improvisation, offering a transformative experience of dance and live music. Learn more at https://www.flamencovivo.org!

presented by West Chester University - WCU Live!
02/2020/07 - 02/2020/07
Katie Hyun \ violin
Equally enthusiastic about both modern and baroque music for strings, Katie Hyun’s program includes works by Corelli and Biber, as well as David Lang and Bartók. Also on the program is a world-premiere piece by George Meyer, made possible through Astral’s Micro-Commissioning Program. Guest collaborators are baroque cellist Serafim Smigelskiy and theorbo player Charles Weaver. For full concert repertoire visit www.astralartists.org

presented by Astral Artists
01/2020/25 - 01/2020/25
Daedalus Quartet
The Daedalus Quartet, Penn’s quartet-in-residence, explores migration through music, illustrating how centuries of cultural cross-pollination has enriched our artistic and spiritual life. Music truly has no borders, unifying through the universality of the human experience.   In this performance, the quartet will perform works that exhibit the richness and complexity of this cultural convergence, including a world premiere of traditional African American spirituals by Nansi Carroll.

presented by Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
01/2020/25 - 01/2020/25
The Snow Queen at Arden Theatre Company
Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen transports audiences on a journey through the four seasons! When Gerda’s best friend is captured by the Snow Queen, it is up to her to rescue him from the icy palace.   The Snow Queen celebrates the adventure of growing up and the magical power of friendship.

presented by Arden Theatre Company
11/2019/27 - 01/2020/26
Dolce Suono Ensemble Presents Dolce Suono Trio: Love and War in French Music
Our flagship ensemble explores the stylistic lineage, pioneering innovations, and heated polemics in French and French-influenced music by Rameau, Debussy, Ravel, and Saariaho. Dolce Suono Trio Mimi Stillman, flute - Gabriel Cabezas, cello Charles Abramovic, piano

presented by Dolce Suono Ensemble
01/2020/26 - 01/2020/26
Beginnings
This is a program of firsts, including the first string quartets of Haydn, Carreno, Beethoven, and Starkey.   The program begins with the "Father of the String Quartet" - Franz Joseph Haydn's first string quartet and continues with Venezuelan composer, Teresa Carreno's "Quartet in b minor"; Philadelphia composer, Starkey's "String Quartet #1" and finishes with Ludwig van Beethoven's "String Quartet, Op. 18, #1".   Each work brings a different color, a different language, a new way of beginning a journey. A perfect way to begin a new year and a new decade!   Starkey will be present at this performance.   Artist Siobhan Bedford will be exhibiting paintings to complement the music and will be present at this performance. 

presented by Fairmount String Quartet
02/2020/01 - 02/2020/01
Our Voices: The Rise of the American Voice
American composers flocked to France during and after the war to study with Nadia Boulanger, who exhorted them to embrace their personal identities and seek out the “American voice.” This final program connects their contributions to contemporary composers Tania León, Caroline Shaw, and Nico Muhly, whose work acknowledges the interconnectedness of people and cultures in 21st century America. This concert is part of the Emerging Voices Project that explores national identity and social connection through art song. Sarah Shafer, soprano; Corinne Winters, soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Douglas Williams, bass-baritone; Brooklyn Rider; Myra Huang, piano; Shannon McGinnis, piano N. Boulanger: Écoutez la chanson bien douce Thomson: Mostly About Love Swanson: Songs [Sel.] Carter: Three Poems of Robert Frost Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson [Sel.] Bonds: 3 Dream Portraits Léon: Oh Yemanja – Mother’s Prayer Shaw: Cant voi l’aube Nico Muhly: Stranger

presented by Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
01/2020/24 - 01/2020/24
I've Got Rhythm: A Celebration of Percussion, Brass, and Jazz!
On this unique exploratory concert, members of the DCS share with you our love of jazz music. Not only are we including jazz favorites such as Dave Brubeck’s Take 5 and Gershwin’s I’ve Got Rhythm, but the DCS also brings you guest artist duo Paul Downie and David Gettes on Caribbean steel drums!   Join us for a musical event sure to surprise and satisfy, for ages young and old.

presented by Delaware County Symphony
02/2020/09 - 02/2020/09
The Snow Queen by Family Stages
Before there was Frozen, there was a tale of two friends, an unhappy troll and a lonely queen. The Snow Queen follows young Gerda's serach for her lost friend, Kai. Her path leads through a magical winter landscape with talking crows, clumsy bandits and a singing reindeer. When she finally reaches the Ice Palace, she brings the warmth of rediscovered love to her best friend and a forlorn queen.

presented by Family Stages
12/2019/28 - 01/2020/25
Music of the Enlightenment
The Enlightenment was one of the most important periods of technological and artistic development in history and its music remains a cornerstone of modern life. Crossing the boundaries of Classical and the Baroque, enjoy the elegance and balance of Mozart, Vivaldi, CPE Bach, and more in this curated performance. Jeffrey Brillhart’s sparkling harpsichord playing alongside the sounds of Ben Franklin’s Glass Harmonica will once again confirm the essential nature of art from the 18th century Jeffrey Brillhart conductor & harpsichord Friedrich Heinrich Kern glass harmonica Vivaldi – Overture to L’Olimpiade, RV.725 C.P.E. Bach – Sinfonia No. 1 in G Major, H. 657 Mozart – Adagio and Rondo, K. 617 Scarlatti – Concerto grosso No. 1 in F Minor Reichardt – Rondeau in B-flat Major Boccherini – Minuet from String Quintet in E. G. 275 Vivaldi – Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV. 157 Heyworth – Hommage à Mozart Mozart – Serenade in D, K. 239, Serenata Notturna

presented by The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
01/2020/26 - 01/2020/27