Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
One-stop multi-culture on the Avenue of the Arts
The brightest light on the Avenue of the Arts is the dazzling regional performing arts center, whose discreet brick exterior rises to a bold 150-foot glass vaulted rooftop for startling views of the city. The spacious and acoustically vaunted facility is rarely dark and on any given weekend might present a jazz quartet, French circus, The Philadelphia Orchestra, pops or family events. Eight resident companies and a variety of touring soloists and ensembles perform here.
The 21st century center’s mainstages are the elegant Verizon Hall, whose red mahogany 2,500-seat interior is shaped like a cello and features adjustable acoustical panels and the 650-seat Perelman Theater, with an unusual rotating stage and equipment that enables chamber music, dance and drama.
Surrounding the performance spaces, welcoming Commonwealth Plaza encourages visitors to relax, take a coffee at the PECO Café, and browse the Intermission Shop’s out-of-the-ordinary arts and kid-friendly gifts.
Nationally recognized and locally revered, Chef Jose Garces’ catering division provides concessions at the Kimmel Center, Academy of Music and the Merriam Theater. Enjoy cocktails and snacks prepared by Garces’ team at the PECO Bar and the PECO Annex Bar.
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s need for a modern concert hall coupled with the city’s need for a venue to serve the community and visiting artists proved the catalyst for the Kimmel, completed in December 2001 by architect Rafael Vinoly and the acoustic team Artec. The facility is named for sportswear manufacturer and Philadelphian Sidney Kimmel, the largest private donor.
Residents are the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, PHILADANCO (Philadelphia Dance Company), The Philly Pops, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet and American Theater Arts for Youth. Sponsoring varied series of its own, the Kimmel also runs the Merck Arts Education Center, which provides arts classes for area youth and adults.
The Kimmel’s main lobby area, Commonwealth Plaza, hosts free performances throughout the year.
Play a steel drum or try on a dance or opera costume at The Merck Arts Education Center’s Interactive Room (Tier Level 2) along the Tour Route. Call Visitors Services at (215) 670-2327.
For upcoming performances and events at the Kimmel Center and to purchase tickets, click the button below.
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