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The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Variety programming of established international artists

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Banners on the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Credit: Courtesy of the Annenberg Center


The Experience

Annenberg’s eclectic programming began in its earliest days when it premiered groundbreaking theater like New York’s Mabou Mines and continues to the present with The Tallis Scholars Choir. Its series of new music, in collaboration with the Relache Ensemble, helped make household names of then-unknown composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich.

Today you might hear the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra or Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Dance Celebration (a 20-year collaboration with Dance Affiliates) with its world-class offerings brings audiences to their feet, time after time. Get your Irish up with shows like Michael West’s Foley and the National Symphony of Ireland and get your heels clicking with The Klezmatics. But save yourself for Once Upon a Time in Chinese America, Fred Ho’s Asian STOMP.


Since its founding in 1971, Annenberg has been an East Coast leader in presenting a multiplicity of performing arts. Now under the umbrella of Penn Presents it embraces The Zellerbach Theatre, Harold Prince Theatre, and Irvine Auditorium, all on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. Its reach has grown far beyond the campus, drawing audiences from the suburbs and surrounding counties.

Insider Tip Student rush tickets are available five days before show time, and the subscription series offers many money-saving plans.

Kids’ Shows Since 1984, The Philadelphia International Children’s Festival presents more than 60 performances each year, enchanting thousands of children with theater, music, and dance.

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