The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
The brightest light on the Avenue of the Arts is the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, a 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 main stages 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.
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 Center, which was 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 include 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.
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.
Surrounding the performance spaces, welcoming Commonwealth Plaza encourages visitors to relax and browse the Intermission Shop’s out-of-the-ordinary arts and kid-friendly gifts. Commonwealth Plaza also hosts free performances throughout the year.
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through September 3, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the Museum of the American Revolution, free tickets for a ride on the Ferris wheel and roller skating at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, a $25 CHeU Noodle restaurants gift card, free mini-golf and a carousel ride at Franklin Square, free passes to ride the PHLASH Downtown Loop and a $10 Lyft credit.