Considered one of the world's best symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra rose to fame under the batons of former conductors Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, and Riccardo Muti. The musical reigns were taken over in 2008 by chief conductor and artistic advisor Charles Dutoit, who will continue his superlative efforts through the 2011–12 season, whereupon the effvescent Yannick Nézet-Séguin will take the position. The orchestra's present home is the cello-shaped
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The 2,500-seat hall is the centerpiece of the performing-arts center at Broad and Spruce streets—a dynamic complex housed under a glass-vaulted roof. Orchestra concerts during the September–May season are still among the city's premier social events. If you can get tickets, go. You'll see some of the city's finest performers in an opulent setting, with many Philadelphians dressed to match the occasion. In summer the orchestra stages a concert series at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.