Philadelphia Performing Arts

Of all the performing arts, it's music for which Philadelphia is most renowned and the Philadelphia Orchestra of which its residents are most proud. Though the Orchestra has undergone some financial hardships in recent years, the hope is it can rebound and regain its place among the world's elite. The city also serves as a major stop for touring productions of shows from A Chorus Line to

Spring Awakening, and the local theater scene, which supports more than two dozen regional and local companies, is thriving.

Since the opening of the Kimmel Center in 2001, Philadelphia has enjoyed an embarrassment of riches when it comes to performance space. The Academy of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's previous home, remains open in all its finery; the Annenberg and Painted Bride house everything from theater to performance art; and both the Mann Center and the Susquehanna Bank Center remain premier outdoor amphitheaters.

Classical music in Philadelphia begins with the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, which, under music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, has kept its remarkable pedigree. But there is also the Chamber Orchestra, which is also housed in the glorious Kimmel Center; the venerable Philly Pops; and the very talented students of the Curtis Institute, to round out the bill.

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AVA Opera Theatre

The resident artists at the Academy of Vocal Arts, a four-year, tuition-free vocal training program, present four or five fully staged...

Academy of Music

Inspired by Milan's La Scala opera house and completed in 1857, the Academy of Music is the oldest grand opera house in the country still...

Annenberg Center

The performing-arts complex on University of Pennsylvania's campus features multiple stages, from the 115-seat Bruce Montgomery Theatre...

Arden Theatre Company

The Arden, formed in 1988, is known for premiering new works and offering a mix of classic drama, comedy, and musicals, with a special...

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

Directed by Dirk Brossé, this prestigious group performs chamber music from September to May at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center...

Clark Park Summer Solstice Festival

The vivacious Clark Park Summer Solstice Festival has a full lineup of live bands, performers, vendors, and the fabulous, multicultural...

Curtis Institute of Music

The gifted students at this world-renowned music conservatory give free recitals several times a week from October through May at 8 pm.

Forrest Theatre

The Forrest is the place to catch Broadway blockbusters in Philadelphia. About eight high-profile shows are presented each season—think...

Freedom Theatre

The oldest and most active African-American theater in Pennsylvania is nationally renowned. Performances are scheduled throughout the...

Keswick Theatre

This 1,300-seat hall is a former vaudeville house and cinema that's on the National Register of Historic Places. Known for its fine acoustics...


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