Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

For a musician, the words “sanctuary,” “retreat,” and “haven” suggest attractive possibilities for creative expression. The Jazz Residency Program at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts isn’t based on the isolation these places evoke, but it does provide an environment conducive to a creative stream. The program is aimed at local jazz artists who can write music.

If you love LIVE Latin Jazz, then David Ortiz has a LOT for you to be thankful for! Tune in to WRTI's El Viaje (Saturdays from 9 pm until midnight) on November 28, December 5, and December 12, and listen for your chance to win tickets to some of the hottest Latin Jazz shows coming to our region. 

Join us on Saturday at the Kimmel Center's inaugural "Open House" event - a kick-off to the 2015/2016 season of performances by the Kimmel's resident companies and Broadway shows, with a no-fee-at-the-box office policy for more than 100 shows - from 10 am to 3 pm - when you purchase tickets.

WRTI classical host Gregg Whiteside will be on the scene, broadcasting live, speaking with leaders of some of the resident companies about upcoming season highlights, and bringing you musical selections that you’ll hear at this season’s performances.

Steven Krull Photography

WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston looks at the third Philadelphia Festival of Young Musicians that took place on Feb. 16, 2015 at the Kimmel Center. Gathered together were 250 student instrumentalists and vocalists, from over 13 organizations in Philadelphia, who studied in sections during an intensive day of learning and socializing. The day ended with a grand performance on the Verizon Hall stage. Lio Kuokman, assistant conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, led the instruments. Melissa Malvar-Keylock, associate conductor of the Princeton Girlchoir, led the singers.

We're happy to offer all WRTI listeners a 50% discount on an upcoming performance at the Kimmel Center - The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble: Gypsy Romance
 is a full company of dancers and live orchestra performing on Sunday, November 3 at 3 pm in Verizon Hall.

Peter Schaaf

It's a two-hour "Kimmel Center Presents" program on Sunday, November 18, 3 to 5 pm. In part one, you'll hear a tribute concert featuring legendary organist John Weaver, on the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ in Verizon Hall. The concert took place this past Spring, and was sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.  It features the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Prokofiev, Cesar Frank, and John Weaver himself.

This week, it's a two-part program featuring performances from this past season at the Kimmel Center. In part one, organist Jeremy Filsell is at the console of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ, in a recital recorded last January. Mr. Filsell is an award-winning organ scholar, and one of the few virtuoso performers on organ and piano.  His program includes works by Rachmaninoff, Bossi, and Dupre.

Join host Maureen Malloy on Sunday, April 22nd at 6 pm for the final installment of this season's Jazz Up Close series from the Kimmel Center. This grand finale celebrates the music of Philadelphia's own McCoy Tyner.

Violinist Joshua Bell

Apr 12, 2012

WRTI's Jill Pasternak speaks with violinist Joshua Bell on Saturday, April 14th, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. The world-renowned virtuoso updates us on his life, his longtime collaboration with pianist Jeremy Denk, and his new appointment as music director of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He appears at the Kimmel Center on April 16th with the ensemble.

Canadian Brass and Organist Jeffrey Brillhart

Mar 3, 2012

Join Jill Pasternak as she interviews The Canadian Brass, along with organist Jeffrey Brillhart. Both will be appearing together in concert at the Kimmel Center on March 10th as part of the Kimmel's Fred J Cooper Memorial Organ series.

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