Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

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Let your voice be heard! Join us on Saturday from 4 to 6 pm for a broadcast of the Academy of Vocal Arts' popular Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, recorded live at the Kimmel Center on October 15th. During the broadcast, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite AVA resident artist at Will the WRTI audience agree with this year’s judges and the Kimmel Center audience? Tune in to find out! And don't forget to vote.

Join us for a special broadcast from the Kimmel Center's 2016/2017 Open House!
 Gregg Whiteside will give us a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Kimmel season, broadcasting live from 10 am until the WRTI Saturday Opera starts at 1 pm, and talking with some of the people who make it all happen. And back at the station, Debra Lew Harder will bring you a delightful morning of the music you love.

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.