The PRISM Quartet creates and performs music that places the saxophone in unexpected contexts, charting fresh musical territory that challenges audiences. For Color Theory, PRISM will commission new works by Guggenheim Fellow Steven Mackey and Berlin prize recipient Ken Ueno, which will pair the saxophone with a wide range of percussion instruments, in order to investigate the concept of “musical color.” PRISM will partner with PARTCH, an ensemble devoted to American composer and musical instrument builder Harry Partch (1901–74), and Brooklyn-based ensemble Sō Percussion, for Color Theory concerts at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. These concerts will be broadcast live on WWFM and a follow-up audio recording will be available on Innova Records. The project will also include panel discussions that examine color theory across disciplines; a Harry Partch lecture and instrument-making workshop; a composer symposium at the Curtis Institute of Music; and family workshops at the Free Library.
The Academy of Vocal Arts is focused on rigorous instruction and coaching for young opera artists, and presentations of resident artists from around the world.
Thaddeus Phillips’ original musical Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, which originally debuted in Philadelphia with Center support, has received a massive amount of positive critical attention for its Off-Broadway debut.
Robert Maggio is a musician and a 1999 Pew Fellow.
Ian Berry is associate director for curatorial affairs and curator at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College.
During Dancing around the Bride’s run at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the exhibition received a string of glowing reviews from the New York Times.
The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society seeks to build enthusiasm for classical music, providing audiences with exposure to outstanding musicians and composers.
Centering on Foley’s improvisational performance practice, action is primary will feature photographic, moving-image, sonic, and written documentation of up to 750 dances, which Foley performs on a daily basis at 3:15 p.m.
Philadelphia’s academic and activist communities will reflect on the life and impact of Octavius V. Catto.
Philadelphia Theatre Company produced the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s backstage period work about opera composer Vincenzo Bellini and the opening of his final opera.
The Philadelphia Flamenco Festival offers a free master class with flamenco master Israel Galván, star of the festival performance La Curva.
Dolce Suono Ensemble, founded by flutist Mimi Stillman in 2005, presents highly acclaimed chamber music concerts in Philadelphia and on tour.
Dove encourages artists to dance in unusual places. Why? Out of necessity, he says. During his visit to the Center in 2013, we asked him to elaborate.
Avital Ronell is the author of numerous substantial works and one of the major forces in contemporary literary criticism and philosophy.
Pig Iron member Dito van Reigersberg ruminates on past and present artistic influences for the production Zero Cost House.
royal hartigan is a percussionist, pianist, and tap dancer. He has studied and performed the musics of Asia, Africa, Europe, West Asia, and the Americas, and is versed in the traditions of African-American blues, gospel, funk, hip-hop, and jazz.
Founded in 1986, Sruti promotes and presents Indian classical music and dance to educate the greater Philadelphia community on the importance of Indian arts.
The Curtis Institute of Music, in collaboration with Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center, produced Leoš Janácek’s opera, sung in the original Czech.
The second article in the American Impresario series features Harrington, founder and artistic director of the Kronos Quartet. Through almost four decades of work, Harrington has had a major impact on contemporary music.
Video, performance, and installation artist Sharon Hayes uses multiple mediums in ongoing investigation into various intersections between history, politics and speech.
Fiach Mac Conghail has led the Abbey Theatre, the national theatre of Ireland, as director and CEO since 2005.
On October 30 at 9 p.m. ET, WXPN broadcasts live from Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette, Louisiana with the zydeco all-star group Creole United.
Anthony Smyrski works with Dan Murphy as the artist duo Megawords. They are well known throughout Philadelphia for installations that are equal parts gathering space, artist studio, and storefront.
Opera Philadelphia presented the East Coast premiere of a new opera by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, which went on to win the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for music.
Funded with Center support, New Paths a month-long, citywide festival, which conceptually connects some of the most innovative artists in the world to a variety of historic and peculiar Philadelphia spaces.
Susan Hess Modern Dance hosted Ralph Lemon for a weeklong Masters Exchange residency, opening select sessions to the public to view the choreographic process at work.
Composer and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa is known for a jazz sound that combines progressive jazz and South Indian classical music.