Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Taylor Mac, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, “Decade 12 (1886-1896).” Photo by Teddy Wolff.

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Taylor Mac, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, “Decade 11 (1876-1886).” Photo by Teddy Wolff.

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Holding It Down, Harlem Stage. Photo by Mark Millman Photography. Courtesy of Kimmel Center, Inc.

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Vijay Iyer performing in Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 2016. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

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Holding It Down, Harlem Stage. Photo by Mark Millman Photography. Courtesy of Kimmel Center, Inc.

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, best known as a presenting organization and home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Ballet, is one of the most well-attended cultural venues in Philadelphia. Projects supported by the Center include the 2016 presentation of Vijay Iyer’s multimedia production Holding It Down, as well as Québec-based artist Robert Lepage’s The Andersen Project, and the regional premiere of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play August: Osage County starring Estelle Parsons. The Center has also awarded grants to the Kimmel Center for its music series, Fresh Ink, and made possible a 2012 partnership with the local cabaret troupe Bearded Ladies that resulted in the production of Wide Awake: A Civil War Cabaret. A 2017 Project grant supports the Philadelphia premiere of Taylor Mac’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated performance work A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, as part of the Kimmel’s 2018 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.