Tempesta di Mare – Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra performs baroque music on baroque instruments with a repertoire that ranges from staged opera to chamber music. The group performs all orchestral repertoire without a conductor, as was the practice when this music was new. Led by directors Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone with concertmaster Emlyn Ngai, the ensemble is the only American baroque music group to record for the prestigious British label Chandos. Over the course of its 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons, the ensemble presented Tragédie et Comédie, a Center-funded concert series of French baroque orchestral music played on period-specific instruments. In 2016, Tempesta received a Center grant to present Reclaiming Telemann, a two-part concert program combined with a live talk show hosted by Live from Lincoln Center’s Fred Child, and an accompanying studio recording that will offer a fresh perspective on the artistic legacy of baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann.
Relâche is a new music ensemble whose unique sound includes flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, piano, percussion, viola, and bass.
Kathleen McLean, principal of Independent Exhibitions, recently co-facilitated the Center’s project, No Idea Is Too Ridiculous, with Performa curator Mark Beasley.
Sruti presented two concerts that explored the influence of native and folk traditions upon Carnatic (South Indian classical) music.
Jazz pianist and Blue Note recording artist Jason Moran serves as Kennedy Center’s Artistic Advisor for Jazz.
Roger LaMay is general manager at WXPN (88.5 FM), a public radio station operated by the University of Pennsylvania.
Composer Vijay Iyer and librettist Mike Ladd on creating “multi-voiced” performance projects that draw on veterans’ personal narratives.
A recreation of 18 rarely-performed cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach will be performed as originally intended: in an arc spanning the Christian church calendar and the seasons.
The Village will host two accomplished West African social practice artists, Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh and Olanre Tejuoso, during residencies in which they will collaborate with north central Philadelphia’s families to design and execute a public art project, nurturing a space for community members to creatively transform their physical landscape.
Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers is one of the country’s foremost contemporary Asian-American dance companies, celebrating the ability of dance to integrate body, mind, and spirit.
This timely, interdisciplinary, experimental series of dance, music, poetry, mixed media installations, and interactive programs—from acclaimed artists and scholars such as choreographer taisha paggett, designer Raul de Nieves, and composer George Lewis— invites audiences to consider African American performance aesthetics and the role of performance in museum spaces.
The New Year will bring ambitious and innovative Center-funded projects to the Philadelphia region that will inspire audiences and push the boundaries of artistic discovery and expression.
In December 2012, the Center welcomed Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, who introduced the findings of a new report, “Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies.”