Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Kimmel Center Presents Opens Third Season September 19-21, 2003
August 25, 2003

Garrison Keillor makes Kimmel Center debut on September 21
  • Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis Perform Friday, September 19
  • Garrison Keillor Makes Kimmel Center Debut Sunday, September 21
  • Plus Free Performances Saturday and Sunday at Noon

Kimmel Center Presents launches its third season with an exciting opening weekend September 19-21, featuring acclaimed composer and jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Americaís favorite storyteller Garrison Keillor with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and free performances in the Kimmel Centerís Commonwealth Plaza. The season opens Friday, September 19 at 8pm with "the blazing Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with golden trumpet Wynton Marsalis" (Philadelphia Daily News) on the Verizon Hall stage.

Trumpeter Marsalis, the first jazz composer to win the Pulitzer Prize in music, will be making his third Kimmel Center appearance. The entire Marsalis family (including brothers Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason and their father, Ellis) played to a sold-out Verizon Hall last March when the Kimmel Center was one of just five U.S. stops on the familyís exclusive, first-ever tour.

Wynton Marsalis and the internationally recognized Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will perform from a varied repertoire including rare historic compositions and new and commissioned works by some of todayís most visionary jazz musicians. The performance marks the start of the Kimmel Center Presents Mellon Jazz: Fridays series. Ticket prices are $30, $35, $45, $50, $60, $70 & $78.

The Kimmel Center was recently voted Best "Jazz Hot Spot" by Philadelphia magazine in the annual "Best of Philly" issue. On Sunday, September 21 at 3pm Grammy Award-winning poet and storyteller Garrison Keillor makes his Kimmel Center debut. "An Afternoon with Garrison Keillor" will feature the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, one of the Kimmel Centerís Resident Companies, under the direction of conductor Philip Brunelle.

Author of 13 books and the host of public radioís A Prairie Home Companion, Keillor has entertained audiences across the country. He began his radio career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota in 1962, and first hosted Minnesota Public Radioís A Prairie Home Companion in 1974. The critically acclaimed program, featuring tales of life in the rural Midwest, currently boasts over 3.3 million listeners and is broadcast on more than 500 public radio stations.

For his Verizon Hall performance, Keillor will provide original narrative over classical works including the William Tell Overture and A Midsummer Nightís Dream, offering his own take on life, lakes and love. Tickets are $33, $38, $43, $57, $63 & $68.

Opening weekend will also include two free performances in the Kimmel Centerís Commonwealth Plaza. On Saturday, September 20 at 12:30pm the Enchantment Theatre Company will present "Magik Vaudeville," the story of a Russian immigrant who becomes a vaudeville star, in a performance geared toward families and children. Sunday, September 21 at noon the Superior Ragtime Orchestra performs. Both performances are free and open to the public.

Tickets for the entire 2003-2004 season of Kimmel Center Presents, featuring a wide range of programs including world music, classical, pop, dance, family and holiday concerts are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at or at the Kimmel Center box office, open daily from 10am to 6pm and later on performance evenings. Ticket buyers can save 10% by purchasing three or more concerts. For group sales call 215-790-5883.

A limited number of $10 tickets will be available for every Kimmel Center Presents performance. $10 tickets go on sale the day of the event and can be purchased at the Kimmel Center box office beginning at 5:30pm for evening performances and 11:30am for matinees. Limit one per person.

Performances of Mellon Jazz: Fridays are generously supported by Mellon Financial Corporation. American Airlines is the Official Airline of Kimmel Center Presents. BMW is the Official Vehicle of Kimmel Center Presents. The Kimmel Center proudly serves Bucks County Coffee.

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