Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Kimmel Center Expands 2009/10 Season with Seven Newly Added Artists and Events, and Seven Broadway Presentations
July 14, 2009

The Kimmel Center expands the 2009/10 season with seven newly added Kimmel Center Presents wide-ranging program offerings and seven Broadway Series presentations at the Kimmel Center, Academy of Music, Merriam Theater and Forrest Theatre.

Tickets to all Kimmel Center Presents and Broadway Series presentations are now available through the Create Your Own subscription package—an opportunity to mix and match a personalized subscription package from jazz, classical, world, pop, dance and Broadway presentations with savings of up to 20 percent. Savings multiply according to how many shows are selected: choose three shows, and receive 10 percent savings; four shows, 15 percent savings; 5 or more shows, 20 percent savings.

Single tickets for the 2009/10 season go on sale to the public on Tuesday, September 8, 2009.

Newly added Kimmel Center Presents series artists and/or events during the 2009/10 season include: Mariinsky Orchestra led by principal conductor Valery Gergiev (Mon., Feb. 22, 2010), Video Games Live (Sun., Oct. 11, 2009), Melody Gardot (Sat., Oct. 17, 2009), Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca (Fri., Jan. 22 and Sat., Jan. 23, 2010), The Pink Floyd Experience (Tue., Feb. 23, 2010), Max Raabe and Palast Orchester (Fri., March 5, 2010); and Johnny Mathis (Sun., May 2, 2010).

Newly added Broadway series presentations during the 2009/10 season include: Chicago with Jerry Springer (Tue.-Sun, Sept. 15-20); Mannheim Steamroller Christmas (Sat., Nov. 14, 2009); RAIN (Fri., Feb. 5—Sun, Feb. 7, 2010); The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Tue., Feb. 9—Sun., Feb. 14, 2010); Annie (Fri., Feb. 26—Sun., Feb. 28, 2010); GROOVALOO (Tue., Mar.9 –Sun., Mar 14, 2010); Lord of the Dance (Fri., May 14—Sun., May 16, 2010).

Create Your Own subscription package is now available online at www.kimmelcenter.org/choose , by calling 215-893-1999 or visiting the Kimmel Center box office, open daily from 10am to 6pm and later on performance evenings. (Additional fees may apply.) For group sales call 215-790-5883.

The Create Your Own interactive brochure at www.kimmelcenter.org/choose allows patrons to familiarize themselves with an artist by previewing audio and video content before deciding if that concert experience is the right one for them. Subscriber benefits last all season long and include savings of up to 20 percent off single ticket prices and exclusive offers, such as priority seating and advance ticket access.

For more information and a complete listing of events, visit www.kimmelcenter.org/choose . Additional events and performances will be announced throughout the comings months.



BROADWAY

Chicago with Jerry Springer
Tuesday-Sunday, September 15-20, 2009, Times vary
Academy of Music
Price: $25-$100


There’s never been a better time to experience Chicago, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations. A sensational tale of sin, corruption and all that jazz, it’s no surprise that Chicago has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. And now it’s coming to Philadelphia!

Chicago has all the ingredients of a knock out Broadway musical: top notch dancing, an edge-of-your-seat story and one showstopper after another. If you loved the Academy Award®-winning film, nothing beats the live show, and if you are already intimately acquainted with the musical, experience that sizzle again, Chicago always delivers.

"Chicago still glitters hypnotically."— New York Times, Ben Brantley


The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis
Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 8pm
Academy of Music
Price: $30-$100


Get an early start on the "holiday mood" when Mannheim Steamroller brings their Christmas tour to the Academy of Music. Created by Chip Davis, Mannheim Steamroller's signature sound is where classical and modern-day rock, acoustic and electronic music meet. Celebrate the spirit of the season with the "18th century rock band" that has become one of the most popular and best-selling acts in the last 30 years.


RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles
Friday-Sunday, February 5-7, 2010, Times vary
Academy of Music
Price: $35-$85


RAIN, the acclaimed Beatles concert, returns by popular demand! They look like them and they sound just like them! "The next best thing to seeing The Beatles," raves the Denver Post. All the music and vocals are performed totally live! RAIN covers The Beatles from the earliest beginnings through the psychedelic late 60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. RAIN is a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience...a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s lights up video screens and live cameras zoom in for close-ups. Sing along with your family and friends to such favorites as "Let It Be," "Hey Jude," "My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Come Together" and "Can’t Buy Me Love," and relive Beatlemania from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road!

"A thrilling bit of time-warping nostalgia…Boomer Heaven!" raves the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Uncanny! RAIN are a quartet of fine musicians in their own right…as The Beatles, they triumph!" cheers the Boston Herald. "An adoring Valentine to The Beatles," declares the Washington Post.


The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
Monday-Sunday, February 8-14, 2010, Times vary
Merriam Theater
Price: $20-$80


The Washington Post raved, "Very impressive. The hits come crashing at you in an evening dedicated to crescendo and climax." Featuring a cast of six Broadway stars backed by a 30-piece onstage orchestra, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber features the best-loved songs from the scores composed by the Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning composer including: Cats, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Song & Dance, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game, The Woman in White and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This special edition of the concert was devised by Andrew Lloyd Webber for this engagement.


Annie
Friday-Sunday, February 26-28, 2010, Times vary
Merriam Theater
Price: $20-$70


Leapin’ lizards! Annie is coming to Philadelphia! The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. Boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including "It’s the Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," "N.Y.C." and the ever-optimistic "Tomorrow," Annie is a delightful theatrical experience for the entire family. Don’t miss this all-new production that Variety calls "a winner!"


GROOVALOO The Hip Hop Experience
Monday-Sunday, March 8-14, 2010, Times vary
Merriam Theater
Price: $25-$60


GROOVALOO combines the authenticity of A Chorus Line with the energy of STOMP as it embarks on a journey through the diverse world of hip hop dance. Driven by jaw-dropping displays of physical ability, a vibrant musical score and powerful spoken word poetry, the show's intertwined stories chronicle the struggles, hopes and triumphs of the 14-member cast as they discover the true meaning of family and share what it's like to be "in the circle."

GROOVALOO has played to critical acclaim and sell out crowds, grabbing the attention of celebrities such as Madonna, Pink, Laurence Fishburne, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jaime Pressly and Justin Timberlake, all who have come to see productions of GROOVALOO. From fear to freedom, choreography to freestyle, and ballerinas to b-boys, GROOVALOO has inspired audiences from all walks of life to celebrate their passion and purpose and in the process reveals the heart and soul behind this incredible art form.


Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance
Friday-Sunday, May 14-16, 2010, Times vary
Merriam Theater
Price:$20-$70


Described by the New York Post as "fascinating, rewarding and above all, entertaining," and by the Los Angeles Times as "a showpiece extravaganza," Lord of the Dance is a mesmerizing blend of traditional and modern Celtic music and dance. The story is based upon mythical Irish folklore as Don Dorcha, Lord of Darkness, challenges the ethereal lord of light, the Lord of the Dance. Battle lines are drawn, passions ignite and a love story fueled by the dramatic leaps and turns of dancers’ bodies begins to build against a backdrop of Celtic rhythm. The action is played out over 21 scenes on a grand scale of precision dancing, dramatic music, colorful costumes and state-of-the-art staging and lighting.



CLASSICAL

Mariinsky Orchestra
(formerly the Kirov Orchestra)
Valery Gergiev, principal conductor
Mariinsky Chorus
BERLIOZ: Romeo and Juliet
Monday, February 22, 2010 at 8pm
Verizon Hall
Price: $39-113


The legendary Mariinsky Orchestra (formerly the Kirov Orchestra) returns to the Kimmel Center under the esteemed leadership of principal conductor Maestro Gergiev to perform Romeo and Juliet, one of Berlioz’s greatest and most original works. Regarded as St. Petersburg’s leading symphony orchestra, the Mariinsky Orchestra has been performing since 1860 at the renowned Mariinsky Theater. The Mariinsky Orchestra remains one of the most outstanding orchestras, toting the reputable referral as "the world’s first global orchestra" after tours throughout the world in 45 countries.

"Theatrical dynamism and exquisite artistry" -USA Today

"Valery Gergiev drew thrillingly vivid playing from his orchestra and set a pace that was leisurely yet sacrificed nothing of the work’s insistent drive."—New York Times




WORLD & POP

Video Games Live
Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 3pm and 7:30pm
Verizon Hall
Price: $35-$65


Video Games Live, the first major U.S. video game music concert tour, combines elements of a music concert, theatrical stage show and interactive video game on stage. Performed by a local professional orchestra and chorus, the concert features the best music and video clips from the most popular games, past and present, including Mario™, Zelda®, Halo®, Warcraft®, Final Fantasy®, Medal of Honor® and more. The performance will be enhanced with specially designed laser and light sequences showcasing over 50 different games in a wide variety of styles, as well as a special segment focusing on retro arcade classics.


Melody Gardot
Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 7:30pm
Perelman Theater
Price: $35


Philadelphia native Melody Gardot makes her Perelman Theater debut with an evocative blend of mellow blues, eclectic folk and jazz shadings, reminiscent of greats like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. With her debut album Worrisome Heart (2006), Gardot displayed her instinctive gift for transforming the traditions of jazz and blues with "her personal kiss of life." But even her most ardent admirers will be amazed at the giant creative leap forward she has taken with the follow-up, My One and Only Thrill (2009). Mixing Latin rhythms, finger-snapping blues and deep, smoldering torch songs, it’s an album that seems to have been shaped from several lifetimes of love, loss and longing.

Melody Gardot has a "a unique, irresistibly expressive voice delivering gently ironic blues with jazz inflections. Her songwriting is filled with soft surprise and savvy lyrics…" –San Francisco Chronicle


Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca
Friday, January 22, 2010 at 8pm
Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 2pm & 8pm
Merriam Theater
Price: $33-$43


Formed in 1993 by Martín Santangelo and his Bessie award-winning wife, Soledad Barrio, Noche Flamenca has become Spain's most successful touring company. Hailed by critics everywhere for its transcendent and deeply emotional performances, Noche Flamenca has successfully brought to the stage the essence, purity and integrity of one of the world's most complex and mysterious art forms. All aspects of flamenco – dance, song and music – are interrelated and given equal weight, creating a communal spirit within the troupe.

"Noche Flamenca star Soledad Barrio dances as if she's channeling 500 years of pain, despair, and passion…the small, muscular dancer moves with an introspective quality that is deeply personal, almost private, yet somehow universal." –Boston Globe


The Pink Floyd Experience
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 8pm
Merriam Theater
Price: $35-$45


The Pink Floyd Experience pays tribute to one of the most influential bands of all time with a celebration of the music, the themes and the innovation that one of rock & roll’s greatest icons brought to fans around the world. The Pink Floyd Experience provides fans with an up-close-and-personal encounter that reincarnates the scope and power of the band’s live performances. On stage, the six-member ensemble flawlessly recreates the legendary songs that spanned decades in their appeal, enhanced by electrifying visuals, which include a 12-foot pig blimp that flies over the audience in final homage to Pink Floyd’s most familiar image.

"PFX might be the closest thing to capturing the real deal!"- Toronto Sun


Max Raabe and Palast Orchester
Friday, March 5, 2010 at 7:30pm
Perelman Theater
Price: $35-$45


Max Raabe & the Palast Orchester recreate the nostalgic sounds of the Great American Songbook, Germany and beyond. Performing the music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Allie Wrubel and Franz Lehár, this 12-piece, German-based dance band brings to life the timeless spirit and romance of the 1920’s and early 30’s. The ensemble’s repertoire includes more than 400 songs from the golden era and several cabaret-style covers of songs by Prince, Queen and Britney Spears. From Cuban rumbas to cheerful foxtrots and elegant tangos, the 80-year-old songs sound as fresh and vivid as they did at their very first performance.

"Like Fred Astaire, he can croon his way to tenorial highs or dip to playfully earthy basso lows. But there is not a trace of sentimentality in his singing, not a slice of ham, even when he is having fun. The Palast musicians…play with a stylishness, grace and vitality that do not call attention to their impressive virtuosity." –New York Times


Johnny Mathis
Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 7:30pm
Verizon Hall
Price: $40-$100


Johnny Mathis is an American cultural icon whose softly crooned romantic ballads and classic standards have transcended generations; his rich, velvety voice exploring pop, jazz and even Latin music in a career than spans more than five decades. Mathis’ numerous achievements have cemented his place in the history of American popular music. A member of the illustrious Great American Songbook, Mathis won the Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, and has had three songs, "Chances Are," "Misty" and "It’s Not For Me To Say" inducted into the Grammy® Hall of Fame.



Kimmel Center Presents' 2009/2010 Season is sponsored by Citi. American Airlines is the Official Airline of Kimmel Center Presents. NBC-10 is a media partner for Kimmel Center Presents.

Free in the Plaza programming and subsidized tickets offered to the community and social service groups for $10 are made possible through the Wachovia Gateway to the Arts Community Access Program, supported by a generous grant from the Wachovia Foundation.

The Kimmel Center is the recipient of partnership funding through the nationally recognized PNC "Grow Up Great" initiative, a ten-year, $100 million investment in preparing children for success in school and life. Funding gives support to the Kimmel Center's early childhood program "Bop and Swing," an arts program for children 1-5 years old, designed to promote an appreciation for American culture.

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