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Folk Music Powerhouses Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter Come Together at the Academy of Music, October 9, 2016

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Powerful in speech and sound, @JoanCBaez and @M_CCarpenter join forces at the @KimmelCenter performing their greatest hits together 10/9

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Tour Celebrates 75th Birthday of Musician and Activist Joan Baez

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, August 25, 2016) –– A vital force in both the music world and the world of social justice, Joan Baez celebrates her 75th birthday with a special tour on which she will be joined by fellow singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter. The folk legends will come together at the Academy of Music on Sunday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.  Earlier in 2016, Ms. Baez was joined by a dozen of her favorite artists and friends to celebrate her birthday in a concert at the Beacon Theater which was later broadcast on WNET. That tribute concert served as a prelude to this special performance which will feature songs spanning Baez’s career. This show is presented in association with Larry Magid Entertainment.

“Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter exude a value in which we strongly believe at the Kimmel Center: that art has the ability to unite people and bring about change,” said Anne Ewers, President & CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “This performance is an incredible opportunity for us to present two brilliant musicians as they showcase hit songs spanning their impressive careers.”

Joan Baez, a musical force of nature and celebrated activist, unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963, marched on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement with Martin Luther King, Jr., inspired Vaclav Havel to fight for a Czech Republic, and participated in two of the early Amnesty International tours. She brought the Free Speech Movement into the spotlight at Berkeley, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers, organized resistance to the war in Southeast Asia, then forty years later saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest war. 50 years later, Joan is still making her voice known both musically and politically, showing renewed passion in all that she does.

Beginning her journey in the music industry in the late 80s, Mary Chapin Carpenter originated as part of a small movement of folk-influenced country singer/songwriters. Over the course of Mary’s career, she has recorded 14 albums and sold more than 14 million records. Countless hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” have earned her an abundance of awards including five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals, and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Mary has performed alongside the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra among many others.

Other upcoming concerts at the Kimmel Center Campus include; Kansas (October 1, 2016, Merriam Theater), Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees (October 19, 2016), Rosanne Cash (October 20, 2016, Merriam Theater), Mexrrissey (October 29, 2016, Merriam Theater), and Smokey Robinson (November 18, 2016).

Academy of Music
October 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m.


Tickets are available now and start at $49.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883. More information at

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts’ Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly Pops, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music.  TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2016-2017 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit

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