Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is a large
performing arts venue located on
Broad Street, along the
stretch known as the "Avenue of the Arts", in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is owned and operated by Kimmel Center,
Inc., an organization which also managed the Academy of
Music in Philadelphia.
The center is named after
philanthropist Sidney Kimmel
The architect of the Center was Rafael ViÃ±oly
, and the acoustician was
. The Kimmel
Center opened in an unfinished state on December 16
cost overruns and construction delays led to the filing of a
lawsuit in 2005
by officials of the Kimmel
Center against ViÃ±oly. The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed
The Center is the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra
, one of
America's "Big Five" symphony
and regarded as one of the best in the world.
Currently, the Principal Conductor is Charles Dutoit
Other resident performing arts organizations at the Kimmel Center
include the Chamber
Orchestra of Philadelphia
and the Philadelphia
Chamber Music Society
. It is also home to a performance series
known as "Kimmel Center Presents", which hosts a variety of jazz,
classical, and world pop performers.
Performance and other facilities
All are located under a distinctive vaulted glass ceiling. The
Center itself is a popular attraction, keeping its doors open to
the public seven days a week. It hosts thousands of visitors
annually who are able to take free tours of the facility.
- Verizon Hall, with 2,500 seats, is the main
performance auditorium. It contains a pipe organ by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, which
is the largest mechanical action pipe organ in an American concert
- Perelman Theater, with 650 seats, has a
75-foot-diameter turntable stage that permits the space to be used
as a recital hall or a proscenium theater with a stage, fly-loft
and orchestra pit.
- Dorrance H. Hamilton Roof
Garden built on top of the Perelman Theater.
- Smaller performance spaces and meeting rooms.
Other noteworthy programs
The Kimmel Center offers a variety of other programs besides
concerts, specifically in the field of education. The Kimmel Center
is home to their very own Youth Jazz Orchestra called The Kimmel
Center Youth Jazz Ensemble (KCYJE). This Ensemble includes many of
the best youth jazz musicians in the Philadelphia/New Jersey Area.
The Ensemble is recognized as a youth version of the Lincoln Center
Additionally, The Kimmel Center holds a Teen Summer Arts Camp every
year. Ten-day programs are offered in chamber music, choral/vocal
music, and jazz.
Image:KimmelCenterRoofGarden.jpg|A roof garden in the Kimmel Center
interiorImage:Kimmel-center.JPG|Kimmel Center exterior, Broad
Street elevationImage:KimmelCenterExteriorNight.jpg|Kimmel Center
exterior, from across Broad Street at nightImage:Kimmel center
interior.JPG|Kimmel Center interior, Verizon Hall in middle,
daytimeImage:TonyBennettKimmelCenter.JPG|Verizon Hall interior, at
conclusion of Tony Bennett