PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc., will present the Great Stages Gala, a new celebration that unites the traditions of the Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball with the Kimmel Cultural Campus Gala.
The inaugural celebration will take place on May 16, 2023, featuring a performance by The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Music and Artistic Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The Orchestra will collaborate with world-renowned singers Renée Fleming and Angélique Kidjo, both of whom are five-time GRAMMY winners. Former 6abc Action News anchor Jim Gardner will serve as host for the evening. Proceeds from the Great Stages Gala benefit the Academy of Music Restoration Fund, the Kimmel Cultural Campus, and The Philadelphia Orchestra.
“We are delighted to unify two long-standing event traditions of the Kimmel Cultural Campus and The Philadelphia Orchestra in the Great Stages Gala,” said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. “The Kimmel Cultural Campus is a place where a universe of world-class art forms, genres, and ideas takes shape. This concert, featuring Yannick, the musicians of the Orchestra, and stellar artists Renée Fleming and Angélique Kidjo showcases the remarkable collaborations made possible through the creation of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc.”
Donors who contribute at the Silver Patron level and above will enjoy a Luminaries Reception on the Academy of Music Stage beginning at 5:00 PM. All benefactors will enjoy a pre-concert reception beginning at 6:00 PM in the Academy of Music Lobby prior to the 8:00 PM concert in Verizon Hall. More information about Great Stages benefactor packages, as well as public tickets for the concert, is available here.
The Great Stages Gala has been organized under the direction of Academy of Music Board member Lisa Bettinger-Buckingham and Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc., Board members Christopher M. Keith and Jami Wintz McKeon.
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