The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
One of the nation's largest volunteer orchestras, the Hershey Symphony Orchestra brims with the talents of more than 80 musicians and award-winning conductor Sandra Dackow. Instead of treating their sweetheart to a romantic ride in a horse-drawn go-cart, Groupon holders can whisk them to the symphony's "Evening Serenade" program, which highlights amatory works by classical composers such as Brahms and Dvorak. The evening commences with Mozart's elegant Overture to Cosi Fan Tutti, welcoming visitors to the comforting confines of Evangelical Free Church of Hershey. After the performance, the scent of fresh coffee lures guests to a free Q & A, where Dackow answers questions about the orchestra, the music, and what size of turkey baster makes the best conducting baton.
Concertante spreads the up-close thrill of chamber music throughout the country with accessible arrangements of classic and modern works. As listeners settle into the Rose Lehrmen Arts Center's intimate concert space with no seat farther than 45 feet from the stage, the program kicks off with Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff's String Sextet, lacing modernist moves with rapidly changing rhythms and off-kilter melodies inflected at various points by jazz and dance modes. A spooky andante makes listeners check for under-seat monsters before spidery pizzicato punctuates a return to up-tempo fireworks. Commissioned by Concertante, Gabriela Lena Frank's Hypnagogia for String Sextet re-regulates pulses as it evokes the experience of falling asleep with an aural atmosphere noted by the New York Times for its "laconic, easy-to-follow simplicity."
The 98-year-old Reading Symphony Orchestra will be led by guest conductor Bradley Thachuk, who’ll direct the sonic traffic through an engaging pops concert. With this deal, you’ll listen to a charming collection of romantic tunes—the symphony lovingly performs such enchanting melodies so that hopeful husbands will be able to call off Cupid’s laser-guided arrow attack. Indulge the ears with the mellifluous melodies and sonorous tunes produced live by a mélange of cellos, violas, violins, oboes, and percussion instruments. This deal gets you a seat in the mid-balcony section, where one can see the entire orchestra as well as all the dazzling hairdos of the lower deck.
The Penn Museum hosts its fourth annual P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights concert series, presented in the Museum's verdant outdoor Stoner Courtyard on the University of Pennsylvania’s idyllic campus. Just inside, guests can immerse themselves in the Museum's newest exhibition, "Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster," before moving on to explore a world of art and artifacts, many obtained from archaeological and anthropological expeditions conducted by the Museum since its founding in 1887. Wandering its galleries, guests explore rare objects from the near and distant past, including those found in the Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery, home to a monumental granite sphinx circa 1200 BCE. Elsewhere, visitors marvel at intricate bronze and ivory carvings from West Africa's Kingdom of Benin, created between the 17th and 20th centuries, and intricately carved Maya stone stelae from pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Changing exhibitions showcase travelling collections or draw from the Museum's vast collection of objects from every inhabited corner of the globe.
The Mann Center is a prepossessing structure from anywhere you sit in the semi-covered amphitheater—all huge, rough slabs of timber that evoke the setting for a barn dance held by elegant giants. Even the lawn section isn’t an ordinary lawn: from the top of the steep hill where the theater perches, audiences can see not only the performers lighting up the stage below but also the canopy of trees in surrounding Fairmount Park and the city skyline just beyond.