Listening to the orchestra is a welcome change of pace from the usual evening ritual of being serenaded by nieces and nephews doing the rodent-bones lawn-fire dance. Undo ear-canal boredom with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get one orchestra section seat at an upcoming Philadelphia Orchestra performance (up to a $110 value). Choose from the following dates and performances:
- "Roman Festivals" (December 2 at 8 p.m., December 3 at 2 p.m., or December 4 at 8 p.m.)
- "Spano Conducts Sibelius" (December 10 at 2 p.m., December 11 at 8 p.m., or December 12 at 2 p.m.)
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s century-long tradition of preeminent symphonic sound is set to enchant winter audiences with two classical concert performances at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Gianandrea Noseda conducts "Roman Festivals," an ambitious program that explores Italy’s Eternal City through flugelhorn solos. Atlanta Symphony Music Director Robert Spano culls Sibelius from his viola-shaped grave with music composed for Shakespeare’s The Tempest, a screwball comedy based on a temping agency in 1960s working-class Liverpool. Ending with Sibelius’s tumultuous World War I era Fifth Symphony, the program also features music composed specifically for Spano by Juilliard-trained Behzad Ranjbaran.
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
The cello-shaped Verizon Hall serenades eyes with mahogany accents under the 150-foot barrel-vaulted glass ceiling of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. With seats for 2,500 audience members, the hall immerses both spectators and musicians in the clarity generated by its premium acoustics, which absorb vibrations from the subway tunnel below with 225 rubber isolation pads and allow for precise tuning with retractable curtains and sound-reflecting panels. Seasoned jazz artist Branford Marsalis confirmed Verizon Hall's sound acumen when he told NPR it is "the best concert hall on the East Coast."
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