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Ironworks Building, 715 3rd St, Studio 208, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Some call it Philadelphia’s premier group for “downtown” new music. Others might say it’s Philadelphia’s only group for modern pieces. In any case, it’s the group that plays, and sometimes commissions, works by such contemporary composers as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Fred Frith, Robert Ashley, Cynthia Folio, and Kitty Brazleton. They also have a new series at World Cafe Live. Events.

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Philly Pops

215/735-7506 or 800/932-6600 (DE and NJ)

Kimmel Center, Broad and Locust Sts

Peter Nero and the Pops have a terrific schedule of old favorites and holiday themes. Outdoors at the Mann Music Center for the summer, indoors at the Kimmel Center for the rest of the season. Schedule.

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Philadelphia Orchestra


Kimmel Center, 1300 S Broad St

Under the batons of Christoph Eschenbach and guests, this internationally acclaimed orchestra performs the full range of symphonic repertoire. Winner of three Grammies in 1998. Schedule.
Get free lawn tickets to see the Philadelphia Orchestra perform at the Mann Center on dates in June and July.

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Philadelphia Chamber Music Society


135 S 18th Street

PCMS is the largest chamber music presenter in the U.S., and a resident company of the Kimmel Center. They present more than 60 annual concerts by leading international concert artists, including chamber music, recitalists, singers, jazz greats and special programs – at very affordable prices ($16-22 for all tickets). PCMS performs in eight halls throughout Center City Philadelphia. Season.

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Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale


The Embassy, 225 N. 32nd Street.

The list of conductors who have hailed the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale is a continuosly growing list: Wolfgang Sawallisch, Ricardo Muti, Eugene Ormandy, Zubin Mehta, Dennis Russell Davies and Charles Dutoit — among others. With a standard schedule of about 40 concerts in the Delaware Valley, performances with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and the occasional trip abroad, the choir is well-known and well-loved. (You might have seen them in the Pennsylvania Ballet’s annual Nutcracker production without even realizing that’s who was delighting you.)

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Curtis Institute of Music


1726 Locust St.

This internationally renowned institute has been training young musicians for careers as performing artists for over 70 years. Students present free public recitals every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings during the school year. Special events and concerts are also presented both at the Institute and at other halls, such as the Kimmel Center.
Curtis Symphony Orchestra
The Curtis Alumni Recital Series
Curtis Opera Theatre

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