Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Single Tickets for Select Kimmel Center Presents 2012/13 Season Programs Go on Sale June 12!

JUNE 1, 2012

Chick Corea performs new works from Hot House on Nov. 9

An Eclectic Mix of Local and Nationally Renowned Artists Featuring
the Best Jazz, World, Pop, Dance, Classical Genres


Kimmel Center Presents announces the first installment of 2012/13 season programs—including jazz, world, pop, dance, classical, culinary art and comedic acts—which will be available for single ticket purchase to the public beginning June 12.   Kimmel Center Presents’ dynamic year-round programming mix attracts local and internationally renowned artists to perform on its many stages, and includes an enticing lineup of co-presentations with Larry Magid Entertainment Group, AEG, and Live Nation.


New hot ticket items part of Kimmel Center Presents 2012-13 program offerings includes: TLC Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, the return of Venezuelan phenomenon Gustavo Dudamel leading Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Jazz  legend Chick Corea performing with Gary Burton and the Harlem String Quartet, The Monterrey Jazz Festival 55th Anniversary Tour featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride and more, Shaquille O’Neal All Star Comedy Jam, renowned British organist Thomas Trotter’s debut on The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ, as well as the return of Philly’s own contemporary dance company PHILADANCO and radio legend Jerry Blavat.


Single tickets can be purchased on June 12 by calling 215-893-1999 or online at Tickets are also available at the Kimmel Center box office, open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (later on performance evenings). Additional fees may apply. For group sales, please call 215-790-5883.


Below is a list of confirmed artists part of the Kimmel Center Presents 2012-13 program lineup. Please visit, as we continue to announce upcoming artists added to the 2012-13 season.


 Kimmel Center Presents 2012-13 Program Offerings Currently on Sale:

Fresh from their 2011 Live Arts Festival hit Traces, 7 Fingers returns with the U.S. premiere of Sequence 8, September 18-23 at the Merriam Theater. The Montreal-based circus company is known for creating circus at a human scale—placing the extraordinary element of circus in ordinary contexts, putting into focus identifiable characters with dramatic arcs leading to their moments of physical exploits. In Sequence 8 emotions are so heightened they spring into action, relationships transform and evolve until they create actual velocity. Set not in a specific time or place but rather on a vertical canvas, this acrobatic dance and theatre piece contemplates the role of the other, and how we define ourselves through and against it. Presented in association with Live-Arts Philadelphia Fringe Festival. *Ticket Price: $20-$55 

Jazz trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe’s Can You Hear God Crying?, commissioned for the Kimmel Center’s 10th anniversary, makes its world premiere in Verizon Hall on September 21, and includes performances by members of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia led by Dirk Brossé and Enon Tabernacle Church Mass Choir.  At the core of Can You Hear God Crying? is the Door of No Return, through which millions of immigrants came to our country. Amidst waves of soaring choral, chamber and jazz music, a soprano deity sings strength to her people: in slave ships, in jails—and trapped in the prisons of fear into which mankind locks itself. For anyone who has ever closed the door to wholeness, Lokumbe's music will open the heart. *Ticket price: $15-$45

Grammy® winner Ben Harper performs an evening of stellar acoustic music on October 3 in the Merriam Theater. As songwriter, performer, and producer Harper has released 10 acclaimed studio albums, each infused with his unique mixture of soul, Southern Gospel, 70s funk, blues, reggae and rock & roll. A collaborator by nature, Harper has recorded and performed with a long list of artists including Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne, Tom Morello, Rickie Lee Jones, Taj Mahal, Jack Johnson and Vanessa De Matta. Presented in association with Live Nation. *Ticket price: $35-$55

Veteran broadcasters Adam Carolla and Denis Prager present an evening of funny and thought-provoking conversation, with topics of discussion ranging from the afterlife to welfare to parents, politics, and pets. Their appearance on October 13 at the Merriam Theater also includes an audience Q&A. Presented in Association with Live Nation. *Ticket price: $34.50-$49.50

The season’s hottest comedy tour, the Shaquille O’Neal All Star Comedy Jam, arrives at the Academy of Music on November 17 with a lineup that will have audience members rolling in the aisles. The All Star Comedy Jam includes performances by tour Host Gary Owen, fresh off his co-starring role in the blockbuster hit Think Like a Man, as well as Capone, known as ‘The Gangsta of Comedy,’ Tony Roberts, ‘The Comedian’s Comedian,’ and Michael Blackson, ‘The African King of Comedy.’ Presented in association with AEG Live. *Ticket price: $39.50-$49.50

Kimmel Center Presents 2012-13 Program Offerings on Sale June 12:

Jazz legend Chick Corea performs with vibraphone virtuoso Gary Burton and New York’s freshest foursome, the Harlem String Quartet in Verizon Hall on November 9. Grammy Award-winning Corea returns to the Kimmel to perform works from upcoming album release, Hot House (scheduled for release September 4, 2012), a collaborative endeavor which includes the talents of Gary Burton and the Harlem String Quartet. *Ticket price:$28-$65

Celebrate the holidays this season with candy canes, carols, and the Cake Boss! Join accomplished baker Buddy Valastro, a.k.a. TLC’s beloved Cake Boss star, in Verizon Hall on November 27, as he demonstrates the techniques that have made him the most famous cake artist in the country. The entire family will enjoy this special cooking show full of holiday spirit and jingle bell rock. Presented in association with Mills Entertainment. *Ticket price: $35.75- $85

The inspirational Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela finally arrives in Philadelphia for its Verizon Hall debut on December 5 with internationally renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel at the helm. Comprised of an elite group of talented musicians, Simón Bolívar Symphony’s story and performances have transformed the musical landscape throughout the world. As Music Director of this illustrious orchestra along with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra, Gustavo Dudamel will lead the orchestra with the passion and energy he is widely known for. Their program includes: CHÁVEZ: Sinfonía india; ORBÓN: Tres versiones sinfónicas; R. STRAUSS: Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) Op. 64 *Ticket price: $35-$105

With a long history as Philadelphia’s premiere contemporary dance company, Philadanco is consistently recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers, and electrifying performances. The company presents another dazzling installment of performances in Perelman Theater on December 7-9 and April 19-21. “When Philadanco tours the world, it’s an art ambassador from the City of Brotherly Love.” (Philadelphia Inquirer). *Ticket price:$29-$46

In the silence of an early morning, one hears the tap tap tap of the snare drum and the lonely call of bagpipes ringing through the Highland air – a call to arms or adventure. On January 11, The Black Watch and the Band of the Scots Guards will transport audiences in Verizon Hall to a time of high pride in Scotland with a diverse musical program that reflects their history and martial spirit for a performance chockfull of cadenced drums and pipes. *Ticket price: $30-$65

Hailed as having “virtuosic fingers and feet” by the Chicago Tribune, Isabelle Demers is rapidly becoming recognized as one of North America's most breathtaking organists. The Québec native kicks off  the Kimmel Center’s 2012-13 Organ Recital Series in Verizon Hall on January 19. Demers is a force of nature when performing on the organ-a "diminutive dynamo" to whom La Presse in Montreal attributed "vehement virtuosity." *Ticket price: $17

Legendary Philly radio personality Jerry Blavat returns to his home at Verizon Hall to take audiences on a walk down memory lane on January 26, 2013  and  June 1, 2013 with two all-star lineups of legendary bands celebrating the era of soul, R&B, rock-and-roll, and doo-wop. *Ticket price:$41-$81

The Monterey Jazz Festival 55th Anniversary Tour is the longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world. Landing on the Merriam stage on February 2 is a power house line up – Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Benny Green, Lewis NashChris Potter, and Ambrose Akinmusire—a perfect mixture of old and new, vocal and instrumental, bee bop, fusion, free and soul jazz. *Ticket price: $28-$60

An organist renowned in Britain, Thomas Trotter makes his Verizon Hall debut on The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ on March 9. He is widely admired for his skill, which flourished from a young age. An organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, he won the First Prize at the St Albans International Organ Competition in his final year. The U.K.’s Daily Telegraph raved “His playing captured the energy and lyricism of the work, culminating in a furious cadenza for pedals alone in which Trotter displayed some truly fancy footwork.” *Ticket price: $17

Hailed as “the living legend of the flute,” Sir James Galway is a modern musical master performing March 19 in Verizon Hall. His virtuosity and dedication have earned him millions of fans worldwide, and a reputation as the supreme interpreter of the flute. Sir James Galway will be joined by Lady Jeanne Galway, (flute) and Michael McHale (piano) along with a string trio in a special "Legacy Tour" program. Come hear popular works by Mozart, Debussy and Bizet -- then join in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day for traditional Irish songs by one of the world’s leading Irish flautists and performers. *Ticket price: $25-$65

KODO takes its name from the Japanese characters for “heartbeat,” the primal source of all rhythm. With percussion instruments of all sizes, including the great taiko drum, the KODO drummers perform in Verizon Hall on March 25 an intricate choreography and display of physical prowess and subtle artistry, inspired by ancient Japanese tradition. *Ticket price: $30-$65

Kimmel Center, Inc., a charitable, not-for-profit organization, owns, manages, supports and maintains The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which includes Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, Innovation Studio and the Merck Arts Education Center. Kimmel Center, Inc. also manages the Academy of Music, owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater. Kimmel Center, Inc.’s mission is to operate a world class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience which includes providing arts in education, community outreach and a rich diversity of programming.

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