Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

New at the Kimmel


Long-Bin Chen's The Composers
Innovative Art Installation
A new look for Classical Composers
Stop by Commonwealth Plaza and experience the latest art installation! Long-Bin Chen's The Composers is the second of three public art installations temporarily on loan from the West Collection through a partnership with SEI. Created in 2013, Chen's over-life-sized suite of sculptures features the heads of some of the world's greatest classical composers. Knifed, machine sawed, and carefully sanded from books gathered from his own and other "found" libraries, Chen dutifully crafts each of his busts to resemble likenesses straight out of history books. Each bust plays an excerpt of the composers' work – courtesy of The Philadelphia Orchestra!
> Learn more on our blog


The new entrance to SEI Innovation Studio on Spruce Street.
SEI Innovation Studio
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and SEI have joined together to unveil SEI Innovation Studio which features a new architectural Spruce Street entrance and an ongoing, revolving display of artwork from the West Collection, the world’s largest private collection of emerging artists. Works will be on display for the public to enjoy both in the studio’s lobby and Commonwealth Plaza. Our partnership with SEI provides an important opportunity to spur the imagination of our shared community through performance, visual art, and theater.

Additionally, the black box theater will house jazz and theater residencies within the 200-seat venue, providing a platform for both emerging and established musical artists and playwrights to produce new works which will be premiered in spaces across the Kimmel Center Campus.

“SEI is proud to support the Kimmel Center through the creation of the SEI Innovation Studio. The studio is a natural extension of the company’s long-standing commitment to creativity, art, and innovation. We believe that art encourages the creation of new ideas and inspires exceptional performance. We hope our partnership with the Kimmel will help spur the imagination of the Philadelphia community.” - Alfred P. West, Jr., SEI’s Chairman and CEO.

Raise Your Glass
Did you know you can enjoy a beverage from the comfort of your own seat during the performance? Purchase a Kimmel Center souvenir cup, fill it with your favorite drink and enjoy the show.
> Read more about spill proof cups here

Pre-show Orders
Kimmel Center has introduced a special pre-show ordering feature. For your convenience, you may request your order in person at the PECO or Annex Bar up to two hours before performances in Verizon Hall and 90 minutes before Perelman Theater performances. Enjoy your pre-ordered selections during intermission.