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Yannick at the Opera
Yannick Nézet-Ségun, conductor Robert Kahn, conducting fellow Yuwon Kim, conducting fellow The Percussion Collective Curtis Percussion Group Members of the Curtis Opera Theatre THEOFANIDIS Drum Circles BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3 MOZART Selections from Così fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro Yannick Nézet-Ségun weaves an unforgettable experience at the opera, as the Curtis Opera Theatre joins forces with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra for selections from Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte, two of Mozart’s best-loved operas. The program opens with one of four overtures Beethoven wrote for his only opera, Fidelio. And the dynamic Percussion Collective also shares the stage for the Philadelphia premiere of Drum Circles, by celebrated composer Christopher Theofanidis.

presented by Curtis Institute of Music
10/2019/20 - 10/2019/20
Buried Child
Memories. Secrets. Mystery. What is lurking in the past of this American family and how far will a family go to keep it buried? Buried Child, the 1979 Pulitzer Prize winning drama, is a powerful and haunting portrayal of the crumbling myth of the American Family. Vince returns home to his family's farm, where his estranged father festers over old wounds as Grandpa drinks himself to death to avoid Grandma's fixation on the past. Strangely, no one recognizes Vince. Hardly the homecoming he expected, a history of hurt and betrayal emerges as the family's darkest secrets are unearthed from the barren corn fields.

presented by EgoPo Classic Theater
10/2019/23 - 10/2019/24
Dot
Now through October 20th People's Light in Malvern A West Philly family gathers for the holidays in this hilarious and heartfelt dramedy from Colman Domingo (co-author of Lights Out: Nat King Cole; star of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead). Dotty's memory is slipping as her three children – an overwhelmed attorney, a gay musicologist with marital problems, and an aspiring actress hoping to appear on Celebrity Mud Fight – clash over how best to care for their proud, lovable matriarch. On October 11th, join us for Pride Night including a pre-performance reception to celebrate with your LGBTQ+ friends and neighbors. The reception starts at 6pm and is open to ticketholders for that evening's 7:30pm performance.

presented by People's Light
10/2019/01 - 10/2019/20
Don Quixote
One of the most popular ballets of all time, Don Quixote has it all – romance, comedy, and, of course, the artistry of our dancers. Angel Corella’s restaging of the love story of Kitri and Basilio brings his unique Spanish flair to this lively classic. Whether you’re experiencing it for the first time or falling in love all over again, Don Quixote is sure to delight.

presented by Pennsylvania Ballet
10/2019/10 - 10/2019/20
Judy Collins: Love Letters to Stephen Sondheim
Grammy-winning artist, Judy Collins is known for her eclectic palette as a solo artist, melding folk, rock, classical and jazz into a singular aesthetic. Her biggest success of her career came with her recording of Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” from her best-selling album Judith. The single charted on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1975 and again in 1977, spending 27 non-consecutive weeks on the chart and earning Collins a Grammy Award Nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance Female and a Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Her iconic 55-album body of work thrived in the music industry for half a century. The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
10/2019/17 - 10/2019/17
Adam Rippon | Beautiful on the Outside
In conversation with Tracey Matisak The first openly gay U.S. male athlete to win a winter Olympics medal, Adam Rippon earned bronze as part of the figure skating team event at the 2018 games. He was also the winner of the 2016 U.S. National Championships and the 2010 Four Continents Championships. Last year he was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people and to Out magazine’s Power 50: The Most Influential Voices in LGBTQ America. From the athlete’s impoverished homeschooled childhood in Scranton to Olympic glory and winning Dancing with the Stars, Rippon’s new memoir is a showcase for his inspiring story and humorous outlook.

presented by Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library
10/2019/17 - 10/2019/17
The Hollow
An unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader erupts into a murder one weekend at The Hollow. A series of associations are unfurled after one of the guests at the manor is shot and nearly everyone has a motive, but which one of them did the deed? Try to solve it yourself before the big reveal in this classic Agatha Christie murder mystery.

presented by The Players Club of Swarthmore
10/2019/18 - 11/2019/02
EUREKA DAY at InterAct Theatre Company
At Eureka Day School in Berkeley, all decisions are made by consensus and diversity of opinion is valued. But when a mumps outbreak hits the school, it turns out that not everyone in this conscious community has the same definition of social justice. Now the board of parent-directors must confront one of the central questions of our time: how do you find consensus when you can’t agree on the facts?

presented by InterAct Theatre Company
10/2019/25 - 11/2019/17
Verona Quartet
Hailed by The New York Times as an “outstanding ensemble,” the Verona Quartet is dedicated to showcasing the art form of the string quartet and conveying the poetic narrative of storytelling. Its many accolades include top prizes at the 2015 Concert Artists Guild, Wigmore Hall International String Quartet, 8th Osaka International Chamber Music, and Melbourne International Chamber Music Competitions.   It has performed at New York’s Weill Recital and Alice Tully Halls, from London to Melbourne, and on The Violin Channel, PBS, NPR, and numerous radio stations. It has also held numerous residencies, including at the New England Conservatory of Music and Indiana University. Tri-County Concerts is proud to open its 79th season with this amazing ensemble performing works by Ravel, Szymanowski, and Janacek.   Come hear some great music and then meet the artists at a complimentary post-concert reception!   Students and children may attend for free.

presented by Tri-County Concerts Association
10/2019/20 - 10/2019/20
The Delaware County Symphony Opens The Season With Beethoven's Violin Concerto!
The Delaware County Symphony (DCS) opens the 2019-2020 season with guest conductor Steven Framil and features guest artist Luigi Mazzocchi performing Beethoven's Violin Concerto. The concert opens with Declaration of Peace (World Premier) by Stanley Grill followed by the ever popular and emotionally joyous Violin Concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven featuring guest soloist Luigi Mazzocchi, violin. The concert concludes with a work which captures the energy and exuberant optimism of the American people in Symphony No. 9, "From the New World by Antonin Dvořák. Neumann University is located at One Neumann Drive, Aston, PA ( ¼ mile west of Concord Rd. and Rt. 452). There is ample free parking adjacent to the theatre and the Life Center is handicapped accessible. Information at 610-879-7059 or visit www.dcsmusic.org. Tickets regular $20 and Seniors at $17

presented by Delaware County Symphony
10/2019/20 - 10/2019/20
First Encounter
The Delaware County Symphony (DCS) presents a program of solo piano music titled First Encounters featuring DCS Artist in Residence Jennifer Nicole Campbell. Included in the concert will be the ever popular Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, "Pathetique” by Beethoven, Bruyeres from Preludes by Debussy, Waltz in D-flat Major, Op. 64 No. 1, "Minute" by Chopin , Rhapsody in B minor, Op. 79 No. 1 by Brahms, Sonata No. 1 (1977) by David Auldon Brown and Variations (World Premiere) by Ms. Campbell.   Concert tickets are $15 or $12 for seniors/students. Children under 12 (one child per paying adult) are admitted free. There is ample free parking adjacent to the theatre and the Life Center is handicapped accessible.   For information call 610-879-7059 or visit www.dcsmusic.org

presented by Delaware County Symphony
10/2019/27 - 10/2019/27
The Night Alive
From Tony Award-nominated playwright Conor McPherson, author of The Seafarer and The Girl from the North Country, Inis Nua presents the Philadelphia premiere of The Night Alive. Tommy is barely scraping by - he lives in a filthy studio apartment and survives on odd jobs around Dublin. But when he rescues a young woman from her abusive boyfriend, Tommy’s dilapidated home becomes a safe haven from her violent past. And the tenuous friendship they build forever alters their lives. A delicate and humane play from one of Ireland’s most widely produced playwrights.   Directed by Tom Reing. Featuring Andrew Criss, Mike Dees, Minou Pourshariati, Grant Struble and Michael Toner.

presented by Inis Nua Theatre Company
10/2019/09 - 10/2019/27
Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller – Program Two
From sci-fi to avant-garde, discover the unsung legacy of multimedia artist Ed Emshwiller. Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller is the first major monographic exhibition of the artist’s groundbreaking work in film, video, and visual art.   From October 18 – December 7, 2019, Lightbox Film Center will screen a diverse collection of Emshwiller's groundbreaking work in film while an extensive exhibition featuring paintings, illustrations, videos, and archival material is on view at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery.   Program Two includes: Image, Flesh and Voice and George Dumpson’s Place.

presented by LightBox Film Center at International House Philadelphia
10/2019/19 - 10/2019/19
Reimagined Fairy Tales: A Conversation with H. Nichols B. Clark and Steven Guarnaccia
Shake up what you know about fairy tales in this conversation with guest curator H. Nichols B. Clark and illustrator Steven Guarnaccia, whose creative interpretations of classic tales inspired the Brandywine's exhibition, Cinderella & Co.—Three Fairy Tales Reimagined.   In Guarnaccia’s inventive versions, Cinderella’s apparel comes from some of the most famous fashion designers of the 20th and 21st century; the three bears are mid-20th-century hipsters living with high-end 20th-century furniture; and the three little pigs are noted architects Philip Johnson, Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright.   A book signing and reception will follow. Titles by Guarnaccia will be available for purchase in the Museum shop.

presented by Brandywine River Museum of Art
10/2019/24 - 10/2019/24
An Evening with Kat Edmonson
A delightfully quirky and wholly original jazz singer and songwriter, Edmonson fuses vintage Brill Building pop with 60’s lounge, and a hefty dose of sophisticated, timeless sounding originals for a style that is uniquely her own. The Texas native is touring off her critically-adored new record Old Fashioned Gal. “fresh as a spring bouquet” – New York Times Possessing an airy, light voice with a sly touch, jazz vocalist Kat Edmonson brings both the songs and the sensibility of the Great American Songbook into the 21st century. A Texas native and Brooklyn transplant, Edmonson forged her sound performing in small rooms and clubs before touring worldwide and performing with Lyle Lovett, Chris Isaak, Jaime Cullum and Gary Clark, Jr.

presented by Arden Concert Gild
10/2019/19 - 10/2019/19
Dolce Suono Ensemble Presents Bach Masterworks
A program highlighting the genius of Bach in music sacred and secular, with selections from cantatas, concertos, suites, and sonatas.

presented by Dolce Suono Ensemble
10/2019/27 - 10/2019/27
A Spirited Seance
Glen Foerd on the Delaware has teamed up with Elkins Park-based improvisation ensemble Bright Invention to create an original interactive mystery featuring ghosts and spectres in the rooms of this magnificent Gilded Age mansion.

presented by Glen Foerd on the Delaware
10/2019/20 - 10/2019/27
Orchestral Gardeners: Concerti and Suites by Handel & Telemann
Handel and Telemann exchanged letters, music, and plants for their gardens while creating some of the finest works in the high baroque orchestral repertoire. • Telemann: Concerto for Multiple Instruments, TWV 54:F1 • Handel: Concerto in G Minor; HWV 287 • Telemann: Entr'actes, TWV deest • Handel: Concerto grosso Op. 3 No 1, HWV 312

presented by Tempesta di Mare
10/2019/19 - 10/2019/19
Sweet Charity
Life’s a game and the fickle finger of fate chooses who loses in this charming tale of a sassy, diehard romantic, dancehall hostess whose naivety and overeager embrace of every man she meets keeps putting her in hot water. The multi-Tony Award winning Bob Fosse musical (which originally starred Gwen Verdon as Charity Hope Valentine) follows our indomitable heroine, with a literal heart tattooed on her sleeve, in and out of romantic entanglements, ever clinging to an electric optimism no matter what may befall her.

presented by Temple University - Temple Theaters
10/2019/10 - 10/2019/20
Ethan Iverson Quartet featuring Tom Harrell
Please join us for the ECM Records release celebration of Ethan Iverson's latest quartet featuring the prolific trumpeter Tom Harrell.

presented by Ars Nova Workshop
10/2019/17 - 10/2019/17
The Playboy of the Western World
A young man walks into a rural tavern and declares that he has murdered his abusive father in self-defense. He is beloved by the locals and heralded as a hero until the truth of his past is revealed. A riotous comedy, J.M. Synge’s timely tale looks at the power of personality over facts, challenges the wisdom of popular opinion, and asks us what separates criminality from heroism. Presented in rotating repertory with The Synge Triptych as part of The Synge Festival.

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
09/2019/18 - 10/2019/26
The Synge Triptych
Three of Synge’s celebrated short plays will be performed in one evening. An older husband pretends that he is dead in order to test his younger wife’s fidelity in a black comedy, “In the Shadow of the Glen.” In “The Tinker’s Wedding,” A gypsy woman tries to find respectability by convincing a local priest to marry her to her sweetheart, only to find that marriage can be an expensive and soul-compromising business. And in his finest tragedy, “Riders to the Sea,” Synge depicts a family’s hopeless and fatal struggle to make a living off the impersonal but relentlessly cruel sea. Presented in rotating repertory with The Synge Triptych as part of The Synge Festival.

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
10/2019/02 - 10/2019/27
Serial Killers and Cemetery Tour
Take a sightseeing tour unlike any other in the Philadelphia area! Enjoy tales of the sick, twisted killers that found Philadelphia as their home. Your admission also includes a graveyard tour where many of the founding fathers are buried. This is not your typical Liberty Bell Tour. Your guide is a professor of history and will be using strong language and will be talking about mature themes. Not recommended for children, 14+.

presented by Grim Philly Twilight Tours
10/2019/12 - 11/2019/03
Paint a Halloween Sign Party
Come paint an awesome Halloween themed sign. We will be painting and decorating wooden signs using a variety of Halloween themed stencils.

presented by Kreative Adventures
10/2019/17 - 10/2019/17
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Six awkward tweens vie for the coveted spelling championship in this fast-paced, Tony Award-winning comedy. As they fight to stay in the contest, the students – each with their own quirky and engaging personality – share hilarious and touching tales from their home lives, ultimately learning that winning isn’t everything. Featuring an addictive original score and riotous competition, Spelling Bee is an instant musical theatre favorite.

presented by Arcadia University
10/2019/10 - 10/2019/20