The biennial citywide Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts has announced details of its 2013 festival, set to take place from March 28 to April 27, 2013. The festival’s theme of “If You Had a Time Machine…?” will tie together more than 50 events that explore defining artistic, cultural, and historical moments in history. Among the performers marking those historical moments are Ignat Solzhenitsyn leading the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (relating to the fall of the Berlin Wall); the Philadelphia Orchestra and its music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, peforming Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (the crucifixion of Jesus Christ); and the Philadelphia-based Keystone State Boychoir performing choral music marking the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990. The Kimmel Center will serve as hub for the festival, with other performances taking place in venues throughout Philadelphia. Detailed artist and programming information will be announced in fall 2012 at pifa.org. The inaugural 2011 PIFA focusing on Paris in the 1910-1920 era brought more than 404,600 visitors to 135 events.
Posted June 21, 2012