Kimmel Center announces 2012-13 season, nixes subscription model

Posted on: July 24, 2012

In Sunday’s (7/22) Philadelphia Inquirer, Peter Dobrin writes, “For next season, its 12th, the Kimmel Center will be busier than ever—with Broadway shows in the Academy of Music and more commercial presentations such as pop acts, comedians, and the Cake Boss in partnership with Live Nation, AEG, and other for-profit entities. … Gone is the Kimmel’s Great Orchestra series, which brought Philadelphians the Vienna Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Kirov, and other imports. Absent, in fact, are most of the Kimmel’s series; [Kimmel Center President Anne] Ewers says the center is dropping the subscription model that has been meat and potatoes to performing-arts groups for decades. Patrons buying tickets to several events may be rewarded with a benefit program whose details are as yet undetermined. … The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Philadelphia Orchestra remain as resident companies, and the Kimmel’s biennial Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will reappear in 2013. Ewers says Kimmel co-presentations with groups such as PCMS will increase. … In terms of classical offerings for 2012-13, the Kimmel brings in the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela on Dec. 5 with conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Flutist James Galway arrives March 19 to play Debussy, Mozart, Bizet, and music ‘in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.’ Two internationally renowned organists—Isabelle Demers and Thomas Trotter—will animate Verizon Hall’s organ in separate recitals.”

Posted July 24, 2012