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Petite Mort and World Premieres
Our November Mixed Repertoire program shows where contemporary ballet has been, and gives a taste of where it might be headed. Featuring men, women, and fencing foils, Jiří Kylián’s daring and provocative Petite Mort has been an audience favorite since its premiere in 1991.   The program also includes world premieres from award-winning choreographer and Pennsylvania Ballet company dancer Russell Ducker and Gallim Dance founder and artistic director Andrea Miller, the 2017/2018 Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

presented by Pennsylvania Ballet
11/2018/08 - 11/2018/11
Food and Fun Fair
Join us for a celebration of Philadelphia’s vibrant food culture, with vendors, activities, and lectures happening throughout the day! We’ll learn about the history of chocolate, explore wild plants and native harvests, and translate historical recipes for the modern cook. The day's activities will be followed by a 21+ evening program where guests can learn about the roots of our city’s BYOB culture from historian Stephen Nepa while enjoying a drink of their own! BYOB; for guests 21 and over. Light fare included.

presented by Historical Society of Pennsylvania
11/2018/17 - 11/2018/17
Crumbs From The Table of Joy
Recently widowed Godfrey, and his daughters Ernestine and Ermina, move from Florida to Brooklyn for a better life. Not knowing how to parent, Godfrey turns to religion, and especially to Father Divine, for answers. The girls absorb their new surroundings, but not necessarily religion.   Lily, Godfrey’s sister-in-law, shows up from Harlem, having promised her sister that if anything ever happened, she’d look out for the girls. Lily, while fascinating to her nieces, stands for everything Godfrey dislikes: communism, sexual freedom and the fight against racial discrimination. As the racial and social issues of the late 1950s escalate, personal issues between Godfrey and Lily explode, prompting him to walk out. A few days later, he returns, with a new wife—a white, German immigrant, Gerte.   With Godfrey immersed in religion, Lily claiming to be a part of the new revolution, and quiet, stoic Gerte coming from the horrors of Germany, life in the household gets heated.

presented by South Camden Theatre Company
11/2018/02 - 11/2018/18
Peking Opera Gala--Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society 20th Anniversary Celebration
Unleash your imagination and witness a spellbinding Chinese Opera performance by the Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society (PCOS)! Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, PCOS presents a collection of traditional Peking Opera highlights and a full length opera "Fiery Steed with a Red Mane" in three Acts with colorful costumes and live music accompaniment. Come and join the celebration! Be immersed in a cultural feast of all senses!   Subtitles in English and Chinese are provided throughout the performance.

presented by Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society
11/2018/10 - 11/2018/10
Curtis 20/21 Ensemble: A Mad King
Jonathan Beyer (’07), baritone JULIUS EASTMAN (’63) Joy Boy PETER MAXWELL DAVIES Eight Songs for a Mad King The Curtis 20/21 Ensemble presents Peter Maxwell Davies’s melodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, long recognized as a major work of experimental theater. Composed in the late 1960s, Davies captures King George III’s descent into madness through inventive music and a wide array of non-traditional performance techniques, creating an unforgettable experience for the listener. The work is preceded by Joy Boy, a bright and minimal woodwind quartet by Curtis alumnus Julius Eastman, a gifted and idiosyncratic composer, pianist, and one of the first vocalists to take on the Eight Songs in performance. The program will include a conversation with David Ludwig about the composers on the program; their lives and their works. Generous support for the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble is provided by the Daniel W. Dietrich II Foundation.

presented by Curtis Institute of Music
11/2018/10 - 11/2018/10
PHILADANCO: Choreographers on the Move
Discover how live action dance has been impacted by television dance competitions, and the explosion of hip-hop, in a not-to-be missed premier weekend from Philadelphia’s favorite dance company! Become a part of the creative journeys of two beloved choreographers, former star of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company Milton Myers, and Julliard instructor and director of the Jacob’s Pillow dance festival Christopher Huggins. Featuring two world premiere works – Huggins’ The Chosen and Waves from Myers – the weekend includes previously choreographed pieces like Huggins’ When Dawn Comes and Myers’ Pacing, the first ballet he choreographed for PHILADANCO. Audiences are invited to witness these new works and rediscover old favorites, looking at the evolution of these styles and discovering how these choreographers have been impacted (or not) by the popularization of television dance shows, competitions, and the explosion of hip-hop.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
11/2018/16 - 11/2018/18
Magnificat: Bach & Mozart
In memoriam Lewis du Pont Smith J.S. Bach Piano Concerto No. 1 in d minor, BWV 1052 Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488 Coronation Mass in C Major, K. 317 Soloists: Andrea Lauren Brown (soprano), Jody Kidwell (alto), Timothy Bentch (tenor), Matthew Maisano (bass), Valentin Radu (piano) Two choral and two keyboard works by two musical titans. First, J.S. Bach’s sublime Magnificat, his setting of Mary’s exultant canticle of praise, and the Piano Concerto in d minor, Bach’s first concerto for keyboard and perhaps his greatest. Then, Mozart’s most popular Mass setting, the celebratory Coronation Mass, and the dazzling and difficult Piano Concerto No. 23. The keyboard works will feature Maestro Radu performing on the Bösendorfer Concert Grand Piano. Bösendorfer Grand Piano courtesy of Cunningham Piano Company, Philadelphia This concert sponsored by Mrs. Lewis du Pont Smith and Mr. & Mrs. Henry B. du Pont Smith

presented by Vox Ama Deus
11/2018/09 - 11/2018/09
The Original Cornell Syncopators presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
The Original Cornell Syncopators are on tour! The band has been building a reputation both locally in Ithaca and nationally with performances at regional jazz festivals. Now, they debut at TSJS, playing your favorite jazz and vaudeville tunes from the 1920’s and 30’s. The Syncopators' music includes repertoire from the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, the Georgians, the Original Prague Syncopated Orchestra, King Oliver, and many more!   Visit the OCS website at Watch the OCS play Back Home In Indiana -- and Ostrich Walk --

presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
11/2018/18 - 11/2018/18
A Human Being Died That Night
EgoPo’s mainstage season kicks off with this searing account of the atrocities committed by the South African police forces under apartheid. This heart-rending play is adapted from the award-winning 2003 book by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, a psychologist who served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Set in Pretoria Central Prison, the author is assigned to report on ex-officer Eugene de Kock, nicknamed Prime Evil. Pumla and Eugene must confront their ideas of humanity and the power of forgiveness and remorse. “Quietly gripping” –New York Times

presented by EgoPo Classic Theater
10/2018/24 - 11/2018/11
Master Class with Nancy Buirski: The Optics of Race and Justice
The Rape of Recy Taylor is Buirski’s second documentary about the recent history of the intersection of race and justice in the US. Buirski meticulously retells the story of the original violent crime followed by the more subtle but no less damaging denial of justice that Ms. Taylor, her family and countless other survivors have had to endure. In this workshop, Buirski will explore the art of creating a personal/political film about race. How does one use visuals and cinematic styles to ensure emotional engagement? How does one approach making a film about someone outside of their own race when the subject directly addresses racial injustice?

presented by Scribe Video Center
11/2018/13 - 11/2018/13
Mr. Burns
by Anne Washburn directed by Yury Urnov The power grid is gone. D'OH! Disaster has struck and the world is in darkness. In the aftermath, a group of survivors gather in the dead of winter, trying to brave their new reality by recounting another remnant of the bygone world: The Simpsons. Join the HotHouse Company as they tackle Anne Washburn’s wickedly smart dark comedy that charts life after lights in the path to rebuilding civilization, with America’s favorite family as the cornerstone.

presented by The Wilma Theater
10/2018/23 - 11/2018/11
Towards the Flame: American Luminaries
JAYCE OGREN CONDUCTS ORCHESTRA 2001   "Towards the Flame: American Luminaries" is a collection of pieces that represents the incredible diversity and vitality of contemporary classical music today. With one piece dating from the 1990s and four from the 21st Century, all of these works are scored for versions of the Pierrot ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, plus percussion), first used by Arnold Schoenberg in 1912, but still the most common instrumentation in modern classical music. From the Caribbean steel drum inspired textures of Andy Akiho’s "Erase" to the kaleidoscopic, Chinese influenced flourishes of Lei Liang’s "Aural Hypothesis", wide-ranging cultural influences run deep throughout this program conducted by Jayce Ogren. Shawn Allison’s "Towards the Flame" and Sean Shepherd’s "Lumens" are exciting contributions by two of the most talented young composers today, and finally, we pay tribute to Lee Hyla – who passed away in 2014 – with his wry and meditative "Ciao, Manhattan".

presented by Orchestra 2001
11/2018/11 - 11/2018/11
After a hard day’s labor in a parish workhouse for children, a nine-year-old orphan named Oliver asks for a second serving of gruel. The workhouse master, annoyed by Oliver’s impertinence, sells him into an apprenticeship with a drunken undertaker and his abusive wife.   Fearing for his life, the boy escapes to London, where he falls in with the Artful Dodger and a band of juvenile pickpockets led by the criminal Fagin. Oliver discovers heroes and villains in all manner of strange places as he learns how to survive and thrive on the streets of the city.   Including such favorite songs as “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” and “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,” Lionel Bart’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ social satire of 19th-century London remains a cherished musical for all ages.

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
11/2018/14 - 12/2018/23
The Votes for Women Theatre Project
Beacon Theatre Productions presents: A Spotlight on Women's Fight for the Vote - Presenting Staged Readings of Two New Plays + Talk Backs following each performance: "LETTERS TO AUNT HATTIE" by Gigi McGraw - a preview of our 2019 touring play about African American Philadelphia civil rights activist, Harriet Forten Purvis. Learn about her work in Abolitionist and Women's Suffrage causes, the Underground Railroad and efforts with Octavius Catto to desegregate Philadelphia trolley cars. 'THE TRIAL OF SUSAN B. ANTHONY' By Mary Walton. On Nov. 1, 1872, famed women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony strode boldly into a barbershop and announced that she wished to register to vote. Certain she would be turned away by the election inspectors, she planned to appeal her case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Come and hear more about her activism and the results of the trial in this new play.

presented by Beacon Theatre Productions
11/2018/10 - 11/2018/11
Othello • Student Theatre Production
Othello By William Shakespeare Directed by Stephen Smith November 8–9 & 15–17 at 7 p.m. $10 General Admission Tickets available online and at the door About the Play: The Shakespearean tragedy of Othello, originally set in 16th century Venice, is reimagined for the modern stage. Othello, an army general, has secretly married Desdemona, a daughter of the prominent senator Brabantio. Iago, a lower-ranking officer, is passed over for a promotion by Othello, and the jealous Iago begins a malicious campaign against Othello. The story that follows is one of deception, betrayal and repentance. We are thrilled to welcome several Delaware County Community College professors to join the all-student cast and crew for this exciting production of Othello — Professor of Psychology Marc Henley will be playing Brabantio, Associate Professor of Drama and the play’s Director Stephen Smith will be playing Iago, and Professor of English Eartha Holley is the Assistant Director.

presented by Delaware County Community College
11/2018/08 - 11/2018/17
SHE LOVES ME book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, music by Jerry Bock directed by Matthew Decker Nov. 6-18, 2018 Tues-Sat 8 PM Sun 2 PM In an elegant Budapest parfumerie, two combative clerks, Amalia and Georg, are constantly butting heads on the job. After both respond to a “lonely hearts” advertisement in the newspaper, these unwitting pen pals become the most unlikely of lovebirds. Will their hearts still sing once their true identities are revealed? Widely considered the most charming musical ever written, this delightful confection promises to bring out the hopeless romantic in all of us with its heartfelt story, colorful characters and witty, melodic score.

presented by Villanova Theatre
11/2018/06 - 11/2018/18
The Heir Apparent
When the family of a wealthy geezer gets wind of his imminent demise, an exuberant and hilarious struggle breaks out to get hold of his estate. In this tour de force of rhyming couplets and period costumes, comic suspense reigns. Will money, low cunning, or love triumph? From the playwright of NEW JERUSALEM, THE LIAR, and VENUS IN FUR, this modern farce in the tradition of Molière crackles with humor, poetry, and romance. A Philadelphia Premiere by David Ives Directed by M. Craig Getting

presented by Lantern Theater Company
11/2018/08 - 12/2018/16
The Chippendale Style in Philadelphia, A Decorative Arts Workshop
Stenton Curator, Laura Keim, will offer an introduction to the Chippendale style with a focus on Philadelphia furniture and will discuss 20th-century scholarship of the style through the lens of Hornor’s Blue Book” Philadelphia Furniture, published in 1935. We will then examine several Chippendale-style objects at Stenton prior to traveling to Cliveden for lunch and further hands-on study. Participation is limited. Cost of lunch is included in the ticket price. Regular Admission: $65 (Half price: $32.50) 20 tickets are available. Event is on 11/14 starting at 9:30AM ends at 2:00PM

presented by Cliveden of the National Trust
11/2018/14 - 11/2018/14
H.W. Brands | Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants
Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. “Master storyteller” (Christian Science Monitor) H. W. Brands was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin (The First American) and Franklin Roosevelt (Traitor to His Class). Exploring such diverse subjects as Aaron Burr, Ronald Reagan, the California gold rush, Andrew Jackson, the Vietnam War, and Bill Gates, his more than two dozen books “weave together keen political history with anecdote and marvelous sense of place” (The Boston Globe). Brands returns with the story of the early 19th--century political giants who took up the daunting challenge of completing the constitutional work begun by the Founding Fathers.

presented by Free Library of Philadelphia
11/2018/13 - 11/2018/13
Cinderella: A Musical Panto
"Princesses aren't helpless, you know." Celebrate 15 years (yowzah!) of People’s Light tradition with our most popular holiday panto! As “the nation’s primary creator of such specialized tomfoolery” (Newsworks), we invite you to cheer our heroes, “boo” the bad guys, and sing along as we transport the magical tale of fairy godmothers and glass slippers to the roaring 1920s. By Kathryn Petersen Music & Lyrics by Michael Ogborn Directed by David Bradley Recommended for ages 5+.

presented by People's Light
11/2018/14 - 12/2018/06
Dancing with Giants starring Tovah Feldshuh
Dancing with Giants is a play-reading set against the background of the rise of Hitler and Nazi Germany in the dangerous world of the 1930’s, Dancing With Giants explores and celebrates the survival of an incongruous and remarkable relationship of three very different men—Max Schmeling, the German boxing champion who was Hitler’s favorite boxer, Joe Louis, the American boxing champion, and Joe “Yussel the Muscle” Jacobs, an optimistic, wise-cracking, Jewish, New York boxing manager/promoter who represented Schmeling and is played by Tovah Feldshuh.   All three were enemies of the powerful Nazi Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, who fiercely opposed and sought to destroy their friendship. Dancing With Giants, written and directed by David Feldshuh, is a fictionalized account of a story inspired by true events. Doors open at 6:15pm. Performance begins promptly at 7pm and will run for 100 minutes without intermission.

presented by Congregation Rodeph Shalom
11/2018/14 - 11/2018/14
Little Shop of Horrors presented by Narberth Community Theatre
Little Shop of Horrors is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD. As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood. Just when it’s too late, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s extra-terrestrial origins and his true drive for world-domination Performances: November, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 – 2018 at 8:00pm November 4 & 11 – 2018 at 3:00pm

presented by Narberth Community Theatre (NCT)
11/2018/02 - 11/2018/17
SPARKS AND EMBERS ~ Reflections on Beginnings and Endings
SPARKS AND EMBERS ~ Reflections on Beginnings and Endings * Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at 4:00 PM at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill * Sunday, November 11th, 2018 at 3:00 PM at The Academy of Vocal Arts Imaginative song pairings to ponder the spark of new life, new seasons and new love, with the embers of endings, all drawn from a diverse body of art-song repertory in many languages, and with a new premiere by Benjamin C.S. Boyle.

presented by Lyric Fest
11/2018/10 - 11/2018/11
Schumann and Schubert
The Delaware Country Symphony (DCS) performs the second concert of their 2018-2019 chamber music series on Sunday November 18 at 3:00 pm at Neumann University in Aston, PA.   The concert offers a glistening mosaic of chamber music that confirms the assertion that chamber music is indeed a delicate and intimate conversation among the musicians and the audience. The program begins with Auf dem Strum by Franz Schubert, and continues with the ever popular String Quartet No. 57 in C Major, Op. 74 No. 1 by Joseph Haydn. The concert concludes with the emotionally engaging and melodic optimism of Piano Quartet in E-flat Major by Robert Schumann.   The concert is under the baton of Dr. Robert Whalen Director of the DCS Chamber Music series.

presented by Delaware County Symphony
11/2018/18 - 11/2018/18
The Rivals
Book & Lyrics by Peter Kellogg | Music by Stephen Weiner | Directed by Eric Tucker The Rivals, the famously funny farce with Mrs. Malaprop, is now a hilarious new musical. Be the first audience to experience this Broadway-bound, world premiere with book and lyrics by two-time Tony nominee, Peter Kellogg, and music by two-time Richard Rodgers Award-winner, Stephen Weiner. Featuring glorious music and witty repartee, The Rivals follows the travails of Lydia Languish, a young lady in possession of a large fortune, who will lose two-thirds of that fortune if she marries without her guardian, Mrs. Malaprop’s consent. But, who needs money when you’re in love? As Mrs. Malaprop would say, “It’s a musical to delight the heart and tackle the funny bone.”

presented by Bristol Riverside Theatre
10/2018/30 - 11/2018/18
Classics and Cocktails
6:00 –10:00 p.m. Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Complimentary Happy Hour 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Recital After party to follow Join fellow young professionals for our 8th Annual Classics and Cocktails! Mix and mingle with other classical music lovers as the Curtis Crescendo Club takes over the historic main building at 1726 Locust Street. The evening kicks off with a complimentary happy hour from 6 to 7:30 p.m., featuring beer and hand-selected wine from Foley Family Wines. Then, join us for a special recital, curated for the Crescendo Club by David Ludwig, Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Advisor to the President. An after party follows with complimentary snacks and a cash bar. Last year's event sold out, so don't wait—get your tickets today!

presented by Curtis Crescendo Club
11/2018/08 - 11/2018/08
The Jungle Book
Baloo the Bear and Akela the Wolf protect a lost boy from the tiger Shere Khan. This spirited version of Kipling's classic tale of the Indian forest features Kaa the Snake, Bagheera the Panther, Bandar the Monkey and Tabaqui the Hyena. Two actors bring all the characters to life in a one hour production designed for ages 3 and up.

presented by Family Stages
11/2018/10 - 11/2018/10