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The Last Match
What does it take to become a champion and how is an athlete's character and mettle tested on that journey? From the playwright of Photograph 51 comes this funny and moving drama about an American tennis star, the Russian player aiming to topple him, and the women in their lives who may hold the key to becoming the best in the world. Philadelphia Premiere By Anna Ziegler Directed by M. Craig Getting

presented by Lantern Theater Company
11/2019/07 - 12/2019/15
World Premieres
Be the first to see three new ballets created for Pennsylvania Ballet. In November, we present world premieres from some of the dance world’s most exciting choreographers – Garrett Smith, Juliano Nunes, and Yin Yue. These unique premieres will have you amazed at what ballet can be today. A Trace of Inevitability Choreography by Yin Yue Music: Dragonfly II by Michel Banabila Connection Choreography by Juliano Nunes Music by Ezio Bosso Reverberance Choreography by Garrett Smith Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, recomposed by Peter Gregson

presented by Pennsylvania Ballet
11/2019/07 - 11/2019/10
Curtis Presents Winds and Strings
Winds and Strings Sara Han, clarinet Doron Laznow, bassoon Gabriel Kovach, horn Benjamin Schmid, violin Haeji Kim, viola John Lee, cello Marcus Elliott Gaved, double bass Benjamin Krasner, piano PENDERECKI Duo Concertante for violin and double bass PENDERECKI Sextet BEETHOVEN Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20 This exciting collaboration with Curtis on Tour showcases a unique ensemble of winds and strings, performing expansive chamber music works by Beethoven and Penderecki. The ensemble is led by two Curtis alumni: Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid, recognized as one of today’s most versatile artists; and Gabriel Kovach, principal horn of the Phoenix Symphony. This program will be performed in cities across the country during 2020 as part of Curtis on Tour, the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music. For a complete schedule, see above.

presented by Curtis Institute of Music
11/2019/20 - 11/2019/20
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at Oaks, PA
The Sugarloaf Craft Festival will be at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA November 8-410, bringing the best in high-quality arts, crafts and design together under one roof. The holiday season will be in the air, making it the perfect time to find unique gifts for family and friends. You’ll find plenty to choose from at the show, featuring the best in local and national contemporary fine arts and crafts. More than 350 curated exhibitors will be there with designer clothing and wearable art, jewelry, woodworking, leather handbags, fine paintings and glassware. Each Sugarloaf craft show features master craftspeople and other artisans giving live demonstrations in pottery, metal spinning, glass blowing and more. Enjoy Middle Earth Studio’s costume theatre storytelling for the kids and modern jazz music from multiple bands. Stop by the food vendors for a delectable meal, or stock up on your favorite specialty nuts, jams, cheeses, wine and more. SugarloafCrafts.com

presented by Sugarloaf Mountain Works
11/2019/08 - 11/2019/10
Beethoven 9th Symphony
Beethoven: The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113 Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in d minor, Op. 125 In memoriam Lewis du Pont Smith Megan Monaghan, soprano Raffaella Lo Castro, alto Timothy Bentch, tenor Richard Zuch, bass Two works by Beethoven, one rarely heard (except for its famous “Turkish March”), the other among the most frequently performed—and both written in the context of the Napoleonic Wars. The Ruins of Athens, composed in 1811 shortly after Napoleon’s occupation of Vienna (where Beethoven lived), uses the devastation of Athens by the Ottoman Empire as commentary on the ruins of Austria. The Ninth Symphony was composed during the repressive political environment in Vienna after Napoleon’s defeat and exile. Its soaring final (choral) movement, the “Ode to Joy,” celebrates the triumph of universal brotherhood over war and desperation, and has become the official anthem of the European Union. A concert that is sure to lift your spirits! Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, inc

presented by Vox Ama Deus
11/2019/08 - 11/2019/08
Circle Mirror Transformation
When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

presented by Arcadia University Theatre Department
11/2019/14 - 11/2019/24
The Wizard of Oz
Swept away from her Kansas farm by a cyclone, Dorothy lands in Oz and on top of an evil witch. An epic adventure ensues as Dorothy tries to find the Wonderful Wizard of Oz and convince him to show her the way back to Kansas.   On the way she meets munchkins, flying monkeys, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion and discovers that she must help her friends first in order to face her fears and find her way home.   Quintessence’s production will explore L. Frank Baum’s fantasia as political allegory and transform the Sedgwick Theater into an Oz you’ll never forget.

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
11/2019/27 - 12/2019/29
Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theatre presents Groove On! A Fundraising Event
Groove On is Tongue & Groove's annual fundraiser party and performance. Join us for magic and song with T&G ensemble members Fred Siegel and Seth Reichgott, and an improvised performance by the entire ensemble, with improvised music by Carol Moog. This year's theme is You Matter. We'll ask the audience: 'Describe a time when you felt you mattered' -- your responses inspire our improvised montage of hilarious and thoughtful scenes and monologues. A portion of the proceeds from Groove On go to theYou Matter Marathon, a nonprofit that fosters global communal connection through the sharing of cards that say 'You Matter.' We will have an on-site raffle for fabulous prizes like great seats to the Orchestra, amazing theater tickets, music, sports and more! Price points and perks for everyone! From $20 to $50! Visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4353436 for more information!

presented by Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater
11/2019/09 - 11/2019/09
Stones in His Pockets
When small-town Irishmen Charlie and Jake are hired as extras in an epic American movie that invades their scenic County Kerry village, chaos ensues as they begin to discover that their romanticized Hollywood dream isn’t quite what it seems. Marie Jones’ Olivier Award-winning comedy is a rollicking, poignant tale brought to life by two actors portraying a colorful cast of dozens. Director Josh McLucas previously directed the acclaimed My Name Is Asher Lev at SCTC in 2017. He is excited to lead this hilarious story that pits harsh reality against Hollywood endings. A tour de force in comic showmanship, Marie Jones’ play centers on two local extras in a Hollywood movie being shot in rural Ireland. Actually, the play seemingly boasts a cast of thousands — but they’re all played by the same two actors, the bountifully talented pair of Brian McManus and Steve Carpenter.

presented by South Camden Theatre Company
11/2019/01 - 11/2019/23
HEROES AND PATRIOTS!
Our special Veterans Day focused concert will perform many of our Nations most beloved music that celebrates the American Armed Forces including America The Beautiful, Armed Forces Salute, American Patrol, Military Festival Pieces for Brass Quintet, Ashokan Farewell among other stirring and emotionally moving patriotic pieces.

presented by Delaware County Symphony
11/2019/10 - 11/2019/10
Mother Goose
Curtis Family Concert Series presents: Mother Goose Enchantment Theatre Company Enchantment Theatre Company joins a wind quintet of Curtis students to bring Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose to life.

presented by Curtis Institute of Music
11/2019/10 - 11/2019/10
Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller – Program Six
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 Six includes: Time of the Heathen, Scrambles, and Film Magazine of the Arts.

presented by LightBox Film Center at International House Philadelphia
11/2019/14 - 11/2019/14
Remembering Jews of Greece: A Musical Journey
Experience a forgotten language, discover a lost, tragic chapter of history, and be a part of honoring the Sephardic Jews of Greece—all through the music of Sarah Aroeste, a singer and songwriter of #Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish language of the Sephardic Jews. The #Sephardim were a thriving Jewish community in #Greece with origins in #Spain, until the #Holocaust tragically erased them from history. “Remembering the Jews of Greece: A Musical Journey” is a concert experience like no other—a multimedia performance featuring songs new and old in Ladino, sound clips, videos, and live music to resurrect the Sephardim’s culture and language. Sarah Aroeste is joined by the famous Israeli pianist and producer Shai Bachar and the founder of the Greek Chamber Music Project, flutist Ellie Falaris Ganelin. Join these talented musicians as they turn back the wheels of time. Through remembering of history’s dark moments, they hope to bring forth brighter days to come.

presented by Multicultural Arts Exchange
11/2019/10 - 11/2019/10
Woman and Scarecrow
A passionate and deeply flawed woman- mother of eight and wife to a remorseful husband-is facing the end of her life and looking back on her past.   Pathos and bitter humor mix as Woman comes to terms with who she is with the help of the otherworldly Scarecrow. Emotionally gripping, brutally honest, and darkly comic, Woman and Scarecrow brings that uniquely Irish sensibility of light and dark to the stage.   Featuring: Kirsten Quinn, Mary Lee Bednarek, David Bardeen and Tina Brock

presented by Irish Heritage Theatre
10/2019/24 - 11/2019/09
Sister's Christmas Catechism
In this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of Late Nite Catechism, Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? Celebrate Christmas with Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts and Denise Fennell, who played Sister in 2019 season’s Late Night Catechism. Fennell brings her entertaining nun back to Delaware Valley Community College in Sister’s Christmas Catechism. Single price tickets, so reserve early for the best seats!

presented by Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts
12/2019/05 - 12/2019/07
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 - 11/2019/10
Alice in Wonderland
Alice dreams her way into a Wonderland of fantasy and fun. She meets all the familiar characters from her storybook, The White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat and The Queen of Hearts – plus Humpty Dumpty and The White Knight of the chess board! Two actors play all the characters in this delightful one hour production designed for family audiences of all ages!

presented by Family Stages
11/2019/16 - 11/2019/16
New Music Concert Series: Transient Canvas, marimba & clarinet
Boston-based contemporary duo Transient Canvas will perform "Wired" – a portrait of technology's integration into modern life.   As people try to emulate computers and we build computers that emulate people, the question of who is controlling whom becomes ambiguous. With musical inspiration ranging from Aphex Twin to electronic dance music, this program focuses on technology's ability to affect and encompass our social, political and natural environments.   Music by Avik Chari, Heather Stebbins, Jen Wang, Kirsten Volness, Carl Schimmel, and Dan VanHassel.

presented by Delaware County Community College
11/2019/07 - 11/2019/07
A Midsummer Night's Dream
November 12 - 24, 2019 By William Shakespeare Directed by Edward Sobel Beware the forest outside Athens, where mischief reigns and faeries tease and torment. Shakespeare’s comedy of passion and power throws two mismatched couples into the fray of a lovers’ quarrel between the faerie king and queen — and soon they’re all entangled in enchantments. Add to the mix the devious Puck and a hapless troupe of amateur actors, and mayhem abounds. This magical tale, boldly reimagined for our time, reveals the dangers of unbridled desire and the healing potential of the imagination.

presented by Villanova Theatre
11/2019/12 - 11/2019/24
Between River and Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon with Kevin Fedarko and Pete McBride
In an effort to share the Grand Canyon’s uncharted glory and shed light on the myriad threats it faces, writer Kevin Fedarko and photographer/filmmaker Pete McBride set off on an audacious and demanding adventure: to transect the length of the canyon on foot. This trek was not the pair’s first adventure together, but it may be the toughest. Join Kevin Fedarko and Pete McBride as they share the struggle and beauty of their estimated 875 mile walk through one of our planet’s most spectacular places. Award-winning photographer, writer, and filmmaker, Pete has traveled to over 70 countries for a number of publications and companies, including National Geographic Society, Outside magazine, Patagonia, and The Nature Conservancy. A passionate conservationist, Pete has been named a “Freshwater Hero” by National Geographic. Kevin is the author of the Emerald Mile and his work has been featured in National Geographic Adventure, Esquire, and Time, among other publications.

presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
11/2019/13 - 11/2019/13
Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi, Jazz Piano Duo - presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
Stephanie Trick is a Tri-State favorite - she last wowed the audience here in Haddonfield in April 2017. Today, she returns (finally!) with her husband Paolo Alderighi in a piano duo performance. They bring their fresh arrangements of classics from the stride piano, ragtime, and boogie-woogie repertoires, as well as from the swing era and the Great American Songbook, in a four-hands piano duo. Stephanie and Paolo are featured headliners at U.S. and international festivals and venues too numerous to list – so don’t miss this great concert! Stephanie’s website: http://www.stephanietrick.com/index.htm Paolo’s website: http://paoloalderighi.com/real/home.aspx?idArea=0&lang=ITA Here is St. Louis Blues from the Ragtime Extravaganza 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSWYbVi4XlI They perform Blues & Boogie at the 2017 San Diego Jazz Fest: https://youtu.be/hEy1g8uD1J0 photo credit: Cosimo Filippini   All Ages welcome

presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
11/2019/10 - 11/2019/10
Billy Elliot the Musical
Based on the international smash-hit film, and featuring a score by music legend Elton John, Billy Elliot the Musical is a heart-warming, funny and feel-good celebration of family and adolescence. Set against the backdrop of the 1984-85 miners' strike, we follow the journey of a young boy raised in a small British mining town. Stepping out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family, community, and changes his life forever.

presented by Narberth Community Theatre (NCT)
11/2019/01 - 11/2019/16