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Minors
Inspired by the "kids for cash" scandal in Luzerne County in the early 2000s, this compelling new work of musical theater gives voice to the families who fought back against a corrupt political machine that turned children into commodities. Commissioned and developed through the Lantern's New Works Program, this intimate American roots rock drama is the inaugural work of Kittson O'Neill and Tony Award-winning sound designer and composer Robert Kaplowitz.   WORLD PREMIERE Book by Kittson O'Neill Music by Robert Kaplowitz Lyrics by Kittson O'Neill and Robert Kaplowitz Directed by Matthew Decker Music Direction by Amanda Morton

presented by Lantern Theater Company
05/2019/23 - 06/2019/30
Curtis Summerfest Faculty Recitals: Chamber Music for Adults
Curtis Summerfest Faculty Recitals, now in their fifth year, feature distinguished chamber musicians from the Curtis Summerfest faculty. These remarkable artists, many of them Curtis alumni, perform a variety of repertoire—from beloved classics to the music of today—in the timeless setting of Field Concert Hall. STILLMAN Huldah Mimi Stillman, flute MUMFORD Two Miniatures Melissa White, violin Amy J. Yang, piano GERSHWIN Selections, Porgy and Bess, arr. Heifetz Melissa White, violin Amy J. Yang, piano VILLA-LOBOS Assobio a jato (The Jet Whistle) Mimi Stillman, flute Soo Bae, cello DVOŘÁK Trio in E minor, Op. 90 (“Dumky”) Melissa White, violin Soo Bae, cello Hanchien Lee, piano

presented by Curtis Institute of Music
05/2019/18 - 05/2019/18
BalletX Hip Hop with Phil Cuttino, Jr.
Taught by instructor Phil Cuttino, Jr., BalletX Hip Hop is a class built expressly to inspire and motivate healthy movement using hip hop dance as its foundation.   Adult and teen dancers will learn basic hip hop fundamentals, using them in the cool new styles, and journeying back to some old school dance club days to mix the classic with the now! No experience required.   We invite you to try something new in a safe and accepting environment.

presented by BalletX
05/2019/11 - 08/2019/15
BalletX Intro to Ballet with Caili Quan
Taught by BalletX dancer Caili Quan, Intro to Ballet for adults and teens explores the fundamentals of ballet technique for complete beginners – previous experience is not necessary! Class consists of Barre exercises, center/across the floor exercises, and culminates with jump exercises.   Learn positions of the arms and legs, movement groups such as extensions of the legs, stretches, turns, jumps, and how to move through space. We invite you to try something new in a safe and accepting environment, where open discussion on class topics, and modification choices for all bodies and comfort levels, are welcome!

presented by BalletX
05/2019/16 - 08/2019/15
THE GLITTER OF GERSHWIN ~ Happy Half-Hour and Mini Concert
THE GLITTER OF GERSHWIN ~ Happy Half-Hour and Mini Concert * Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 6:30 PM at Moorestown Community House, NJ * Thursday, May 16th, 2019 at 6:30 PM at Academy of Vocal Arts Lyric Fest celebrates the life and music of quintessential American songbook, symphony and opera composer George Gershwin. Put a little music into your work week and join LF for a happy half-hour of warm hors d’oeuvres and wine at 6:30 p.m., then take your seat at 7 to enjoy a short concert of Gershwin’s best, as LF continues to celebrate the Great American Songbook.

presented by Lyric Fest
05/2019/15 - 05/2019/16
Ben Mauger's Vintage Jazz Band presented by the Tri-State Jazz Society
Ben Mauger – leader, cornet Bob Peruzzi – trombone Bob Rawlins – reeds Bob Kreitz – piano Chuck Oettel – banjo, guitar Larry Bortz – Drums Cornetist Ben Mauger returns to Tri-State with his six-piece Vintage Jazz Band, playing those good ole tunes from the 1920s and ’30s, as well as the Swing-NYC-style revival jazz made famous in the ’50s and ’60s. His last performance for Tri-State was in October 2016. With their home base in central Pennsylvania, Ben’s groups have become mainstays at prestige jazz venues and festivals up and down the East Coast. Get yourself to Wallingford on June 2 for an afternoon of high-octane, knock-your-socks-off, traditional jazz! Visit Ben’s website for information and videos: www.benmaugersvintagejazzband.com and listen to Weary Blues (from Tri-State in 2016!) at https://youtu.be/QsJumf9LjzA or You Rascal You at https://youtu.be/gY48lx_BXV4

presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
06/2019/02 - 06/2019/02
An Infinite Ache
A fresh and heartfelt play about love, time and the infinite directions in which two lives can travel. Hope and Charles are a pair of lonely twenty-somethings about to end a supremely uninteresting first date.   But just as they say good night, the myriad possibilities of their futures and a life shared together come rushing to meet them. From their first kiss to their first child, from a horrible tragedy to a second chance, each moment moves with breath-taking speed.   A love story told with theatrical flair, AN INFINITE ACHE is as dazzling as it is insightful.

presented by South Camden Theatre Company
04/2019/26 - 05/2019/18
PURE MEDEA
Is Medea funny? Are actors tragic? It’s 2019, a theater company rehearse Medea, the ancient tragedy of marital discord, palace intrigue, gender politics, and murder. Set during one of the company’s final run-throughs, PURE MEDEA intertwines the machinations of Medea’s revenge upon her husband with the smaller tragedies—and petty rivalries—of the modern-day actors' personal and professional lives. Starring Sophia Barrett, Josh McLucas, Hallie Martenson, Lauren Suchenski, Homer Robinson. Medea by Euripides. Translation by Sheila Murnaghan. Concept and additional text by Josh McIlvain. Costume design Adrena Williams. Lighting design JJ Jury. Production assistant Iva Fabrikant. Directed by Josh McIlvain. Post-show discussion May 6 and May 16 with Sheila Murnaghan, translator of Medea, Norton Critical Editions (2018), and Professor of Greek at University of Pennsylvania. Moderated by Christopher, founder and editor-in-chief, Phindie.com.

presented by Automatic Arts
05/2019/04 - 05/2019/19
The Erotic Literary Salon / Adult Sex-Ed
Come hear what all of Philadelphia, the Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer have been talking about since 2008. The Erotic Literary Salon has presented as part of Philadelphia Assembled at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2018. Susana Mayer, Ph.D. is the creator and host of this comfortable and safe space to hear erotica, journals, diaries, sex memoirs, rants and more. NO CENSORSHIP. Prior to readings: Adult Sex-Ed: lead by Dr. Susana Mayer, Clinical Sexologist. You may participate as a writer, reader, storyteller, spoken-word performer, or just come to listen, enjoy and applaud. An average of 60-80 people attend (The third Tuesday of every month.) Please visit the official website for details, guidelines for reading, monthly press release, and blog. www.theEroticliterarysalon.com NSFW The Salon also has a Meetup presence.

presented by The Erotic Literary Salon
01/2019/15 - 12/2019/17
False Faces
The loathsome career of Henry Schireson, the self-styled “King of Quacks” famous for bobbing Fanny Brice's nose and infamous for a botched surgery that necessitated the amputation of a young woman’s legs, is celebrated in Lowell Sherman's False Faces, a delirious film à clef.   Dismissed from his post at a New York hospital, Schireson's screen counterpart Dr. Silas Benton (portrayed by director Sherman as an affectless sociopath) relocates to Chicago and promotes himself to the idle rich and famous as the doyen of nip-and-tuck. Utterly indifferent to his trail of human wreckage, Benton dallies promiscuously with every woman in sight and gorges himself with riches gleaned from his outlaw surgeries. His ultimate comeuppance is designed to leave the picture audience agog and cheering.   This screening is part of Lightbox Film Center’s new series, Down & Dirty in Gower Gulch, a retrospective of low-budget “Poverty Row” films from the ‘30s and ‘40s restored by UCLA Film & Television Archives.

presented by LightBox Film Center at International House Philadelphia
05/2019/23 - 05/2019/23
AFTERMATH to THE WAR OF THE ROMANTICS: NEW HORIZONS (Ivy Hall)
Fine Art Music Company presents an all-piano concert with "Aftermath: New Horizons." This is the final concert of its "War of the Romantics" series, which has explored the intense disagreement over the diverging directions of classical music emerging in the 1800s. In this concert of composers following their own desires into the early 20th century, classical music moves ahead into a brave new world of expression, in some ways foreshadowed, and in some ways unforeseen by the music preceding it. KATARZYNA SALWINSKI and ROLLIN WILBER, pianists Performed works will include Scriabin's 5th Piano Sonata, Ravel's "Valses Nobles et Sentimentales," Debussy Preludes, Rachmaninoff pieces, and parts of Symankowski "Masques" plus Stravinsky's "Petrouchka” arranged for piano four-hands. The musicians will share words of the composers to help lead to the many new sounds that arise from and through the impact of the Liszt/Wagner "new" program music epoch within the music world.

presented by International Institute for Culture
05/2019/18 - 05/2019/18
AFTERMATH to THE WAR OF THE ROMANTICS: NEW HORIZONS (Ethical Society)
Fine Art Music Company presents an all-piano concert with "Aftermath: New Horizons." This is the final concert of its "War of the Romantics" series, which has explored the intense disagreement over the diverging directions of classical music emerging in the 1800s. In this concert of composers following their own desires into the early 20th century, classical music moves ahead into a brave new world of expression, in some ways foreshadowed, and in some ways unforeseen by the music preceding it. KATARZYNA SALWINSKI and ROLLIN WILBER, pianists Performed works will include Scriabin's 5th Piano Sonata, Ravel's "Valses Nobles et Sentimentales," Debussy Preludes, Rachmaninoff pieces, and parts of Symankowski "Masques" plus Stravinsky's "Petrouchka” arranged for piano four-hands. The musicians will share words of the composers to help lead to the many new sounds that arise from and through the impact of the Liszt/Wagner "new" program music epoch within the music world.

presented by Ethical Society of Philadelphia
05/2019/19 - 05/2019/19
Animus - Middle Eastern Jam with Belly Dancers and Special Guest Angela Sheik
Animus is an instrumental group of culturally diverse musical concepts and traditions from ancient to modern alike. Plus Belly dancing! ANIMUS - PHILADELPHIA'S BELLY DANCE SPECTACULAR http://www.animusmusic.com/Animus We are pleased to welcome back to Arden our friend Angela Sheik - a wonderful solo artist who has performed at Gild Hall a number of times and who recently moved to California. Angela was recently featured on NPR Music as a favorite NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest submission for 2019! That video is on this page here. https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2019/04/18/714257802/standout-tiny-desk-contest-entries-we-discovered-this-week Animus is an instrumental group of culturally diverse musical concepts and traditions from ancient to modern alike. Greek, Blues, Middle Eastern, Jazz, Spanish, Funk, Latin, Rock, Indian, Jewish Klezmer, African.

presented by Arden Concert Gild
05/2019/18 - 05/2019/18
PRINCESS AND THE PEA
An original musical adaption of the Hans Christian Andersen tale of a lonely princess who is searching for a bride. He gets some helpful advise from his mother, the Queen, his father, the King, and a tiny magical pea. Meanwhile, he learns a valuable lesson about looks being deceiving.   Appropriate for age 3 and older.

presented by Storybook Musical Theatre
05/2019/07 - 05/2019/18
Nathan Carter: Celtic Country
Don’t miss Irish phenomenon Nathan Carter’s action-packed live show at the Keswick Theatre on Saturday, May 25! Backed by his stellar 6-piece band and with special guest Chloë Agnew (Celtic Woman), Nathan’s live show is a unique blend of Celtic, country and pop favorites you won’t want to miss.   With their Irish warmth and infectious energy, you’ll hear hits like “Caledonia”, “Wagon Wheel”, “The Rare Auld Times”, and “Jealous of the Angels”. Get a taste of the party here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzEIaCN01ds

presented by Attila Glatz Concert Productions (USA) Inc.
05/2019/25 - 05/2019/25
Bethlehem and Sad Patrick CD Release with Aaron Parnell Brown
PMC Presents: Bethlehem and Sad Patrick CD Release with Aaron Parnell Brown Saturday, May 18, 2019 Doors 7:00pm | Music 7:30pm About Bethlehem and Sad Patrick: Bethlehem and Sad Patrick deliver powerful songs of love and other struggles. Combining smart, heartfelt lyrics, soaring vocals, sparse guitar and driving percussion, they dig deep into being in and out of love, keeping your head up in the city, struggling in all sorts of ways, and searching for peace on the margins. About Aaron Parnell Brown: With his trailblazing, instantly memorable songs and gritty, unvarnished vocals, Aaron Parnell Brown is among the most extraordinary up-and-comers in the Blues, Roots, and Soul world. His deep familiarity with the roots rhythm and blues tradition allows him to bust the genre wide open, adding new sounds, colors and textures, all delivered with a revival tent preacher's fervor and a natural storyteller's charisma.

presented by Philadelphia Folksong Society
05/2019/18 - 05/2019/18
Live Compositions
Live Compositions Enjoy a one-of-a-kind musical exchange among these talented musicians in an afternoon of improvisations. Issam Rafea – oud Gao Hong – pipa Hafez Kotain – percussion Date: SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019 Time: 4:00 PM Location: TRINITY CENTER FOR URBAN LIFE – 22nd and Spruce St, Philadelphia Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at door | $10 with student ID

presented by Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture
05/2019/19 - 05/2019/19
One Man, Two Guvnors
This uproarious, fast-paced farce follows the mixed fortunes of failed musician Francis Henshall. The plot is simple. Down on his luck and perpetually hungry, Francis suddenly finds himself employed by two bosses. One is disguised as her recently deceased infamous gangster brother while trying to extort money from her dead brother’s fiancée’s dad.   The other is her boyfriend, who killed her brother and is hiding from the police until they can be reunited. Simple, right? Richard Bean adapts Goldoni’s 1753 commedia A Servant of Two Masters and turns it into a hysterical British sex comedy set in the swinging sixties in Brighton, England.   The Philadelphia premiere of this award-winning adaptation will star Quintessence and 1812 favorite Sean Close.

presented by Quintessence Theatre Group
06/2019/05 - 06/2019/30
The Merry Nibelung, an Operetta by Oscar Straus
Siegfried must die! Strange things are happening at the Court of Worms... they’re broke, and the hard-up family has found out that Siegfried’s gold isn’t in the Rhine, but safe in a bank. If they bump him off they’ll be rich! Caution! This operetta caused riots in 1906 and was banned from play – until now. See a family nastier than the Sopranos! Originally produced by COT in Philly and NYC in 2010 Starring: Michael Ashby as Siegfried and Kirsten C Kunkle as Brunhilde with Gabriel Rebolla, music director/pianist with special guest stars from the Philadelphia Boys Choir Free lecture by Stephan Stoeckl 3:15 pm at both performances on German Mythology and Operetta $25 general admission / $20 seniors / $5 students / under 16 are free Purchase at the door - cash and checks only NEW LOCATION for this production - Hamilton Hall located at The Philadelphia Boys and Girls Choirs 1336 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19

presented by Concert Operetta Theater
05/2019/18 - 05/2019/19
The Vampire Bat
Everybody loves Dr. von Niemann (Lionel Atwill), clueless that he is using a cover story of medieval vampirism to murder the proletariat of Kleines Schloss and gleefully feed their blood to the artificial being he has created (it looks suspiciously like a loofa sponge oxygenating in an aquarium).   With this travelling circus of horrors traipsing through cast-off sets from The Old Dark House and Frankenstein, plus a day trip to Bronson Canyon, Frank Strayer’s The Vampire Bat plays like a midnight matinee from the old Shock Theater TV package. UCLA's restoration recreates the sensational Gustav Brock color sequence, unacknowledged and unseen since its first run.   This screening is part of Lightbox Film Center’s new series, Down & Dirty in Gower Gulch, a retrospective of low-budget “Poverty Row” films from the ‘30s and ‘40s restored by UCLA Film & Television Archives.

presented by LightBox Film Center at International House Philadelphia
05/2019/16 - 05/2019/16
Neville Dickie and the Midiri Brothers - presented by the Tri-State Jazz Society
World-class British pianist Neville Dickie rejoins TSJS veterans Joe and Paul Midiri for the seventh straight year! Neville is among the most accomplished stride and boogie-woogie pianists on either side of the Atlantic. Performing regularly on BBC Radio, he has made hundreds of appearances as a soloist or with his trio, and can be heard on hundreds of jazz recordings. Joe and Paul Midiri have made both jazz and classical music the focus of their lives since the mid-1980s, and have recorded with everything from trios to big bands. Past Dickie-Midiri TSJS shows have set attendance records, so come early to get a seat! For more, see their websites: http://nevilledickie.com and http://midiribros.com. Listen to Neville play “Pine Top’s Boogie” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndAtEgHTiGo. The Midiris play a Sydney Bechet Tribute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrVLX47iGA0 And from a TSJS appearance, the trio performs “The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=makszBxsXU8.

presented by Tri-State Jazz Society
05/2019/19 - 05/2019/19