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Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be rededicated as Marian Anderson Hall, home of The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Angélique Kidjo, and Renée Fleming Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Angélique Kidjo, and Renée Fleming Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Angélique Kidjo, and Renée Fleming

The Philadelphia Orchestra Featuring Renée Fleming and Angélique Kidjo

May 16, 2023, 8:00 PM

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Performance Details

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Jim Gardner Speaker
Renée Fleming Soprano
Angélique Kidjo Vocalist

Rodgers “The Carousel Waltz,” from Carousel
Puts “Evening”
Rodgers “You'll Never Walk Alone,” from Carousel
Puccini “O mio babbino caro,” from Gianni Schicchi
Price Third movement from Symphony No. 1
Kidjo “Ominira”
Kidjo “Malaika”
Kidjo “Afirika”
Cohen “Hallelujah”
Bacharach “What the World Needs Now Is Love”

Join us for an unforgettable performance celebrating more than a century-long commitment to the transformative power of the arts. Led by Music and Artistic Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra, who will be joined by two artists beloved around the world.

Your evening begins with Broadway favorites, including Richard Rodgers' The Carousel Waltz and the breathtaking classic "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel, performed by five-time GRAMMY winner and recipient of the National Medal of Arts Renée Fleming. This world-renowned singer, who has performed for audiences numbering in the millions including the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony and the Super Bowl, will also sing one of the most moving songs ever written for opera, Puccini's "O mia babbino caro," and GRAMMY-winning composer Kevin Puts' serenely beautiful "Evening," from the album for which Renée Fleming and Yannick Nézet-Séguin won a 2023 GRAMMY Award. 

Five-time GRAMMY-winning vocalist Angélique Kidjo takes the stage for a selection of her iconic songs, including lushly orchestrated versions of the beguiling “Ominira” and the traditional Kenyan folk song “Malaika,” plus her rousing, signature ode to her mother continent “Afirika.” Beloved around the world, Angélique Kidjo takes her fans on genre-bending musical odysseys that incorporate the traditions of Africa with elements of American R&B, funk, and jazz and has been recognized by TIME magazine, Forbes, and the BBC as one of the most influential artists in the world. 

Then in a spectacular finale, these two fabled singers join forces for unforgettable renditions of Leonard Cohen’s anthem “Hallelujah” and Burt Bachrach’s paean to peace and hope “What the World Needs Now Is Love.”

Elevate your evening by purchasing a Great Stages Gala sponsorship package!

Join The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kimmel Cultural Campus as we come together in a new gala celebration to benefit the great stages of the Academy of Music, the Miller Theater, and the Kimmel Center. Great Stages Gala sponsorship packages include a red-carpet Luminaries Reception and Gala Soirée, as well as ticket(s) for premier seating at the concert featuring Yannick Nézet-Séguin, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and a star-studded lineup of special guests. Proceeds from the Great Stages Gala benefit the restoration of the Academy of Music, along with the programs, people, and venues of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. The Great Stages Gala honors our shared history and heralds a new era for the performing arts in Philadelphia. Sponsorship package prices start at $1,000. Click here for more information and to purchase your Great Stages Gala sponsorship package today!

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