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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

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Great Stages Gala

A New Tradition

May 16, 2023, 5:00 PM

Performance Details

Tuesday, May 16, 2023
5:00–6:00 PM – Luminaries Reception, Academy of Music Stage
Elevated cocktail hour featuring a red-carpet entrance, celebratory toast, open bar, and heavy hors d’oeuvres

6:00–7:30 PM – Gala Soiree, Academy of Music Lobby
Festive reception with open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and musical entertainment

7:30 - 8:00 PM - Pre-Concert, Promenade down Broad Street with a serenade from brass funk band Snacktime as you make your way to the Kimmel Center for the concert. Enjoy jazz duo H20 on the Plaza Stage before entering Verizon Hall.

8:00 PM – Concert: The Philadelphia Orchestra Featuring Renée Fleming,  Angélique Kidjo, and host Jim Gardner, Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center

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Learn More About The Concert 

The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kimmel Cultural Campus join together in a new gala celebration to benefit the great stages of the Academy of Music, the Miller Theater, and the Kimmel Center. The Great Stages Gala—featuring a performance with Music and Artistic Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and a star-studded lineup of special guests—honors our shared history and heralds a new era for the performing arts in Philadelphia.

Gala Co-Chairs
Lisa Buckingham | Jami Wintz McKeon | Christopher Keith

Music Director
Yannick Nézet-Séguin


Great Stages Gala FAQ

What does this event benefit?
Proceeds from the Great Stages Gala benefit the restoration of the Academy of Music and the programs and venues of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. 

What do I wear?
Black Tie attire is suggested

Where do I go upon arrival?
Registration will occur as you enter the Academy of Music 

How long is the concert?
The concert itself will be approximately one hour without intermission and concludes the evening.

What food will be served?
We are providing a range of fare, including vegetarian and vegan options, throughout the reception

For additional information, contact Hannah Lermitte
at [email protected] or 215.670.2386.

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc., extends gratitude to the 2023 Great Stages Gala Sponsors.

Diamond Sponsor
Comcast NBCUniversal
Ralph and Beth Johnston Muller

Platinum Sponsor
Edith R. Dixon
Freedom Mortgage
Patricia and John Imbesi
Independence Blue Cross
Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer and Joseph Neubauer
John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick
Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation
Peter and Mari Shaw
Stradley Ronon

Gold Patron
Buckingham Family
Tobey and Mark Dichter
Matt and Anne Hamilton
Christopher and Amanda Keith
Joanna McNeil Lewis
David and Sandy Marshall
Morgan Lewis
Caroline B. Rogers

Silver Patron
Sherrin Baky-Nessler and William E. Nessler III
Elinor H. and James M. Buck III
Elaine Woo Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr.
Sara A. Cerato
Norman and Suzanne Cohn
Constance and Michael Cone
Dr. Robert and Mrs. Donna Corrato
Sarah Miller Coulson
Anne C. Ewers
Faegre Drinker
Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center
Jim Gardner and Amy Goldman
Lauren Gilchrist
Dr. Janice T. Gordon
Kate Hall
Osagie and Losenge Imasogie
Bennett Keiser
Neal W. Krouse
Joan and Brook Lau
Gerald Lawrence and Dr. Stefanie Porges
Jen and Marc Lederman
Elizabeth and Edwin Mahoney
Joseph M. Manko, Sr.
NFI and The Jeff and Tracy Brown Foundation
NJM Insurance Group
Beth Rogers
Nancy and Jack Rogers
Dianne and Jeffrey Rotwitt
Adele K. Schaeffer
Dianne L. Semingson
Linda F. and Steven D. Siegfried
Ann R. Sorgenti
Matías Tarnopolsky and Birgit Hottenrott
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Townsend
Charles and Suzanne Valutas
Dr. Sankey V. Williams and the Hon. Constance H. Williams
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Zebrowitz
Michael Zisman and Linda Gamble

Bronze Patron
Kate Allison and Jack Earle
Ballard Spahr LLP
Cozen O’Connor
Karen and Harry Lavallen
Malmud-Kravitz Foundation
WSFS CARES Foundation

Brass Patron
Vijay and Susan Aggarwal
Claudia and Richard Balderston
Angela and Maurice Bostick
PJ and Ann Brennan
N. Judith Broudy
Matthew H. Carabasi and Kathleen E. Squires
Kenneth E. Davis
Barbara Eberlein and Jerry Wind
Julia A. Haller, M.D., and John D. Gottsch, M.D.
Bob Heim and Eileen Kennedy
Eric and Lenora Hume
Debra Andrea Jensen
Teresa C. Kenny and Dr. Christopher L. Kenny, Esquire
Lawrence and Nancy Ludgus
Quyen and Peter Mark
Jasmine Moore
Philadelphia Zoo
Jon and Karen Richter
Anthony and Lynn Salvo
Katie and Tony Schaeffer
Amanda and Dick Smoot
Jack and Ramona Vosbikian
David and Stacey Yager

Dr. Susan C. Aldridge
Harris T. Bock, Esq.
Sibby Brasler
Brown Advisory Charitable Foundation
Amy and Terry Buckman
Rob and Patty Delany
Jeff Dittus and Stefanie Langer
Thère du Pont and Darla Pomeroy
Howard and Phyllis Fischer
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Donald and Mary Goldsmith
Louise and Harry Hill
Andrea and Warren Kantor
LaMarca Heinrich Strategic Consulting LLC
nContext, LLC
Patti Owens
Jane G. Pepper
Kameron and Richelle Rabenou
Elizabeth and Hershel Richman
The Rinaldi Family, Jacobs Music
Randy Swartz and Judith Sills Swartz
Dr. R.J. Wallner
The Wistar Institute
Lisa Witomski and James Scott
Richard and Diane Woosnam
F. Gordon Yasinow

Virginia Clark and Lane Taylor
Jeffrey and Kirsten Engelman
Shaun and Lauren Gates
Mary Margaret Murphy
The Philadelphia Orchestra Central Volunteer Committee
Kate Brady Rauscher

Sponsor list as of May 10, 2023

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