Academy of Music

240 S Broad St Philadelphia

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Academy of Music

The Academy of Music is Philadelphia’s pillar of the arts. Since opening in 1857, the Academy is the oldest operating opera house in the country. Many world class performances and world premieres such as Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony have crossed the Academy's stage. In addition to stellar performances, the Academy of Music is also known for sound innovation and architectural beauty.

Today the Academy of Music is owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra and managed by the Kimmel Center, Inc. From 1900 to 2001 the Academy was the official home of the Philadelphia Orchestra. During this time, the Orchestra proved itself as one of the world's greatest, with countless premiers and innovations, like the legendary Philadelphia Sound. English conductor Leopold Stokowski was the director of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1912. He gave the orchestra an entirely new sound, popularly known as the "Philadelphia Sound" in which he pioneered the use of free bowing. This technique produced a rich, homogenous string tone. He used free breathing with the brass section, and altered the seating arrangement of each orchestra section in order to achieve the best possible sound.

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This Historic Landmark is modeled on Milan’s famed La Scala. The design employs a brownstone for the exterior in order to allow for the interior to be as ornate as possible. The grand auditorium features an impressive 5,000 pound crystal chandelier, and a ceiling mural featuring allegorical figures.

A pillar of the arts.
PHILLY SOUND

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