Adventures written by the VAMONDE Team
The mission of the Kimmel Center is to engage the region's communities in art through performance and education. The Kimmel Center is a fusion of two projects. In 1996, the Philadelphia Orchestra was pursuing an ongoing plan to build a new permanent home. Then mayor, Edward G. Rendell, had a plan to establish a venue for Philadelphia's most prominent performing arts companies and touring companies. The Philadelphia Orchestra had already secured property at Broad and Spruce Streets and generously agreed to merge these two plans together under the supervision of the Regional Performing Arts Center.
Today the Kimmel Center operates three major venues. First is the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts housing the 2,500-seat concert facility Verizon Hall; the 650-seat recital theater, Perelman Theater, and the 2,688 square-foot black box theater, SEI Innovation Studio. The second venue, which is owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, is the 2,900 seat Academy of Music. Third is the 1,841-seat Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center prides itself on being home to eight resident companies. The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philly Pops, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Curtis Institute of Music, Opera Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Ballet are all hosted here.
The Kimmel Center is 450,000 square feet and occupies an entire city block, with a glass roof over 150 feet high. The entire structure is enclosed by the distinctive vaulted glass ceiling. Featured within the Verizon Hall is the Fred J. Memorial Pipe Organ, (Dobson organ op.76). With nearly 7,000 pipes, it is the largest mechanical-action concert hall organ in the United States.
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