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istic romp 24 times in imme- diate succession, and ending with the 7 p.m. performance on Feb. 25. Co-Artistic Di- rector Madi Distefano stages this “biting satire of British social conventions” with an intrepid cast: Bradley Wrenn, Gwendolyn Rooker, John Jar- boe, Sarah Schol, Megan Slat- er and Griffin Stanton-Amei- sen. Audiences are invited to come and go, stay for one performance or all twenty- four. Plays & Players The- atre, 1714 Delancey. Tickets at www.bratproductions.org
. The great mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato, a proud alumna of the Academy of Vocal Arts, is guest artist when Music Director Alan Gilbert makes his first local appearance leading the N.Y. Philharmonic in Stucky’s “Son et lumiere”, Mussorg- sky/Ravel’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and with Ms. DiDonato, Berlioz’s “Les nuits d’ete”. Feb. 24, 8 p.m., Verizon Hall. On Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m,, Jazz Up Close cel- ebrates Lee Morgan featuring The Terell Stafford Quintet, Perelman Theater. Both in the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce. And from Feb. 28 through March 4, Kimmel presents “Hair” at the Acad- emy of Music, Broad and Lo- cust. 215-893-1999. Cabaret artist Karen Gross presents “Black Cat Cabaret Gets Frisky”, her latest show featuring local burlesque stars Annie A-Bomb and Chlamydia Dell-Arte and comedian Dave Terruso on Feb. 24, 8 p.m. at the Tin An- gel. Inspired by the notorious Parisian boite Le Chat Noir, this series created by Ms. Gross has enjoyed sold-out houses in her previous night club presentations. 20 S. 2nd. 215-928-0770. Singing City invites all to
“From Darkness to Light” featuring conductor Jeffrey Brillhart, pianist Thomas Sheehan, the Singing City Choir and Children’s Choir with the University Singers of Temple’s Boyer College of Music and guest conduc- tor Frank Van Atta in works by Britten, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rollo Dilworth and others. 7 p.m., Feb. 25, First Baptist Church, 17th and Sansom. 215-569-9067. Debussy’s opera “Pelleas et Melisande” with AVA mu- sic director and pianist Luke Housner providing the ac- companiment and in a stag- ing by AVA president and Artistic Director K. James McDowell, will be seen five times including four 7:30 p.m. performances on Feb. 25, 28, March 1 and 3, and a rare AVA matinee on Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m. Alternating casts perform the title roles. All others are single cast. Cast in- formation and tickets at 215- 735-1685. Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce. Penn Music presents a most attractive program by the Penn Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. Music Director Brad Smith is on the podium for Liszt’s Piano Concerto #1 featuring Con- certo Competition winner Ellen Hahm, and Brahms’ Symphony #4. Free with PennCard; $5. for the general public. Irvine Auditorium, 34th and Spruce. 215-898- 6244. The 16th Annual Israeli Film Festival of Phila. boasts nine prize-winning films over six weeks beginning Feb. 25 with Nir Bergman’s “Inti- mate Grammar”, a winner at Jerusalem and Tokyo fes- tivals. Two screenings, Feb.. 25 at 8 p.m., Feb. 26 at 3 p.m., Intl. House, 3701 Chestnut. Tickets and information on the entire festival at 484-904- 5421.
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Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture’s Arab Music Concert Series continues on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. featuring composer Kareem Roustom’s compositions and film scores. Jeri Lynne John- son conducts, Leila Buck is narrator. Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce. 267- 809-3668. Network for New Music presents “Philadelphia Voic- es: O My Earth” including world and local premieres by Thomas Whitman, Jan Krzywicki, Donald St. Pierre and James Primosch and new works by local composers Jennifer Higdon and Cynthia Folio, performed by the Net- work’s chamber ensemble and the FELYX_M chamber choir. 7:30 p.m., preceded by a 6:15 p.m. talk with Thomas Whitman. A Phila. Chamber Music Society event. Inde- pendence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. 215- 569-8080. 11th Hour Theatre Co. cel- ebrates the greatest Rock & Roll hits from the 1960’s at their 7th Annual Philly Rocks & Rolls performance on Feb. 27. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for Quizzo, the concert be- gins at 7 p.m. with host Mi- chael Doherty and a plethora of performers and musicians. World Cafe Live, 3025 Wal- nut. 267-987-9865. The innovations continue at the Rave cinema, 40th and Walnut, where a brand new restaurant is now open ad- jacent to #6 screening room, and a new series of live filmed events is on certain screens. In addition to the an- nual eleven High Definition telecasts from the Metropoli- tan Opera in NYC, the Rave is a part of Fathom Events whose latest attraction is the British production of An- drew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies”, his sequel to the phenomenal “Phantom of the Opera”. Two nights only on Feb. 28 and March 7. In- formation and show times at FathomEvents.com
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