Drummer-composer John Hollenbeck’s quirky ensemble adds a sixth member in Philly pianist Matt Mitchell … and then one more, with vocal wizard Theo Bleckmann joining in to celebrate the release of Claudia’s new album, featuring the words of little-known Beat poet Kenneth Patchen.
Nov. 19, Philadelphia Art
Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. www.arsnovaworkshop.com
A bright spot amidst the institution’s current troubles, music director designate Yannick Nezet-Seguin celebrates the Kimmel Center’s 10th anniversary and the orchestra itself with a program of works it has premiered, including Jennifer Higdon’s “Concerto for Orchestra.”
Dec. 8-11, Kimmel Center Broad and Spruce streets
Philly Jazz Legends
Chris’ Jazz Cafe rings in the new year with the city’s twin tenor titans, saxophonists Bootsie Barnes and Larry McKenna, along with a trio led by pianist Tom Lawton.
Dec. 31, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 215-568-3131 www.chrisjazzcafe.com
The renowned Cuban jazz pianist, founder of the legendary Latin jazz ensemble Irakere, leads his Afro-Cuban Messengers band on a program shared with Panamanian piano great Danilo Perez.
Jan. 26, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 215-893-1999, www.kimmelcenter.org
Randy Weston Quintet
Pianist Weston has been a pioneer of exploring the junction of jazz and African music for nearly 50 years.
Feb. 4, Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Clarinetist Anthony McGill performs Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, while the orchestra premieres a newly commissioned work by guitarist-composer Steven Mackey.
Feb. 12-14, Kimmel Center Broad and Spruce streets
Opera Company of Philadelphia
Teaming with Teatro Comunale of Treviso, Italy, OCP presents Mozart’s comic “Abduction From the Deraglio” in a 1920s setting.
Academy of Music
Broad and Locust streets