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Philly has plenty of music for your artsy ears this winter

What to tune in for, from jazz legends to the orchestra

The Claudia

Quintet +1

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



Philadelphia Orchestra


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

215-893-1999 www.philorch.org



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

Chucho Valdes

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

215-641-6300, www.mc3.edu

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

215-893-1999

www.chamberorchestra.org

Opera Company of Philadelphia

Teaming with Teatro Comunale of Treviso, Italy, OCP presents Mozart’s comic “Abduction From the Deraglio” in a 1920s setting.

Feb. 17-26,

Academy of Music

Broad and Locust streets

215-893-3600

www.operaphila.org

 
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