December 10, 2010

Give a gift of PIFA tickets for the holidays – our April 2011 “Stranger Things ~ Paris in the Early 20th Century” included

Our friends from the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts have a special deal for you!

“Looking for a truly unique holiday gift this year? How about a once-in-a-lifetime experience? The upcoming Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), which holds the spotlight for three and a half weeks next spring (April 7 to May 1), has you covered, with a slate of unprecedented programming featuring virtually every artistic genre, targeted to the young and young-at-heart alike. With an eye towards making this year’s gift-giving season the easiest yet, festival organizers announced a full menu of special ticket packages sure to please everyone on your list.

Additionally, PIFA Holiday Ticket Packages are discounted 10% when bought together vs. single ticket prices. Any or all of the Ten Holiday Ticket Packages, each including 3 diverse programs, can be purchased online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box office, and the newly re-designed PIFA website provides easy access to detailed information on all PIFA partner organizations and events.”

You will find us in the following three-concert package. For more details, please visit Here is the PIFA description of the package.


LyricFest – 4/10, First Presbyterian Church
Stranger Things…
Lyric Fest presents a program that explores fascination with all things “Other” in Paris in the early 20th century: Exoticism, Orientalism, African and American Jazz influences, animal songs, the occult and the forbidden. A captivating program of songs and historic narrative, interspersed with the reflections of contemporaneous composers and poets. Selections from Maurice Ravel’s Chansons Madecasses, Igor Stravinsky’s Three Japanese Lyrics, Albert Roussel’s Jazz dans la nuit, Francis Poulenc’s Le bestiaire, Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, and more.

Alchemy Dance – 4/15, Painted Bride
Rite of Passage (World Premiere)
Travel back in time as Alchemy Dance Company transports you to the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris circa 1913 and the riotous audience reception at the world premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Alchemy’s dance explores what that extreme reaction reveals about the society, the artist, and the human spirit.

Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra – 4/28, Independence Seaport Museum
Paris – When It Sizzled:  Stravinsky, Milhaud and Le Jazz Hot
A fascinating concert that explores the impact of “hot” jazz on the emerging modern styles of two of Paris’s most iconic composers: Igor Stravinsky and Darius Milhaud. Stravinsky’s Octet and Milhaud’s Symphonies de chambre begins a musical journey from Paris to Harlem and back again.  Master jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and members of the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass bring you the sizzling sounds of ragtime and Dixieland music that Black musicians were cooking up in America.  The concert ends where it began, when the BPCO returns to perform works by Stravinsky and Milhaud that demonstrate how jazz influenced their own musical imaginations.

PIFA, inspired by the Kimmel Center—Philadelphia’s renowned performing arts center—is the city and region’s first major international arts festival, celebrating the spirit of collaboration and innovation that characterized Paris from 1910 to 1920. Paris at that time was a center of tremendous creativity and ultimately shaped how we defined the arts throughout the 20th century. Featuring a feast of music, dance, fashion, fine arts, outdoor events, theater, literature, cuisine and more, the festival will celebrate Philadelphia’s rich and vibrant cultural community.  More than 140 of our region’s finest organizations will combine forces to produce more than 30 commissioned works, offer an enticing mix of collaborative programs, and feature a roster of international artists from Paris and beyond.

From classical performances to new works inspired by the avant-garde spirit of that earlier era, from family and children’s programming to cutting-edge dance and music, from captivating productions to renowned French chefs and gravity-defying aerial artists, PIFA is truly a banquet for longtime arts lovers and novices. So this year, pass on the traditional gifts and offer your loved ones, colleagues, and friends a gift they’ll never forget.”

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