Academy of Music
161st Anniversary Concert and Ball

Join us for Philadelphia’s most fabulous party of the year—the annual Anniversary Concert and Ball, a spectacular white-tie event with star-studded performances, dining, and dancing, all supporting an iconic historic landmark.

When you walk into the Academy of Music, you see exactly what opening night guests saw 160 years ago. You’ll walk on the same marble floors, lit by the original chandeliers. You’ll see the same opulent, gilded interior, all plush red velvet and gold. The Academy is lovingly preserved, thanks to the generosity of everyone who celebrates her birthday at the Anniversary Concert and Ball each year.

For the 161st Anniversary Concert and Ball on Saturday, January 27, 2018, Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Fabulous Philadelphians in performance. The special guest will be announced in Fall 2017 and will join an illustrious list of artists who have included Al Pacino, Billy Joel, Sting, Yo-Yo Ma, Jill Scott, Hugh Jackman, Diana Krall, James Taylor, Renée Fleming, and Paul Simon.

Following the performance, guests proceed to the historic Hyatt at the Bellevue for an evening of dinner, dancing, and more live entertainment.

White-Tie Gala

Tickets for the Anniversary Concert and Ball go on sale in September and may be purchased online or by calling the Academy of Music Restoration Fund Office at 215.893.1978.

161st Anniversary Concert and Ball

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor

James Alexander, Anniversary Concert Creative Director

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Anniversary Concert and Ball Underwriters reflect the corporate and civic leaders in the Greater Philadelphia region.  We are incredibly grateful for their support as we celebrate Philadelphia’s dynamic cultural history with clients, friends, and family. For more information on how to become an Underwriter, please call Claire Allamby, Senior Director of the Academy of Music Restoration Fund at 215.893.1941. 

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Program Book

Reflecting the rich diversity of business and non-profit collaborations in and around Philadelphia, the Anniversary Program Book is an annual “who’s who” of people and companies truly making a difference in our region. Proceeds from the Program Book help fund vital preservation and conservation capital projects for the Academy of Music.


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