The Greater Philadelphia Music Scene
Just a short train ride from the city of Philadelphia, Swarthmore students can quickly access the wealth of musical opportunities and performances. Scroll down to see some examples of what the area has to offer!
Home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the architecturally stunning Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts also hosts touring orchestras and popular entertainers from around the world, plus a series of touring Broadway musicals presented at the historic Academy of Music. There are two concert halls inside the Kimmel Center: the 2500 seat Verizon Hall, which includes a 6,938 pipe Dobson organ; and the more intimate 650 seat Perelman Theater. The impressive lobby and rooftop garden are open everyday to the public.
One of Philadelphia's best venues for live music, World Cafe Live is just a short walk from the University City train station. World Cafe Live hosts many of the best musicians performing today across a variety of genres, including Indie Rock, Folk, R&B, and a wide range of World Music traditions. World Cafe Live is also the setting for the nationally syndicated NPR radio program World Cafe.