Home LifeStyle  Arts & Culture The Noteworthy Academy of Music

The Noteworthy Academy of Music

Posted: Jan. 30th, 2007  |  By JustLuxe TeamThe Affluent Lifestyle Guide
RSS Syndicated News Email a Friend Suggest an Article Share Visit Website
Arts & Culture: Natives fondly refer to Philadelphia's Academy of Music as "The Grand Old Lady of Locust Street," and as she celebrates her 150th birthday, the Grand Old Lady's elegance and cultural importance endures. Opened to the public on January 26, 1857, the Academy is a National Historic Landmark, the nation's oldest grand opera house that is still used for its original purpose. One of the busiest concert halls in the world, it plays host to a wide variety of cultural and civic activities, including performances by the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, the latter of which owns the Academy.

Martin Scorsese filmed the opening sequence of "The Age of Innocence" at the Academy, referring to the hall as "Philadelphia's La Fenice." Architects Napoleon Le Brun and Gustavus Runge designed the Academy with audience comfort in mind. An "open horseshoe" shape offers maximum visibility to audience members sitting on each side of the balconies. The Academy's grand crystal chandelier is a focal point of the interior; according to the Academy, it measures 50 feet in circumference by 16 feet in diameter and weighs 5,000 pounds.

A celebration of the U.S. Constitution Centennial was held here in 1887 and attended by President and Mrs. Grover Cleveland. The Academy has also been the site of the American premieres of such renowned operas as Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, Gounod's Faust, and Wagner's The Flying Dutchman. Today, the Academy remains the region's primary venue for Broadway productions, opera, dance and theatre. The Opera Company of Philadelphia gives 24 performances a year at the Academy and the Pennsylvania Ballet about 50 each season. In true Philadelphia quirky incongruence, the Academy has also showcased such events as an indoor football game in 1889 (Penn vs. Princeton), Phillies pitcher Tug McGraw accompanying Peter Nero and the Philly Pops in a reading of "Casey at the Bat," a Mr. America contest, wrestling matches, and indoor skating.

For JustLuxe Teresa Rothaar
Related Topics : Lifestyle News
Share on Facebook Share
See Next Article
Related Articles
Featured Contributor
Slavica MonczkaSlavica Monczka
Award-winning operatic tenor Mario Frangoulis will once again grace us with his presence this...
Read More | View Profile
The Best of Luxury
Event Calendar

the holiday gift guide 2013

DISCOVER THE LIST >
1

Sony DSC-QX100 Smartphone Attachable Lens

Sony basically packed all the usual camera inner workings within the lens... more >

2

Flask Bangle by Cynthia Rowley

For the life of the party this Cynthia Rowley flask bangle holds three ounces... more >

3

Carbon Fiber Ciclotte

Designed and crafted in Italy, Ciclotte's luxury exercise bike models... more >

Day

Keeping Up with JustLuxe
Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on TwitterRSS Feeds
Sign Up for Our Newsletter!
Current News & Features
Regina George's $14.8M Home Just Hit the Market, And It’s So Fetch
Celebrating 10 Talented Women in Wine: Eleonora Marconi From Italy's Castello di Nipozzano
The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is All Bespoke Options, Carbon Fiber and Wind in Your Hair
9 Famous Films Booed at Cannes Film Festival: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Beneteau Shows Off the "Sense Sailboat Difference" in New Video
Give Dad a Chance to Tell His Story With Lifebook’s Ghost-Written Autobiography
Napa’s Atlas Social Chef On Food Trends and Who Would Play Him in a Movie (Plus a Recipe!)
Photographer Adrien Broom Tackles the Snow White Mythology in New Photo Series
Miami Beach's Designer-Curated L’Atelier Residences Soar to $33M & Include a Hammock Garden
Rolls-Royce Put a Japanese Tea Garden in $1M Bespoke Phantom
See the complete list

Best of Luxury

Finding the best in luxury can be a daunting task, which is why we've taken it on for you.
View All Best of Luxury
LivingLuxe. Exclusive Deals and Luxury Brands. Learn More
JustLuxe Galleries presents Popular Photo Galleries
Meet Our Writers Become a Contributor
9 Famous Films Booed at Cannes Film Festival: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Mila Pantovich »
Started From The Bottom...Now We’re Here (At Sotheby’s in NYC)
Djani Schafer »
Spandau Ballet Returns With Reunion and New Documentary That Dances to the '80s New Romantic Beat
Vicki Arkoff »
See More Contributors
THINGS WE LIKE