Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The Kimmel Center, home to the Philadelphia Orchestra is right down the street from the beautiful old Academy of Music, home to the Opera and Ballet. From the outside, Vinoly's Kimmel Center isn't all that distinctive, but inside, the dome holds two theatres, Verizon Hall and the Perelman Theatre. The interior contrasts are very striking. I'm sure this isn't an original observation--the effect reminded me of Norman Foster's dome and great court of the British Museum.
Since the orchestra moved out of the Academy of Music, the opera has been able to drastically increase the quality of its productions, since it doesn't have to set up and strike scenery to accommodate the orchestra.