Penn Live Arts Blog / May 2024

Toll the Bell: A Cry for Peace on June 7

Posted May 29, 2024

Programs at the Annenberg Center have always addressed the pressing issues of the day, whether through August Wilson’s plays, campus and community-centered artist residencies, or commissions of new work such as the 2017 world premiere of A Period of Animate Existence. As one of Philadelphia's performing arts curators, my aim each year is to provide audiences with a range of performances that entertain, delight, challenge and inspire. Read more...

Announcing summer 2024 internships and funding awards

Posted May 21, 2024

As another academic year draws to a close, we are thrilled to support seven undergraduates as they prepare to pursue their professional ambitions in arts and entertainment this summer. Arts & Entertainment Career Connections, our new multi-pronged program to promote equity and exploration in arts careers, has worked with Penn alumni employers to offer three funded internships while also awarding four grants to students who independently secured related internships. This support is in complement to the robust network of funding, curated internships and professional development opportunities available to students at Penn and seeks to minimize barriers of entry in these competitive fields. This summer, students’ professional aspirations will take them to Los Angeles, New York City and even a few blocks away in Philadelphia. Read more below about these extraordinary students and their plans. Read more...

ListenUp: The Best of Burt Bacharach

Posted May 14, 2024


A force in American pop music, songwriter Burt Bacharach will be honored by Mark Morris Dance Group May 31-Jun 1 in The Look of Love, pairing exhilarating movement with over a dozen of the award-winning composer’s hits. Before hearing them sung live by Broadway vocalist Marcy Harriell, check out this playlist of just some of Bacharach’s greatest hits written for artists such as Dionne Warwick, The Carpenters and more. Read more...

5 Questions with Kinan Azmeh

Posted May 2, 2024

Called “intensely soulful” and a “virtuoso” by The New York Times, Syrian-born and New York-based clarinetist Kinan Azmeh joins Germany’s preeminent jazz ensemble, the NDR Bigband, on our stage May 10. Part of our ListenHear series, the performance will feature music from their 2021 album, Flow with compositions by Azmeh. In today’s 5 Questions feature, we get to know Azmeh, the outlook and influences that shape his work and the projects he is preparing to share with the world. Read more...