The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts has organized a month of presentations of the visual and performing arts.  It features 1500 artists at over 135 events from street fairs to gardens to circus arts to orchestras to dancers to…

The Kimmel Center has been instrumental in making it all happen, and they’ve created Paris in their plaza  as a highlight and centerpoint for the month.

Well, I found out that some of my best buds, Iggie, Maurie, and Claude were going to be at the Kimmel last night so I went to enjoy them.  That’s Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel, and Claude Debussy.  The splendid performance was by the National Orchestra of France and it was a delightful evening.

(Image taken handheld, boys and girls, at ISO 2000, f/9, 1/30th, and IS)

The Eiffel Tower mock-up offers a dynamic light show with music at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM.  It’s worth seeing and there’s no admission.  There are various Parisian food stands on the perimeter of the plaza including a wine store.


The sky around the tower is spotted with moving silhouettes of a dirigible, biplanes, and a couple of locomotives (?? – artistic license?)

All in all, a nice, colorful, musical evening.


  1. NANCY Says:

    Was able to catch it the night before- after the ballet. A very special experience. Thanks for capturing it.

  2. Mike Pillows Says:

    Nice captures Ralph and hand held to boot!!

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Thanks, Mike. Only the orchestra picture was handheld. For the rest I used my monopod, braced as best I could against e.g. a railing or something. Lots of deletes. It was a fun exercize.

  3. Skip Says:

    Nice work, as always. SKIPVAN

  4. Joanna Patterson Says:

    Looks and sounds like a wonderful multifaceted event. Great pictures, and good night time shooting experience.

  5. Lynne Says:

    Looked like a wonderful evening. I’m sad about the present state of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

  6. Julie Holt Says:

    Looks like you had fun (and did a great job on photos)

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