Having heard my share of music in bad, acoustically-deprived halls, anchored with narrow seats, poor lighting, and less-than easy access, I was unprepared for my visit to the Kimmel Center. Sure, I spent the money on a high-roller seat at $100 plus (made somewhat bitter by the fellow sitting next to me who had profited from one of the last-minute $10 rush tickets) but I am now convinced that I could have found comfort, glorious sound and even acceptable sight lines from any seat in the house.
What a glorious experience . . . the first notes from the Philadelphia Orchestra told me, a non-musician, all I needed to know; that music played and heard in a superb hall is a special experience.
A big thank you to all who made the Kimmel Center a reality, including the citizens whose taxes were as important to its success as the contributions from patrons and business organizations.
Philadelphia, you have a winner!