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Smokey Robinson Brings His Motown Hits Back to the Stage at the Academy of Music, November 18, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, September 21, 2016) –– Often referred to as “the King of Motown,” Smokey Robinson will transport audiences back to the 1960s and 1970s playing hits from both The Miraclesalbums and his solo albums on Friday, November 18, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. at the Academy of Music. The acclaimed singer-songwriter’s illustrious career spans over four decades of hits for The Miracles, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, and many more.

“Smokey Robinson is integral to our country’s musical history and we are thrilled to bring this incredible performance to Philadelphia audiences,” said Anne Ewers, President & CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “He has led a storied career, from his work with the Miracles to his solo albums, and he continues to transport us back in time with his iconic voice.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Robinson founded The Miracles while still in high school. Following multiple singles and #1 hits, Smokey Robinson continued to write songs for The Miracles and many other Motown recording artists. He has received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Honorary Doctorate (Howard University), Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

Other upcoming shows on the Kimmel Center Campus include Norah Jones (December 2, 2016, Academy of Music), Jerry Blavat (January 28, 2017, Verizon Hall), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (February 3–4, 2017, Merriam Theater), Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs (February 19, 2017, Verizon Hall), and Motown the Music (May 30–June 11, 2017, Academy of Music).


Academy of Music

November 18, 2016, 8:00 p.m.


Tickets are available now and start at $45.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883. More information at

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts’ Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly Pops, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music.  TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2016-2017 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit

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