There’s no house like Philadelphia’s Academy of Music. Opened in 1857, it was modeled on La Scala in Milan and is the oldest grand opera house in the U.S. that’s still used for concert, opera, and ballet. Watch Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence, which begins in the early 1870s, and in the very first scene—a performance of Gounod’s Faust—you’ll see the Academy standing in for the Academy of Music in New York. The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to the Academy of Music for its first subscription concerts since moving to Verizon Hall in 2001, with Yefim Bronfman performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. (“When I play this piece I feel I am in the middle of a Greek play,” he says, “a question-answer always.”) —L.J.
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