By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Academy of Music celebrated 155 years with its annual concert and ball on South Broad Street. It was a night filled with festivities.READ MORE: Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause Throws Wrench In New Jersey Communities' Efforts To Inoculate Most Vulnerable
The night started with a white tie pre-party at Tiffany’s on Walnut Street, honoring the Academy of Music and benefiting the Philadelphia Orchestra.
“This night is all about raising money while having a good time,” said event chair Nicole Cashman.READ MORE: Police: 79-Year-Old Man Killed In North Philadelphia Fire
After the reception, attendees went to dinner and then — for the first time — strutted down the Academy’s red carpet on South Broad, wearing top hats, tuxedos, fur coats and ball gowns.
“It’s a great night for Philadelphia to let its hair down, enjoy itself and celebrate the academy.”MORE NEWS: Abington Township Man, Harry Gramlich, Accused Of Neglect In Brother's Death
The concert featured the Philadelphia Orchestra and special guest cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist and vocalist Diana Krall. Governor Tom Corbett, Mayor Michael Nutter and other dignitaries attended the events.