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.

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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.

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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.”

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.

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